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... ran about $31US so naturally I went almost every day. The pool is large and features a separate shallower kids pool which...
... spacious bungalows with air con, lovely bathroom. Gym and pool were good. Staff in gym offered to help etc. Food was...
... were impeccable. It is right on the beach with a beautiful pool. The restaurant is large, open air, on the beach, with good...
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Russell M wrote a review Jan 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia16 contributions6 helpful votes
What a place! I just returned from a week at Ravintsara and did not want to leave. The resort is gorgeous; the buildings are all separate traditional thatch-roof Bures or Bungalows and the grounds between them are perfectly manicured and extremely lush. Due to the density of vegetation you can't see further than a few dozen meters in any direction so the resort feels very private and personal. We happened to visit during the start of the rainy season which was a double blessing as my pasty-white skin was a bit more protected from the sun by clouds and the resort was almost completely empty. They have 38 guest bungalows and I believe only four or five were occupied during our visit so the peace and privacy were incredible. The guest bungalow was large and beautifully appointed. We were in Bungalow 8 which faces the ocean, is less than ten feet off the beach and about 20 feet from the surf. Even with the windows closed and AC running we were lulled to sleep by the crashing of the waves at night. Heavenly. Outside we had two loungers, two chairs, a bench and a table. Inside we had a large canopy bed with Mosquito nets, a large curved sofa, walk-in shower and jetted jacuzzi tub. The traditional hand-hewn beams in the ceiling were mesmerizing and I ended up leaving a few lights on at night so I could stare up at them. We ended up eating the vast majority of our meals at the on-site restaurant as the food was great and the service excellent. The menu changed each day and featured Zebu steaks, Duck Confit, Lobster and other seafood options. The breakfast buffet was nice and offered made-to-order omelettes. The servings were large and I never left the restaurant without being full. The on-site spa is an oasis within the oasis, it's bures are located on individual islands surrounded by Lilly ponds and a one-hour full body massage ran about $31US so naturally I went almost every day. The pool is large and features a separate shallower kids pool which was blessedly unused as I did not see a single child on the property during my stay (hallelujah!). The pool also abuts a swim-up bar area but it was not open during my visit. I found the pool a little too chilly for my taste and only used it once. The beach fronting the hotel is not a picturesque white-sand beach but rather more of a tidal sand flat. It is pretty view but not particularly swimmable. One thing that really stood out while laying poolside was how incredibly quiet the hotel is. All I heard was the wind in the palm trees and the surf crashing onto the beach. Of all the beauty and quality of the resort the highlight is the staff. Everyone is friendly and extremely attentive. We were amazed how people would just appear with cushions every time we sat in a lounger and how the room was serviced multiple times per day. Once we ran to the lobby to ask about an excursion we had booked and the room was completely cleaned in the five minutes we were gone. The front desk helped book us trips to Nosy Iranja (worth the rough boat trip) and Lemuria Land. I really can't say enough nice things about this place; it's perfect!
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Date of stay: January 2020
Room Tip: Bungalow 8 is oceanfront!
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AngloVikingPrincess wrote a review Dec 2019
United Kingdom6 contributions1 helpful vote
Speedy and smooth check in. We were greeted with a cold cloth and drink while the receptionist filled in our arrivals paperwork.
Amazing huge spacious bungalows with air con, lovely bathroom.
Gym and pool were good. Staff in gym offered to help etc.
Food was excellent from breakfast until dinner. Good cocktails!
A truly wonderful place to relax on the island.
Beach by the hotel wasn’t the best for swimming but walking 150m further down was great.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Charette D wrote a review Aug 2019
McKinney, Texas55 contributions16 helpful votes
Nosy Be is a hidden gem. Ravintsara is one of the most breathtaking properties at which I’ve ever stayed. The landscaping is unbelievably beautiful. The rooms are modern but comfortable and elegantly appointed. The service and all staff with whom I interacted were impeccable. It is right on the beach with a beautiful pool. The restaurant is large, open air, on the beach, with good food. This is probably my most favorite resort worldwide. I can’t say enough good things. Finally, the best thing about it was the prices. It is ridiculously reasonable. I paid $30 for a 1 hour massage!
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Martti974 wrote a review Aug 2019
Reunion Island69 contributions18 helpful votes
I booked this hotel with the hope that I would finally get something perfect in Madagascar as I was not in my best health. This was the most expensive hotel available when I booked. Before arrival, I called the reception to make certain the shuttle was available from the airport. It was but at double the price indicated. Nothing to break the bank, though.

On arrival at the hotel, I was impressed by the friendly welcome.
I got a walking tour of the magnificent premises of the hotel. The area is huge with a great variety of trees and other plants. Everything is clean and well kept. There are ponds with fish. You have a pool and the sandy, very shallow beach that is exposed during the low tide for hundreds of meters.

The bungalow was clean and airy. The linen was changed every day. Nothing to complain about. The ocean view would have cost extra.
In the restaurant, you had three different choices a day. They said that they only used fresh ingredients when I asked about it. This is what they said.

I could see some signs of neglect on the thatched roofs. Big areas were covered with canvas.

