Vakona Forest Lodge is a comfortable hideaway, featuring 28 bungalows tucked among gardens a mixed-forest setting adjoining Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. The cabins are basic but comfortable, with en suite bathrooms and mosquito-netted beds. The main area includes a curio shop and coffee bar, while the dining area and bar enjoy a stunning setting over a manmade lake where guests often observe carp and kingfishers. Canoes are available for paddling on the lake, and there is also an outdoor swimming pool for a refreshing dip. A host of Malagasy birds add color and song to the garden setting. A trail-laced private park surrounds the lodge, and lemurs are often observed in the forest.