This upmarket retreat, a member of the Relais & Chateaux group, stands on a remote peninsula, surrounded by its own private nature reserve, home to a variety of lemur and bird species. 25 luxury villas each offer a sea-facing terrace, and the large swimming pool looks out to sea.
Anjajavy Private Reserve is reached only by air and is the ultimate combination of beach and bush, romantic and splendidly isolated.
The reserve is an oasis for both wildlife and visitors, with much to see in both forest, where many species of lemurs, birds and reptiles are easy to see, and along the coast. Beautiful Coquerel’s sifakas are the local stars and are often seen next to the hotel and even in the trees above the villas. Tsingy caves are home to various species of bat.
The private rainforest covers an area of 450 hectares and has over 1,800 plant species, many of which are endemic, and abundant fauna. The deciduous forest yields chameleons, frogs and two species of diurnal lemur, Coquerel’s sifaka, and the common brown lemur, as well as nocturnal species such as sportive, and mouse lemur, which is the smallest lemur growing to just 24 centimetres long. The reserve is also home to the elusive Fossa, Madagascar’s largest carnivore. Highlights amongst the prolific birdlife include Madagascar harrier hawks and the critically endangered Madagascar fish eagle.
- Ideal for viewing: Commerson’s leaf-nosed bat, common brown lemur, Coquerel’s sifaka, Madagascar fish eagle, Milne-Edwards’ sportive lemur
- Where: Sofia Region, Madagascar