On the private Nosy Ankao island, sat off the northeastern coast of Madagascar and accessible only by helicopter, Miavana is a true paradise that sets new standards in luxury for the region. Among forests skirted by sand beaches, turquoise bays and reefs, it provides a perfect setting for personalised land and marine adventures.
14 vast villas line the western side of the island, just a few steps from the beach, for fabulous Indian Ocean sunset views and come with one, two or three bedrooms as well as a kitchenette, lounge, private deck and pool. Muted tones of sand, wood and water are reflected in the modern design alongside local materials and handcrafted pieces.
The main village, or piazza, is the heart of the lodge with its spectacular infinity pool, rooftop bar and three dining settings; a beach pizzeria, lounge and an Italian-inspired grotto and cellar.
Discover the rich waters of the archipelago snorkelling straight from your villa, scuba dive, venture out on whale and dolphin watching cruises, try your hand at deep sea and fly fishing, or perhaps some sailing or jet-skiing. On land, there are a network of walking and running trails, as well as sleepouts and picnics on neighbouring islands. For wildlife enthusiasts, lemurs can be found on the mainland, a 10 minute helicopter flight away, and turtles can be seen nesting between May and mid-July, while humpback whales can be seen in the waters in front of the lodge between July and October.
Nosy Ankao is part of approximately 15,000 hectares of protected marine space, which along with the adjacent mainland, makes up the Loky Manambato Protected Area. Before a pole was put in the ground, the team that founded Miavana were supporting local conservation efforts to reduce net fishing and monitor wildlife movements around and on the island, including the four species of turtle that nest on its sands. As well as protecting a large swathe of land and sea, Miavana provides a sustainable way of living for hundreds in the local community.