One of Madagascar’s most remote and most exclusive secrets, Constance Tsarabanjina is a hidden island paradise, recently renovated and reopened to create an unforgettably luxurious “barefoot chic” vacation. This unique island getaway off the coast of Nosy Be is a place to escape it all —to surround oneself with perfect white powdery sand beaches, extraordinary birds, abundant and untouched marine life, the soft lull of the azure sea, and the simple comforts of pure island luxury.

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Approaching Tsarabanjina is like coming home to one’s own island oasis, with staff lined up on the shoreline to enthusiastically wave and greet their closest friends. Upon arrival, guests have a choice of 25 indulgent rosewood, palm-thatched Beach Villas, each fenced by tropical plants on the island’s secluded North and South beaches. Every beachfront chalet is unique, maintaining an unpretentious, beach chic charm and eco-friendliness, while still incorporating authentic Malagasy touches of local art and marine-inspired sculpture. Luxury extends throughout, with en-suite bathrooms of natural stone and wood outfitted with tree trunk rain showers and sliding window doors leading out to private terraces for sunbathing, star gazing, and soaking in the endless ocean views.

While time might be told by the rising tides and setting sun at Constance Tsarabanjina, there is never a lack of activities and amenities to enjoy. Snorkeling, swimming, and sunbathing are a must, with clear, teeming waters just steps from the villas and masks, flippers, snorkels, and loungers all available to borrow. Further afield, uncover unparalleled biodiversity on the lush volcanic land with a guided nature or botanical walk and under the translucent sea with private cruises, deep sea fishing, and scuba diving expeditions to discover the hidden depths of the famous Mitsio coral reefs, a fascinating aquarium of turtles, fish, sharks, eels, stingrays, and humpback whales. For a taste of local culture, visit the sacred tombs of the Sakalava Kings, or head to the gift boutique to shop a for Malagasy art and Tsarabanjina clothing.

Guests are encouraged to find their own rhythm at Constance Tsarabanjina, filling their days with long walks on the unspoiled beaches, enjoying the country’s best diving and sailing, relaxing in the African sun on private sun loungers and hammocks, satiating the body with a diet mainly of freshly caught seafood, or taking advantage of a daily menu of ever-changing, complimentary activities, all the while faithfully adhering to the laid-back sarong-and-barefoot encouraged dress code. At Constance Tsarabanjina, there are no telephones, no televisions, and Internet only upon request. There is no pretense here—only the hope that guests experience a genuine encounter with nature, taking in the gentle breeze, listening to the soothing waves of the Indian Ocean, and getting back to life’s simpler pleasures.

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