Why did I say my experience was eerie?
Because for several days, I was the only client there!
The highest count I observed was 11. Chinese, French, Italians, one Norwegian couple.
There was clearly something very wrong with the hotel as clients had left it.
The price.
Despite the beautiful surroundings and once-elegant bungalows, there is nothing in this hotel to warrant the price level. I was left with an eerie feeling of the place, having spent days in days out as the sole guest of the house.
All my warmest wishes to the crew who clearly did their best. There is nothing more you can do about the situation. This place is on its way out.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Ralphtribe wrote a review Jul 2019
London, United Kingdom22 contributions25 helpful votes
Having just stayed at the Ravinsata with my family the last two weeks of June I thought I would put a review up so people have a most recent update on the hotel. There were four of us staying for 6 nights.

The Rooms and grounds - This is actually a beautiful and very well designed hotel. The villas are large, very well maintained and well designed inside. They’re very well spaced apart from one another in the most beautiful tropical gardens you can imagine. The grounds are meticulously kept, and tended to by a large team daily. Also we noticed that every room is actually aired every day when not occupied, presumably to avoid that musty damp smell that you can sometimes get in tropical villas. We thought that was a nice / clever touch. Certainly our two sea view bungalows were completely fresh and perfectly maintained by the large cleaning staff who look after the resort. They were very quick too. Each morning they would go straight in as you went to breakfast, and they were done and out again by the time you returned afterwards.

The Pools - The two large interlocking pools are superb. Crystal clear water, beautifully situated, and perfectly maintained daily. One is perfect for small children as it’s very shallow, and both have ‘beach’ / sloped entry on one side. There are lots of cushioned sun beds around the pools with both shade and sun options.

The Beach - There is a beach right in front of the hotel but - as some of the other reviews mention - it is covered at high tide …and not the perfect white sand and crystal clear water you can find on some other beaches on Nosy Be. That said it’s probably more interesting to look at (as you can see local fishermen working the shallow lagoon), and the view beyond it to the island across the bay is lovely. The sunsets looking out across the bay from the hotel are absolutely extraordinary. There are lots of cushioned sun beds looking out over the bay

This stretch of bay does have pretty good swimming in front of the Vanila Hotel which is just five minutes walk up the beach, so if the beautiful pools at Ravintsara aren’t enough, and you do want to swim in the sea, then it is an option within a short stroll. No matter how high the tide you can still always access the beach from the Ravintsara Hotel at the right hand side of its frontage. I think some of the other reviews I have seen do Ravintsara a bit of a disservice on this point.

Also like I say, it’s a very pretty stretch of bay so it’s nice to stroll along to some of the other local hotels, and there are three or four other hotels or beach bars on this stretch for a bit of variety. Also worth noting this beach/bay felt TOTALLY safe and NO hassle. There are no hawkers at all. A few locals, and some fishermen but it’s mainly a few tourists and we felt totally at ease walking back to our hotel well after dark after having had an evening drink at one of the other establishments on the bay. This is a really nice feature of this bay. It’s a got a bit of life on it but it’s utterly safe and relaxed feeling.

The Food – if you read all the reviews as we did you get the impression this is a lovely hotel let down by the food but we didn’t find that at all. We were a bit nervous about this aspect but that concern proved unfounded. Perhaps they have changed the chef! The food in Madagascar is not brilliant varied anywhere but the quality is fine. We stayed in various other hotels during our trip to Madagascar, many of which got very good reviews for their food and I have to say Ravintsara measured up almost identically, so I’m not quite sure why it gets pulled up for the food in some reviews here. Most Madagascan hotels serve a pretty standard breakfast comprising fresh omelette, cereal, pastries, fruit. Then at lunchtime burgers, sandwich options. Then at dinner a three course meal with perhaps two or three options for each course. Service is never fast! Ravintsara did exactly this, and all the meals we ate there were very nice. Good quality products, well prepared, pretty quickly served. The one thing I would say is that they don’t cater brilliantly for vegetarians, so my adult daughter did struggle a little, but had we spoken better French I think they could have sorted her out perfectly well.

The staff – there are loads of them (this place is certainly not under-staffed) and they are very polite, and very helpful, if perhaps a bit formal. The staff speak good French but only the concierge (who is excellent btw) spoke fluent English as far as we could tell.

Occupancy – this hotel seems to run on pretty low occupancy. Depending on what you like that’s a consideration. When we stayed there in June which is a bit off-season we were the only guests in the hotel a couple of nights and other nights there were no more than 8 others staying there. We asked about it and apparently they are busier in high season but rarely fully booked. You get the sense this hotel might have a rich benefactor behind it where it’s a labour of love for them (hence the incredible grounds etc) rather than a money making machine. This means if you like your holidays quieter it could be perfect. But if you like the hotel you’re in to be more lively then maybe go to the Vanila Hotel up the bay. Both hotels are very nice in their different ways.

Other Points:

Day trips - You can book all the normal Nosy Be tours at Ravintsara reception. They link with Nosy Be Original who actually have a base in the Vanila Hotel 500 meters up the beach, and the boats pick you up off the beach right outside Ravintsara.

Best Rooms - Best rooms are the two beautiful beach rooms we stayed in – rooms 11 and 12. But all the rooms looked very nice to be honest and none are more than 30 seconds walk from the pool/beach.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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