Princesse Bora Lodge
Ile St Marie, Eastern Madagascar
Princesse Bora Lodge is easily Ile Ste Marie's most luxurious resort. Located on the southwest side of the island, close to the airport, it offers beach side accommodation in 20 comfort villas, five luxury villas and five executive beach villas.
At a Glance
The lodge is reached by zebu chariot
Executive rooms open straight onto the lodge's beach
Massages and other treatments available in the lodge's spa
Bicycles available to borrow and explore the island
The lodge offers a variety of excursions throughout the island
Ile Ste Marie is truly an island paradise just off the east coast of Northern Madagascar. Here white, palm-fringed beaches are lapped by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Princesse Bora Lodge is located on one such beach and is a great place to relax. The hotel is set in a vast palm tree grove right next to a pristine white sand beach and a flowing lagoon.
The comfort and luxury villas are pleasantly furnished with dark wood floors and shutters and an en-suite bathroom with shower. Each has its own private deck with chairs, hammock and footbath. In addition, the luxury villas which are closer to the sea, are larger and have a mezzanine area with twin beds, ideal for two children.
The executive beach villas all face straight onto the beach and have luxurious sunken baths in the stylish open-plan bathroom as well as a double shower and a private terrace with steps down to the beach.
A tarmac road leads from the small airport to the resort but peters out into a dirt road almost immediately afterwards. Herein lies the beauty of Ile Ste Marie. If you want to see Madagascan life as it is really lived the island represents an (almost) untouched outpost, left behind the mainland in a slow-paced time warp. Get into low gear as soon as you arrive by traveling to the lodge in their zebu chariot!
Princesse Bora Lodge offers a wealth of activities to help guests experience the island, by bike, boat or quad. Between July and September, this is an excellent place to view the humpback whale migration as these majestic creatures leave the arctic waters far to the south to breed and calf in the warm Indian Ocean.
The 20 comfort and five luxury villas are pleasantly furnished with dark wooden floors and shutters, an en-suite bathroom, private deck with hammock and footbath. The luxury villas which are closer to the sea, are larger and have a mezzanine area with twin beds, ideal for two children.
The executive beach villas all face straight onto the beach and have luxurious sunken baths in the deck with steps down on to the beach.
Although there are no specific child care facilities available at the resort, children are most welcome at Princesse Bora Lodge. Babysitting can also be arranged for those that require it.
Facilities on offer at Princesse Bora Lodge include an inviting swimming pool for you to relax in and mountain bikes for those of you who are feeling adventurous. The water sports center is great if you are feeling active or want to try something new. There is also a boutique for the fashionistas and the glorious Jungle Spa which offers a range of relaxing treatments if you are in need of pampering.
Activities that can be arranged from the lodge include diving sessions on coral reefs to observe the exuberant marine life with its many tropical fish species, it's also possible for beginners to take diving lessons and obtain an internationally recognised certificate, i.e. the PADI. From July to September it's possible to go whale watching. Other nautical activities include snorkeling, kayaking, water-skiing and wakeboarding.
Location & Directions
Ile St Marie, Eastern Madagascar
The lodge is situated in a grove of palm trees on the south-west side of Ile St Marie island, overlooking a lagoon which is home to a small reef, Eastern Madagascar
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.