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Sunbird Livingstonia Beach
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Salima
Reviewed June 17, 2011

enjoyed my stay, the staff was excellent, the food great especially the breakfast. the periphery is amazing. I would not miss an opportunity to go back

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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled on business
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Thank munyaranga
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Reviewed June 3, 2011

An excellent place to unwind and relax, it will cater to all - family, friends, and business needs. Very nice Chalet, neat clean. Very good food, Breakfast is just superb.
Good private beach with blue water and white sand.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank Him C
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Reviewed May 15, 2010

i satyed for 2 weeks and found this to be very average at most and very expensive. The location is convenient to lilongwe and its site on the lake is lovely but much else simply isnt near good enough. The food was average to poor, regularly taking an hour to arrive at table in the evenings and often cold with it, the rooms were very tired and we had to frequently remind the many staff to clean it. wifi while advertised did not work at all well - due to a problem with the hotel server, the swimming pool had water boatmen(lake based large insects) living in it and their homes were on the side of the swimming pool wall - the staff seemed oblivious to this. the gym running machine was broken.

in short the management and the chefs were, in my opinion, nowhere near up to standard and i felt that, with the high room prices, this was just a big cash machine for the owners and the whole place needs an entire revamp. save your money and look elsewhere.

sorry to sound so negative - but everything written is entirely true. I am not a fussy person by nature but this was irritating. We did also stay at gecko lodge at Cape McClear and while simpler it was much much better as was the lake location and i would heartily recommend there.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled on business
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3  Thank DomMarlborough_UK
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Reviewed September 27, 2008

My wife and I had been in Malawi for two weeks prior to staying at this hotel, doing aid work. Sunbird was a two day excursion for our group to debrief on the previous three weeks.

It is probably one of the nicest hotels in Malawi. The beach and lake are wonderful. The exterior of the building and the grounds are also beautiful.

The rooms are fine, esp by Malawian standards. The deluxe and chalet rooms are much much nicer than the standard. The mattresses are open cell foam, not very thick, and not exactly new. There was hot water (!), and the plumbing worked - so these are pretty great things to have in the country.

Don't compare this to a resort in first world countries though. You will get bugs. The beds aren't great. The food is pushing the low end of average - especially for the price (the breakfast buffet was really the only highlight of food there). Quite frankly I thought it was a little steep in price all around.

Nonetheless it provided a nice place to stop and take a breather and think about the world.

  • Stayed: September 2008
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Thank uberZ
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Reviewed July 17, 2008

Stayed at this hotel for 2 nights as part of our tour with Jules Verne. It was a beautiful location right next to the lake with well maintained gardens. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Our room was a rondavel - around room with a thatched roof and a spacious round bathroom. There was plenty of space and a large fridge. You were given a couple of complementary bottles of water and the usual tea and coffee. The views from our little garden were beautiful as we were right next to the lake. I keep wanting to say sea because it does look like the sea with the waves coming up the beach. The food was included in our tour price. The breakfast was excellent - the evening meal was average. Everyone who ate the lamb thought it was vile - so if you eat here stay away from that!! The fish and steaks were fine. We were surprised at how windy it became in the evening. It would be extremely calm and then the next minute a warm wind would roll in from the lake. It became very windy with the waves crashing up on the beach. Although we had mosquito nets we didn't see or hear any. The nets were in good condition and the maid told me they sprayed the rooms to keep out the ants. There was a shop hidden away in the garden. If you want to use it don't wait for it to open - it doesn't. Go to the desk and ask to go in - they will open it for you. Like most hotels in malawi it isn't geared up to tourism. They haven't any leaflets about what to see or maps. They do have some out of date excursions chalked up on a blackboard outside - without any details of what they are. Make sure you have a guide book and decide what you want to see before you get there. While we were there it was windy in the morning and the lake was rough. If you book a trip to the fishing village in the morning it will be cancelled if the water is rough. Book it for the afternoon when it was calm. Just outside the gates of the hotel there are some stalls selling goods. They are also willing to give a very detailed guided tour of their fishing village for a small fee. All in all we enjoyed our stay here and were very comfortable

  • Stayed: May 2008
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2  Thank ceramica
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Reviewed March 26, 2008

Stayed here for one night and the only problem was the air conditioning, which resulted me changing three times before they found a room wher one worked.

Staff very helpful.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled on business
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2  Thank Sedgley
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Reviewed December 1, 2007

I stayed in Salima for just one night in their luxury corner suite and it was lovely. It's not luxurious by American standards, but it certainly is in Malawi. The lake is beautiful and I felt like I could stay there forever. While walking on the beach that morning I came across two baboons that were looking for their breakfast and they followed me back to the hotel buffet! The food is very good - be sure to order their specialty Chambo (fish) and chips - it was delicious.

At night you can see the lanterns of all the fisherman out in their boats, which was very cool. The only thing that freaked me out was when the security guard came onto our veranda in the middle of the night, and I didn't know who he was. I tried calling the front desk but no one answered, and I could tell that he was carrying a knife (which makes sense considering he's a security guard), but when I called out to him he just left and everything was fine.

If you're ever in Malawi, be sure to visit the lake and stay at this hotel. There's a wonderful market just down the road where you can buy incredible wood carvings and crafts for unbelievable prices.

  • Stayed: May 2005, traveled with family
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Thank chachina
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Additional Information about Sunbird Livingstonia Beach

Address: Senga Bay, Salima, Malawi (Formerly Le Meridien Livingstonia Beach)
Location: Malawi > Central Region > Salima
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Salima
Price Range: $112 - $190 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Sunbird Livingstonia Beach 2*
Number of rooms: 35
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