Time to think Madagascar

The island of Madagascar, in the Indian Ocean, celebrates the rare and undiscovered: home to obscure wildlife creatures and endangered species, such as lemurs and chameleons, otherworldly landscapes and a mosaic of unexplored coves in the sparkling Indian Ocean.

A fascinating yet perplexing place, 85% of its biodiversity is found nowhere else on earth. Fringed by white sand beaches and sprawling coral reefs, Time + Tide Miavana is a haven of luxury at the ends of the Earth set on a remote island of Nosy Ankao, the largest of the five islands in the archipelago off the coast of Madagascar.

Accessible only by helicopter, guests arrive in style for a scenic 30-minute helicopter ride from Diego Suarez airport to the resort taking-in the diverse topography. Relax into the barefoot ease of Nosy Ankao, where life is measured in the rise and fall of the tides.

Time + Tide Miavana is owned by the Dalais family (current Chairman is Thierry Dalais). It was designed by Sylvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, masterminds behind the Seychelles’ beloved North Island.

14 open-air villas are dotted along a pristine pearly-sand beach. Each embodies the natural elements of sea, sand and air and meet elegantly through inspired interiors and textures that celebrate the extraordinary island setting. A favourite villa is #1, a three-bedroom villa on the edge of a peninsula. With fantastic views, it is great for walking around the beach or snorkelling in front of the villa. Occasionally, you can see a turtle laying eggs or the babies hatching.

Don’t miss guided nature walks to see exquisite birds, crowned lemurs, chameleons or explore the extraordinary marine life by scuba diving to neighbouring islands to see manta rays, sea turtles, bumphead parrot fish, and spinner dolphins. Intrepid travellers can take a helicopter to see the Golden Crowned Sifakas, Amber Mountain or Ankarana National Park, where guests can see unique geological formations like Madagascar’s tsigny, caves and more.

Hotel GM is Rosco Wendover.

www.timeandtideafrica.com

 

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