Luxury Madagascar Holidays: An Overview

Despite being the fourth largest island in the world and a mere 250 miles off the coast of mainland Africa, Madagascar remains a largely undiscovered corner of the continent and as far as we're concerned, that's all the more reason to love it.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Lemurs, lemurs and more lemurs! Every variety of this dancing, jumping, singing, furry beast can be found here, and only here
  • There's great whale watching on the island paradise of Ile Ste Marie - humpbacks come to calve in the warm seas from July to September
  • Dive the islands of the Nosy Be archipelago and find your own castaway beach - it's a genuine chance to leave the modern world behind

Madagascar Luxury Holidays: The Detail

There's no denying that Madagascar is unique. An astonishing 80% of the country's flora and fauna is endemic to the island. A fascinating mélange of African, Asian, Arabic and European cultures is evident wherever you are, from the rice paddy fields in the valleys to the Arab style pirogues on the river and the clapped out Renaults which rule the streets of Tana. Even the name of the capital, Antananarivo (hence Tana, to those in the know), is exotic and the rest of the country certainly lives up to that reputation. Quite the heady mix when it comes to a luxury holiday, in our humble opinion.


Original Highlight

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The 18 tribes of Madagascar are very loyal to local customs. I was fascinated by Famadihana, a festival in which the bones of dead ancestors are unearthed and paraded around the tomb to live music.

Ra, Original Diver

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  • Average Temp. — 22°C / 71°F
  • Rainfall — 30cm / 11.9 inches



Malagasy Ariary

Visa Requirements

30-day tourist visa available on arrival


Traditional beliefs, Christianity

Food & Drink

Rice dishes and fresh seafood on the coast

What to pack

Plenty of spare camera batteries!

Flight from London

11:00 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +3 hrs

Top picks for Madagascar

The North

The North


The north combines dramatic landscapes and beautiful beaches in one manageable region.

Where to go

Lemurs in Madagascar

The South


The southern half of Madagascar is ripe for a road trip.

Where to go

The East

The East


Once a haunt of pirates, now that of in the know travellers.

Where to go

Constance Tsarabanjina

Constance Tsarabanjina

The North

Just off Madagascar’s north coast, this ultra relaxed hideaway in the Mitsio Archipelago is the definition of a Robinson Crusoe island.

Where to stay

Anjajavy L'Hotel

Anjajavy L'Hotel

The North

Anjajavy offers many of the highlights and attractions of Madagascar, making it an ideal one-stop shop experience. It is also one of the smartest hotels to stay in on in Madagascar, making it ideal for the more demanding eco-tourist.

Where to stay

Princesse Bora Lodge & Spa

Princesse Bora Lodge & Spa

The East

Sainte Marie Island was used by 17th century pirates such as Captain Kid as a hideaway on the spice route.

Where to stay

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