One Minute South

One Minute South

View of lake from below house
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Destination : Paradise
On a tropical island, one mile south of the Equator
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4.5
#2 of 5 villas in Kampala
Location
4.8
Cleanliness
4.1
Service
4.3
Value
4.1
One Minute South offers a private island paradise that is truly unique. A 20 acre beach front residence on Bulago Island, Lake Victoria, Uganda. Accessible by our luxurious boat MV Silver Fulu, speedboat or helicopter and within close proximity to Entebbe International Airport. Within the architectural beauty of our clifftop house we offer 5 luxurious bedrooms, all with beautiful views. We offer sophisticated comfort and complete privacy with deserted golden beaches, an infinity swimming pool and plenty of activities for all the family. Min.4/Max.13 guests.
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Property amenities
Wifi
Pool
Bar / lounge
Beach
Boating
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Massage
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Shallow end in pool
Restaurant
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Hiking
Water sport equipment rentals
Fishing
Patio
Walking tours
BBQ facilities
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared bathroom
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Laundry service
Room features
Housekeeping
Room service
Seating area
Wardrobe / closet
Room types
Landmark view
Suites
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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HOTEL STYLE
Hidden Gem
Luxury

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Bulago Island, Kampala PO18 9LQ Uganda
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Joe K wrote a review Oct 2019
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This marks my second stay at One Minute South and it was still as special as the first.
I was there with a new group of friends for a weekend birthday celebration and the staff went above and beyond to make us all feel at home. The food was great and the house, horse, and plethora of dogs were a joy to be around. I recommend taking a walk around the island and seeing some of the breathtaking views or just sit by the pool and watch the birds. I saw three hornbills, a pair of nesting eagles, and a countless amount of kites all from the front porch, so if you like birdwatching you also have that to look forward to.
All in all it was a fun filled weekend. I would definitely recommend it for a weekend stay.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Louisa wrote a review Sep 2019
Stockholm, Sweden
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Perched atop a cliff surrounded by breathtaking greenery and panoramic views of Lake Vic, the villa offers a welcome escape from the pollution and noise of Kampala. I have visited One Minute South many times, a true testament to how much I love staying here!

Three-course meals are freshly cooked every day (including home made bread and baked desserts!), so you definitely won't go hungry. The pool is wonderful to cool off in whilst watching birds, otters and other wildlife on and around Bulago. There villa is beautifully decorated with unique art pieces, and there's no shortage of seating areas and spaces to play board games, read or socialise.

The staff are incredibly hospitable and kind, and have always gone above and beyond to make my stay unforgettable. Boat transfer from Kampala/Entebbe straight to the villa's private beach can also be arranged by One Minute South.

I could not recommend this property enough, and will continue returning as long as I'm living and working in Kampala!
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Date of stay: September 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Alison P, Owner at One Minute South
Responded Oct 1, 2019
Many thanks Louisa for appreciating everything we are offering at One Minute South villa. We look forward to your next visit and as a returning guest we will be offering you a discount on your next stay.
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John G wrote a review Jun 2018
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Having visited One Minute South on a few occasions, my visit this week was by far the best. New Menu with amazing items, most grown and or baked on the island. The BLT was great and the homemade cookies were unreal. Peanut butter and choc chip cookies were by far the tastiest cookies I've had.
Thoroughly recommend one minute south to everyone as a must visit on their trip to Uganda or as a weekend escape from Kampala.
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
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RachelOnHoliday wrote a review Jan 2017
London
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A brilliant place for a weekend getaway with friends. If there is a big group you need a larger, slower boat which takes two hours each way from Gaba. Not a problem (actually quite fun) but you do need to factor it in to your timings.
From the moment we arrived the service was impeccable - a small army was waiting to carry our luggage up to the villa, and another team member was ready with hot towels to clean off any grime from the journey and glasses of ice cold fresh juice.
And then there is the food....every morsel was amazing...I simply don't know how they did it!
And on top of all that the setting is incredible. The house beautiful. The pool refreshing. The views stunning. You get the picture.
It's quirky, it's fun and it's well run. And for a group is great value.
We're just working on finding a good excuse to return!
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Date of stay: January 2017Trip type: Traveled with friends
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ealexander70 wrote a review Apr 2016
Kampala, Uganda
4.0 of 5 bubbles
it was a wonderful getaway. the staff were incredibly friendly and the views were breathtaking. On top of that the chef was really good and we were often full throughout the stay.
We had an opportunity to explore bulago island and we were able to catch some breathtaking views.
did i mention the food? im sorry but i just had to say it again lol...a perfect place for group getaways
ill definately be going back!!
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Date of stay: April 2016
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: The main house had a wonderful view of the lake, while the guest house was surrounded by...
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Wordz wrote a review Nov 2010
Dubai
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
For the short length of my stay at this place, which I visited with a few friends we couldn't stop talking about how special it was. Full of beautiful wooden artifacts and very original design and decour, it was actually a shame we were there for such a short time. The rooms were very comfortable, the swimming pool small but sits on the edge of small hill overlooking the lake and the little hammock right by the beach underneath. The staff were very helpful and food lovely, they even prepared bonfire for us after dinner and made sure the place was clean all the time.
I would highly recommend this place and would certainly consider going back there myself for a longer stay.
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Date of stay: September 2010
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Charlotte N wrote a review Oct 2010
London, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Similarly impressed with my stay at One Minute South - a tranquil and picturesque location and an ideal place to relax with friends.

