The world's 4th largest island, Madagascar measures 1571 km in length and 571 km across at its widest point (587 042 km2). A mountainous central 'spine' separates the permanently damp east from the drier west and sub-desert south.
Berenty is Madagascar's best known reserve, because its large populations of sub-desert Lemurs: Ringtails, Verreaux Sifaka and Brown lemurs. Berenty is in the weird 'spiny desert' of Madagascar's sub-desert South. Perinet (Analamazaotra) is Madagascar's most visited reserve, because it is so easy to get to. It holds a large variety of rare rainforest animals, notably the baboon-sized Indri, largest of the Lemurs. All sorts of rainforest-dwelling birds, reptiles and other animal oddities abound there too. Nosy Be's tropical climate and classical 'Indian Ocean holiday island' appeal make it Madagascar's leading sea, sun & sand destination. To make the most of your time on Nosy Be, be sure to visit some of the surrounding islands. Deservedly the most popular of these, is Nosy Tanikely, a marine reserve around which the reefs offer astounding snorkelling and diving opportunities.
Vanila Hotel is a popular hotel with 2 spacious fresh water swimming pools, 4 bars, 1 boutique, massage room, laundry service, and internet access. There is a conference room with equipment seating 45. Baby-sitting service. The hotel is situated in a beautiful garden a has a clean and private beach. The hotel organises pirogue excursions to the nearby island of Sakatia where you may stay on your own private beach as long as you wish. The hotel is not large, as it features only 57 rooms. There are 21 Garden View Rooms, 34 Ocean View Rooms, some with inter-connecting doors rooms for families, and 2 Prestige Suites with a balcony Jacuzzi. All rooms are en-suite, telephone, TV, hair driers, mini bars, safe, fans and all are air-conditioned.
The main restaurant is the Parfume Vanile where breakfast and dinners are served. Grill de Sol is located near the second pool overlooking the ocean. Open all day serving light meals and in the evenings their menu is more lavish offering delicacies such as lobster, prawn, duck pate etc. Highly recommended. Of course there are a lot of activities to keep you busy during your stay. There is something for everyone and even kids are looked after. There is also a babysitting service. The hotel also has a spa.
The package choices range from half board to full board to the popular all-inclusive, which includes all soft drinks, local beers and spirits by the glass and tea and coffee.
The on-site dive centre is managed by “Sakalav Diving”. Visibility ranges from 15m+ on the in-shore reefs, and from 20m+ on the outer and deeper reefs.
This multi-award winning eco-lodge is situated on the mainland just across from Nose Be, on a unique spot known as “Baobab Beach”. Eden Lodge is not your normal beach front resort – it is unique, for those that want to get away, for those that do not want crowds and for those who take an interest and care for the environment. A pure white sand beach, bordered by lush virgin forest and dotted with hundreds years old baobab trees are waiting to welcome you. Eden Lodge's grounds extend over more than 8 hectares and the 8 lodges, which are mid-way between a traditional construction and a luxury tent, blend perfectly with the environment. Each one offers spacious accommodation where you can relax in complete privacy, in a natural park, directly on the beach. The innovative architecture of these beachfront lodges allows air to circulate freely, thanks to a ravinala roof and a tented canopy with large openings protected by mosquito nets. A Dyson fan will provide you fresh air on demand, without the inconvenience and nuisance of air conditioning.
A spectacular bathroom opens out onto a terrace where residents can enjoy massage and other beauty treatments (each lodge is equipped with a massage table in the privacy of the garden). The bedroom also has its own private balcony, an ideal spot to relax and enjoy the ocean-view. Made with local materials, the lodges offer maximum comfort yet total immersion in nature. Eden Lodge conjures up the spirit and atmosphere of a tented camp with the protection and comfort of a permanent lodge, entirely powered with solar energy.
The decor combines elegant design and furniture made from precious woods, in a consciously ethnic and sustainable style. The lodges are equipped with every comfort, each with a king size rosewood bed, enveloped by a full, beautifully embroidered mosquito net, a work area with an ocean-view, a safe and minibar.