Madagascar is one of the world’s most under-rated honeymoon destinations partly due to its lack of tourism infrastructure and inaccessibility. This is especially true when you compare it to the likes of other tropical beach and wildlife destinations in the Indian Ocean like Mauritius or the Seychelles. However, the perception that Madagascar is a honeymoon destination is gaining ground.
With the month of love just about the corner, we thought we would share 5 reasons why Madagascar is the ideal choice for honeymooners looking to create exciting memories in a one-of-a-kind destination.
1. FOOD TO MAKE YOUR MOUTH WATER
A crucial part of any good holiday is the cuisine, and with a honeymoon, this is even more critical. After all, food is the way to everyone’s heart. Picture this: you’re staring into your partner’s eyes whilst enjoying a delicious meal, overlooking a beach sunset. What more could you ask for?
While Madagascar is not typically known as a nation of gastronomic delights, this is shifting, with a number of hotels and lodges becoming renowned for the unique and absolutely delicious menus.
Thanks to Madagascar’s rich heritage, the nation’s cuisine is influenced by a wide range of cultures including French, Arab and African. As the country is top producer of spices such as vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla, honeymooners can expect exceptionally flavourful food. Typical meals are rich in ingredients such as seafood, beef and chicken, as well as tropical fruits, and is almost always served with an exotic flare.
From spicy to sweet, there is almost always something to suit varying. Vegetarians can usually be accommodated without too much fuss, even if there are no vegetarian dishes explicitly listed on the menu.
2.AN OPEN-HEARTED CULTURE
The locals of Madagascar are known for their unparalleled friendliness and willingness to assist travellers. In fact, you will be hard-pressed to find local on the island who is not almost permanently smiling. Not only are the locals delightful and eager to impart their customs, traditions and history with tourists, but the local guides show an exceptional level of hospitality and have an unrivalled pride and incredible expertise of their country and culture.
3.SECLUDED, STUNNING AND SUSTAINABLE ACCOMMODATION
Whilst Madagascar has been criticised for a lack of infrastructure and comfortable accommodation, this is changing, with new luxury lodges opening around the island. Accommodation is often made from local materials and is nestled among spectacular, natural surroundings. Most lodges and hotels are isolated, making them a dream for those looking to escape hotspot tourist hubs or for those couples looking for privacy and intimacy.
But it’s not just luxury lodges on the rise in Madagascar. Medium grade and budget accommodation options are also upping their game and amenities to suit the needs of the increasing number of affluent international tourists looking to explore this one of a kind country.
4.IT WON’T BREAK THE BANK
So you have just spent your life’s savings on the wedding of your dreams, and now you have to pay for an unforgettable honeymoon! Madagascar honeymoons offer exceptional value for money and the country remains one of the most affordable destinations in the Indian Ocean for honeymooners, especially when compared to the likes of the Seychelles or Mauritius.
International flights remain somewhat pricey, however, this looks to change with a number of new airlines taking on Madagascar as a new destination or increasing the number of flights for 2017.
From the weird and exotic wildlife to endless stretches of white sandy beaches, there is a vast amount to see and do in Madagascar and this is sure to make lasting memories for any honeymoon couple. Now is the time to experience this incredible location before the world finds out about what a hidden gem this is.
In fact, there are very few places in the world that offer the shear range of diverse experiences suited to nearly any type of traveller. From adventure activities like kayaking or hiking, to cultural activities like village visits and bustling local markets, travellers are bound to find something to keep them entertained relatively easily.
Madagascar is also a place of varying landscapes and scenery, meaning that travellers who are looking to explore more than one landscape can be accommodated with ease. Other highlights include the chance to snorkel or dive among some of the richest coral reefs found in the world today, seasonal whale watching and of course, lemur tracking through Madagascar’s lush tropical jungles.
So if you are looking for a honeymoon destination that will make you fall head over heels in love, go to Madagascar!