Unbeknownst to most, Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world, and is home to a staggering 90% of extraordinary plant and wildlife that’s found nowhere else on earth. The island is also home to pristine beaches and uninhabited islands dotted along the coastline. Set on the Nosy Ankao archipelago, the heavenly retreat of Miavana is one such island. Located on the north-eastern coast of Madagascar, Miavana is the perfect private island escape that’s set in its own protected area. With only 14 private villas, staying at this luxurious eco-lodge will feel as though you’ve stumbled upon your own Robinson Crusoe haven. Think days exploring lush tropical rainforests teeming with lemurs and watching turtles nest on the deserted white beaches. Miavana is the wild isolated paradise you’ve been looking for, and it’s ready and waiting to be explored.
Miavana is part of the Nosy Ankao archipelago which forms part of a 15,000 hectare protected marine area on the north-eastern coast of Madagascar, so you can guaranteed wildlife that is as untouched as it is abundant. Accessible only by a short helicopter ride from Antsiranana (Diego Suarez), the nearest international airport, Miavana is tucked away in an azure bay, high on the northern tip of Madagascar. From the lodge guests can explore the treasure trove of bays, beaches and lagoons that provide a perfect platform for ‘Blue Safaris’: a wonderful mix of guided water and land activities.
With 14 private villas to choose from, each ranging from 1 – 3 rooms guests can hole up in complete seclusion during their stay. It may be off the grid but Miavana still oozes style with award-wining architects Silvio Rech & Lesley Carstens creating the perfect blend of barefoot beach luxury with historic European renaissance. As well as private pools, each villa also boasts gorgeous ocean views with direct access to the beach so you can simply roll out of bed and into the azure water to snorkel through reefs with no name.
Why we like it?
With the aim being to protect and conserve the island’s vulnerable natural resources, Miavana is a luxurious beach retreat with a heart. From the endless white-sandy shores and panoramic ocean views to the hidden lagoons and aquamarine bay there really isn’t a place more magical than this. Here you can look forward to scuba diving, snorkeling from your villa , embark on a turtle, whale and dolphin watching excursion, or head deep into the forest to seek out lemurs, or simply relax at the world class spa.