Architecture and design at Tsarabanjina

The unique island hideaway of Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar is a place where barefoot chic sits comfortably beside the island’s distinctive biodiversity.

Beach Villa at Constance Tsarabanjina

Beach Villa at Constance Tsarabanjina

The seemingly effortless blending of traditional Malagasy building techniques with the comforts of a modern luxury hotel is part of a conscious effort to maintain Tsarabanjina’s natural Robinson Crusoe charm.

In Malagasy culture it is believed that the invisible spirit world is a part of our world, and it has been our mission in refurbishing the resort to protect the unique, invisible, free spirit of the island.

History of Tsarabanjina

Tsarabanjina was originally discovered in 1990 by a South African adventurer, Richard Walker, who fell in love with the island and wanted to share it with others.

In 1998 he built a small resort with eight bungalows which integrated with their natural environment so that guests could enjoy the island’s authentic charm.

In 2006 he handed over guardianship of the beautiful island and its resort to Constance. This is a responsibility that we take very seriously and one which was at the heart of our plans when we decided to refurbish the existing resort to introduce a little luxury for guests in this special place.

Beach Villa, Tsarabanjina

Beach Villa, Tsarabanjina

Architects behind Tsarabanjina

In an effort to protect the authenticity of Tsarabanjina we selected architects who understood our respect for the ecological integrity of the place. We then went further to embrace the local culture by introducing Malagasy arts and crafts into the design of the hotel.

When choosing the materials for the construction of the resort our first decision was easy, we banned all plastic. We then searched for locally sourced wood from the main island and used it in its raw form to give guests a sensory connection to the nature that surrounds them here.

Working with local crafts people

Throughout the refurbishment we have tried to use local crafts people who have traditions of construction, basketry, weaving, embroidery which have been handed down from generation to generation.

We believe that in employing local crafts people we are not just supporting a local economy but promoting a passing down of traditional, cultural skills.

The result is an island where luxury tourism sits comfortably alongside authentic Malagasy charm and tradition in such a way that the natural environment is added to rather than impacted.

Unlike other resorts our luxuries are discreet rather than ostentatious. We prefer to highlight the island’s natural beauty and relaxed pace so that guests can enjoy the same authentic experience here that they always have.

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Food of Madagascar at Constance Tsarabanjina

One of the most lasting memories of a holiday are its flavours and nowhere is this more true than on the remote, exclusive Madagascan island of Tsarabanjina.

Madagascan lobsters at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

Madagascan lobsters at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

Flavours of Madagascar

Breathe in the scents of Constance Tsarabanjina and you’ll catch hints of cloves, vanilla, black pepper and nutmeg which make up the foundation of Malagasy cuisine.

Local produce at Tsarabanjina

We select the very best produce daily from the local market on Nosy Bé including the freshest spices, fruits and vegetables – luscious pineapples, mangoes and lime, plump pumpkins and vibrantly coloured sweet potatoes.

The fish our chefs prepare is caught off our shores by fishermen from the neighbouring island of Mitsio. Fishing with nets off traditional wooden pirogues, they use the same techniques that Malagasy fishermen have used for hundreds of years.

Fish for your own dinner

It is even possible to have your own pirogue fishing experience with our chefs on hand back on dry land to prepare and cook your very own catch-of-the-day.

For a unique culinary experience you could try lobster caught in the water just beyond your villa, prepared and grilled before your eyes and served to a secluded table for two on the rocks beside the ocean.

Dine on the beach at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Dine on the beach at Tsarabanjina

Local chefs

Our chefs come with an innate understanding of the distinct flavours and traditions of Malagasy cuisine with its Southeast Asian, African, European and Chinese influences. They blend flavours and traditions to create an elegant, authentically Malagasy, 5-star dining experience.

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Working with local fishermen at Constance Tsarabanjina

At Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar you can enjoy fresh fish caught from the ocean in the same traditional way it has been for hundreds of years.

Local fisherman in his pirogue

Local fisherman in his pirogue

One of the many delights you’ll discover on the remote Madagascan island of Tsarabanjina is watching the daily arrival of the local fishermen delivering their catch to our chefs.

Mitsio fishermen

The fishermen live on the neighbouring island of Mitsio, the only other inhabited island in the archipelago, and they travel and fish in traditional boats called pirogues.

The pirogues are hollowed out wooden boats powered by oars. It’s from here that the fishermen cast their nets into the waters around the archipelago. Following the catch they make the 3 to 4 hour journey to Tsarabanjina.

Fishing in pirogues has been a way of life in Madagascar for hundreds of years with fishermen teaching the family craft to their children, and passing their skills down through the generations.

We at Constance are proud to support such a long held tradition and our guests enjoy the freshest fish caught from just beyond our own shores.

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Scuba diving in Madagascar: the undiscovered ocean

Join Nicolas Richer as he goes scuba diving to discover the secret underwater treasures that surround Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar.

Diving at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Diving at Tsarabanjina

Diving in Tsarabanjina is, for me, an unforgettable experience. It is one of the last places on the planet which remains almost virgin territory for divers, where only a few have had the privilege of dropping their fins.

Each time I dive here I get the feeling that I am the discoverer of an unexplored paradise.

