Forty-five minutes in twin-engine from Antananarivo, then 15 minutes of track bumpy since the small airfield private baobabs and endemic palms. Suddenly, a perfect soft green lawn, colourful Bougainvilleas, the ocean of intense blue and elegant villas in rosewood raised on stilts léchées by waves. Flight, the fatigue of the journey. Welcome to Anjajavy, natural reserve of 450 hectares planted trees and rare species, almost blank peninsula of any construction.
Here, can afford to stay in complete autarky. Enjoy the mangrove crab, angou (kind of very white tuna) and the vegetables prepared at the request by the talented Madagascar Chief, enjoy a picnic on a pristine Cove face-to-face, doze in the hollow of the hammock prepared on the large terrace of the villa, stick a head in the turquoise infinity pool, learn to recognize the giraffe baobab in the Bay of Morambotrolling fishing swordfish, tuna or marlin. All of this without soul lives, apart from the other Robinson of a week stay in any discretion in Anjajavy where villas shirk the gaze, camouflaged among the Royal Palms.
Housed in the heart of a wildlife and a rich flora of more 1 800 species, nature lovers are filled. Just follow Naci on foot through the tsingy, millennia-old coral remains shredded. Tireless and smiling, the naturalistic guide tells the curative virtues of the tamarix, shows the strangler ficus, furry crabs, giant baobab, the fossilized skull of a now extinct lemur species. Those today inhabit the mangroves and the Ceiba. Often seen their frimousses through foliage while parakeets and Cardinals to égosillent in the Royal Palm trees. Only human presence around the charming inhabitants of two villages of fishermen. Ambrodo Ampasy, separated from the hotel by a thin arm of the sea and built on a sand dune, it is the canoe on the beach to visit the clinic and moving primary school, created and funded by an NGO with the participation of the hotel. At Anjajavy, the second village that gave its name to the hotel, stroll in the market which takes place on Sunday morning in the big mango. A bath of authenticity does not preclude, on the contrary, a small diving very british in civilization.
At 17 o'clock, every day, go to the oasis designed by the famous Camille Muller, miniature Eden landscape which brings together the endemic plants of Madagascar. Next to the pond full of water lilies, the tea is served delivered in fine porcelain. Sit on fluffy pillows, it remains only to attend the show: spot, wild lemur leap of liane in liane, skywatching at the feet of the guests, eat reliefs of cakes, small clinging to the back of their mother, adorable plush white or brown in the mordorés eyes. And that tourists are the kilometres of tours organized to try to see some of these rare primates...
When sunset drowned in the ocean, the Malagasy essential oils massage is required. It is there abandons lying on the terrace of the villa and rocked by talio, wind from the sea and the night. Then comes time great barbecues on the beach or poolside candlelit dinner. Dressed dressed, to marry the elegance of the scene, but always barefoot - for the pleasure of walking the ultra-fine sand and flexible rosewood. A rule House, established by Marie-Laure and Jean-Marie, charming and attentive hosts. The only one, because the Freedom Act to paradise...
The Anjajavy hotel, Relais & Châteaux, crowned by the "trophy of the environment", has 25 villas air-conditioned on stilts for 2 or 4 people (2 sleeps on the floor).
Free activities: waterskiing, buoy tractor, catamaran, windsurfing, traditional canoe, walks guided reserve, discovered caves (half-day or day excursions), visit two villages.
With participation: exits in boat and fishing.
Islands of the world offers at Anjajavy 7 nights full Board, flying E/R on Air Madagascar (night flight), home to the transit in Antananarivo, domestic flight by private company. Double room: 2 295 euro per person (may), 2 380 euros (June) local taxes. Islands of the world, Tel.: 01 43 26 68 68.
Anjajavy is also programmed by travellers in Africa, Tel.: 0 892 23 94 94.