A beautiful property with a fascinating and rich interior and plenty of space for entertaining oneself indoors as an alternative to remaining by the infinity pool and on the sun-drenched terrace or on the beach.

Friendly and accommodating staff and overall a fantastic visit to Bulago island.
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Date of stay: September 2010
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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EmmaCNY wrote a review Oct 2010
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I can't recommend 'One Minute South' highly enough. I stayed there with a group of friends last month and we had a wonderful time. The house itself is set on a secluded part of Bulago Island with it's own beach and jetty. It's here that you disembark from your Lake Victoria approach – perhaps the most romantic way to arrive at a place to stay. The house itself is stunning to look at and beautifully furnished. Each bedroom has been decorated in a different style making choosing where to sleep the most difficult decision you'll have to make while staying there. The bathrooms are modern but stylish (the free standing bath overlooking the terrace was a lovely touch). The house comes fully staffed so you have no worries about preparing food. The pool and terrace look like something out of a photo shoot with a gorgeous beach and lake view. Throughout the property there are a number of thoughtful touches to make your stay even more comfortable; a hammock on the beach, evening fires under the stars prepared by the staff, a bookshelf stacked with novels, magazines and board games.
In short I had a wonderful time and only wish I was still there.
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Date of stay: September 2010
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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anna2302 wrote a review Sep 2010
Kampala
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at this house for one night with friends and was reluctant to leave when the boat arrived to take us back to the mainland.
The house and grounds are stunning and the service and food were brilliant. There are staff at the house to prepare meals and clear up but they disappear when they're not serving so you feel as though you have the place to yourself. I went with a group of friends and everyone was very impressed. I haven't found anywhere else in Uganda of this standard and will certainly go back
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Date of stay: September 2010
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Dawny68corbridge wrote a review Feb 2019
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Bulago is just idilic.Its a perfect location to relax and be looked after so well by the friendly excellent staff.The space is airy and dotted with quirky sculptures.The rooms are beautiful and the lake can be heard gently lapping on the prinstine shoreline.Its definitely paradise.The food that is prepared by the chef is delicious.Most coming out of the organic vegetable garden.Highly recommended it was a wonderful visit.Thank you
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Alison P, Owner at One Minute South
Responded Oct 1, 2019
Many thanks for your review. Hope to welcome you back soon.
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Maria M asked a question Dec 2019
Kampala, Uganda2 contributions
How do we go about with the booking
Answer from Alison P
Kampala, Uganda
I would totally recommend One Minute South villa for your mothr's 70th birthday party. Let me know the date and number of guests and we can organise everything from the boat from Munyonyo, all catering, music and celebration. I shall be having my 60th birthday next March and I cannot think of a more beautiful place to celebrate. Kind regards Alison
ealexander70 wrote a tip Apr 2016
Kampala, Uganda6 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The main house had a wonderful view of the lake, while the guest house was surrounded by beautiful greenary"
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Faith_Fay wrote a tip Apr 2016
Kampala, Uganda1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Excellent views"
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Luc_Moutainbiker wrote a tip Jun 2014
Kampala, Uganda2 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The main building has more charm and has a nicer view than the annex."
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BHAVIN RAVAL wrote a tip Jun 2014
Kampala, Uganda48 contributions6 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask them to clean the place properly before visiting them. all rooms are the same as you hire the whole place out."
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CMeyer2014 wrote a tip May 2014
Oak Park, Illinois4 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The main house rooms are very lovely - the second house/annex is not as nice. The staff can be noisy - be sure to ask them to keep their voices down if you want peaceful mornings."
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
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Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
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Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
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