This is an outstanding resort on a paradise island - simply dazzling
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Likoma Island, Lake Malawi, Malawi
- Voted in the top ten 'Most Romantic Places in the World' by Conde Nast
- A stunning lodge with a touch of rustic chic charm
- Panoramic views over Lake Malawi from your private suite
Facilities includeWI-FI Snorkelling equipment in rooms Spa Restaurant Bar
- Mountain Biking
- Laser Sailing Dinghy
- Motor Boat Trips Around the Island
- Water skiing, Wakeboarding and Ringo
Seasons in Malawi
About Kaya Mawa
Kaya Mawa is located on the south-western tip of Likoma Island in the middle of Lake Malawi. The lodge uses the natural surroundings to create a getaway lodge of unique character, imagination and very special ambiance. The island is covered with mango trees and ancient baobabs and encircled by glorious sandy beaches and rocky coves.
Stone and teak-framed thatched accommodation includes two family houses and luxurious suites that are ideal for honeymooners. Each room faces the lake with a large hand crafted bed and en-suite bathroom. All accommodation has its own private terraces with most having direct access to the water.
Ndomo House: A private villa that consists of four bedrooms, three en-suites, a sitting room, a family kitchen, study, pool, private beach and five terraces. This house is fully staffed with a nanny, cook, housekeeper, ground staff and watchmen. It is located on the South West corner of the island with uninterrupted views across to the neighbouring island and on to mainland Malawi. A year round sunset is a secret surprise. It is ideal for those wanting complete privacy from the outside world.
The restaurant is set to one side of the bar and is used for buffet breakfasts and lunches. Kaya Mawa has many different areas where dinners are served: on a beach, on the decking platform or in the gazebo. An eclectic mix of simple and delicious international cuisine enjoyed at your own private surprise table. The bar and restaurant are split into a multi-level deck and offers seating at the bar or comfy sofas. The bar, just metres from the water, offers fantastic sunset views all the way to the south of the lake.
To visit Likoma Island is to step back in time. Likoma Island remains almost untouched since its discovery by Scottish Missionaries at the end of the nineteenth century. The island measures just 17 sq km with dirt roads and a few vehicles, the local people survive largely by fishing and rice and cassava farming. The island has hundreds of huge baobab trees and a number of glorious sandy beaches and rocky coves. There are no hippos and Kaya Mawa tests regularly for bilharzia and results have proven clear every time.
As an integral part of the community from the outset, Kaya Mawa has been involved in support and development within the community. They have been involved in numerous different projects, from piping water to the villages to feeding programmes.
Katundu Textiles, founded & managed by Suzie Lightfoot, has been the backbone of the creation and design of all the soft furnishings for the recent refurbishment at Kaya Mawa. This involved staff training on site to do welding, weaving and produce superb textiles.
How to get there
When to go
Low season: 1st April - 30th June and 1st November - 9th December.
High season: 1st July - 31st October and 10th December - 15th January.
Closed from 11th January - 31st March and 12th January - 27th March.
Great year round destination. Best climate can be experienced from late April to November, with June to August being the coolest months (20-25 degrees during the day) and the remainder of the year often experiencing higher temperatures of 30-37 degrees.
The months of December to April is the rainy season, however rains often tend to fall in the evenings.
It is recommended guests consult their doctor on suitable malaria prophylactics, as Malawi is a malaria region. Kaya Mawa tests regularly for bilharzia and results have proven clear every time.
Visas are not required for Malawi if travelling on United Kingdom, USA and most European passports. NB. Swiss Nationals will need a visa prior to travel.
Kaya Mawa is the perfect wedding destination with various locations for the ceremony and reception. Experienced and friendly staff can arrange and host unique weddings on the Island. Kaya Mawa is ideal for honeymooners with a selection of accommodation offering privacy, views and beach access.
Travelling with children
Children of all ages are welcome.
Children under the age of 4 pay $50 per night.
Children under the age of 13 pay 50% of the full adult price.
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