Nosy Komba - ‘Lemur Island’- is the second largest island in the enchanting Nosy Be archipelago - and lemurs are just the start of the attractions here. The foothills of the island’s central volcanic peak are blanketed with swathes of pristine rainforest home to plentiful wildlife and birds, while golden-sand beaches are lapped by inviting waters shimmering in iridescent shades of turquoise and blue.
Everything that is special about the island is delivered in an irresistible package at Tsara Komba. Access to the lush forests, inviting beaches and the teeming marine world is blissfully easy, and - while visits to the lively village of Ampangorina can easily be organised – visitors may find the serenity of this car-free island quickly takes hold. A wealth of activities can be organised such as jungle walks in search of black lemurs, snorkelling, diving and endless opportunities for island hopping. Just as tempting, however, may be the prospect of letting leisurely days play out in this most memorable of settings, seemingly untouched by the troubles of the modern world.
Just eight palm-thatched bungalows cascade down a verdant slope leading down to the beach. All look out to the sparkling waters, and a shaded private terrace provides the perfect spot for absorbing these unforgettable vistas. Furnished in natural woods, all lodges also feature king-sized beds and, as part of the back-to-nature approach, are cooled by ceiling fans and ocean breezes. Dining at Tsara Komba is always a highlight, with acclaimed chef Tina Hary delivering colourful and lovingly executed dishes in the Atelier des Saveurs restaurant, where the finest local ingredients such as freshly-caught lobster, mahi-mahi and Madagascan vanilla and chocolate take centre stage.
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Retreat to the beach and take in the views of the endless turquoise waters
Work up an appetite for lunch with a spot of kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding
Absorb the colours and fragrances of the Eden Garden
Soothe tired limbs with a rejuvenating massage incorporating Madagascan essential oils
Sample chef Tina Hary’s exquisite ‘slow food’ creations on the panoramic terrace of the Atelier des Saveurs restaurant
Arrange a candlelit private dining experience on the water’s edge
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Take a guided walk through the surrounding tropical forest, encountering black lemurs, chameleons, medicinal plants and wild vanilla
Embark upon a leisurely boat cruise keeping a lookout for passing dolphins, and stopping to visit the giant tortoises on Nosy Mamoko
Set out on a snorkelling expedition in search of sea turtles, spotted stingrays and enormous shoals of trevally fish
Travel by dugout canoe to visit a bustling local village and then continue on to Nosy Ambariofasy for superb snorkelling opportunities
Go scuba diving to discover the rich marine world where you may encounter manta rays, reef sharks and maybe even whale sharks
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