What We Love
- The thousands of fig trees, palms, and vanilla plants planted around the property
- Sleeping under the stars during a private “sleep-out” arranged by the resort
- Arriving via Robinson helicopter, which ferries guests from Diego Suarez port
- Exploring the treasures in the hotel’s mini-museum of island artifacts, including a pygmy hippopotamus skeleton and 17th-century cannons
What To Know
- There’s no AC in guest rooms or public spaces, but island breezes should keep you cool
- Each villa comes with an electric buggy for jaunts around the island
- Scuba lessons are included in the price
Nosy Ankao island, just off the northeast coast of Madagascar, boasts an incredible array of flora and fauna, from Malagasy vanilla plants to Bumphead parrotfish—a lush, diverse setting for Miavana’s 14 supremely luxurious villas. Guests can choose between one, two, or three bedrooms, all of which feature kitchens and private pools and are decked out in Missoni colors that bring a swish island vibe to the mid-century modern architecture. There are no palm-frond roofs here; villas are framed in steel, with conical stone towers and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that bring beach views inside. The hub of the resort is the Piazza, which comprises the main infinity pool, rooftop bar, dining areas (which include a beachside pizzeria), and wine cellar all in one sociable place. Burn off breakfasts of granola and flaky croissants and dinners of prawn and crab coconut curry with a swim in the clear waters of the Indian Ocean or a stroll along the beach…or just retreat to your villa for an in-room massage with products made from local botanicals, all within view of the brilliant turquoise sea.
In the Area
There’s not much you can do on your own around Miavana except walk along the shore—and it’s a three-hour stroll to the abandoned lighthouse built back in the 1930s. But that’s okay: the resort offers all kinds of daily activities, from scuba diving and snorkeling (there are coral reefs just offshore, some of which are still unnamed) to jet-skiing, fly-fishing, or whale and dolphin watching. Boat and helicopter transport is also provided to the mainland, where guides can lead you on forest treks and lemur-spotting hikes.
How to Get There
We spent five days at Miavana. The place is just out of this world! I cannot find words to qualify it. The hotel is so so so great the island is THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE I know! That staff is very helpful and effective. The food is amazing!
My husband and I wanted to go somewhere special for our 40TH anniversary and MIAVANA surpassed all our wildest dreams.This place is unreal......and it is the only resort I have ever been to that surpassed my expectations. It is definitely an expensive resort; but we both looked at one another after the first day and said....."this was worth it!"
From the moment we stepped into the sleek turquoise helicopter and flew over the turquoise waters coming close to a multitude of whales with babies we knew we had made a good choice. Everything is sooooo cool...and we felt like we were living in a James Bond movie on steroids .
It also helped that we were the only guests on the island for the three days we were there; so it truly felt like this was our own personal paradise. I only wished we had booked another day or two because we loved our villa (which is really the absolutely most beautiful beach house ever) so much that the first two days we did not even want to leave it. We actually had to force ourselves to get out of our villa to wander the rest of the property....that is how amazing it is.
Miavana is like a dream to me now.....we have been back to the states for a couple of weeks and it is always on my mind. The staff there was so friendly and enthusiastic ...Ella the manager......Wayne who took us whale watching and fishing.....Chris who took us on an ATV for a beer at the lighthouse...our incredible chef Enoryt and our charming butler to name a few.
But it was the attention to detail that takes this place to a whole new level. Every time you turn your head there is something to delight your eyes. The amenities in the villa are just perfect from the beach chairs placed right under the shady part of the palm tree to the delicious home made treats in the jars on the living room table to the yoga basket with turquoise mats and the refrigerator fully stocked in the coolest kitchen ever. There is the theme of turquoise running through the whole resort ......and by the end of our stay....turquoise truly became my favorite color. The rooms are laid out so perfectly and since the house is open to the fresh air we both slept like babies every night there.
Every morning we had a fantastic breakfast at the main part of the resort and it is truly gorgeous. We could have sat there for hours gazing out at the Indian Ocean watching whales breech and eating , eating .....eating. The chef is world class and we have never been fed so well and so much. He even came one night and cooked dinner for us in our villa and another day he made me the best chicken soup I have ever had when I was not feeling 100 percent.
This review could go on and on.....but I want to let the next person who goes to have the chance to be surprised and delighted by the unexpected.
Miavana is not a place to write about ....it is a place to go and experience. I can truly say this place was a gift to us for the three nights we stayed. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO MADE IT SO SPECIAL. Next time we will stay longer and take that helicopter on an outing......but until then we will be dreaming in turquoise.