Diving at Tétons, Madagascar

This morning we start our dive at Tétons. Under a benevolent sun and after a jovial briefing with our instructor Riccardo, myself and three other divers embark on a comfortable 15-minute speedboat journey.

Here we are. No one is in site. The Tétons, two beautiful rocks looming off the coast of Tsarabanjina, are lined beneath the water with lush coral pinnacles and tunnels colonised by stunning marine life.

Diving Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Underwater at Tsarabanjina

After the usual checks and Riccardo’s okay, we make the big jump.

Crystal clear water welcomes us. Immediately I am struck by the abundance of life around me, a school of batfish approaches attracted by our bubble wall and a crowd of yellow snappers gently surrounds me.

We venture to explore the light and shade of the tunnels where we can admire vaults covered with colourful sponges and hundreds of sweetlips a little surprised by our presence.

At the end of the tunnel, my gaze is drawn towards a cloud of glass fish being chased by several kingfish and a spanish mackerel in the midst of a coral richness rarely equalled.

Wow, I’ve already been diving for 50 minutes, I do not want to go back but I have to.

On the boat back to Tsarabanjina

On the boat everyone is euphoric. After a nice iced tea the crew turn the boat back towards Tsarabanjina. The icing on the cake is a pod of bottlenose dolphins following us, playing at the bow of the boat, joining us in our celebration of this unforgettable dive.

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top family holidays in the Indian Ocean

Discover a luxury resort where stylish surroundings and a family-friendly space are not mutually exclusive, and you’ll never look at family holidays in the same way again.

Family holidays at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Family holidays at Belle Mare Plage

At Constance hotels and resorts we blend an exuberant dash of luxury with a genuinely warm welcome to children.

Our Unique resorts – Ephélia, Moofushi, Belle Mare Plage and Tsarabanjina – have become havens for families looking for a bolt-hole where they can experience exciting new adventures together and then kick back to enjoy the kind of service you dream of when you’re back home.

The choice you make will depend on what features high on your family’s must-have list. Here’s a look at what you’ll find at our Unique resorts.

Choice of accommodation

Luxury villas
Enjoy your family holiday with plenty of space and privacy around you in one of our private villas. At Ephélia and Belle Mare Plage you can indulge in the added luxury of your very own villa master who will see to all of your family’s needs. Share breakfast in your own outside dining area, lounge by your own pool, watch the kids play in your private garden and then head down to the beach or to one of a selection of restaurants for lunch.

Spacious suites
Smaller families will relish the space of the elegant suites at Belle Mare Plage and Ephélia with plenty of room to sleep two adults and a child. For bigger groups it’s also possible to book interconnecting suites where the family can enjoy the space of their own seating area, fully furnished balcony and room for everyone to relax after a day on the beach.

Kids’ clubs and babysitting service

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Take time out for yourself knowing your kids are well looked after. We offer a babysitting service at Moofushi, Ephelia and Belle Mare Plage. The kids’ clubs at Belle Mare Plage and Ephélia are a great way for your children to make friends and have adventures of their own. Activities for 4-12 year olds include:

  • Guided excursions around the island
  • Glass-bottom boat trips
  • Underwater sea walks
  • Painting and craft activities
  • Games and competitions
  • Crab hunting

Chidlren love trying new things so let them seize the opportunity. While with us they can try:

  • Cookery classes with our chefs
  • Yoga on the beach
  • Children’s spa sessions
  • Classes in traditional island dance
  • Golf lessons at Belle Mare Plage
  • Scuba diving with trained instructors

Fun and games

Zip wire at Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Zip wires at Constance Ephelia

Share the fun and remember the joy of laughing out loud while you try something new with the whole family. Whether it’s the exhilaration of our zip wires and natural rock-climbing wall at Ephélia or snorkelling with the kids for the first time in the waters of Madagascar, you’ll be creating the memories of a lifetime.

Family activities at our Unique resorts include:

  • Tennis
  • Sailing
  • Snorkelling
  • Kayaking and Hobby Cat
  • Beach volleyball
  • Fishing
  • Cycling
  • Table tennis

Kids food

Family meals at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Family meals at Constance

There’s nothing like watching your kids devour a plate of delicious, fresh cooked food, particularly when you don’t have to cook it yourself. All our Unique resorts offer children’s menus at times when your kids are hungry. Designed to appeal to young appetites our kids’ menus are created with fresh, healthy ingredients which will keep you and your little ones happy.

All inclusive

Older kids love the independence of hanging out at the bar with their friends ordering fruit smoothies and snacks, watching movies in the villa or challenging friends to various games. At Tsarabanjina and Moofushi our all inclusive Cristal package means you can give them the freedom of the resort without worrying about the bill. They may even reward you for their new independence by delivering fruit juices to you on your sunbed.

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Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina

Visit our website to find out more about each of our Constance hotels and resorts in the Indian Ocean.

Our Ultimate Hotels offer high-end luxury in beautifully designed spaces. Families return year after year to experience the delights on offer. Find out more about holidays at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Constance Halaveli and Constance Lémuria.

Take a look at our Constance readers’ tips for what to take on a family holiday

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