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La Bella Donna

Mangily | Madagascar

Small beachfront lodge located in the village of Mangily which is adjacent to Ifaty, in the south-west of Madagascar. Great service and amazing restaurant.

Location: La Bella Donna is located in Mangily, 26 km north of Tulear, on the side of the Mozambique Channel that lies between Africa mainland and Madagascar. Mangily and its neighboring village of Ifaty are two small popular beach places in the south-west of Madagascar. The beach is very beautiful, with white sand and a turquoise blue lagoon. Only 5 minutes from the beach you can get lost among baobab trees, cactus and the alien-like octopus trees that exist nowhere else on the planet. This is in the baobab forest of Mangily.

How to get here: To get here you will have to fly to Toliara (TLE) and then take a road transfer to Ifaty. An excellent paved road connects them, so they are very easy to reach, probably the easiest beach to reach in Madagascar. Enjoy the calm and breathtaking sunsets from the terrace of your bungalow or from the private beach. 

Structure: La Bella Donna has beach bungalows and bungalows around the pool. The two parts are not connected, as the pool area is a little bit hidden, 2 minutes from the beach. You can have a relaxing time at the beautiful pool and the bar area. They serve exceptional Italian food, you will eat really well here.

Why staying here: Although Ifaty is only the beginning of one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world, it is worth breaking the journey here as you start discovering the beaches north of Tulear. It gets better and better as you advance to the north from here. It is totally worth the effort to continue further north of Mangily on a challenging sandy path. If you come until here, do the effort and go further north! In Mangily, it can get crowded. Further north, it is totally different, where you can enjoy the beautiful beaches just for yourself. 

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