Palma Nova

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Palma Nova in Ambanja is a hotel where guests can expect comfortable accommodation, a restaurant with Malagasy, Asian and European influenced specialities and a welcoming service team.

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Lunch and dinner are served in the spacious palm-thatched restaurant and bar area. Simple or Continental breakfast is served in the rooms or in the restaurant. The hotel ground includes a small beautiful garden with palms, banana, ylang ylang, gauva and various tropical plants and flowers.

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In all 17 rooms are available according to your needs and your budget: 5 air-conditioned ground floor rooms, 5 ventilated economy rooms and 6 spacious ventilated upper floor rooms with double or King-sized beds. All rooms are equipped with mosquito nets. Price ranges between 47,000 Ariary and 112,000 Ariary per night. Additionally, there is a dormitory with 12 beds (6 bunk beds).

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Palma Nova is a popular meeting place in Ambanja which offers special events and catering for up to 500 people, weddings, birthday parties etc. During major football tournaments, live matches are displayed on a screen in the restaurant and bar area.

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In cooperation with Libertalia Aventure, Palma Nova offers activities including mountain biking, trekking and kayaking. While exploring the region of Sambirano with its immense plantations, tours support social projects in some of the villages. Activities include:

  • Half-day guided tour by mountain bike through the cacao plantations surrounding Ambanja. Discovering spices, such as cacao, coffee, vanilla, black and pink pepper as well as fragrant plants, such as ylang-ylang, vetiver grass, patchouli and combava.

  • Guided visit to the Sagi plantations and introduction to various spices and fragrant plants. Lunch at the village of Anjavimilay, which is known for its embroidery crafts. Traditional braiding and facial sessions are offered by the women of the Fivemi Association. Depending on the day of the fady, visit of sacred lake or Mahamanina waterfall.
  • Discovering of mangroves and their marine species. Visiting Antsahampano, a former colonial village and port in the midst of mangroves. Depending on the tides, exploring the mangrove mazes by pirogue. Seafood lunch is prepared by the women of the Tsy Kivy Association, followed by traditional singing and dances.
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  • Visit the Bons Pères cascade and Ambobaka, a village known for its traditional medicine. This tour allows visitors to discover the Upper Sambirano and its huge cacao plantations, rice fields and small villages. Visit the garden of medicinal plants at Ambobaka and learn about the ancestral knowledge exercised by healers using plants and different massage techniques. Canoe ride along the Ramena River. Picnic and swim at the waterfall.

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  • A bike ride to the White heron colony about 20 kilometres from Ambanja close to the village of Andranomandevy can be combined with an approximately 1-hour return boat ride to Ambanja.
  • For short stays, a visit to Ambanja will be incomplete without a brief visit to Sambirano. The sandbanks on the left side of the river coming from the central marketplace (Bazary Be) and about one kilometre upstream is an ideal swimming spot in this beautiful river.

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For additional information about tours, accommodation and reservations, contact:

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Palma Nova
Hotel - Bar - Restaurant
Ambanja 203

Tel: +261 (0)32 12 005 29 / +261 (0)32 12 005 30

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