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.
Le Jardin du Roy
Le Jardin du Roy, Isalo National Park, Madagascar
Le Jardin du Roy is on the edge of Isalo National Park, a few miles outside of Ranohira.
Built from granite to blend in with the landscape, the main lodge looks down over a long stretch of lawn, which ends in towering sandstone cliffs. Inside the lodge is a restaurant with a fireplace, and a cosy bar with billiards and board games. All across the front of the building are huge windows to let in as much of the view as possible.
Four buildings on the edges of the lawn house the 22 luxury rooms. The inside of these very much echoes the landscape outside, with polished wooden floors, granite walls and deep red fabrics reflecting the bougainvillea in the garden. All of the rooms have a small sitting area outside where you can relax with a drink or a camera and watch the cliffs as they catch the light of the setting sun.
To one side of the lawn a rough pathway runs through the kopjes to nine low, round bungalows built in a clearing amongst the rocks. These are slightly smaller than the luxury rooms, but still very pretty, with stone wall, thatched roofs and bougainvillea growing around the door.
If you're not exploring the national park, there is plenty to do in the lodge. There is a good size swimming pool, tennis and riding can be organised, and a masseuse on hand.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Hiking in Isalo is superb. In the late afternoon your guide may suggest visiting the natural rock window to watch the sunset.