Les Dunes d'Ifaty

Toliara & Ifaty, Southern Madagascar, Madagascar

At a Glance

  • The wind rushes through your hair as you glide over the waves in a pirogue while vibrant fish dart beneath you on the world's third largest coral reef.

  • Recline and forget the everyday while the sky blazes orange as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean.
  • Gaze in awe at the ancient giants in the nearby spiny forest, the baobabs of the southwest are mesmerizing.

  • Search for the minuscule after the sun sets in the trees around the lodge, where mouse lemurs leap in the dark.  

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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.

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Beautifully located overlooking the Mozambique Channel, Les Dunes d’Ifaty is a comfortable and charming beach resort in southwest Madagascar, perfect for a little R&R after traveling around Madagascar's national parks.

Les Dunes d’Ifaty is located 27 kilometers north of the city of Toliara next to a Mangily fishing village, directly overlooking the Mozambique Channel and its coral reef barrier. Set amongst six hectares of gardens containing a wide variety of indigenous plants from this dry region, Les Dunes d'Ifaty is built in a traditional Malagasy style using local materials, and comprises of nineteen villas and twenty-two luxury rooms that are simple but stylish with brightly colored walls and locally made furnishings. Each villa can accommodate up to four people while luxury rooms sleep two people. Both have a spacious bedroom, en-suite bathroom and veranda.

The main restaurant at Les Dunes d’Ifaty is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers both international cuisine and local seafood dishes. A large swimming pool, overlooking the Mozambique Channel, is the perfect place to relax, or you can head for the beach and bask in the shade of a parasol. A pleasant living room is also available for guests to play board games or read a book.

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Vacation Ideas

  • Wild Madagascar

    Andasibe-Mantadia, Antananarivo, Antsirabe, Ranomafana National Park, Isalo National Park, Ifaty

    from $4900 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

Toliara & Ifaty, Southern Madagascar, Madagascar

Les Dunes d'Ifaty is 27km north of Tulear, overlooking the Mozambique Channel on the west coast of Madagascar.

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