Andasibe Hotel

When you’re thousands of miles away from the civilization to which you’re accustomed, a 3-star lodge in the middle of the jungle can feel like 13-stars — especially when your bungalow is tucked into the forest, where howling Indri-Indri lemurs issue “wake up calls” at dawn. The Andasibe Hotel, about four hours by car from Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, achieves the perfect balance of natural rusticity and modern comfort. There’s one other fancy lodge in the vicinity, but that one keeps wild lemurs imprisoned on a small island for the amusement of tourists. At Andasibe, the living creatures (including the wealthy European guests) roam free, harmonizing with the wilderness, sleeping beneath the stars, surrounded by tree frogs, chameleons and millions of unseen insects. It’s a genuine sanctuary.


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