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Sunbird Livingstonia Beach
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Salima
Johannesburg, South Africa
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75 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Lakeside splendor”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

This 2 star establishment has much to offer. It is simple yet functional - tucked away from all busyness. It is great for a quiet getaway and business meetings. The accommodation is simple yet adequate and the food was of a good quality, especially the morning buffet. It was a little blustery in June - but still pleasant.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Spring Arbor, Michigan
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101 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed May 19, 2013

This hotel is a lovely, gracious, older facility. The grounds are well-maintained and the rooms, though old, are quite comfortable and decently clean. We were able to enjoy only one quiet night here, but with a good book, it would make a lovely longer respite. The staff members are quite friendly, and the breakfast buffet and lunch buffet have quite a variety of menu items. Our evening meal from the menu felt a bit substandard -- chicken quite tough and lamb dish too spicy -- but all-in-all it was a nice stay.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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stuttgart
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139 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed May 16, 2013

Roll out of your room into the water. Perfect and unexpected. Pool is fine for laps but with beautiful lake Malawi right there why swim in a pool?
Food is decent at the restaurant. Try the goat or the especially the local fish.
Vendors right outsde the resort will take shoes, glasses, shirts, or anything else in lieu of cash. Interesting....

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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33 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed May 10, 2013

We have just finished a 3 days board meeting here. It is a fantastic place, on the shore of Malawi Lake. The staff is well-trained, professional, kind and courtuous. The hotel is old, but very well maintained. The food is excellent. The environment very peaceful....


It is a heaven of tranquility

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Cork
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed April 4, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in a place near by The Marina Wheel House but this was our treat as it had a lovely pool and the most amazing Buffett !!!
Also the festival was taking place in the beach owned by this hotel so it was a lovely experience

  • Stayed September 2012
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed April 4, 2013

On arrival at the hotel, check in was done quickly and efficiently. Staff were extremely helpful during my whole visit. The views over the lake are stunning, my room was just minutes from the beach. I stayed in one of the beach front rooms, it was clean and in good condition. Food was very good, although the buffet was expensive if you were not very hungry - but menu options are available and offer a good selection of local and international cuisine. The hotel has its own shop selling crafts and essentials, but you just need to wonder outside the hotel walls to find local craftsmen. I would highly recommend this hotel

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Oxford, Mississippi
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55 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed March 6, 2013

So my rating is probably a bit biased because I finally got to go snorkeling with the cichlids but everything here is great. My room is a little circular hut that opens up onto the beach. You really feel like you're getting away. It's the off season so it was relatively quiet but the staff was pretty helpful.

I did have the unfortunate issue that the airport started striking while I was there, completely messing up my flight schedule back to the states. The staff was helpful getting through the bureaucracy for international calls (there's a 10 minute limit which is not nearly long enough to get through to delta's representatives), even offering me the use of a staff member's cell phone.

Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Megan R
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Property: Sunbird Livingstonia Beach
Address: Senga Bay, Salima, Malawi (Formerly Le Meridien Livingstonia Beach)
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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
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Salima
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Hotel Class:2 star — Sunbird Livingstonia Beach 2*
Number of rooms: 35
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