Nosy Ankao, Madagascar
Madagascar – “The Eighth Continent” – is a world unto itself. 90% of all the flora and fauna found on the surface is endemic; you can see it nowhere else on Earth. From 100 types of lemurs to 300 kinds of birds, not to mention two-thirds of the world’s chameleon species, this bio-diverse hotspot in the Indian Ocean is without doubt one of the great wildlife spotting destinations.
Time+Tide Miavana allows guests to immerse themselves in the magical Madagascan wilderness without sacrificing life’s luxuries. Situated on the private island of Nosy Ankao, you arrive at the resort by helicopter to find a tropical paradise surrounded by untouched coral reefs. The 14 stylish villas all face the ocean, and their marine inspired colour scheme and prominent yet sensitive use of natural materials ensure they perfectly complement their environment. The resort is centred on an attractive piazza, which gives it a village feel. A turquoise pool abuts the white sand beach, and as you dine the restaurant soundtrack is the crashing of waves on the shore. Time+Tide Miavana has its own museum, a cabinet of curiosities packed with natural history finds and also cultural artefacts from across Madagascar, a tour of which certainly enriches your stay.
Every villa at Time+Tide Miavana is a secluded space for self made castaways. Light floods in through floor to ceiling windows, making the most of the ocean views. A personal butler caters to your every need, whether you are lounging by your private pool, relaxing in the study or lounge, or fancy breakfast in bed. The only thing you need to do is decide how to spend your day: bicycles and electric buggies are on hand should you wish to explore the island, a therapist can come and deliver spa treatments in your villa, the Scuba diving and snorkelling is world class, and expert naturalists can guide you on safaris above and below the waves.