We are adventurous travellers and seek out local flavour and warm hospitality rather than the cold impersonal efficiency of many international hotel chains. And this is what we got. However, we found the set menu one Sunday evening quite pricey (although very good), and guests expecting western style buffets for breakfast may find the very tasty continental buffet not to their taste, although we had no problems with it. But since the village is so close, good alternatives are to be found outside of the hotel. The spa is pleasant, inexpensive and we enjoyed our massages, but the treatments would not compare with a full-spec beauty spa if that is what you are after. And like most parts of Madagascar, mostly French and Malagasy is spoken, so English speakers might get frustrated with the occasional miscommunication. But those travellers who go with the flow will have a great time.
The hotel is an oasis of calm amidst the hustle and bustle of the little village of Ambataloaka.
The facilities are all comfortable and consistent with the star rating. Our stay coincided with a debilitating Air Madagascar strike which saw scores of tourists cancelling holidays or taking the arduous 16 hour road trip from Antananarivo to get to the hotel, but the hotel did its best to assist travellers as much as they could. We liked all the little touches - flowers in rooms, complimentary water, smiling staff everywhere, and general helpfulness. The proximity to the back and the village meant an easy stroll for a drink or a meal in one of the many excellent bars and restaurants nearby. Of particular thanks to M Laurent, who so gracefully accommodated us with spectacular off-the-menu 'sandwiches' late one evening alongside the pool - just wanting to accommodate and please his guests.. On the whole, a very comfortable stay.