Princesse Bora Lodge

Spacious detatched villas with stunning sunset views with a restaurant considered among the best on the island

Princesse Bora Lodge

The well-established, popular hotel is perhaps the best on the island of Ile Ste Marie and set along a sandy beach within good reach of all local points of interest. A classically beautiful tropical isle, Ste Marie has sandy beaches, coral reefs and lush foliage with many orchids and palms. It was a pirate base in the 17th & 18th centuries and there is an historic privateers’ graveyard on the island. The hotel accommodation is very comfortable and the food is superbly cooked and presented.

The 20 bright and spacious detached villas are of three standards: Charming Villas with fans, Villas Luxe, air-conditioned and ideal for families, and Executive Beach Villas with private garden, bathtub and double shower and also good for families.

The friendly bar has stunning sunset views and the restaurant is considered among the best on the island. There is a pontoon in the lagoon, a water sports centre and a full service spa.

There is an emphasis on freshly cooked seafood displaying French, Creole and Malagasy influences. Pizza is also available, baked in a special oven.


Restaurant, bar, lounge, en-suite facilities, air-conditioning, water sports, spa.

Local Wildlife

The main wildlife interest is humpback whale watching from July to September, when the gentle leviathans are reliably seen on ethically-run boat trips organised by the hotel. You will be briefed and accompanied by a trained naturalist guide during the trip, and debriefed afterwards. The island is also notable for its orchids and other flora, seen best on a tour to Ile Aux Nattes, a small island just offshore.

Optional Activities

You can hire snorkelling gear, canoes, catamarans and local boats (pirogues), and book water-skiing and paragliding trips – all at the on-site water sports centre. You may hire a quad bike, motorbike or 4x4 with driver to explore the island yourselves. Surfing can be good on the island, and fishing is also a possibility.

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Air Conditioning


Swimming Pool


Ian Loyd
Area Specialist

Be sure to visit from July to September during the whale-watching season.

If you have any queries about this accommodation please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

Thanks to everyone at Reef and Rainforest for making our holiday so memorable. I came home feeling like we had great experiences in Madagascar and that our itinerary had been really well planned to ensure we saw a great variety of what the country is about. Ian and the team were fantastic while we were away in fixing the one small issue we had but then ensuring we had day use of the hotel in Tulear, that we were on time for the plane and in upgrading some of our accommodation. The attentiveness of the company while we were away was really unusual for a tour company and showed how much you care about ensuring people have a truly great holiday.

Ms SS - London