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
Ultra-exclusive all-villa resort on a private island off Madagascar, reachable by helicopter
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.