Spacious Island Luxury
An exhilarating helicopter ride over mountains, baobabs and shipwrecks dotting the wild coastline ends in a gentle landing on a remote private island off the coast of Madagascar. Rediscover your sense of wonder in a place where luxury means stepping foot where no man has before, surrounded by an unspoiled horizon. Raw and refined, Miavana brings together exclusivity and adventure as well as travel and conservation. Contribute to the long-term sustainability of the region simply by visiting. At around 10 square kilometres in size, this intimate haven is just the place to escape and unwind.
Coral reefs fringe the island, so you can snorkel right from the beach in front of your villa. When you arrive, the activities team will kit you out with snorkelling gear that you can keep throughout your stay. You can also venture further afield by boat to explore reefs nearby, such as the phenomenal Nosy Manambiby.
Miavana is an excellent destination for fishing. Top of the line equipment and a passionate, experienced team are available. Try your hand at catch-and-release deep-sea fishing, jigging, popping, trolling or fly-fishing on the reef flats. Around Miavana, you will find species such as sailfish, marlin, mahi mahi, giant trevally, dogtooth tuna and barracuda.
Whether you would simply like to paddle around in the safety of the bay or take on the challenge of a round-the island trip, there is always something to suit every taste.
Miavana is a kiteboarder’s paradise, with warm waters, consistent trade winds from mid May to October, and a wide diversity of kite spots around the island – all of which can be enjoyed in complete privacy and exclusivity. There’s also opportunity to explore locations further afield with helicopters.
Guided Island Tours
Hop on a quad bike (ATV) to explore the island from top to toe. Miavana is 5km long by 2km wide, with 10 square kilometres of land to explore. Pass through a local village and stop off at the Lighthouse, which offers spectacular 360-degree views across the archipelago to the mountains on Madagascar’s mainland.
Head out on your own to explore the island’s trails or enjoy a guided nature walk for an introduction to Miavana’s abundant fauna and flora. There is the possibility of seeing the world’s biggest chameleon and one of its smallest as well as nonvenomous snakes, a variety of butterflies and bountiful bird life. A night walk at full moon or when the stars are bright is highly recommended.
Take a boat trip to a nearby island in the archipelago to see four species of Terns, predominantly Sooty Terns, at one of the largest nesting sites in the Indian Ocean. From mid-May to September, over 40 000 breeding pairs arrive on Manamphao. Combined with a castaway beach picnic on its uninhabited shores, this is an experience that can’t be beat.
Take To The Skies
Several extraordinary national parks are a short helicopter flight away on the mainland. Madagascar is a place of unearthly beauty. With the knowledgeable guides, you can explore the region’s rare wildlife, remarkable landscapes and fascinating natural history.
Island Dining at its Finest
“There is nowhere in the world like Miavana, there is no luxury, no beauty, no tranquillity, no thrill to equal this blue haven.”
— GUEST —
Madagascar is a land of exotic rarity and Miavana invites you to taste its treasures, offering a discovery in every bite. Every day the island’s culinary team creates exquisite dishes that bring together the finest local ingredients with world class skill. In everything we do, we aim to tread lightly and showcase nature’s masterpieces in a sophisticated yet simple, sustainable way. Created to savour the seasons and delight the palette, every meal is a celebration of Madagascar’s very best.Read More
From mouth-watering mangoes and luscious limes to punchy pink peppercorns and aromatic vanilla pods, you can explore this unique destination through its vibrant flavours. Refined local specialties range from Mangrove crab and Yellowfin Tuna to Madagascan Rova caviar and Zebu-milk buffalo mozzarella – you may just be surprised by what you will find in such a remote location.
While our chefs spend a lot of time perfecting what’s on your plate, we also believe that the dining experience is about so much more than just the food we serve. Miavana’s food provides a sense of place and at the same time, the unbelievable island setting seems to enhance the flavours on your plate.
Exquisite Island-Inspired Design at the Villas
A Place of Life in Harmony With Nature.
Miavana features 14 ocean-front villas that live and breathe castaway luxury. With sea views, direct beach access, and an effortless flow between indoor and outdoor living, make yourself at home in our other-worldly destination. Expect considered design throughout, crafted to perfection with hand-dyed textiles, Malagasy wood, and local stone.
The extremely spacious villas are positioned on white sugar-sand beaches and nestled between palm trees and lush island vegetation, offering views across turquoise seas to rugged ochre mountains on the mainland.
Have Miavana all to yourself with an exclusive-use booking of all 14 villas. Experience the true meaning of ‘private island’ and treat it as your own or share the dream with up to 44 guests of your choosing.
A Secluded Sanctuary in an Azure Sea
Miavana is located on the largest of five islands in a remote archipelago off the northeastern coast of Madagascar, accessible only by helicopter from Diego Suarez and Nosy Be airports. Discovered 30 years ago by our partner Jean Christophe, an entrepreneur and treasure hunter who believed in conserving the area, this archipelago is a natural wonderland waiting to be explored.
Miavana has an interesting history – a transient location for seasonal fisherman, then a secret hideaway for pirates, and more recently a thriving seaweed farm, thanks its nutrient-rich waters. In 1998, Ibis Algoculture was created as a way to preserve the area, reduce fishing pressure and provide alternate employment through algae production. Still in operation, the seaweed farm moved to a nearby location and made way for sustainable tourism on Miavana, Madagascar’s most exclusive private island resort with conservation and community at its core.
It took four years to create Miavana. Four years of planting over 100,000 indigenous trees, painstakingly restoring the natural vegetation and using only natural and recycled materials to create the ultimate private villas. Dotted along the pristine beach, Miavana’s 14 villas are a masterpiece in luxury. Fringed by white sand shores and sprawling coral reefs, Miavana stays true to the island’s secluded roots, creating a luxurious haven where guests can enjoy our signature Miavana experience.Read More
Flawlessly designed to offer both unity and privacy, the Miavana Piazza offers several dining areas, a glittering infinity pool overlooking the ocean, a well-stocked wine cellar and bar, a curated Boutique and our Cabinet de Curiosities, where you can marvel at the treasures of Madagascar. Be sure to stop in and see the butterfly collection, an extinct elephant bird egg, pygmy hippo skeleton, antique manuscripts, ancient armour and amulets – among other rare finds.
From our Activities Centre, you can enjoy thrilling adventures, exploring the region with scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing, kiteboarding, ocean safaris, a variety of water sports, lemur trekking, quad biking and helicopter excursions, with seasonal recommendations by our expert team. With the freedom to explore as you want, you will inspire the mind, awaken the soul and reconnect with nature in a meaningful way.
Luxury Accommodation at Miavana
14 Ocean-Front Villas
Selected wines, spirits and bar drinks.
Available for private groups up to 32 guests
Guided lemur walks
Half-day fishing trips
Stand up paddle boarding
30-minute welcome spa treatment per person
Daily group yoga classes
Quad biking and the use of an electric buggy
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