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Cottage beside the sea - Majunga - Madagascar

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house

Overview


Details
Property
house
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Bathrooms
0
Half Baths
1

Description

Mahajanga House Rental Photos and Description

The cottage is at the seaside, directly on the beach along wich there is a track, in font of the Channel of Mozambique. It is situated at Amborovy in a small fishermen’s village, « Maroala ».

Built partially with timber and traditional materials, this bungalow is located on a garden planted with trees of 1.200 m.2.

Calm, wellbeing and splendour of the sunset guaranteed.

Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed

Owner
Jean-François Fonda
Member since: 2006
Speaks: french
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
December 5, 2016

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(40 traveler reviews)

Cottage beside the sea - Majunga - Madagascar
average rating of 4.85 based on 40 reviews
5

"We spent 21 wonderful da...

  • 5 of 5

"We spent 21 wonderful days at Villa Miadana and would highly recommend the experience to anyone. The house is located directly on a beautiful strip of beach north of the city. It has an open shaded veranda where we spent most of our time. The living/dining room area is comfortable. The satellite TV gets a few French channels and BBC World. With such a beautiful view of the ocean, we didn’t’ need to watch TV. The kitchen has a gas stove and oven, a huge refrigerator/freezer and an additional large stand alone freezer. The plates, utensils, pots, pans are entirely sufficient. The house has one WC and a bathroom with a shower area. One bedroom has a queen sized bed and the other has a double and a twin. All the beds have mosquito nets that we had to use every night. Each bedroom also has easy to operate air conditioners, which are effective because these rooms have ceilings (while the rest of the house, with the exception of the ceilinged bathroom and WC, are covered by a charming thatched roof; it’s enough to keep out sun and rain, and that’s all you need). Behind the house is a separate building with two more bedrooms (thatched roof, no ceiling this time) that we didn’t use. Also there is a shaded ping-pong table. If you did not care about the ceilings, you could sleep up to five couples and a single, but only two couples and one single would get rooms with A/C.

We stayed during the month of October and only saw one day of rain. The rest of the time it was 27-34°C during the day. The nice thing about the house is the nearly constant ocean breeze, making it considerably cooler than the town of Mahajanga. By sunset the breeze often intensifies keeping the mosquitoes away.

The staff working at the house are outstanding. With the price of the rental comes a house cleaner, Yvette, and a guard/gardener, Mafali. Yvette is friendly but shy. Each day she cleaned the entire house thoroughly and washed and ironed clothes. Mafali lives behind the house and is also a hard worker and enjoyable to be around. Both workers also act as sous-chefs, barbequing, peeling or slicing for the great and powerful Lolo.

Lolo, the cook, is the true star in this ensemble.. She charged 10,000 Aviary per day (€3.84) for her labor to produce mouth-watering, restaurant quality meals. Every three days, we would take her into town and she would spend about 60,000 Aviary (€23) to feed two adults and our son for those three days. This is pretty extravagant by local standards, but well worth it. Both lunch and dinner included two savory courses. In addition, we would spend a bit more at Score, the supermarket with lots of imported items from France. Lolo cooked better than any restaurant that we visited while in Madagascar so we stopped going out! In the morning, sellers would approach the house offering fresh lobsters, prawns, shrimp, smoked fish, mangos at amazing prices. Lolo has been well trained and presented us with many delicious meals.

The only source of frustration was with the car/driver. We booked the SUV and driver for the length of our stay. Shortly before our arrival, the SUV was involved in an accident and was no longer available. The property manager Haja did his best to find alternatives. This meant using three different vehicles during our stay. Because you pay for petrol separately, it seemed like we were always losing out on having put in too much gas in and then switching cars. Normally this would not be an issue if the same car of used each day. My suggestion would be if you are not renting the vehicle continuously simply work out a price per trip for what you’d like to do. For example, 22 km round trip visit to Mahajanga might cost 50,000 Aviary. Trip to Cirque Rouge might be 75,000 Aviary. Then make sure that the trip price includes the petrol so there is no confusion. Five times a different vehicle showed up from the previous day and it didn’t have much petrol. I got tired of having the vehicles show up always needing p ...

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2010
  • Stayed: Oct 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

"This is a great house in...

  • 5 of 5

"This is a great house in an extremely beautiful location right on the beach front of the village of Moroala, about 15-20 minutes by car from the western port city of Mahajanga.

It is rare to find such a tranquil, clean and unpolluted beach as this. Each morning, from the shaded verandah, you can see the small fishing boats (pirogues) setting off for deeper waters, with their triangualar sails set against the wind. In the evening there are the most beautiful sunsets over the Mozambique Channel.

The beach itself is clean and free of the plastic objects and other detritus etc usually washed up on the beaches of many other developing countries, and is free of mass tourism developments.

