If you want a great big resort with scheduled activities, cookie cutter rooms and sterile surroundings, please don't go to Kaya Mawa. You'll only be disappointed (shame about Bob).
On the other hand, if you want barefoot luxury, privacy, fantastic food, a willing and able staff, loads of self-directed activities and almost inconceivable views, Kaya Mawa should be at the top of your list.
I stayed in the Mbamba room, which was epic. 180 degree views of the lake, extremely private, absolutely huge but minimally and comfortably furnished with a great eco-chic aesthetic. Did I mention the private plunge pool? How about the indoor/outdoor bathroom with a huge tub, magically fluffy towels and all the mod-cons? After eight hot and dusty days on safari, albeit in some very high-end camps, this was practically a mirage.
The food here is superb, the hosting delightful and unobtrusive and while I wanted to explore the cathedral and all of Likoma's other delights, I simply basked in the glow of the Lake and sat on my ample behind.
I've traveled to islands around the world from Bora Bora to Barbados, and I wish there were more unpretentious, understated options like Kaya Mawa. To achieve this level of accommodation and elegance deserves high praise, so much the better without the Disneyland-style resort bells and whistles that would only mar the unique ambience of the island.
I'll be back, Kaya Mawa.
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- Also Known As:
- Kaya Mawa Likoma Island
- Kaya Mawa Malawi/Likoma Island