An island of your own

A view from the Tsarabanjina beach
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In this year’s World Travel Awards, one of those who came out on top was our very own Constance Tsarabanjina. Named the Indian Ocean’s Leading Private Island Resort, this hidden gem off the north west coast of Madagascar tops the fashion crowd’s list when it comes to getting an invite to explore the farther flung reaches of the globe.

And it’s not hard to see why.

The beach villa, a perfect cocoon on the beach

For anyone suffering the effects of information overload and the boltneck speed of daily life, this tiny island off the north west coast of Madagascar is just the ticket.

With only 25 private beach villas generously spread along an unspoilt stretch of beach the no news, no shoes approach to life at Tsarabanjina is like a salve to over-tired minds looking for a bit of Robinson Crusoe escape.

The only way to arrive on your own paradise

First off, you arrive at the island by boat where you’ll be greeted by staff and the GM. The fact he wears a pareo gives the game away. There’s a different approach to luxury here, where barefoot chic comes with air-conditioned thatched villas, and huge comfy beds look out to the beach and ocean beyond. We’ve slung hammocks between the trees for your afternoon naps and stocked the mini bars with top brand name drinks, so you can grab a bottle of rosé and take it to the water’s edge to enjoy while the sun goes down.

The décor of this boutique hotel is inspired by the Malagasy culture that surrounds it. From the stylish rosewood villas to the sculptures and furnishings crated by local craftspeople, Tsarabanjina is unique.

Enjoy fresh seafood at dinner caught by the local Mitsio fishermen, try your hand at traditional hand-line fishing, or go diving in waters that few other divers have ever experienced.

Find out more about this exclusive resort on our website, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook for daily inspiration from our 7 hotels and resorts across the Indian Ocean.

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