Magnificent location and beach, it really could not get very much better! The place itself is a bit run down but Patrick, the new manager is really working hard getting it back on track! Romms are in need of renovations, the lovely flowers in the room are lovely but cant really hide the renovation backlog. Breakfast is boring... expect the same simple dingdong every day. Dinner is a set 3 course, quite well cooked and presented.
Drink prices are a bit disappointing high, also their beach bar lacking atmosphere, music, ice and decent drink selection. Pity actually for such a cool location.
There are a two local cheap waterholes with cold drinks in the village, also ask for Rosie, the chef from Frontier volonteer camp. She arranges for your washing - good and cheap.
The diving centre on site is managed by a frenchman called David. Very good safety and procedures in place. They seem to have only 2 dive sites, one shallow coral and one deeper wall, whicwe actually dived 8 times over and over again...... not interesting.
Whale Sharks: Dave knowingly selling Whale Shark trips at 100 US$, knowing very well there are no animals seen for days..... His phrase: So many Whaesharks out there it is actually Whale Shark Soup....!!! Bloody lie and bloody scam, sorry for my 100US$. Most expensive 4 hour boat trip of my life.....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mafia Island Lodge stands amidst tall palms on a sandy beach in Chole Bay, in the heart of the marine park near Utende village on South coast of Mafia. 14 superior rooms, 18 standard rooms and 2 family rooms are set among the coconut palms with their own veranda overlooking the bay. They are all self-contained with air conditioning. Twin and double beds are available. Among the 34 rooms there are 2 family suites, which are made out of 2 comfortable connecting rooms with one sharing bathroom, each one with its own veranda overlooking garden and sea. They may comfortably accommodate a max of 5 guests. All our rooms have garden and sea view. Hot and cold water is available 24 hours a day. The main lodge has a relaxing atmosphere with a large open restaurant, bar and lounge area. Board games, table tennis and volleyball are also available. Other facilities include a gift shop, laundry service, excursions, snorkelling, sailing and scuba diving. The cuisine is continental with an emphasis on seafood. Snacks, sandwiches and bitings are also available. Located on our beautiful beach - the only one in Chole Bay unaffected by tide - our Beach Bar offers light lunches and early afternoon fare such as salads, sandwiches and freshly caught fish, complemented by a fully-stocked bar. ... more less
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