The house has air-conditioning in both bedrooms and the main bedroom looks out onto a beautiful cool garden, as does the front verandah, which is perfect for whiling away the day. There is a dining room/lounge area with satellite television. The verandah also has table and chairs for eating alfresco, overlooking the garden and the sea, and comfortable chairs for lounging about.

Each morning, sellers of fish, prawns, crayfish, tropical fruits and vegetables come to the front gate to ask if you need anything for the day. The seafood, straight from sea to table, is cheaper here (and fresher) than in most other parts of the world.

There is an onsite caretaker who lives with his wife next to the property. He and his wife are lovely people. They will advise you on whether the seafood on offer is really fresh, and will clean and barbecue your fish, crayfish and prawns on a traditional Malagasy brassiere. A young house lady comes to clean each day, so the house is always clean and well-maintained. A cook is also available for a modest daily sum if you prefer not to cook for yourself.

The house is well provisioned with everything you might need, and the kitchen has modern and traditional cooking implements.

The city of Mahajanga is an architectural delight, with many buildings in the old city dating from the colonial years, with wide verandahs and collonades; In Mahajanga there are supermarkets and traditional Malagasy markets selling everything from fresh vanilla pods (delicious when added to your freshly ground Malagasy Arabica or Robusta morning coffee) to local and imported French cheeses. Madagascar offers perhaps the best quality and greatest range of fresh foods you are likely to find anywhere - a true culinary and gourmet's delight.

In the evening in Mahajanga, the local people promenade along the seafront until late evening. Sellers of delicious local treats are spread along its length.

A car is available with the house at a reasonable additional price (with driver) or you can walk about 15 minutes along a small track to take local buses or taxis into town.

It is also possible to make day excursions to parks and other sites of interest in the region.

I recommend this house and region to anyone: whether individual, small group, or family with young children, looking for a restful holiday by the sea, in an unspoiled region.

If you are disposed to treat the local people with respect and friendship, you will learn a great deal about the customs of the Malagasy, particularly the Sakalava people who inhabit the western coast of Madagscar - and you will have the holiday of a lifetime."

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2009
  • Stayed: Sep 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

super génial conforme au descriptif

  • 5 of 5

Bjr, Nous avons passé 5 nuits dans cette superbe villa au bord de mer.

Merci à Julien et lolo pour leur gentillesse.

Si vous séjourner à majunga,alors je vous conseille cette maison vous le regretterez pas.

Micheline

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bonjour Madame, Je vous remercie d'avoir pris le temps de rédiger ce petit commentaire qui nous fait plaisir. Je ne manquerai pas de transmettre vos compliments à Julien et Lolo. Bien à vous. Jean-François
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5

Super sejour

  • 5 of 5

Magnifique sejour après un périple de 15 jours. Nous nous sommes poses avec plaisir à la villa MIADNA, villa spacieuse pour accueillir notre groupe permettant à chacun de conserver son espace personnel. Terasse conviviale avec vue sur la plage ou l on se retrouvait pour des soirées memorables. Personnel discret et attachant, lolo étant une super cuisinière. Nous avons prolongé notre sejour sur l ile aux nattes (au large de Sté Marie) 2 séjours qui se complètent parfaitement et à ne pas manquer !! On revient chez des souvenirs plein la tête !!!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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5

séjour ressourçant

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé un super séjour (6 adultes) dans cette maison très conviviale à 10m de la mer. Le personnel est adorable, le chauffeur Barthélémi un vrai GO toujours disponibel et la voiture de qualité. Le lieu est très tranquille, la ballade sur la plage magnifique, les couchés de soleil grandioses; au menu tous les jours, langoustes, gambas, poissons préparés par lolo et....massages. Bonheur et ZEN...vivement le prochain séjour déjà réservé

  • Submitted: May 17, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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5

Agréable séjour, je recommande

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé de très agréables moments. La villa est spacieuse, bien équipée, propre et bien située.

Le personnel était très sympathique et nous nous sommes régalés avec les bons petits plats de Lolo.

Je recommande ...

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Car: recommended

To go from centre town of Majunga to the bungalow, to take the road of Amborovy, then 1 km before the airport, to take the track which leads to “Petite plage” and in Zahamotel. The bungalow is at the seaside, about 1,700 km further Zahamotel, near the last telephone post along the track.

Rates & Availability

Mahajanga House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
basse saison
Sep 4 2016 - Dec 17 2016
1 night minimum stay
$48
$338
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $3 per night, per additional guest
 
haute saison
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 2 2017
1 night minimum stay
$59
$413
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $3 per night, per additional guest
 
Basse saison
Jan 3 2017 - Jun 23 2017
1 night minimum stay
$48
$338
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $3 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
$48
$338
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $3 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Mahajanga House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • floor 0
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 110 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - tub
    Toilet 1 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water tubing

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