A world of lemurs and chameleons, and a mosaic of unexplored coves… rarity is the luxury of Madagascar. The island state, off the east coast of the African continent, is increasingly being regarded as having major potential as a dream destination in the coming years.
To that end, Time & Tide Africa has recently ventured into Madagascar, opening the luxurious Miavana resort there as a way of “dipping a toe” into the crystal waters of this still very much unknown Eastern African destination.
“In many ways, it’s an unknown destination,” explains Time & Tide Africa CEO Bruce Simpson, adding, “In many ways, it’s a brand-new destination.”
Simpson explains that the Miavena resort is located on a small private island off the coast of Madagascar. “We have all the tourism, the luxury and the experiences on the island that traditional resorts would have, competing at the highest levels of service and luxury that one can get. But it is also an island that has a small community on it. The community work with us in the facility. We have got a rehabilitation programme going on there. We’ve taken out invasive species of plants and planted endemics. We’ve been able to reintroduce lemurs onto the island, and that flows on to the guest experience – engaging in these various conservation and cultural activities, with our foundation’s sustainability projects.”
With extraordinary endemic fauna and flora, adventure tourism and ecotourism strongly on the rise, Madagascar will be one to watch in the coming decade.