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I was booked in room 36. Ravintsara hotel is located in Nosy Be. I made my booking online. The staff was very supportive and...
... with cushions every time we sat in a lounger and how the room was serviced multiple times per day. Once we ran to the...
... thinking about to be in the nicest hotel of the island The room is very big good point But not enough light Air conditioner...

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Paul Rege wrote a review Oct 2020
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I was booked in room 36. Ravintsara hotel is located in Nosy Be. I made my booking online. The staff was very supportive and spoke good English. Her name is Ms. Njaratina. The ambiance, enter staff, food and drinks...words cannot explain. I would recommend anyone planning to visit Nosy Be to try Ravintsara hotel experience.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Rooms 1 to 6 seems to be for families and it is very near to the beach, if you need a room with...
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Russell M wrote a review Jan 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia16 contributions6 helpful votes
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What a place! I just returned from a week at Ravintsara and did not want to leave. The resort is gorgeous; the buildings are all separate traditional thatch-roof Bures or Bungalows and the grounds between them are perfectly manicured and extremely lush. Due to the density of vegetation you can't see further than a few dozen meters in any direction so the resort feels very private and personal. We happened to visit during the start of the rainy season which was a double blessing as my pasty-white skin was a bit more protected from the sun by clouds and the resort was almost completely empty. They have 38 guest bungalows and I believe only four or five were occupied during our visit so the peace and privacy were incredible. The guest bungalow was large and beautifully appointed. We were in Bungalow 8 which faces the ocean, is less than ten feet off the beach and about 20 feet from the surf. Even with the windows closed and AC running we were lulled to sleep by the crashing of the waves at night. Heavenly. Outside we had two loungers, two chairs, a bench and a table. Inside we had a large canopy bed with Mosquito nets, a large curved sofa, walk-in shower and jetted jacuzzi tub. The traditional hand-hewn beams in the ceiling were mesmerizing and I ended up leaving a few lights on at night so I could stare up at them. We ended up eating the vast majority of our meals at the on-site restaurant as the food was great and the service excellent. The menu changed each day and featured Zebu steaks, Duck Confit, Lobster and other seafood options. The breakfast buffet was nice and offered made-to-order omelettes. The servings were large and I never left the restaurant without being full. The on-site spa is an oasis within the oasis, it's bures are located on individual islands surrounded by Lilly ponds and a one-hour full body massage ran about $31US so naturally I went almost every day. The pool is large and features a separate shallower kids pool which was blessedly unused as I did not see a single child on the property during my stay (hallelujah!). The pool also abuts a swim-up bar area but it was not open during my visit. I found the pool a little too chilly for my taste and only used it once. The beach fronting the hotel is not a picturesque white-sand beach but rather more of a tidal sand flat. It is pretty view but not particularly swimmable. One thing that really stood out while laying poolside was how incredibly quiet the hotel is. All I heard was the wind in the palm trees and the surf crashing onto the beach. Of all the beauty and quality of the resort the highlight is the staff. Everyone is friendly and extremely attentive. We were amazed how people would just appear with cushions every time we sat in a lounger and how the room was serviced multiple times per day. Once we ran to the lobby to ask about an excursion we had booked and the room was completely cleaned in the five minutes we were gone. The front desk helped book us trips to Nosy Iranja (worth the rough boat trip) and Lemuria Land. I really can't say enough nice things about this place; it's perfect!
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Date of stay: January 2020
Room Tip: Bungalow 8 is oceanfront!
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Monterey wrote a review Dec 2019
Cape Town Central, South Africa594 contributions108 helpful votes
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Nice jungle, garden but Very disappointing
I was thinking about to be in the nicest hotel of the island
The room is very big good point
But not enough light
Air conditioner doesn’t work properly
Soap very very small
Linen and Bathroom towels very bad quality
Beach really not exceptional
Breakfast is very simple
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Ralphtribe wrote a review Jul 2019
London, United Kingdom22 contributions25 helpful votes
Having just stayed at the Ravinsata with my family the last two weeks of June I thought I would put a review up so people have a most recent update on the hotel. There were four of us staying for 6 nights.

The Rooms and grounds - This is actually a beautiful and very well designed hotel. The villas are large, very well maintained and well designed inside. They’re very well spaced apart from one another in the most beautiful tropical gardens you can imagine. The grounds are meticulously kept, and tended to by a large team daily. Also we noticed that every room is actually aired every day when not occupied, presumably to avoid that musty damp smell that you can sometimes get in tropical villas. We thought that was a nice / clever touch. Certainly our two sea view bungalows were completely fresh and perfectly maintained by the large cleaning staff who look after the resort. They were very quick too. Each morning they would go straight in as you went to breakfast, and they were done and out again by the time you returned afterwards.

The Pools - The two large interlocking pools are superb. Crystal clear water, beautifully situated, and perfectly maintained daily. One is perfect for small children as it’s very shallow, and both have ‘beach’ / sloped entry on one side. There are lots of cushioned sun beds around the pools with both shade and sun options.

