With Audley, where you stay is very much part of the experience. Wherever possible we try to track down characterful accommodation. We regularly inspect the accommodation we use, updating our knowledge on existing properties and researching new alternatives. Here we feature some of our most interesting properties, although we recommend and use many others to suit all budgets and tastes.
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Anakao Ocean Lodge
Anakao Club Resort sits perched on a long sandy beach, a ten minute boat ride from the village of Anakao.
Andasibe Hotel is the newest property in the area offering good standard of accommodation in 12 comfortable and spacious bungalows.
In our opinion Anjajavy is the best hotel in Madagascar. It is small and personal, the staff are extremely helpful, the food is superb and the setting unbeatable.
Baobab Ankify lies away from the hustle and bustle of the village, a few minutes drive south of Ankify. It's a particularly welcoming place to arrive in after a long journey through the countryside.
Boraha Village is a small and friendly lodge located on a hilltop on the east coast of the island. The lodge is well known for its food and the crab is a speciality.
Camelia is a small welcoming guesthouse situated in the heart of Antsirabe city. The garden is a haven of tranquillity and a perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon reading a book.
As the closest lodge to the town it is a good place for those who would like to wander down, but guests should be aware that the accommodation around Ranomafana is fairly basic and this is no exception.
Constance Hotel Tsarabanjina
Tsarabanjina is an idyllic place to relax. The swimming from the beach is wonderful and the bungalows are supremely comfortable.
The five brick bungalows are located in a pleasant garden and the main building has a communal lounge and dining table.
Croix du Sud
Croix du Sud is a colonial style building designed over two levels around a courtyard garden. As one of the most modern hotels in Fort Dauphin, this is amongst the best options in town.
Eulophélia Lodge is a basic lodge, located 20 minutes south of Andasibe National Park along a very bumpy and dusty dirt track.
Feon'ny Ala is a quaint Chinese owned hotel situated at the edge of Perinet Reserve. The rooms have all the essentials, the wildlife in this area is wonderful and this hotel is in an ideal spot to explore it from.
Hotel aux Bougainvillieés
Hotel aux Bougainvillieés is in the heart of Ambalavao, and is easily spotted as much of the hotel is painted in a striking orange colour. Decoration is simple, with tiled floors, white walls and strip lighting.
Hotel des Thermes
Hotel des Thermes is a grand old building overlooking Antsirabe. From the outside it resembles a French country house, set amongst a few acres of parkland.
Hotel du Louvre
The Hotel du Louvre is a comfortable little hotel in a smart neighbourhood not far from the President's Palace and with views over Independence Gardens.
Hotel Vanila is located by the sea, on the north-western part of Nosy Be and faces the island of Sakatia, the 'Orchid Island'.
Set up on the shores of Nosy Komba, Jardin Vanille is an idyllic little hotel which boasts some fantastic views out over the mainland and Nosy Be in the distance.
Kaleta is the best of the properties in Fort Dauphin and we certainly recommend visiting the patisserie during your stay here - the freshly baked pastries are delicious!
La Varangue Betsileo
The hotel is located outside of Ambalavao, close to the excellent Anja Park. There is a swimming pool and terrace, where you can enjoy the beautiful views over the surrounding area.
Built in Malagasy design and situated close to the centre of Tana, Lapasoa has a good restaurant, serving traditional local and French cuisine.
Le Jardin du Roy
Most guests come to Jardin du Roy for only one or two nights to visit the park, but if you're keen to ride, or simply relax in beautiful surroundings, it's certainly worth a longer stay.
While the rooms are simple, but comfortable, the real joy of visiting the Palmarium is the lemurs. This is one of the few places in Madagascar where it is possible to see lemurs close up and unafraid.
This is a very good hotel, one of the most luxurious in the area. The water can go a long way out at low tide, but the pool more than makes up for this.
Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge
Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge is situated on a sheltered, forest fringed bay. It is a truly tranquil setting: azure blue seas, lush verdant forests, and distant mountains.
Mandrare River Camp
A stay with Edd, Madagascar Classic Camping's owner, in this remote part of the dry south is arguably one of the best experiences on offer in the entire country.
Masoala Forest Lodge
The lodge is very simple, however what it lacks in luxury it makes up for by having an idyllic location.
This is a warm, friendly and cosy lodge. The chalets are wonderful to snuggle up in after a day exploring Montagne d' Ambre.
Nosy Iranja Hotel
Nosy Iranja is a lovely place to stay and one of the more luxurious properties in Madagascar. The two beaches are beautiful and the tropical island location allows you to feel a million miles away from anywhere.
Nosy Lodge is one of the smaller and more boutique style hotels located on Nosy Be. The atmosphere is calm and relaxed and you can walk straight on to the beach from the hotel.
Pavillion de l'Emyrne
This hotel is one of the most attractive and elegant in Antananarivo and its location is ideal for exploring the Isoraka area.
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.
Relais de la Reine
Staying here is a real delight. The food is good, the staff are friendly and helpful, and the setting is one of the best we've seen in Madagascar.
Relais de l'Ankarana
This simple hotel is ideally located to explore one of the most unusual regions of northern Madagascar and we would recommend it for a short stay.
Relais des Plateaux
The Relais de Plateaux is a great option for an overnight stop due to its proximity to the airport. The rooms are large and have a mini-bar, TV and en-suite bathrooms with showers.
Relais Masoala is a simple but comfortable lodge. The staff are helpful and friendly and the food is excellent. It has a good location as you can explore both the nearby forests to enjoy the wildlife.
Owned by the former Madagascan ambassador to the United States this is a brilliant new addition to the Isalo area.
Though fairly simple and a bit lacking in character, Setam is the closest lodge to the national park, around five minutes away from the gate, and this is one of our favourite options in the area.
The Litchi Tree
This property is a real find and if you are looking for a beautifully located and stylish place to fully relax whilst spending your days exploring Amber Mountain then this is ideal.
The Royal Palissandre
We have always enjoyed staying at Le Palissandre as it is one of the friendliest hotels in Tana - the staff cannot do enough to help you. It makes an excellent base for an overnight stop and the stunning spa is well worth a visit.
This is one of our favourite places to stay on the coast. It is a beautiful and atmospheric place to stay: the decor is stunning, the beach is glorious and the food served is divine.
Vakona Forest Lodge
Vakona is a fairly basic no-frills lodge but is the best place to stay in the Andasibe area. The rooms are clean and the location is lovely, up in the fresh mountain air surrounded by forest.