For the last few years it has been getting harder and harder to find decent reasonably priced accommodation in Anakao so in 2018 we decided to take the leap and set up our own new basecamp hotel that could provide us with the services we need to cater for our surfing clientel. Mada Surf Ranch is ideally located around 200m to the north of the main Anakao fishing village and right in front of the legendary Nosy Vé Island home to the world class wave of Flameballs. The hotel hosts a chill out lounge and bar right on the beach and a large restaurant and dining area with breathtaking views over the Anakao lagoon and mindblowing sunsets over Nosy Vé. The restaurant proposes fresh seafood straight off the boat daily and for the affamished surfer we also have a selection of Hamburgers, Paninis and Pizzas to quench even the hungriest of appetites!
The hotel has three large family bungalows right on the beachfront and another five double bungalows in the garden area with a backpackers dormitory out the back for budget travellers. All rooms are equipped with private bathroom and toilet and each evening the hotel staff delivers a bucket of hot Katrafay water to our guests so that they may enjoy a soothing therapeutic shower. The hotel is also equipped with two independant solar power systems the first to assure lighting 24/24 and the main system for the bar, kitchen, restaurant, and power banks for recharging telephones, cameras and computers etc. We also have unlimited WiFi in the chill out lounge and bar to ensure our clients get their daily fix ! For travelling surfers we also have a large range of surfboards and wetsuits available for rent and sell a range of waxes and other miscellaneous merchandise to get you through the day. Although the hotel was primarily set up to cater for our surfing guests it has also become very popular with a wide range of travellers and is fast becoming the place to be in Anakao!
Although the Gash Pack Tour is without a doubt the best way of optomising your potential surfing time it does remain more suited to the hardcore surf adventurer in search of scoring the best available waves each and every day. For more casual surfers or even moreso for families just wanting to chill out and relax the lodge is probably a better fit as getting up for the dawny each morning and moving from village to village every few days isn’t everybodies cup of tea! For those wanting to just take it easy we also offer a range of surfing packages including board rental, surf transfers, lessons and B&B, half and full board options. For non surfing guests we can also organise snorkelling, whalewatching, and island excursion tours and for the more nature orientated traveller day trips to Lake Tsimanampetsotsa to visit the underwater caves. In any case if you are interested in one of our surfing packages don’t hesitate to send us an email!
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Mada Surf Ranch and The Green Team Grommets absolutely rule! We stayed for two weeks and surfed every other day with the local village kids who Blair and Ed coach it was a real fun experience surfing with them and sharing their stoke every time we hit the water! The hotel is set right on the beach with the best sunsets you will ever see and the food is excellent with a lot of choice. The bungalows are basic Robinson Crusoe style but clean and comfortable and I reckon value for money it’s definitely the best hotel in Anakao and has a really good vibe about the place super friendly and laid back! Big thanks to Blair, the staff and all the groms for making our stay so enjoyable we’ll definitely be back!
Jack and Emily, California, USA – August 2o22