The seven palm thatched tree-houses are elevated on stilted wooden platforms, to provide uninterrupted views of forest canopy and sea and allowing visitors to experience the forest from the perspective of the lemurs and birds. This elevation from the undergrowth is also luxurious and maximizes privacy and natural ventilation from all sides. Using fast-growing indigenous Ravenala and Raffia palm, bamboo and sustainably sourced indigenous timber, the tree-houses are inspired by the traditional designs of the local Betsimisaraka tribe in design and construction, with steep thatched roofs to aid in the run-off of rainwater and allow for the natural cooling of the internal spaces.
Natural lighting and ventilation has been elegantly provided by the exclusion of exterior walls and the inclusion of a canvas and mesh inner tent, creating a bug free and private sanctuary that is extremely energy efficient. Inside the tent, the furnishing and layout is an exercise in restrained luxury and sophisticated design, providing all creature comforts without excess. The two communal areas are also stilted, thatched and open-plan, providing natural lighting and ventilation in a minimalistic and efficient style.
The beach house, with views over the beach and Antongil Bay, serves as a communal dining, lounge and bar area. The sea deck is spectacularly sited on the rocks overhanging the sea, with wrap around views of the sea and forested coastline and the fish below. This deck provides a venue for breakfasts, the daily “tea-time”, sundowners, or you just relax in a hammock and take in the unrivalled view of rainforest meeting sea.
The wholesome three course meals are catered to all tastes, with organic produce from the lodge gardens and fresh rainforest fruits and seafood provided by the local community. Fresh wood-oven baked bread and snacks, fruit juice, local teas and infusions from the rainforest and locally grown and roasted coffee are always available
This vast rainforest of the Masoala Peninsula contains the largest tract of pristine rainforest remaining in Madagascar and being especially species-rich, Masoala is known in conservation as the “hot spot within the hotspot” of bio-diversity that is Madagascar. Nature lovers will be in paradise at Masoala Forest Lodge. The primary rainforest is home to the gorgeous Red-ruffed Lemur – one of the planet’s most dazzling mammals! White fronted Brown Lemurs are common in the coastal forest and Dwarf, Mouse and Woolly Lemurs are regularly seen on night walks.
A huge diversity of life also dwells below the warm waters of Antongil Bay. Snorkelling the reefs in front of the lodge will produce a colourful selection of hard and soft corals, reef fishes and other marine life. Green Turtles and Bottlenose Dolphins are often seen and during the months of July and August the bay is a breeding ground for Hump-backed Whales. Sightings of these magnificent animals are regular and special whale watching trips can be arranged.
While comfortable settled in the Masoala Forest Lodge, the choice of activity is all yours.
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