The spectacular rainforest covered peninsula on Madagascar's northeast coast forms the backdrop for the Masoala Forest Lodge. Accessible only by foot or by sea, with a maximum capacity of just 12 guests, the lodge is a haven of tranquility. A luxurious outpost lost in time and nature, a place to relax, explore and connect with the natural world in its entire primordial splendor.
Nestled between pristine rainforest and coral rich sea, accessible only by boat, designed as an eco-haven to touch lightly on the earth, Masoala Forest Lodge allows an intimate experience of this unique environment and all the diverse species that call it home, to provide a sense of adventure and conservation. From the comfort of the lodge you explore the wildlife and beauty of this natural paradise with activities including forest walks, snorkeling, kayaking, traditional pirogues, swimming in the sea and the crystal clear streams, whale watching, fishing and experiencing sustainable life in the rainforest with the local Malagasy community.
The six palm thatched tree-houses are elevated on stilted wooden platforms, to provide uninterrupted views of forest canopy and sea and allowing visitors to experience the forest from the perspective of the lemurs and birds. This elevation from the undergrowth is also luxurious and maximizes privacy and natural ventilation from all sides. Using fast-growing indigenous Ravenala and Raffia palm, bamboo and sustainably-sourced indigenous timber, the tree-houses are inspired by the traditional designs of the local Betsimisaraka tribe in design and construction, with steep thatched roofs to aid in the run-off of rainwater and allow for the natural cooling of the internal spaces. Natural lighting and ventilation has been elegantly provided by the exclusion of exterior walls and the inclusion of a canvas and mesh inner tent, creating a bug free and private sanctuary that is extremely energy efficient. Inside the tent, the furnishing and layout is an exercise in restrained luxury and sophisticated design, providing all creature comforts without excess.
The beach house, with views over the beach and Antongil Bay, serves as a communal dining, lounge and bar area. The wholesome three course meals are catered to all tastes, with organic produce from the lodge gardens and fresh rainforest fruits and seafood provided by the local community. Fresh wood-oven baked bread and snacks, fruit juice, local teas and infusions from the rainforest and locally grown and roasted coffee are always available. The sea deck is spectacularly sited on the rocks overhanging the sea, with wrap around views of the sea and forested coastline and the fish below. This deck provides a venue for breakfasts, sundowner’s, to enjoy a massage, or just relax in a hammock and take in the unrivalled view of rainforest meeting sea.
While comfortably settled in the Masoala Forest Lodge, the choice of activity is yours. Besides guided forest walks with game and bird viewing by day or night, there is guided sea kayaking, snorkelling, swimming in the sea and clear forest streams, whale watching and fishing.
There will be two yoga sessions per day, each 1 1/2 - 2 hours in duration, morning and late afternoon. There will be sessions on the beach, on the deck over the water and in the forest. This will deepen and enrich the sense of joy and belonging in life that comes from doing yoga. This is a seasonal based activity, please inquiry for further details.
(Antananarivo, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Antsirabe, Ranomafana, Fianarantsoa, Isalo National Park, The Masoala National Park)
Embark on an epic journey through an exotic land of leaping lemurs, neon chameleons, carnivorous plants, tropical rainforests, and beyond perfect beaches. Discover Madagascar’s incredible biodiversity which has earned it the nickname of “The Eighth Continent” with this in-depth exploration of the country. Tour departs June 1st 2014.
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