Mantis Olô Bé Lodge
A Mantis Eco Escape Experience
A pure Malagsy adventure
Mantis Olô Bé Lodge awaits your curious, pioneering spirit in Andavadoaka, Madagascar. Set on the South-west coast and away from the crowds. If you’re adventurous and look forward to deep sea fishing and sailing in pirogues towards breathe taking sunrises and sunsets; Olô Bé Lodge is next on your bucket list. This is where experience collectors come for a pure taste of Madagascar. Days of endless fishing, beach comas, cold drinks and fresh seafood. You can couple them with kayaking, snorkelling, surfing, baobab tours and kayaking through the mangroves. Andavadoaka is a small fishing village in the South-West of Madagascar with a humble local people who live off the ocean and provide man-power to the building projects in the area.
7 suites overlooking the water
Olô Bé Lodge has 7 rooms that line the island estate and overlook the lagoon towards the sunrise, and the Indian Ocean towards the sunset. Uniquely built; each accommodation unit at Olô Bé is a work of art that is made up of natural materials and built by the local community. Stone structures that blend in with the flora are encased with wide wooden decks and furniture for outside living. The roofs are thatched beautifully with raffia leaves; giving the lodge a unique island feel. Each room features are a large wooden 4-poster bed draped in natural linens that induce relaxation and keeps mosquitoes away. The bed has a built-in fan and reading lights. The rooms are spacious and built to optimize air flow and keep you cool.
Closest to the restaurant
The bungalows are just 50 metres from the restaurant and overlook the lagoon. Each one is a large space to live while on vacation; providing lots of outside relxation areas on a wide wrap-around deck with dining, sunbathing, and lounging furniture. Uniquely styled and distinct of Madagascar; the bungalows feature lively pink interior walls, natural wood furniture with touches of glass and brass in the bathroom.
2 Standard Rooms
The sunrise & sunset rooms
2 Standard Rooms
The Standard rooms are a warm and comfortable cocoon atmosphere with beautiful finishes made of local wood and stone. Rise early to enjoy the first and last rays of the sun from the comfort of a deck that overlooks the water.
The Sunset & Sunrise Suites
Enjoy watching the sun set over the ocean or lagoon from the private deck of the suites. Just 35m from the restaurant, each suite is a large space that invites guests to flow from outside to inside living. Unique wooden furniture creates spaces for relaxing on the deck and inside the suite. The 4-poster bed is draped with a mosquito net and fitted with reading lights and an overhead fan. The en-suite bathroom has a shower and a private outdoor tub overlooking the water.
Open shelves and clothes hanging space
Dressing table with full-length mirror
Over sized 4-poster King bed with mosquito net
Day bed with mosquito net
En-suite bathroom with shower and double vanity
Outside bathtub with lagoon view
Single vanity with glass basin
A flamboyant main hall, a large kitchen open to the bar and the lounge, two large terraces opening on each side, each offering a view of its own bay. Sit facing the lagoon or on the raised side terrace to enjoy the start of the day or on the sunset side terrace at the end of the afternoon for an aperitif or an excellent Rum from Madagascar.
Olô Bé Restaurant
Drink, eat, bond
In symbiosis with the breadth of the place and its sense of theater, the kitchen is open to the main room and thus offers the spectacle of the performance of...
Olô Bé Restaurant
In symbiosis with the breadth of the place and its sense of theater, the kitchen is open to the main room and thus offers the spectacle of the performance of the inventive chefs working in the stoves and ovens that are lit by burning fires. All this activity sometimes accompanied by shouted orders and bursts of laughter.
In the background, light and quiet music that softens the atmosphere and the rising voices of the hosts who are gathered at the bar.
As the beers and cocktails take effect, the stories, voices and connections grow.
The menus of the day are imaginative and the meals are worthy of a good restaurant. Surprising, given the isolation of the place.
Fresh seafood is purchased every morning from local fishermen in the bay.
Andavadoaka is a small fishing village located on the southwest coast of Madagascar. It is located in the Morombe District of the Southwest Region, 45 km south of the town of Morombe. The village lies on the edge of a shallow lagoon protected from the open ocean by a series of fringing and submerged barrier reefs that support substantial coral growth, providing a vital resource base for a local artisanal fishery. Owing to the remoteness and isolation, these coral reefs are thought to possess a significantly higher abundance and diversity of species than other reefs in southwest Madagascar. Andavadoaka is also home to the Vezo fishing people, who are known for their dependence upon the ocean.
Andavadoaka is one of the founding villages of the Velondriake locally managed marine area (LMMA). The village won the Equator Prize which is awarded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), in 2007, for its innovative approach to conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Andavadoaka is home to the administrative centre of the Velondriake Association, which was created in 2005 to manage the Velondriake LMMA.
Blue Ventures, a UK-based non-governmental organisation, runs a field research site situated next to the village of Andavodoaka, aiming to improve the community and promote the sustainable management of marine resources. Biodiversity studies have identified many hundreds of marine species in the waters in the area. The reefs around Andavadoaka represent some of the most well-developed coral reef systems in the Indian Ocean.
Andavadoaka is one of the few small villages in the South-West of Madagascar with general access to electricity. Eosol has got an electricity grid of high quality in Andavadoaka, fed by about 65 kWp of solar panels and backed by a battery bank. Eosol provides power to village until 10 pm daily, and then shuts off its system to conserve energy. The solar plant is run by a single employee who oversees all maintenance and functionality. This employee spends his days in a small office located in the center of the village, where local peoples can ask questions and request repairs. The vast majority of power is devoted towards keeping lights on in the evenings.