The rich culture of Madagascar

Embark on an adventure to the remote island of Tsarabanjina and discover the friendly people and rich culture of Madagascar.

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Take advantage of the one-night stopover on the mainland before travelling on to Constance Tsarabanjina to immerse yourself in the colourful local customs and traditions of Madagascar.

Ethnic groups in Madagascar

The diverse ethnic groups which make up the Malagasy people, divided into 18 ‘tribes’, are united around the common Malagasy language and traditional beliefs in the importance of kinship and the veneration of their ancestors.

Local crafts

Crafts including raffia weaving, woodcarving and silk weaving – particularly the weaving of the silk lamba, the island’s national dress – can be traced back to the very first inhabitants of the island and are central to the island’s cultural history.

The traditional woodwork of the Zafimaniry people of Madagascar were considered so important that in 2008 UNESCO included them on its List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Music of Madagascar

Music plays an important role in the lives of the Malagasy people with beats and rhythms echoing the music of Africa and Indonesia and often played on traditional instruments or sung with only hand clapping accompaniment.

Lemur in Madagascar

Lemur in Madagascar

Learn Malagasy

Seize the opportunity on the mainland or on Tsarabanjina to really get a sense of what makes the people of this region so special. Here are some Malagasy phrases you might find useful during your visit.

Welcome: Tongasoa

Good morning: Mbolatsara/ Salama

How are you? : Karakory/In vao vao?

Goodbye: Veloma/Samitsara

Have a nice trip: Soavadia

Goodnight: Samy mandry mifoha

Enjoy your breakfast/ launch/dinner: Mazotoa misakafo

Slowly: Mora Mora

Local Mitsio fishermen in Madagascar

Local Mitsio fishermen in Madagascar

Thank you: Misaotra

Thank you so much: Misaotra Betsaka

Best wishes: Mirary soa/ Tsara tsara

Island: Nosy

Fish: Laoko

Rice: Vary

Lemurs: Komba/Maki

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Barefoot beach experience in the Maldives and Madagascar

Retreat to a castaway island in the Indian Ocean for an all-out escape from the pace of everyday living and gain the ultimate barefoot beach experience.

Senior Water Villa, Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Senior Water Villa, Constance Moofushi

The small, remote islands of Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar and Constance Moofushi, Maldives exude a laidback, barefoot vibe where you can indulge in warm sunshine, white sand and crystal clear waters by day, before enjoying balmy nights under star-filled skies.

The all-inclusive Cristal package means you can enjoy everything that’s on offer, without sparing a thought for needing to settle the final bill at the end of your holiday.

Stay in a beach or water villa

At Tsarabanjina each secluded beach villa has its own hammock hung in the shade of the trees, perfect for taking time out to cool off from the sun and let time drift away.

The villas themselves exude a rustic charm with palm thatch, Malagasy crafts and woven furniture. We’ve thrown in a few modern day luxuries to make sure this is barefoot living at its finest including air-conditioning, vast beds and mini bars stocked with a superb selection of drinks and snacks.

At Moofushi the laid back charm of the beach villas’ are echoed in the palm-thatched water villas, accessed by wooden jetties warmed by the sun. The villas’ expansive wooden terraces have their own steps leading down to the clear waters of the lagoon where you can swim and snorkel.

Constance Tsarabanjina

Constance Tsarabanjina

Spa indulgence

Feel your pulse slow to the more gentle rhythm with a range of spa treatments that reflect the environment you’re in.

The therapy rooms at Moofushi are open sided so that the ocean view is part of the experience – so much so that we’ve even put glass panels in the floor so you can see marine life passing by beneath you.

At Tsarabanjina we’ve gone a step further with an indoor and outdoor natural spa set on a secluded shelf of ocean rock. Watch the sun set while breathing in the scent of natural locally-sourced remedies and oils during a massage and feel reconnected with yourself and the world around you.

Fish for your dinner

At Tsarabanjina and Moofushi try fishing in the traditional way, on a Malagasy pirogue or Maldivian dhoni. Bring your catch back to shore and our chefs will prepare it for you so that you can experience the joy of eating your own freshly caught fish, with your barefeet in the sand.

Castaway by night

At Moofushi’s Manta bar, lounge on beanbags on a beach lit by natural torchlight while enjoying a glass of chilled champagne, or watch a classic movie under the stars.

Spa de Constance, Moofushi

Spa de Constance, Moofushi

For those seeking true Robinson Crusoe-style seclusion a private dinner for two on your very own sandbank at Moofushi will make you feel that you have truly escaped the hustle and bustle of the modern world.

And at Tsarabanjina, fresh seafood and vegetables bought at the local daily market are served in the main beachside restaurant, combining a boutique boho feel with delectable food and wine. Then walk along the shoreline to the quiet and intimacy of your beach villa.

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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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