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Masoala Forest Lodge

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•Paradise of pristine nature, bio-diversity and traditional culture•Comfort and privacy in the owner-managed exclusive eco-lodge with private forest reserve and beaches •Wide range of activities and meals of organic fresh local produce and seafood•An authentic experience - an interactive journey of information, education and inspiration Nestled in a cove of golden sand and blue water, at the meeting of rainforest and sea, a luxurious outpost awaits – The Masoala Forest Lodge. The handful of thatched tree-house bungalows is tucked into the forest at the water’s edge, each with a private beach access and uninterrupted views of forest and sea. Constructed with sustainably harvested local materials, each bungalow is raised 2-3 meters above the ground and contains a fully netted and screened canvas safari tent, with en-suite bathroom, hot water, palissandre furnishings and solar lighting.
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Masoala, Tampolo Madagascar
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Maroantsetra Airport44 kmSee all flights
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reb6234 wrote a review Oct 2017
reb623482 contributions81 helpful votes
Granted : that this place even exists is a miracle. Perched on the far edge of civilization, it's remarkable that's it is here and as functional and pleasant as it is. There are great beaches and gorgeous hikes, and the proximity of the accommodations to the water is wonderful for sleep. And not enough can be said about the most excellent aspect of our stay: our intelligent and talented guide, Claret. He was a total score. But I don't think it's for everyone, and more importantly, this review is intended to demonstrate what I felt were a few unmet expectations and experiences not detailed on the website or lodge literature. To reach the lodge , you take 2hr flight on a small plane which leaves early in the morning. Upon arrival, there is an extremely bumpy half hour bus ride
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Date of stay: October 2017
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Response from Maria_Bester, Owner at Masoala Forest Lodge
Responded 09 Dec 2017
Russell, Thank you very much for your helpful feedback. We are sorry to hear that you feel your experience did not quite match your expectations. In hopes of preventing any confusion in the future, we are updating our website and pre-arrival literature to make the itinerary on travel days clearer to our guests. To your point regarding the WiFi, the more guests attempting to use it at one time, the slower it will be. We have posted a sign asking guests to refrain from certain usages that slow the network down for everyone else in the hopes that future guests will not experience your same frustration. Despite these inconveniences, we are very pleased to hear that overall you had a good experience and enjoyed a bit of the magic of Masoala! Best, MFL Team
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MyrtleWiltshire wrote a review Oct 2017
Devizes, United Kingdom427 contributions201 helpful votes
For us it was the best sort of rainforest accommodation - we were close to it and had walks in the forest seeing lemurs, birds, frogs, chameleons etc but didn't have to stay in the humid and closed in rainforest environment, but on a beautiful little bay with sea breezes, an open view and lovely swimming in the sea just steps from our tent! We were very lucky with the weather and had no rain at all and both the transfer boat rides were very calm, taking about an hour each. The food was really excellent, very skilled chefs in a remote spot. It was the best food we ate on this trip (our third) to Madagascar. European meals apart from a Malagasy choice at lunch and Malagasy evening on Fridays. The staff speak no English or French at all but they have a good system to get round
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Date of stay: October 2017
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Response from Maria_Bester, Owner at Masoala Forest Lodge
Responded 09 Dec 2017
Charles and Louise, thank you for your review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, particularly the food! And we are glad that you found our systems for circumventing the language barrier easy to understand and use. Regarding shampoos, since your stay we have found a local company to produce shower gel, shampoo, and body lotion for us which is now complimentary in all bungalows. Hope all is well! Best, MFL Team
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iamarugger wrote a review Oct 2017
Hong Kong438 contributions206 helpful votes
Look no further this should be on your itinerary when visiting Madagascar. My wife and I took our 5 and 6 year old. We decided to skip Air Madagascar after hearing all the horror stories and used the charter air service. I believe about 2 weeks before our trip Air Mad cancelled all flights to Maroantsetra anyway so we really lucked out booking the charter service. Upon arriving we were transferred for tea and snacks before setting off via boat to Nosy Mangabe. Our guide was Pascal. This guy is a legend and one of the better guides we have ever had on safari. His knowledge about the area, animals and fauna had no end. He was very patient with the children and we stayed with him all 10 days of our trip. The kids slept in a bunk bed in the tent and my wife and I were in
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Date of stay: October 2017
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Response from Maria_Bester, Owner at Masoala Forest Lodge
Responded 09 Dec 2017
John, Thank you for taking the time to write such a great and comprehensive review. We greatly appreciate your donations to the local school, too. Last week I finaly saw the beautiful eal in the sand that you discribed to me. We hope all is well with your family and that you will always fondly remember your time in Masoala with us. Best, MFL Team
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Soul M wrote a review Oct 2017
130 contributions8 helpful votes
This was the first hotel in the area and it remains the best of Masoala. Settled into the peninsula of Masoala, it has a direct beach access. It offers a very nice view and experience to the biggest park of Madagascar where the forest meets the sea... I enjoy Masoala Forest Lodge
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Date of stay: August 2017
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ozfamily25 wrote a review Oct 2017
Sydney, Australia5 contributions6 helpful votes
Masoala Forest Lodge is the best of all worlds. It offers the adventure and excitement of being between rainforest and reef on a remote, lightly visited, ecologically rich peninsula in Madagascar. At the same time, it is such a safe, comfortable and friendly environment that our kids could roam, swim and paddle barefoot from dawn to dusk without a worry. Everything about how the lodge is designed and managed is thoughtful and impressive. It is clear that the Lodge’s support for local communities and eco-friendly measures (e.g. solar power, filtered water, clever building design and use of local produce) are not just for marketing purposes. On the contrary, they are part of the genuine and common sense approach of the owners. Pierre and Maria have created a haven for nature
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Date of stay: September 2017
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MadagascarToamasina ProvinceTampolo
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