the baobab of love
We’ve been close several times before, but this time we are certain that we’ve found paradise. Set on a private beach ensconced in an undisturbed strand of deciduous dry forest teeming with exotic wildlife, Anjajavy offers the exclusivity of a private nature reserve blended with the tranquility of a luxurious beach resort. To underscore its distinctiveness, Anjajavy operates in its own time zone – one hour ahead of the rest of the country, despite its location on Madagascar’s western shore.
In addition to the typical water sports, boat trips, and beach activities that are the standard fare of most island honeymoon destinations, Anjajavy entices with excursions that take advantage of its unique habitat. You can go birding if sleeping in is not your thing or simply relax by the pool with a book in hand, enjoying the gourmet food and personalized service that reflect the hotel’s unpretentious comfort. For the more adventurous, there are also night walks through the forest and a variety of hikes that allow guests to explore Anjajavy’s flora and fauna. Contrary to the song, heaven, it turns out, is a place where quite a lot happens.
The five days we spent in Anjajavy did not seem nearly enough, but more adventures beckoned and we reluctantly packed our bags for the return trip to Tana. Before leaving, we were asked to pick out a tree to be planted in our name during the rainy season. All honeymooning couples who stay at Anjajavy leave this lasting symbol of their love, thereby also helping protect the primary forest that makes Anjajavy such a special place. We chose a baobab, the gentle giant of Madagascar, which owes its strength to its tender core. Baobabs live for over a thousand years, their soft wood suitable neither for building nor burning, and it warms our hearts to know that this small symbol of our love will remain part of the Anjajavy reserve long after the last traces of our lives fade from the world’s memory.