A change of scenery where you can immerse yourself in nature, this ecolodge offers peace and quiet. Fresh air, far from any civilisation, beaches and any kind of connection to the routine way of life - ideal for the beginning of a holiday so that you can really switch off, or just before going back to your active, noisy and stressful life... Make the most of it!
This hotel review is a translation from the French published on our French site, Easyvoyage.com.
The hotel is located in the heart of Ambatobe Park. Although it is close to the airport, the hotel is not easily accessible, you must allow a 45 minute drive from Hell Ville. The path leading up to the bungalows is in very poor condition.
Lemurs, one male, one female, will come and welcome you by licking your ears and legs.
Here are the various activities available: archery, petanque, but also a visit to the botanical garden and the orchard and hikes on the waterfall path.
Board games, magazines and books are at the guests' disposal.
A solar panel allows you to cook some food in the day time. Allow 25 minutes for two pounds of rice! (that's better than what my electric stove can do!)
No electricity after 10:00 pm, this is why you are given a torch on arrival, so that you can move freely on the site and go to the bathroom at any time of the night. Be careful not to switch the alarm on by pressing too hard on the torch light switch. It is certainly loud enough to wake everyone up on the site!
Set in a 27 acre botanical park, 6 wooden bungalows for the rooms and a main building open on to the surrounding nature houses the restaurant and a small bar. A convivial place where you can peacefully sip a ti'punch while admiring the panoramic view. A small bungalow stands at the entrance to the estate, this is where you will be welcomed with a smile and lent some board games. It is also where the tours are organised (hikes and visits to the botanical garden).
The 6 bungalows can accommodate 1 to 4 people. Built from natural materials, they all perfectly blend in with the environment. High slanted roofs and large floor surface areas - there is no lack of space in these rooms. Two doors open out to a terrace overlooking the valley. Try napping on one of the deckchairs, you will be breathing in the pure fresh air of the forest. Everything is made of wood - the double bed in the middle of the room and a single bed on either side. All the beds have a nice reassuring mosquito net hanging above them! In one corner, a small candle-lit desk for night-time writers who may draw their inspiration from the noise made by the animals in the forest. Small openings in the ceiling allow you to see animals pass by.The bathroom is simple but airy thanks to the openings on the ceiling! The showers are cold, so think about it before deciding to have one too early in the morning.
A restaurant which is not troubled by competition and which can sometimes find it hard to get supplies during the rain season. The wooden tables are fitted directly into the ground, so as to be on ground level and able to admire the panoramic view. The local cuisine is simple but tasty: there is zebu, sometimes fish, soup, rice, vegetables, and fruits in season?
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