Discovered 30 years ago by Jean Christophe, an entrepreneur who believed in conserving the area, Nosy Ankao is the largest island in a secluded archipelago. With a desire to bring long-term conservation and community development to the area, Time + Tide Miavana was born. The resort was designed to have minimal impact on the ecosystem and its native inhabitants. All invasive plants from the 360 hectare island by hand and replanting over 120,000 native plants cultivated from clippings by Island Manager Greg Wepener and his team. Throughout the development and construction, the local community were deeply involved, being consulted to ensure local customs were respected, and comprising the majority of the building teams. After a challenging but rewarding 4.5 years, Time + Tide Miavana welcomed its first guests in May 2017.
Designed by the award-winning Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, Time + Tide Miavana opened in May 2017. Beautifully conceptualised to celebrate the island setting, Time + Tide Miavana uses local, hand-cut stone, Malagasy wood and hues of turquoise that reflect the shimmering Indian Ocean.
Miavana is an ultra-luxury lodge located on Nosy Ankao island, off the north-east of Madagascar. With wild beaches, incredible diving, fishing, helicopter adventures and spa treatments, it brings a new level of luxury adventure to the Indian Ocean.
Located on Nosy Ankao, an unspoiled island off the northeast coast of Madagascar, Miavana is a new ultra luxurious lodge. There are fourteen one, two and three bedroom villas strung along the western side of the island, stepping right onto the powder-soft sand and enjoying spectacular Indian Ocean sunsets. This is not simply an exquisite beach lodge on an untouched island, it offers all the adventures you’d expect on a safari, with wildlife, activities and adventures galore – something which truly sets it apart as a destination.
The island itself is surrounded by a pristine reef offering superb snorkelling and diving opportunities as well as turtle, whale and dolphin watching, fly-fishing, deep-sea fishing beyond the reef, helicopter flips and more. Of course, if you simply want to relax and enjoy the wild beauty of the island, you can stroll along the beach, lounge under a palm tree watching the world go by, or enjoy a bit of pampering with an in-villa spa treatment.
The villas are vast, with the smallest measuring more than 400m sq, each with indoor and outdoor living space and a deck to the front that steps straight onto the sand. The main lodge features a sweeping white rock wall which shields the indoor areas from the elements. Here you’ll find a french garden, wine cellar dining areas, a “chamber of curiosities” filled with weird and wonderful items found on the island, from canon balls to lemur skeletons. To the front is a beautiful outdoor dining and bar area with swimming pool, set on the sand and surrounded by lush green vegetation.
Accessed by helicopter from Diego Suarez in the north of Madagascar, it is also possible to enjoy forest walks and lemur treks on the mainland as day trips. Owned by Time + Tide who operate the award-winning Chinzombo in Zambia’s South Luangwa, we are confident that they will create a truly beautiful environment and offer the very best guiding possible. Miavana is not only an exciting development for Madagascar but the