Jardin du Roy
Isalo National Park, Southern Madagascar, Madagascar
At a Glance
Right on the edge of the fascinating Isalo National Park
Beautiful views over towering sandstone cliffs so typical of the park
Take a dip in the swimming pool, or tennis and horseriding are available
Comfortable little stone cottages hidden amongst the boulders
Try and spot some of Isalo's friendly ring-tailed lemurs on a walk through the park
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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.
To start planning your holiday to Jardin du Roy
Jardin du Roy is one of three French-owned hotels situated in private grounds close to Parc National d'Isalo. The hotel offers comfortable and spacious accommodation in 25 rooms.
Set in extensive private grounds, Jardin du Roy is conveniently located near Ranohira and the entrance to Parc National d'Isalo (Isalo National Park).
The hotel has a variety of twin, double and triple rooms, each simply but tastefully decorated with wooden floors and private patios or balconies, all of them with en-suite facilities. Rooms are arranged in four separate 'houses’ dotted around an attractive mowed lawn and spacious garden surrounding the large outdoor swimming pool. All the buildings are made of local stone, its soft tones blending seamlessly with the beauty of their natural surroundings.
Meals are served in the large dining room, which centres around an open fire and is ideal for cooler mornings in winter. There is also a bar in which to relax with a pre-dinner drink or play a game of pool in the evening.
Parc National d'Isalo is one of Madagascar’s most visited national parks due to both its stunning natural beauty and its relative ease of access. Walks with local guides are an excellent way to explore. They can last from two hours to a full day and include bathing in the park’s 'piscines naturelles’, should you wish! Isalo is not renowned for its wildlife viewing but you can spot ring-tailed, brown and grey mouse lemurs, as well as Verreaux’s sifaka.
Accommodation is in 25 spacious new rooms. They all have a bath or shower, air-conditioning. As they open onto a large park and gallery forest along the river Soarano, they have wonderful views. The décor is in neutral colours and has a lovely airy feel to it.
Although there are no specific child care facilities available, children are most welcome at Jardin du Roy. Food and meal times can easily be adjusted to suit younger guests and babysitting can be arranged if required to give parents a break from child care duties and have some time to themselves.
There is a large pool to relax around within walking distance of the rooms. There is also a tennis court and boules available if you fancy being a bit active. The hotel offers very professional and relaxing scrubs and massages using essential oils from Madagascar.
The Equestrian club offers both experienced and beginner riders the chance to ride out and discover the vast areas surrounding the hotel.
For those not so keen on riding it is possible to arrange guided walks and treks in Parc National d’Isalo where you will have the chance to view some spectacular wildlife.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
This is one of three hotels owned by the same family, close to Parc National d’Isalo. Jardin du Roy is the most ‘luxurious’ of the three with the largest rooms, a bigger swimming pool and larger grounds. This and Relais de la Reine are the only places you should consider staying if you want to visit PN d’Isalo. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with wood floors and many with extra beds for triples and families. Ours felt like a bit of a cavern with its incredibly high ceiling but we were very comfortable.
The dining room centres around a welcoming open fire and the food was very good (especially by Madagascan standards). There is a large outdoor pool (unheated) with sun-loungers and a large lawn. Guests are welcome to use the tennis court at Relais de la Reine.
Walking in Isalo is stunning and an English-speaking guide can be arranged - though if you speak French that would be even better. There is not a huge amount in the way of wildlife (although there are a couple of lemur species) but the beautiful scenery more than makes up for this and consists of high plateaux, deep gorges, rivers and forest. Take a full day or half-day hike and if you’re feeling brave take a dip in one of the natural pools you’ll find along the way.
Andasibe-Mantadia, Antananarivo, Antsirabe, Ranomafana National Park, Isalo National Park, Ifaty
from SGD $6700 pp 12 nights
- This is a slow-paced trip, with plenty of time in each area to explore the flora and fauna fully. Discovering Madagascar by road, you can enjoy the spectacular scenery surrounding you and you won’t have the stress of flight schedules.
- With chances to see the indri, the world’s largest lemur, ring-tail lemur and the Golden Bamboo lemur, this trip presents some truly impressive wildlife sightings.
- Adventure through varied habitats such as the dense rainforests in Ranomafana and the dry, arid spiny forests in the south.
Location & directions
Isalo National Park, Southern Madagascar, Madagascar
Hotel Jardin du Roy is situated near the village of Ranohira, 240 kilometres from Tamatave on the southern boundary of Isalo National Park in the south west of Madagascar.
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