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Lupita Island Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kipili
Caen, France
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“far ahead imagination can get.....paradise island”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

Before heading to Lupita island,even if Lake Tanganika was aleady a mythic destination itself,i was prepared......Having studied it all on the web...finding many superlative comments and a lot of photos.....i thought nothing could surprise me....but everything did,ten times a day : the quality of the buildings,the delicate decoration to the great dining experience.....Lupita has all the details and refinement you dream about and the lake makes it magical.
Ask the chef special at breakfast and follow captainTom's adventures on "he "winsor rose"....
here you are......as close as heaven as possible!!!! the rooms are amazing and the privacy you get combined with the quietness of the lake view make you feel what luxury means...

Room Tip: sunrise on Kipili Hillshaving an Eastern rooms is unbeleivably beautiful but you will get the sunset...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Woodside, Ca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

Breathtaking!!! The perfect destination to end a safari or go to exclusively! The accommodations are FANTASTIC, gourmet food, festive bar, swimming pool, spa and above all the lovely warm, sparkling clear lake Tanganyika. The villa's sit high up, on the Island, and there is a view from every location. Lovely walking trails, Kayaks, snorkeling, beaches & boats. Local near by villagers welcome guest to come and take pictures of a very unspoiled, authentic African village.
Sunset cruises, beach picnics, and local entertainment make this the most magical destination.
I had the best pedicure & massage of my life while looking down at the lake. There are no wild beasts to run into here, so you can walk freely and enjoy the many song birds. This is a great place to go with a group of friends or family. It would also be a very romantic wedding or honeymoon destination. Very reasonably priced. Lupita Island Resort should be on everyone's "bucket" list.
LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!!

Room Tip: They all are gorgeous! We stayed in the Livingstone villa (presidential suite) It was huge! I coul...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

This was my second time visiting Lupita island as this "once in a lifetime" location pulled me back in. I cannot emphasize enough how different the experience at Lupita Island is from anything you can imagine. A big thank you to the fantastic staff who yet again provided for the wonderful experience of living on your own private luxury island...

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Cambridge, MA
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

Lupita Island is an oasis of total luxury in the midst of the Eastern Rift Valley. Situated on the eastern shore of the beautiful and primitive Lake Tanganyika, you look across the lake at the rising mountains of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. At night, magnificent thunderstorms reign of over those mountains and on Lake Tanganyika fisherman in dugout canoes hang lanterns to attract fish bringing the lake alive in dancing points of light.

The open villas are magnificent and each is situated to provide total privacy from the others. By day, there is much to do right on Lupita, but if time and money allow, be sure to extend your stay with side trips to nearby Katavi and Mahale. Most visitors to Tanzania stick to the NE corner – Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngoromgoro where they are surprised to see crowds of other visitors and vehicles in the parks. The allure of Lupita, Katavi and Mahale is that they are far from the beaten path so you can experience the real Africa - native, primitive, uncluttered and beautiful!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank John S
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Kerens, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2012

On the western shore of Lake Tanganyika is a small private paradise called Lupita Island. It is reached by air charter or overland vehicle, so you have to want to get there. Once there, however, you will experience an unsurpassed level of service and attention to detail. You are met at the small dirt airstrip with a glass of champagne and a cool towel. It only gets better. The short boat ride to the island affords a glimpse of the fabled lake. The rooms are one with the landscape. Comfortably appointed Individual African-themed dwellings with open sides to let in the view and ambiance. Take in the sunset over the Congo mountains from your soaking pool, or watch it at the well-stocked bar. The food is as amazing as the service. If you're fortunate, you might even enjoy some songs from the local choir. The owners, Tom and Belinda Lithgow, rebuilt the resort with the help of the local community after it burned down shorty after completion. Like a phoenix, it has risen strong and vibrant from it's ashes.

Room Tip: If you have mobility issues, discuss them with the staff, as many rooms require walking up and down...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Columbus, Ohio
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

A private island paradise in the middle of pristine Lake Tanganyika, Lupita Island is one of those places that is too good to be true, except it is true! Tom and Belinda have thought of everything! The cottages are beautiful, open to the lake and nature, while at the same time completely private. Sipping your coffee in the morning in your cottage while the sun comes up over Lake Tanganyika is the most pleasant way I have ever started a morning, and the luxury continues all day long. There are activities for the adventurous and ample relaxation for those who want to get away from it all. Nothing compares to cocktails out on the boat as you watch the spectacular sunset over Lake Tanganyika. Our stay was unforgettable, and my only regret was that I had to leave! Highly recommend it!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2012

My wife and I went a little different with our honeymoon and could not be happier. Everyone goes to Hawaii, but Tanzania is so much more special. In the middle of doing some safaris, we went to Lupita Island and could not believe the beauty and service we experienced. We've stayed in 5 star resorts, but the service on Lupita completely outshined anything else. From the morning delivery of coffee, to the evening bed turn-down or drawn bath (with rose petals and our favorite wine) under the stars we could not have been more pampered. All the activities were well planned and there were tons of surprises. A private beach massage by Angela was perfect along with the dinner on our private deck. Tom and his team know how to make the perfect vacation. Thanks so much for a wonderful beginning to our marriage.

Room Tip: All rooms are private. I honestly think you could not go wrong.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jay C
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Property: Lupita Island Resort & Spa
Address: Lake Tanganyika, Kipili, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Rukwa Region > Kipili
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kipili
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lupita Island is the ultimate private retreat, offering luxurious accommodations set amidst a pristine natural habitat. Located on Lake Tanganyika, this 130-acre private island has eleven lavishly decorated, thatched-roof living spaces and two family cottages that offer breathtaking, uninterrupted views of Africa's second largest lake. As a guest of Lupita Island, you may enjoy a variety of water sports or soak in the tranquil beauty of the island from the privacy of your open-air room. ... more   less 
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