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
Miavana will exceed your expectations.
We traveled to Miavana for a week in early December 2018 and had an incredible experience. The weather was perfect, the staff was attentive and there was enough activities on offer to keep us busy (honestly we could have stayed an extra week). The island is also home to a group of crowned lemurs which were amazing to see. I got my PADI open water scuba certification during our stay and the coral at the dive sites was incredible! Additionally because there is no other tourism in the area, you have the whole place to yourself to explore.
As far as accommodation, the villas are huge and luxurious and have en-suite pools. You get your own golf cart and bikes for exploring the island / getting to and from the main area. Each villa comes with its own butler who is there to attend to your needs - we felt like royalty.
Even though staying at Miavana costs a pretty penny, when you consider that ALL motorized and unmotorized activities (scuba, fishing, waterskiing, paddle boarding, quad biking, etc) are included along with your meals and drinks - it actually is an amazing value. Additionally, we were told that by visiting Miavana we were supporting their conservation efforts which was a nice bonus.
My family and I have just returned from a weeks stay at the breathtakingly beautiful Miavana Island Sanctuary . Words and photo's dont do the property or the island any justice , this needs to be seen first hand . From the time we arrived by helicopter transfer , the GM Ross and his team were at our beck and call . We stayed in Villa 1 , 500 square meters of opulance all to ouselves , my teenage children each having thier own suite attached to the main villa . The villas are so nice it actually is very difficult to leave , your meals are offered to you either in your villa or at the central dinning / bar area . The island ( Nosy Ankao ) is teeming with fascinating flora , fauna and wildlife which you wont find anywhere else on earth . Our excellent guide Simon was full of knowledge and we certainly left with a far better understanding of Madagascar , its history and its flora and fauna . From Lemur trekking to snorkelling trips to neighbouring island picnic lunches , the Miavana team ensured every day had an interesting activity planned , no one was every bored . The rest of the time was spent relaxing at the villa or on the beach . This region of Madagascar will certainly be the next hot spot to be discovered as the destination of choice for luxury Indian Ocean Island travel , go and enjoy this region before the rest of the world discovers it
I have never written a trip advisor review before, having only come close when experiences have been somewhat bad, I have considered it several times....however as the feeling of discontent generally always passes, I have never actually sat down to officially complaining. I certainly never imagined that my first review would be because of an experience so overwhelmingly positive that I simply had to share my opinion and experience... Well here I am. I know this already seems long, as I may not be a seasoned reviewer, so I will keep it short from here;
My week long stay at Miavana was unparalleled in almost every aspect of luxury. Defining luxury not only in terms of great quality and exclusivity, but in terms of craftsmanship, consciousness and a unique enriching experience. The richness of the culture set the context for such unique environment, and is the pillar of every impressive distinguishing feature of the resort. From the moment I landed on the island I began to realise and absorb the extent to which each element of my stay was considered to the nth degree, and executed with perfection.
The more the staff revealed to me the intricate offerings of the resort the more I understood how important the implications of Miavana were to it's creators; Working to sustain and protect such a delicate and unique environment and it's local cultures, whilst simultaneously prevailing in the highest level of luxury and elegance; From the poetic architectural design and craftsmanship in execution, to the devoted service in hospitality, to the culinary mastery in the kitchen...I was simply blown away.