Le Relais de la Reine
Isalo National Park, Madagascar
Constructed by local craftsmen using the local granite and sandstone found in this part of Madagascar, this family-run boutique ecolodge blends seamlessly with its natural environment. Stone pathways are carved in harmony with the rocky surroundings while guest chalets merge with the landscape. The lodge's 30 guest rooms have thick stone walls to keep them cool in this desert environment, with handcrafted rosewood furnishings within. Beautifully manicured gardens, flowering trees and lawns, set against a backdrop of red sandstone cliffs, complement the natural beauty of the property. An inviting outdoor pool beckons after a long day of exploration, while the Brigitte Spa offers an enticing menu of massages, facials, scrubs and wraps infused with Malagasy spices and fruit extracts. The dining room, bar, reception and lounge all have high peaked ceilings and large windows. Several outdoor patios offer the option of outdoor dining.