When you think of secluded island paradises, I’m sure the likes of the Maldives, Bora Bora and Fiji dance in your head. Rarely do people include Africa on their list, and if they do, they tend not to think beyond Mauritius and Zanzibar.
But all that is about to change.
In the middle of the Indian Ocean, just off the coast of Madagascar on the private island of Nosy Ankao, lies what is possibly the most exclusive beach resort in all of Africa.
Welcome to Miavana.
Brought to life by the team over at Time + Tide Africa (who represent some other dreamy locales now added to my bucket list *swoon*), Miavana is an oasis unlike anything Madagascar has ever seen. The resort boasts just 14 one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas to choose from, each offering uninterrupted beach and ocean front views, insuring total privacy.
The eco-luxury property constructed each villa using recycled materials and local Malagasy stone and designed them to run off of solar power.
But don’t let their environment friendly design fool you.
Each villa comes complete with your own electric golf cart, a private pool, kitchen and butler service. And that’s just the beginning.
Resort amenities also include an infinity pool that faces the Indian Ocean, two helicopters that guests can take to visit nearby islands, and a “Cabinet of Curiosities” featuring regional artifacts like dinosaur bones, an elephant bird egg and sunken treasures, just to name a few.
There’s also a rooftop bar, three dining options and an Italy inspired wine cellar.
Dubbed the new Maldives, due in part to the approximately 15,000 hectares of protected marine space surrounding the island as part of the Loky Manambato Protected Area, guests can discover a colorful marine park amongst the pristine coral reefs as they snorkel, dive, and even whale-watching just off-shore. Not much of a water baby? No worries, you can spot lemurs and turtles nesting on the beach as you tan.
Last but not least, Miavana brings the heat…in the love department. There may not be any overwater bungalows, but the ability to have private island picnics by day and bonfires on the beach at night, and amazing weather year round, in addition to any other romantic dream the staff can help make come true, Miavana is sure to be a contender for those seeking a more exclusive honeymoon experience.
But access to your own private sanctuary doesn’t run cheap. Rates at Miavana start at $2500 per person, per night. Want to rent the entire island? Rates start at $100,000.
Let me start saving these coins!