La Rose des Vents
Antsirabe, Central Madagascar
At a Glance
A heated swimming pool, perfect for evening dips
Fascinating, well stocked library for guests to explore
Visit the thermal baths at the Hotel des Thermes
Visit the Sabotsy market which takes place every Saturday
Climb the Ivohitra Hill for an incredible panorama view of the whole of Antsirabe
To start planning your vacation to La Rose des Vents
La Rose des Vents is located in a leafy and quiet part of the small town of Antsirabe. Each room is individually decorated in a different theme and are comfortably furnished. The suites comprise two bedrooms and can easily accommodate a family with up to three children. En-suite bathrooms throughout include a shower for the rooms and a bath for the suites and each room has a small entrance hall and seating area in the bedroom.
Please note that the owners have two large dogs which seem friendly and docile but roam freely in the garden.
Antsirabe was once a popular colonial spa town and retains an air of faded grandeur. The rather dilapidated baths are still there and around 300-400 people per day come here for a massage in the hot spring waters. The tree-lined boulevards are full of pousse-pousse drivers and it is a great place to sample this very old-fashioned form of local transport. There is a bustling food market for those wanting a closer view of the local color.
The spa with several foreign and Malagasy hydrotherapy is one of the most visited sites in the city . Many old buildings are also worth visiting, including the train station, the Hotel des Thermes, the post office building and the monument of independence all located on the main avenue of independence. See also the site of Ranovisy, a mineral spring which is attributed many virtues and the general market Asabotsy, active during the week but that takes all its magnitude on Saturday - as its name suggests.
The relatively cool climate lends itself to hiking, biking or horseback especially to lakes and Andraikiba and Tritriva. A golf course is also available for fans on the side of the hill Ivohitra (1650 m), also an excellent site to observe the panorama of the entire region.
La Rose des Vents has four simple rooms and two larger suites. Each room is individually decorated and has an en-suite bathroom (with shower not bath). The suites have more than one room and are great for families as they have en-suite bathrooms and a sitting room.
Although there are no specific child care facilities available at the hotel, children are most welcome at La Rose des Vents. Food and meal times can easily be adjusted to suit the younger guests and babysitting can be arranged if parents fancy a bit of time out.
Facilities at the hotel include table tennis, bowling, badminton and there is an inviting outdoor heated pool and a playground for children. There is also a variety of board games to borrow including chess, Monopoly, cards, dice, scrabble and a mini pool table.
There are a range of activities to chose from whilst staying at La Rose des Vents, including a variety of walking tours which can be a day or half day trip to Lake Andraikiba, Lake Tritriva or Lake Andranobe or explore the Relay Volcanoes. Other activities which can be organized whilst staying here include Golf (2 x 9 hole courses), tennis, riding and spa treatments.
Location & Directions
Antsirabe, Central Madagascar
La Rose des Vents is located in a leafy and quiet part of the small town of Antsirabe, in Madagascar's Central Highlands.
When to go
Any time of year is fine for a visit except from January to March, when heavy rainfall in many areas can make some roads all but impassable, and when there’s a high risk of cyclones in the east and northeast. In general, the best time to travel in most areas is April and October/November. The coolest time to travel anywhere is during the dry season (May to October).
Average maximum temperatures vary from about 30°C in coastal areas (higher in summer) to around 25°C on the hauts plateaux. In Antananarivo and other highland areas, temperatures during winter can drop to 10°C and even lower during the night.