Carolina Ramirez Herrera

Constance Tsarabanjina

www.CRHcollective.com
  • Where:Tsarabanjina Island, Madagascar
  • Why:Editorial research.
  • When:August 2019
  • Who:Me + my cousin.
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Like all the best places off the grid, its quite a trek to get there. Be prepared for a flight to Nossi-be, bumpy drive to this "marina" and an hour boat ride on this lovely vessel.

But after an hour boat ride, the warmest welcome awaits !

Rooms exude island vibes with a touch of new world necessities like AC.

Bathroom views.

Ignore the mosquito net, but THIS is not a bad way to wake up.

Local materials add rustic Malagasy charm.

This is the main house where the restaurant and bar are.

Living my best mermaid life.

The island is full of secret little spots like this.

Be warned. The homemade rum is very, very delicious and very, very strong.

Kind of like adult summer camp, the daily activities are written on a board next to the bar and updated at aperitivo the night before.

See what I mean about the view never getting old.

All the roofs of the of the 25 bungalows are made of local Mokoti leaves by the Mitsio people.

50 shades of blue.

The dive team was amazing, highly recommend scuba during your stay.

Treat yo self.

Highs & Lows

  • The island itself is unreal. The colors of the water are so beautiful and the sand so soft you will have a couple of "is this the real life?? is this just fantasy??" moments.

  • For scuba snobs, the diving will NOT disappoint. The hotel works closely with the world wildlife society to ensure the archipelago is kept as a marine reserve making the diving (and even snorkelling!) phenomenal.

  • The island has its own time zone so be sure to change your watch and be aware or you may miss out on the daily activities.

  • While I usually nervously flinch at the thought of ”all inclusive” from the food and wine perspective, every single meal, cocktail and wine was next level.

  • The restaurant has set meal times which I personally liked as you got to mingle with other guests but may be a buzzkill for those who prefer to be on their own agenda

  • Be warned, true island living means WiFi is basically non-existent.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 49/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Off the grid barefoot luxury.

  • Vibe

    Robinson Crusoe with a touch of new world luxuries.

  • Location

    Blissfully off the grid- just you and your island.

  • Rooms

    25 private beach villas.

  • Music

    Local island beats all day long.

  • Year Opened

    The property was built and opened by South African adventurer Richard Walker in 1998 with 8 bungalows.

  • Designed By

    In 2012, it was renovated and revamped by architect Marie Ange Taylor bringing the total number of bungalows to 25.

  • Pool/Gym

    No pool needed when you have an island to yourself! No traditional gym either but copious amounts of outdoor activities to get your steps in.

  • Restaurant

    One restaurant on-site serving freshly caught seafood and Malagasy dishes.

  • Bar

    Yep, complete with homemade rum and sand in your toes.

  • Minibar

    All the usual suspects...coffee, tea, snack, beer and wine - all complimentary of course.

  • Children

    Meh leave them at home, it's more of a children-free zone.

  • Price

    Serious ROI with rooms starting at €700 for two.

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