is located in the Diego Suarez
area in the Northern
region of Madagascar
Set on a four square kilometre private island, Nosy Ankao, off the northeast coastline, Miavana is the only genuinely top quality lodge on Madagascar. It shares ownership with Norman Carr Safaris, one of the oldest and most respected operators in the South Luangwa area of Zambia.
The lodge is centred on a very elegant main building, with lounge and dining areas, including an extensive wine cellar, rooftop bar and beach pizzeria, leading out to a lovely swimming pool above the beach.
Guest accommodation is in fourteen lavish villas come in one, two and three bedroom formats, with large lounge and bathroom areas, all leading out to a private terrace, a plunge pool and direct access onto the beach. In the larger units there is a completely separate building with a further bedroom and bathroom. All rooms have butler service.
Activities include snorkelling direct off the main beach, scuba diving, kayaking, paddle-boarding, kite-surfing, turtle hatching and whale-watching. Extensive spa treatments are available in your villa. It is also possible to undertake helicopter excursions to nearby islands and to the mainland for hiking and lemurs, as well as slightly longer day trips to Ankarana and Amber Mountain national parks for the unique tsingy rock formations and further lemur and chameleon species. All of these activities are included in the price.
Access to the lodge is usually by one hour helicopter transfer from the main airport on Nosy Be, which is usually reached by scheduled flight from Johannesburg. It is also possible to connect from the capital Antananarivo, but this involves much more complicated internal flight connections via Diego Suarez. Guests looking to combine Miavana with sister properties in Zambia, such as Chinzombo
, can connect direct with a 3.5 hour private jet charter from Mfuwe to Diego Suarez and then on by helicopter to the island.
Miavana is comparable in price with the top safari camps in Botswana such as Mombo Camp
and Zarafa Camp
and the very top private island retreats worldwide such as North Island Lodge
in the Seychelles.
The main potential downsides are the extremely high prices and the exposure to rainfall, wind and tropical cyclones Dec/Mar.