A Luxury Travel Blog describes Tsarabanjina as an ‘idyllic castaway island’

Craig Burkinshaw recently discovered the charms of Tsarabanjina, writing on A Luxury Travel Blog this week that this Constance gem is a ‘particular favourite’.

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

In a piece in which Craig describes the resort as one of the few offering luxury accommodation and service in the beautiful setting of Madagascar, he goes on to celebrate the tiny private island’s stunning natural setting and exceptional diving and snorkeling opportunities.

Founder of Audley Travel, Craig praises the resort’s laidback charm:

‘A charming feature is that the island has its own time zone, Tsarabanjina time. An hour different to mainland Madagascar, this is done to make the most of the daylight and only adds to the remote feeling of the island and resort.’

Craig goes on to extol the virtues of the fresh, sumptuous food and indulgent spa treatments on offer. Describing the accommodation Craig admires the use of natural woods and Malagasy crafts to create a comfortable environment with ‘plenty of luxurious touches’.

Craig sums up, ‘Overall Constance Tsarabanjina has the perfect combination of Robinson Crusoe escapism and a healthy dose of luxury.’

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Madagascar 2013: island luxury at Constance Tsarabanjina

Escape to an island beyond the hustle of the modern world where luxury is laid back and informal and even time seems to move more slowly.

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Madagascar is a country of discovery, off the tourist trail. In keeping with its remote, bio-diverse location the private Madagascan island of Tsarabanjina has a unique blend of barefoot Crusoe chic and Constance elegance.

Step out of the air-conditioned luxury of one of only 25 beach villas on the island’s North and South beaches and discover a world you thought no longer existed. An ocean teeming with rare marine life ready to explore, diverse wildlife found nowhere else on earth, and service with traditional Madagascan charm.

Madagascan tradition meets Constance luxury
Watch the local Mitsio fishermen bringing in their daily catch to be expertly prepared and served at our beachside restaurant.
Lie back in a gently swaying hammock and bask in the warmth of the setting sun as our bar staff mix you one of our signature cocktails using local fruits fresh from the market.

The Constance Cristal all-inclusive package means you can let yourself relax and unwind without worrying about tabs or bills. Savour excellent Malagasy cuisine, fine wines and in-villa refreshments, or explore the island with complimentary excursions and snorkelling equipment – all as part of the deal.

Beach villa at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beach villa at Tsarabanjina

Digital detox
Digital detox is all the rage right now, and Tsarabanjina makes the perfect outpost for leaving the hectic world behind. This is a place where life can be lived at a pace that fits more comfortably with the body’s own natural rhythms.

Discover a natural paradise
At Tsarabanjina, our staff hold guided walks showing you the unique bio-diversity Tsarabanjina has to offer. Breathe in the rare scents of plants which grow nowhere else on earth, walk through forests unchanged for thousands of years and meet creatures that have evolved in total isolation.

Diving at Tsarabanjina is second to none, where giant rays, migrating humpback whales and a variety of turtles are the norm.

After a day of activity, sit back to watch the sunset, then gaze at a night sky so full of stars you won’t believe your eyes.

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Restaurant at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Restaurant at Tsarabanjina

 

Beach villa at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beach villa at Tsarabanjina

 

Mitsio fishermen, Madagascar

Mitsio fishermen, Madagascar

 

North Beach, Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

North Beach, Tsarabanjina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tsarabanjina sets the pace for barefoot luxury resorts

Tsarabanjina is set to reinvent barefoot luxury when it reopens after a multi-million pound revamp on 1 April.

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

An idyllic retreat, Tsarabanjina is a secluded, private island far off the tourist trail. No dress-code, no formalities, just laidback luxury and friendly Malagasy charm.

Elegant thatched beachside villas
Part of the lure of this resort is its size. There are just 25 beach villas, spread across two of the island’s beautiful white sand beaches, making it an intimate and secluded hideaway.

Each boutique-style villa is nestled close to the shore. Made from rosewood and thatch, we’ve added air-conditioning and large private terraces – ideal for late-night, jaw-dropping stargazing or simply lying back and watching the sun set over the ocean.

Escape the pressure of modern life
This is one of those rare corners of the world where you can truly let the pressures of daily life slip away. Take a mental break and enjoy a digital detox – mobile phone and wifi connections are limited to the main building only.

Beachside villas at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beachside villa

Spa at Tsarabanjina
Recharge your body and mind at our newly revamped spa. The massage room comes with beach views and an outside shower carved into the island rock. Our spa therapists use many local ingredients including oils of Ravintsara (similar to eucalyptus), Ylang Ylang and Coconut.

All-inclusive Cristal package
To make the castaway experience even more complete, we offer the all-inclusive Cristal package at Tsarabanjina. This means that once you arrive, you don’t have to worry about paying for anything. It’s all included. And when we say all-included, we really mean it.

This is a place where the food tastes of sunshine – the menu changes daily depending on what the Mitsio fishermen catch, and the fruits and vegetables available at Nosy Be market on the mainland.

Each afternoon we serve tea in the main restaurant and cocktails at sunset. Or you can simply grab a perfectly chilled bottle of wine from your mini bar, stroll a few paces to the beach and watch the sun set into the ocean.

