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Kaya Mawa

A unique luxury lodge set amongst huge boulders and sandy bays on remote Likoma Island, Lake Malawi.


  • Stunning island setting in Lake Malawi
  • Cosy cottages made of stone and wood
  • Enjoy superb sunsets from the bar
  • Relax on your private terrace
  • Choice of land- and water-based activities




Kaya Mawa is in a superb location and offers stunning accommodation set amongst dramatic huge boulders and sandy bays. A wide range of activity options offer guests a memorable experience. This is the perfect place to escape the modern world and step back in time but enjoy modern comforts and services! Ideal for honeymoons, families or friends. The lodge has been rated by Code Nast Magazine as one of the planet's ten most romantic destinations.

Explore Likoma Island on foot or by bike. The people here are extremely friendly and there is a lot to see including the amazing cathedral. Excellent diving and snorkelling can be enjoyed here, as well as kayaking, windsurfing and sailing.

Kaya Mawa is located on the south west tip of Likoma Island, which is still in Malawi but close to the shores of Mozambique, who 'own' the waters around the island. Likoma is covered with mango trees and ancient baobab trees, surrounded by sandy beaches and rocky coves. The lodge was built entirely by hand, in partnership with the local community. The accommodation is in stone and teak framed cottages set into a granite headland using natural resources as much as possible. Sandy beaches stretch in both directions from the lodge, surrounded by ancient baobab trees.

The food at Kaya Mawa is excellent and there is a fully stocked bar and a range of cold drinks. The restaurant is used for buffet breakfasts and lunches and there are many unique areas where dinner is served - on a beach, a deck, platform or on the gazebo. The cuisine is a superb mix of simple and delicious international cuisine. The bar and restaurant are arranged across several levels of decks with plenty of comfy seating. The bar has views to the south of Lake Malawi and offers superb sunsets. For those needing to work while away (if you must!) there is a quiet office with wi-fi internet connection, and office equipment.

Kaya Mawa has several premium rooms and private houses some with their own plunge pools and all rooms have improved decor and huge bathrooms. All have private terraces, most with direct access to the lake and all with large hand made beds.

There are 3 standard rooms and 4 premium rooms, 2 houses and 2 family chalets, so Kaya Mawa can accommodate single travellers, couples, families and groups of friends.

In addition there is Ndomo House, ideal for those wanting complete privacy, a great family home or a magical escape for 2. Perfect for a wind down after a safari or a destination in itself, it is built around boulders, with rough rock walls and smooth plastered walls making for characterful accommodation. It is a self-contained property with 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms (3 en-suite), and ample living space indoor and out including a swimming pool, and comes with its own compliment of staff, a boat and private vehicle. Staying here you'll have the benefit of all the facilities and activities that Kaya Mawa has to offer, and are welcome to spend as much time as you like at the lodge, including meals if you wish.

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Client Rating for Malawi 5/5 from 10 reviews

See comments above. It's not like a typical Caribbean or Indian Ocean resort with manicured lawns, expensive boutiques and loads of air conditioning. It's more like a guest house for a bygone era. And the food is amazing. The queasily would not be out of place Ina top London restaurant, but it's on an island that relies for an aged weekly tramp steamer for supplies. Incredible.

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Kaya Mawa

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A unique luxury lodge set amongst huge boulders and sandy bays on remote Likoma Island, Lake Malawi.

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