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is located in the Nosy Be
area in the Northern
region of Madagascar
Set on the mainland some 30km south of the island of Nosy Be, this lodge is pleasantly off the beaten track and removed from the mass market tourism over there. It is a blissfully peaceful spot on a lovely beach and backed by protected forests.
The lodge is centred on a large main building under thatch, with lounge and dining areas leading directly out onto the beach.
Guest accommodation is in just eight rather nice tented rooms under thatch with stone bathrooms, as well as a spa treatment area to the rear. The whole lodge is solar powered.
Activities include snorkelling, diving, sailing and windsurfing, with dolphins and migrating whales being commonly seen. Forest walks and river kayaking provide good chances of encountering some of the local lemur species, as well as birds including fishing eagles and black parrots. At the lodge there is petanque and volleyball. The lodge works very closely with the local Sakalava people to help protect the superb land and marine landscapes and cultural visits to the local fishing villages are also possible.
Access is usually by motorboat from the island of Nosy Be or the mainland port of Ankify, both of which take around half an hour. There is no road access to this remote location. The usual stay duration is 3 to 7 nights.
The lodge is sometimes combined with L'Heure Bleu
over on the island of Nosy Be, which is under the same ownership, especially in order to facilitate flight connections.
The main potential downsides at Eden Lodge are the difficulty of access, the shortage of availability, the simplicity of the lodge and the outdoorsy nature of the activities.