Rest Your Head - Miavana

Rest Your Head

Off the southeast coast of Africa, pretty much everything about isolated Madagascar is special. 5% of all known animal and plant species on the planet are to be found here, on the world’s fourth-largest island, but getting to it all is quite literally a mission, not least since Madagascar’s roads are dreadful. However, for those who relish an adventure, Madagascar is a one-of-a-kind adventure and an utterly unique wildlife destination, where the incredible diversity of landscapes and abundance of endemic animals, flora and fauna far outweigh the lack of creature comforts.

Since the unveiling of Miavana, situated on the private island of Nosy Ankao off the country’s northeastern shore (Madagascar has 5,000km of coastline), travellers and wannabe explorers have been able to recover from their energetic daytime adventures in super luxe surroundings.

Fringed by white sand beaches and sprawling coral reefs, Miavana quite literally feels like a haven of luxury at the end of the earth and is undoubtedly one of the most exclusive beach resorts in Africa. Set within the Loky Manambato Protected Area, which is essentially a marine park of pristine coral reefs, enables guests to snorkel, dive, fish and even whale-watch literally just off-shore. Two helicopters also ferry guests to nearby islands and Miavana’s staff will even set up a private sleep-out under the stars.

Guests are accommodated in 14 individual solar-powered villas ranging in size from one to three bedrooms. Mid-century-style furniture fills their rooms and flowing soft turquoise curtains line their floor-to-ceiling windows. All villas face the sea on the western side of the island and provide their occupants with total privacy. Needless to say, all come with shimmering private pools and round-the-clock butler service, making staying at Miavana the ultimate destination for the modern adventurer and quite possibly the most exclusive castaway escape on the continent.