Christian Stan, at 18 Aug. 17, in Heaven on earth, Hotels, News, Ocean View Hotels

Opened in June, Miavana, on the private island of Nosy Ankao, promises to be one of the most exclusive beach resorts in Madagascar — if not all of Africa.

With just 14 one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas to choose from, all of which face the sea, guests at Miavana Resort will have total privacy. The solar-powered villas, which sit on the western side of the island, have been constructed using recycled materials and local Malagasy stone, and come complete with a private pool, kitchen, and butler service.

Other over-the-top resort amenities include an infinity pool that faces the Indian Ocean, two helicopters that guests can take to visit nearby islands, and a “Cabinet of Curiosities,” in other words a mini-museum featuring regional artifacts like dinosaur bones and an elephant bird egg.

The team that runs Miavana also manage several safari lodges in Zambia — so it’s only fitting that the resort has a strong wildlife and adventure component. Nosy Ankao is set within the Loky Manambato Protected Area, a marine park of pristine coral reefs, which means that guests can go snorkeling, diving, and even whale-watching just off-shore. On a land-based excursion, you can spot lemurs and turtles nesting on the beach. And the sights don’t end when the sun goes down: The Miavana staff will even set up a private sleepout under the stars.

Of course, exclusive doesn’t come cheap: Rates start at $2,500 per night, all-inclusive.

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