The Beach - There is a beach right in front of the hotel but - as some of the other reviews mention - it is covered at high tide …and not the perfect white sand and crystal clear water you can find on some other beaches on Nosy Be. That said it’s probably more interesting to look at (as you can see local fishermen working the shallow lagoon), and the view beyond it to the island across the bay is lovely. The sunsets looking out across the bay from the hotel are absolutely extraordinary. There are lots of cushioned sun beds looking out over the bay

This stretch of bay does have pretty good swimming in front of the Vanila Hotel which is just five minutes walk up the beach, so if the beautiful pools at Ravintsara aren’t enough, and you do want to swim in the sea, then it is an option within a short stroll. No matter how high the tide you can still always access the beach from the Ravintsara Hotel at the right hand side of its frontage. I think some of the other reviews I have seen do Ravintsara a bit of a disservice on this point.

Also like I say, it’s a very pretty stretch of bay so it’s nice to stroll along to some of the other local hotels, and there are three or four other hotels or beach bars on this stretch for a bit of variety. Also worth noting this beach/bay felt TOTALLY safe and NO hassle. There are no hawkers at all. A few locals, and some fishermen but it’s mainly a few tourists and we felt totally at ease walking back to our hotel well after dark after having had an evening drink at one of the other establishments on the bay. This is a really nice feature of this bay. It’s a got a bit of life on it but it’s utterly safe and relaxed feeling.

The Food – if you read all the reviews as we did you get the impression this is a lovely hotel let down by the food but we didn’t find that at all. We were a bit nervous about this aspect but that concern proved unfounded. Perhaps they have changed the chef! The food in Madagascar is not brilliant varied anywhere but the quality is fine. We stayed in various other hotels during our trip to Madagascar, many of which got very good reviews for their food and I have to say Ravintsara measured up almost identically, so I’m not quite sure why it gets pulled up for the food in some reviews here. Most Madagascan hotels serve a pretty standard breakfast comprising fresh omelette, cereal, pastries, fruit. Then at lunchtime burgers, sandwich options. Then at dinner a three course meal with perhaps two or three options for each course. Service is never fast! Ravintsara did exactly this, and all the meals we ate there were very nice. Good quality products, well prepared, pretty quickly served. The one thing I would say is that they don’t cater brilliantly for vegetarians, so my adult daughter did struggle a little, but had we spoken better French I think they could have sorted her out perfectly well.

The staff – there are loads of them (this place is certainly not under-staffed) and they are very polite, and very helpful, if perhaps a bit formal. The staff speak good French but only the concierge (who is excellent btw) spoke fluent English as far as we could tell.

Occupancy – this hotel seems to run on pretty low occupancy. Depending on what you like that’s a consideration. When we stayed there in June which is a bit off-season we were the only guests in the hotel a couple of nights and other nights there were no more than 8 others staying there. We asked about it and apparently they are busier in high season but rarely fully booked. You get the sense this hotel might have a rich benefactor behind it where it’s a labour of love for them (hence the incredible grounds etc) rather than a money making machine. This means if you like your holidays quieter it could be perfect. But if you like the hotel you’re in to be more lively then maybe go to the Vanila Hotel up the bay. Both hotels are very nice in their different ways.

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Day trips - You can book all the normal Nosy Be tours at Ravintsara reception. They link with Nosy Be Original who actually have a base in the Vanila Hotel 500 meters up the beach, and the boats pick you up off the beach right outside Ravintsara.

Best Rooms - Best rooms are the two beautiful beach rooms we stayed in – rooms 11 and 12. But all the rooms looked very nice to be honest and none are more than 30 seconds walk from the pool/beach.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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gardener2472018 wrote a review Feb 2019
Adelaide, Australia5 contributions3 helpful votes
Having already spent a few days in the north of Madagascar in pleasant hotels we had no real expectations about our stay on Nosy Be at The Ravintsara Wellness hotel.
Upon arrival it soon became apparent that this was going to be a truly beautiful piece of paradise over looking a palm fringe bay.The botanical gardens surrounding each thatched bungalow were stunning as was the internal fit out of each room..
The food was nice but a limited menu on offer, however being the off season and with virtually nobody staying here its understandable..
Special mention to Ranto(Concierge) for tailoring the menu and being so incredibly friendly and looking after us so well.
Definitely a place to relax and escape the stresses of travelling through Madagascar
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from RavintsaraH, Responsable relations clients at Ravintsara Wellness Hotel
Responded 4 Mar 2019
Dear Guest Thank you very much for taking time for giving your opinions and for choosing Ravintsara Wellness Hotel during your visit in Nosy Be as well. We are glad to know that your stay in our property was more than your expectations. It will be a great pleasure to welcome you back for your next trip in Nosy Be. Thank you Best regards Ranto Ranaivo(concierge)
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