Let yourself be charmed by Nosy Faly, a sacred island that houses the graves of local dynasties. Bordered by sublime beaches, it reveals amazing landscapes between the discovery of the great mangrove and traditional fishing village.
Tsara Komba’s eight thatched bungalows are tucked into the lodge’s tropical gardens, where bougainvillea, papaya, and flame trees blanket the steep hillside, and frangipani, jasmine, and lemongrass perfume the air. Traditional building materials such as teak, rosewood and local sohihy wood help Tsara Komba’s airy lodges and suites blend into their surroundings, and high roofs made from the leaves of ravinala trees (also known as the “traveler’s tree”) provide natural ventilation that helps keep rooms cool. The surrounding tree canopy gives shade as well as privacy.
Private terraces and outdoor living rooms look out over the ocean, providing sensational views from sunrise to sunset. Inside, Madagascan antiques, furniture, and objects d’art by Malagasy artists and craftsmen add authenticity and character. Bath products incorporate Madagascan essential oils, and fine linens were crafted in country as well.
The absence of televisions, Wi-fi, and in-room telephones protect the sense of tranquillity. All accommodations also include mosquito nets and coils, fans, safe, and fresh flowers.
Overnight: Tsara Komba
Owner run Tsara Komba is simply wonderful. Situated on the eastern side of Nosy Komba, this 8 roomed, luxury lodge is an ideal getaway for the discerning visitor. Built above its own private beach amongst stunning gardens and with wonderful views, the hotel is an ideal base from which to explore the island, dive, fish, snorkel or simply relax.
All four rooms and two suites are beautifully spacious (90 to 120 m2), boasting en-suite facilities and private verandas overlooking the ocean. The main area consists of a stylish sitting area, bar and restaurant. The chef produces such delicious French cuisine that guests find themselves returning back year after year.
Excursions to the markets and plantations on the mainland are easily arranged, as are trips to visit the Lemur Park on the other side of the island.
Food and Drink
At the main lodge at the top of the hill, Divine House Restaurant takes the crown as one of Madagascar’s finest restaurants. Adopting the slow food ethos, chef Tina Harry relies on wild and organic local ingredients to superb dishes that draw together Malagasy and French flavours. The menu changes daily, depending on what he picks up at the markets, what’s ripe in the kitchen garden, and what the fishermen bring in on their pirogues. Guests choose between three-course and nine-course à la carte menus; specialties range from barracuda pancakes and swordfish steak to lacquered duck and decadent desserts laced with Madagascan vanilla and cocoa. Vegan and vegetarian meals can be arranged. The refined dishes served here are rivalled only by the views across the bay, with mainland Madagascar and the Tsaratanana Mountains in the distance. The rich cuisine is paired with a fine selection of French and South African wine, and the bar whips up a legendary coconut rum punch—an ideal way to toast the sunset over the bay from the lodge terrace.