She writes that the remote Madagascan island location with its hills and forests, two long beaches and only 25 wooden guest beach villas, make this the perfect place for guests to ‘live out their Robinson Crusoe fantasies’.
‘This is a no-shoes, no-news, hang-loose place,’ she says. ‘The air-conditioned thatched bandas, newly revamped by the island’s owners, Constance Hotels and Resorts, have all the basics – hot showers, capacious wardrobes, fridges with cold drinks – as well as outdoor banquettes and hammocks for afternoon snoozes, and fragrant coconut oil to drench sunburnt skin.’
While some guests spend their days relaxing in the sun on loungers or hammocks, others choose to get out to explore and experience some of the unique biodiversity of the island.
Grainger spent much of her time on Constance Tsarabanjina ‘fossil-hunting on the island’s fringe of weather-beaten, mineral-rich rocks, luminous with swirls of ochres and rusts, and cut through with black tongues of hardened lava’.
Another favourite pastime was diving the relatively unexplored waters around Tsarabanjina.
Grainger writes, ‘The underwater scenery is trippy in its theatricality, designed by a god inspired by Jackson Pollock and inhabited by hilariously overdressed creatures.’
Grainger also applauded the ‘simple but delicious’ food available in the restaurant at Tsarabanjina including fresh grilled seafood, handmade pastas and salads as well as drinks infused by the flavours of fresh local fruits.
Relax with the Cristal Package
Our Cristal package contributes to the laid-back vibe at Constance Tsarabanjina - from the moment you arrive you can relax knowing everything is taken care with all meals and a range of super-premium drinks included in the price.
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