Ocean view at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Ocean view at Tsarabanjina

Breathe in an island intimately connected with nature
Discover the unique biodiversity Madagascar has to offer on a nature walk with one of our guides. Or join our dive team and be the first to swim in magical reefs which remain largely unexplored.

Tsarabanjina is a hidden gem that will blow your mind. Awe-inspiring natural beauty and a laidback vibe reminiscent of travelling days, combine with a generous splash of luxury to make this one of the most romantic resorts you can find.

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The Sunday Times recently included Tsarabanjina in its ‘Guide to the 100 best holidays on the planet’. Subscribers to The Sunday Times online can read the article in full.

Discover why Susan D’Arcy of The Sunday Times rates Constance’s Cristal package as one of the world’s best all-inclusive deals.

Top 5 reasons to go to Tsarabanjina in 2013

Discover a world still untouched on the remote island of Tsarabanjina, just off Madagascar.

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beach at Tsarabanjina

Lonely Planet lists Madagascar as one of the top 10 countries to visit this year.

‘For visitors the time to go is now, before the country reappears in travel agents’ windows. Be prepared to be overwhelmed.’

Here are our top 5 reasons to visit Constance Tsarabanjina when it reopens in March after major refurbishment.

1. The ultimate in Crusoe Chic

Indulge in the peace and seclusion of a resort unlike any other. Constance Tsarabanjina combines a laid back, barefoot lifestyle – the general manager comes to work in a Madagascan sarong – with the luxury you expect from Constance Hotels & Resorts. Air-conditioning in the beach huts, a new spa and a deck specially designed for stargazing are among the new features.

2. Nature

Explore a country like no other and see things you’ll see nowhere else on earth thanks to the island’s evolutionary isolation. Madagascar is considered one of the most biodiverse places on the planet so it’s no surprise that Brian Cox visited here to film his latest Wonders of Life series for the BBC.

3. Perfect beaches

Dine on the beach at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Dine on the beach at Tsarabanjina

Walk in sand undented by the tread of tourism. Tsarabanjina’s stunning beaches offer seclusion and privacy to its guests whether its for laid back sunbathing, sharing a bottle of wine as crabs scuttle past your feet or a massage on the beach at sunset.

4. Diving

Feel the exhilaration of diving in areas off the north-west coast of Madagascar that have never been explored by divers before. Be the first to discover stunning reefs, sunken wrecks and a raft of marine life which paint the ocean with vibrant colour.

5. Food

Savour the taste of fish pulled from the ocean that morning cooked with the freshest Madagascan spices, fruit and vegetables all sourced from the local market.

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Secret corners of the world – Constance Tsarabanjina

For those searching for a remote hideaway far from the noise and bustle of modern life, Constance Tsarabanjina off the coast of Madagascar is a dream come true.

Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Secluded beach bungalow at Tsarabanjina

Relaxation and nature are the main attractions at this exclusive island retreat, named Madagascar’s Leading Luxury Lodge at this month’s World Travel Awards. Whale watching, snorkelling and nature walks can be combined with sampling seafood pulled fresh from the ocean and massages are given on the beach at sunset.

Barefoot living combines with Constance luxury

A vision of laid-back luxury, Constance Tsarabanjina combines the barefoot charms of beach living with the luxury of Constance Hotels to create a truly unique holiday experience.

Tsarabanjina, with it’s 25 thatched rosewood bungalows, spaced out over the island’s two main beaches, is all about creating comfort and luxury in a relaxed back-to-nature environment.

At Tsarabanjina you can revel in a simpler way of life, so you won’t find any televisions or other noises to disturb your island retreat and even the staff are well practised at being on hand when needed, without intruding into your space or the peace of this beautiful island.

Diving at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Diving with yellow snapper

The barefoot living carries through to the sand-floored bar, a perfect space to meet up with friends and unwind. To fit with the laid-back vibe board games are provided.

And in keeping with the resort’s elegant rustic charm, meals of fresh seafood are served in the restaurant at communal tables or if you prefer a seafood platter can be served to you on the beach.

Exploring the island

The staff at the Tsarabanjina are passionate about the island and its environment and will be on hand to take you on guided walks around the island, on boat trips to discover the local area or to help you explore the teeming underwater world.

Whether you want to discover the unique natural world Madagascar offers or simply enjoy the seclusion of your own beach bungalow looking out over the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean, Tsarabanjina offers a tranquil idyll of laid back luxury.

The giant pineapples of Madagascar

At our Constance Tsarabanjina Lodge in Madagascar, we cook with mainly local produce to provide the freshest ingredients to our guests.

Woman holding a giant pineapple from Madagascar

Giant pineapples in Madagascar can weigh up to 5kg

The North of the country is rich in amazing fruits and vegetables. No pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used – it’s nature at its very best.

If you head to the market in Nosy Bé, you’ll be struck not only by the abundance of fruit and vegetables but also by the size of everything on offer.

One of the most incredible sights are the giant pineapples. They come from the North-Western region of Sakatia or Marovato where the soil is particularly hot and humid. Here, the pineapples can grow up to whopping 5 kg.

Here are two great ways to enjoy the amazing flavours of pineapple:

  • Peel and cut the pineapple into wedges, then sprinkle with dried chilli flakes and salt crystals.
  • Peel and thinkly slice the pineapple, baste with a light vanilla syrup and serve with a scoop of lemongrass sorbet.

Simple, fresh and tasty.