What People Mean When They Say Madagascar is Beyond Words

Day one at Anjajavy le Lodge and Madagascar already has us questioning everything we ever thought we knew before. Such is the magic of island life. Anything I have ever said about Madagascar before this was just words. Before I boarded a plane and flew over her curves and glimpsed her rugged red hills separated […]

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10 Questions with Cédric Morel of Château de Feuilles
10 Questions with Cédric Morel of Château de Feuilles

The Seychelles… All you hear is time stand still… And feel such peace and absolute The stillness still that doesn’t end But slowly drifts into sleep The stars are the greatest thing you’ve ever seen And they’re there for you… R.E.M. might not have been singing about the Indian Ocean island of the Seychelles, in […]

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The Art of Honeymooning at Anjajavy l’Hôtel

The art of honeymooning is like much else in life. It has become only better, sweeter, with age. In the beginning, far back in the 1800s, honeymoons weren’t post-wedding trips aimed to get away from it all. “They were social journeys, demonstrations of a couple’s new status,” in the words of The Believer literary magazine. “Like so […]

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The 10 Commandments of Lemur Life (Or, How To Be A Lemur)

There are many things lemurs can teach us about life. Like how to keep the mystery alive (new species of lemur continue to be discovered even to this day); how to dance like no one’s watching (case in point: the coquerel’s sifaka that make the garden at Anjajavy l’Hôtel their own dance floor, while guests look on from […]

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Madagascar For Kids

In our Relais & Châteaux online magazine, Instants, we featured a piece, entitled, Water Babies: Indian Ocean Islands For Kids, an introduction to the beautiful island getaways between Africa and Asia that welcome young ones of various ages. You can read the full article here. But we still had a few images to share – from one […]

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In the Company of Amazonicas and Aldabras

“The world isn’t just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no? And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no? Doesn’t that make life a story?” ― Yann Martel, Life of Pi The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens… Mostly, I really just enjoy saying it, even when I’m far from its stubby bottles […]

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The Love Nut. And Other Reasons To Visit The Seychelles.

Nature’s will to be weird, as Jim Morrison called it, couldn’t be stronger than on an island. Islands may prescribe to some conventions, what with their hammocks and palm trees, the mix of heat and rum urging on that island idleness. But it’s their weirdness that really gets you. The distinct plant and animal life that cannot be found […]

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What Does Life in Paradise Actually Look Like?

Most people know about the weird upside down trees and long-limbed monkey people; the baobabs and the lemurs, the images that mark the postage stamps of this faraway Indian Ocean island. But if you research the destination of Madagascar for long enough you will uncover a rather peculiar anomaly, one that makes you wonder why more children’s […]

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