Far-Flung Luxury at Madagascar’s TIME + TIDE Miavana
December 31, 2019 by Allison Reiber DiLiegro
For travelers seeking a far-flung beach getaway, it doesn’t get much more remote than TIME +TIDE Miavana. Set on the island of Nosy Ankao off northern Madagascar, the property is only accessible by helicopter from Diego Suarez or from Nosy Be. On the approach by air, you’ll see how pristine the island is: there’s an expanse of lush greenery, a wide fringe of white sand and deep blue water that spirals into turquoise as it nears the coast.
Once you touch down, it becomes clear that you’re far from stranded. TIME +TIDE Miavana has worked wonders on this island. The property’s main gathering places are low-slung and sand-colored to blend in with the natural environment. A glittering infinity pool stretches alongside the beach where shady palm trees rustle in the breeze.
The 14 one- to three-bedroom villas are light-filled and spacious (starting from 4,844 square feet), with rustic-chic decor that blends bright blues with beachy details. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer sparkling views of the Indian Ocean. But the barefoot, castaway style is just for show – the villas are equipped with all the latest technologies, with private pools and butler service to boot. The study can be transformed into a kids’ room, making TIME + TIDE Miavana suitable for families, couples and friends.
A day is well spent hopping from the ocean to the private pool to the shade of a palm tree. When the sun begins to set, climb the 1930s-era French colonial lighthouse for a sundowner and 360-degree views. By night, cozy up by the firepit or head into the forest in search of nocturnal wildlife with a guide. Nosy Ankao is a nature sanctuary, home to a thriving colony of Crowned lemurs, chameleons and many other fantastic rare creatures.
There are more adventures to be had at sea. Guests can scuba dive in the house reef or visit small wrecks nearby. Lucky divers might spot sea turtles, manta rays, parrotfish, humpback whales or spinner dolphins. First-time scuba divers are welcome to join an Open Water Diver course. More advanced courses are on offer for veterans. Those who would rather admire the sea from above can try kitesurfing, wakeboarding, stand-up paddleboarding or world-class fishing by boat.
If there’s a little rain, take the chance to visit Le Cabinet de Curiosités, TIME + TIDE Miavana’s charming museum that houses rare artifacts from Madagascar, like a pygmy hippo skeleton and an elephant bird egg. Or, unwind with an in-villa facial, scrub, manicure or Thai yogatherapy.
For those looking to explore further afield, TIME + TIDE Miavana is a perfect base for visiting northern Madagascar. Helicopter excursions can be arranged to the mainland to explore rainforests and national parks including Amber Mountain, Ankarana East, and Red Tsingy with a guide.
All of this adventuring (or sunbathing) will be punctuated by delectable dining. The restaurant sources fresh, local produce, herbs and seafood to craft dishes inspired by local and international cuisine. Dine in the Italian-inspired grotto, on your villa’s terrace or – if you can’t shake the castaway cravings – with your toes in the sand.
When to Go:
November to April/May is known for warm days with rain by night. These months are best for scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing and taking night walks to spot lemurs and other animals. May/June to October is cooler with south-easterly winds. There are ample opportunities for adventure, like whale watching, kitesurfing and night walks.
TIME + TIDE Miavana
Nosy Ankao, Madagascar
Telephone: +27 60.642.4004