Welcome to our 5-part blog series of Madagascar – we’ve researched the best tips and advice to travelling in Madagascar in style. At Jenman Madagascar Safaris, we pride ourselves on giving expert advice so here are the top places our travel agents recommended for you!
Madagascar is one of the most exotic, mysterious and undeveloped islands in the world. It’s also the only one where lemurs can be found in the wild. Madagascar will also surprise you with rainforests as well as deserts, mangrove swamps and national parks. While it’s a poor country, this is an island like no other. We’ve collected some tips if you want to travel to Madagascar in style and luxury.
All international visitors arrive in the capital city Antananarivo, which is nicknamed “Tana” (you can view it on the map here). This city is overwhelming, busy and bustling with vendors. Madagascar’s tourism industry is still in its beginning – so we’ve put together the best hotels in the city so that you have a pleasant stay.
Jenman’s top tips for hotels in Tana:
Pavillion de l’Emyrne
Priced from 65 EURO pp/pn
This darling hotel is situated in a beautiful traditional Malagasy house that dates back to the 1930s. The hotel has all the expected amenities such as free Wi-Fi, en suite apartments, aircon, views of the gardens and the city – and is in walking distance of popular restaurants. With 10 individually styled superior rooms and some of the best breakfasts found on the entire island, you can see why this charming and exceptionally cosy hotel made our list.
Priced from 89 EURO pp/pn
This quaint boutique hotel consists of 6 stunning rooms, each with their own look and feel, and magnificent views over the city. The hotel is perched within throwing distance from the Queen’s Palace on the sacred royal hill and is in the heart of an historical neighbourhood. Noted for its particularly friendly staff, the hotel has all the general amenities needed for a comfortable stayover. Even if you don’t plan on staying here, make sure to pop by for a sundowner or even dinner as the views from the restaurant over the city are unparalleled.
Priced from 79 EURO pp/pn
The closest thing to what we would consider an ‘international’ hotel in Antananarivo, the Colbert Hotel is spread over 7 floors and is the ideal choice for those looking to stay in the city for more than one night or for clients with children. The hotel has some truly fantastic amenities including an indoor pool, a spa, a Jacuzzi, a gym and even a steam room (something that’s hard to find in tropical climate). The hotel also has two fabulous restaurants and 3 rooming options: standard and junior rooms, and presidential suites.
Priced from EUR 110 pp/pn
This boutique hotel has just four rooms – ideal if you are travelling in a group and looking for exclusivity. Located in the heart of the historic city with fantastic views, Maison Gallieni also has a picturesque outdoor heated pool, flat screen televisions, and an outdoor garden.
Royal Palissandre Hotel & Spa
Priced from EURO 97€ pp/pn
Located in the city centre with some of the best views found in Antananarivo, the Royal Palissandre Hotel & Spa overlooks the famous Avenue of Independence. The hotel has 40 standard rooms, 6 suites, and 2 junior suites – as well as spa, gym, and heated outdoor pool. The restaurant is one of the most popular in the city and honours the delicious local specialties alongside an à la carte of French cuisine. The hotel also offers long term stays in new apartments which house a kitchenette, office and Jacuzzi.
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