At the end of a good one hour boat ride, you’re on a lost peninsula, a small piece of land surrounded by hundred-year-old Adansonia trees. Here, no Maldivian lagoon, but a wild beach which gives it its strength. The horizon blends between the sky and sea. If you don’t know the other side of the world, voila. Eden Lodge is a rare place. The right combination of perfect comfort and isolation which provides complete disconnection. The beach is heavenly, surrounded by a lush forest filled with lemurs. Eight lodges are scattered along the shore. These luxury tents in safari manner, discreetly located on the white sands, are simply and soberly chic. The luxury here is to be well-kept for the case that a child of a bobo (bourgeois bohemian) eats the fresh produce at every meal, or to never be bitten by a mosquito. The staff, discrete, even evanescent, is at your attention for you to feel comfortable in your new modern Robinson Crusoe costume.
It’s been open for less than five years, Eden Lodge is a haven of peace, a rare retreat and on its way, one of the first hotels in the world to be 100 percent solar powered. Proof that luxury and sustainability can coexist. Moreover, Eden Lodge has become an ecological model for all of Africa. On the program: to delight in the softness of the place, but also swim with the turtles, watch dolphins, windsurf, feed the lemurs in the forest, escape aboard a dhow, attend a class in the village school located a few hundred meters away, play soccer on the beach at dusk with the Malagasy people in the neighboring village…you must have the guts to settle on this pristine peninsula. Behind the hotel, a go-getter who knew nothing about the hospitality industry. His agency had just sold everything to Publicis, then Yves Benouaich flashes one day on this virgin territory on a deserted beach. He decides to make the first ecolodge in the country. To leave the area intact, but also to educate the public about the actions of development.
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