Stay at Princesse Bora Lodge
The Princess Bora is a charming and comfortable hotel. It is not luxurious by international standards but is one of Madagascar's top properties.
Princesse Bora Lodge, MadagascarOur rating: First Class
Princesse Bora Lodge is located in a grove of palm trees on the south-west side of the island overlooking a lagoon which is home to a small reef.
There are 20 villas, divided into luxury, comfort villas and executive beach villas. The comfort villas are round and largely open to fully benefit from the beauty of the gardens. They include a large wooden veranda terrace with hammock. The interiors are simple but welcoming. There is a spacious bedroom with double or twin beds, an en suite bathroom with hot showers and ylang ylang soaps.
The luxury villas are mostly made of Madagascar wood. They are octagonal and have large wooden veranda terraces. Inside they have double beds, large bath rooms and air-conditioning. The luxury villas can accommodate up to two more people on a mezzanine floor (children up to the age of 12).
The five executive beach villas are the most luxurious options, with views from the bed overlooking the Indian Ocean and private steps leading to the beach. Inside the villas are spacious with pristine bathrooms, wooden floors and a square sunken bath in each.
In the centre of the lodge there is a horizon pool overlooking the beach and surrounded by a sundeck. There is a water-sports centre and jetty over the sea with parasols and sunbeds. The dining room is open to the breeze on all sides and serves good French and Malagasy cuisine. At night the lodge is lit by paraffin lanterns.
The lodge has also recently opened a spa which offers a good selection of different treatments. The beach in front of the lodge is beautiful. Facing the sunset, it extends southwards by several kilometres before reaching the southern end of the island and the small Ile aux Nattes.