Nosy Ankao, Madagascar
The new best address in the Indian Ocean from one of the former owners of North Island, Miavana should be on the wish-list of every serious desert island connoisseur.
Just two miles off the northeast coast where an archipelago of islands or ‘nosy’ cluster around pristine reef, Miavana sits on beautiful Nosy Ankao. A beach lodge of luxury and style not before seen in these waters, guests are pampered to the highest degree in architect-designed modern open-plan villas made up of exploded pod-like spaces, sitting on beach-side decking. All around are natural wonders both land and marine, equalled perhaps only in the Galapagos.
Miavana has found a way to step in and protect one of the best marine paradises on the planet and show the way in conservation in the region. In a country whose economics are sadly depressed, the arrival of an operation of this calibre brings in much needed resources and proven expertise in natural conservation and community relations. Roughly 85% of Madagascar’s flora and fauna are unique – so the lucky few who stay at Miavana and glimpse its treasures are privileged indeed.
The uber luxury lodge consists of just fourteen villas, designed by the same award-winning architects as North Island – fifteen years on. Everything is super-modern and low rise, spaces flowing into each other, incorporating bedrooms, bathrooms, private pools, lounge and study, linked up by decking. Drift off the deck onto the beach and the sea is just a few yards away.
Stroll into the sea and snorkel reefs right there in front of your villa – discover sites with no names, never before dived upon! Turtles are wandering around the beach and it’s open season for dolphin spotting, whale watching, boat and line fishing trips. Make a trip to the mainland for a guided forest walk (by day or night) to see what’s going on. Trek to spot Lemurs of several kinds or take a helicopter safari into the far north of the island to see the Tsingy and other strange and miraculous creations before returning home to utter paradise.