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4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Venice, Italy
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We stayed here for a couple nights... What a fantastic retreat. Staff were excellent, food was fantastic. The suite was exceptional... just an overall wonderful experience... The only issue we had was the mosquitos, we were eaten alive in the time we went, even with repellant, but thats just the area, and nothing to do with Pumulani. It is quite... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Just back from a 6 week tour of East Africa and on reflection Pumalani was one of our favourite places. Watched the sun set from the huge roll-top bath, a treat after a few weeks of safari showers! Beautiful views of the lake and huge room nicely furnished and extremely comfortable. Rob and Mona (lodge managers) are excellent hosts and... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Amazing wild but safe environment with fab views of Lake Malawi. Sundowner with excellent Malawi gin and fresh samosas in a sailing dhow with friendly crew. After delicious dinner watched stars with real telescope, meteors, Saturn's rings - what a treat. My only complaint - the bathroom was so big it needed a string quartet to complete it. You need... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We spent four nights here in May,and it was fantastic. The food,stargazing,snorkelling,are all brilliant but the management and staff deserve much praise for making our stay so special. If you are looking for an escape away from city life,this place is a must.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Pumulani website does not do the lodge any justice- you need to see it... lets start with the rooms... they are HUGE! Until you see them you cannot comprehend the sheer size of them... misleading from the outside. Pumulani is a great place to relax and forget about the outside world for a moment. Was my husbands 40th birthday and... More

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Lilongwe, Malawi
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Its a place we have been hearing about and when we were there on our honeymoon (Nyengo and Sarah) it was like, this is a place you wanna stay with the one you love away from all the busy town life. Alex and Karina thanks guys for the warm welcome you gave us the food and room was all magic.... More

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Lilongwe, Lilongwe, Malawi
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

We spent 3 of our honeymoon nights at Pumulani and enjoyed every minute of it. From the day we arrived, warm welcome from Alex and Karina, him walking with us to our Villa (7).oh we have fond memories of that magical villa. That place is magic waiting for you to experience it. We enjoyed the Breakfast Dow, the Cocktails... it's... More

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Newton, MA
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48 reviews 48 reviews
31 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Several generations of our family spent an ideal week-end at Pumulani. From the greeting by Alex and Jake, to the excellent lunch served immediately, to the extraordinarily spacious and well-equipped villas, to all the other subsequent meals served on the deck or on the beach, this place has it all together. The views from the bar and restaurant and pool... More

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Caoe Town
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Luxury. Decadence. Getting spoilt. If you like that type of attention, this would be the place for you. The best of most worlds, right on the lakeshore, soft white sand beaches and a swimming pol for those who prefer familiarity. Stargazing, Sunset Sails on the Dhow and our personal favourite a Night Braai on the Beach. (Thats a BBQ for... More

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Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
41 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Arrived at monkey bay after an exciting and beautiful plane ride from Lilongwe ( had a tyre blowout on take off but everything rearranged very efficiently by RP staff) . We were met by Alex and Corinne who were friendly and informative, then had a lovely lunch which they had delayed for us as we were late. When we were... More

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Address: Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi
Location: Malawi > Lake Malawi National Park
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Pumulani 4.5*
Also Known As:
Pumulani Hotel Lake Malawi National Park
Pumulani Lake Malawi National Park

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“The brightest star on the Lake”Pumulani is situated on the Westside of the Nankumba Peninsula in the South end of Lake Malawi – romantically called “The Lake of Stars”. The Peninsula is recognised as one of the most beautiful shores of the Lake and borders Lake Malawi National Park (a World Heritage Site). The lodge is built on a steep hillside which provides the most spectacular views from our villas, dining and main lodge area. ... more   less 
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