Eden Lodge embodies a new concept for luxury accommodation in Madagascar. Enjoy pure luxury without pretence and without damaging the fragile environment in a push towards sustainable development.
It is thus the first Green Globe certified hotel in Madagascar, a guarantee of the highest standards in Sustainable Tourism. It is also a member of 'Eco Luxury hotels' affiliation, a selection of the best eco-retreats in the world.
The real luxury of Eden Lodge is simply being there, residing in comfort whilst immersed in the diverse and untouched lush natural habitat of Madagascar.
The first solar energy powered hotel in the world :
Eden Lodge is the only entirely solar powered hotel in the world. Ironing service is the only one to require a daily two hour use of a power generator.
An Ademe pilot-project promoting the development of eco-tourism in Madagascar, Eden Lodge is equipped with the largest solar-panel system installed in a hotel. This system provides the hotel with all of its energy needs with free 24/24 maximum comfort. 1 Eden Lodge visitor = 1 planted tree
This is our commitment in the effort to stem global warming and encourage reforestation with this symbolic Madagascar tree. The Ravinala tree's leaves are used to build traditional roofing in the Nosy Be area. The Eden Lodge is a luxury eco-lodge selected by the ADEME as a pilot project for eco-tourism in Madagascar. Far from spectacular and publicized environmental measures, everything was originally conceived in an eco-friendly perspective with the local population in mind.
To us, real luxury has nothing to do with the superfluous :it mostly means high quality service in a rare and long lasting environment.
Renewable energy sources and technology :
The hotel produces 100% of it's electrical needs thanks to a solar power generator. A local solar power equipment company was chosen to install the solar power generator capable of producing 6 KWC. Such a capacity makes it one of the most performant solar power generators in Madagascar which required a 100.000 Euros investment. The entire process of installation was accompanied by the ADEME who financed the study of the project by a specialized consultant. This same consultant oversaw the quality of the equipment as well as its proper installation. This technicaly structured engineering approach was accompanied by training, communication and follow-up.
All the equipment (especially refrigerating) was chosen for its low energy consumption. The lighting is entirely composed of LED and low consumption light bulbs.
Hot water production
Hot water is produced by monobloc (CESI) thermal sensors. Such equipment already installed in Madagascar is robust and sun exposure allows hot water production more than 300 days a year.
Water and water management
Water from the depths of neighbouring hills is pumped by two solar powered pumps. It is then kept in an airtight, 10 000 liter cistern. This levy, rapidly compensated during the rain season, supplies the hotel and soon, the nearby village.
The lodges' wastewater is drained into sumps and filtered by coconut and dead coral. Instead of being rejected to the sea where it could damage the coral reef the water is used for gardening purposes.
Wastewater from the laundry and dry cleaning service is managed in the same way. The honeycomb motif towels were chosen for their low water absorption thus allowing limited detergent use.
Recycling our garbage :
Waste management and recycling
Waste management is optimized at the lodge : we produce our compost from foodstuffs waste and recycle all we can : especially metal and plastic.Recovered metal is turned into pots and pans, plastic bottles are transformed into place mats, glasses are recuperated...
We transport non recyclable refuse to the Nosy Be dump.
Ecoconstruction and environment
The Eden Lodge was exclusively built with local material (stone walls, local wood, ravinala roofs) thus preserving the site and limiting transportation of material. Transportations made mandatory where done by dhows therefore avoiding useless C02 emission.
Land and sea fauna
Preserving the beauty of the site and its fauna is one of our primary objectives. We protect lemur colonies that are endangered today by their illegal capture and sale. Likewise, near the lodge, we struggle against scuba hunting which threatens coral species as well as against all motorized water sports. In order to preserve the beautiful diversity of the coral reefs around the lodge these are regularly inspected by a marine biology specialist.
Forestry and flora
We know our site is unique. Our five hundred year old baobab trees planted on a dream-like beach are nowhere to be found on the Nosy Be archipelago or even Madagascar. Protecting these majestic trees, symbol of Madagascar, by cherishing them in our gardens is one of our objectives. We have already been able to save two baobab trees that were slowly dying as a result of local customs, unfortunately as ancestral as inappropriate.
Local economic influence :
Every year, the villagers and ourselves determine a priority that we finance. We were able to finance and revive the school of a nearby village. Building a second school in our village of Anjanojano is about to be completed. The village well also was recently launched.
Other projects are foreseen : a solar panel for lighting, etc...
Regular supplies arriving by boat greatly helps villagers who were otherwise totally isolated before. Recruitment of staff members among the local population contributes to social wellbeing and balance.
- We buy fish produce from local villagers and contribute to rearing goats and poultry.
- We organize visits to neighbouring villages thus encouraging the development of artisanal and tourism linked activities.
We will also develop a collection of school supplies in France so our customers can take us on arrival at the lodge, notebooks, pencils, slates, small non-school books, which are the event and fun for students. If you are interested, email us, we will provide material lists where you will choose your participation