Miavana is on Nosy Ankao, just off Madagascar’s north coast, and it lies within 15,000 hectares of protected marine reserve. Treasure seeker Jean Christophe Peyre discovered this magnificent wilderness during his 25 years of exploration in Madagascar, and immediately he knew it was something very special indeed. Construction of Miavana took four years and 500 local labourers, but when you see the award-winning architecture in the flesh, you’ll see it was worth the effort.
The layout of Miavana is inspired by a village: villas have access to a communal plaza with an infinity pool, rooftop bar, and beach-side pizzeria. The museum is a veritable cabinet de curiosites, with talking points including dinosaur bones, an elephant bird egg, and pirate treasure! There are plenty of recommended activities, from spotting lemur in the forests to helicopter rides over the islands, but you may find you don’t want leave Miavana at all.
Each of Miavana’s villas has ocean views and direct access onto the beach. Wrap-around windows let in plentiful light, and if you stand out on the deck you’ll be able to see the Madagascan mainland on the horizon across the Indian Ocean. All the bedrooms in the villas are master bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, and they also have a kitchenette, lounge, study, and private pool. An electric buggy is permanently at your disposal to help you get around the resort.