When planning a vacation or relaxation spot, everyone wants a Home away from Home and the perfect place is no other than the Kaya Maya resort in Malawi. Voted as one of the top 10 most romantic places in the world in the Tatler magazine’s “Top 101 hotels in the world” feature, the resort is on Likoma Island and is surrounded by the clear blue waters of Lake Malawi.
The island is simply astonishing. Everything about the resort oozes warmth and comfort, from the hospitality, décor, architecture and even its surroundings showcases nature in its fullest capacity; it’s no surprise it is rated four stars.
Accommodation varies, and the choice is often determined by preference. There is the standard, premium, house or family options. There are three choices for accommodation; the khuyu, Mbungu, and Msekwa. If the sound of the waves of the ocean and the fading rays of sunset light up your soul, then the Khuyu is the perfect choice for you. It is the first chalet on the beach with the added advantage of being closest to the bar and the restaurant. It is the ideal choice for a romantic getaway for couples. The room is very airy and the showers very convenient for use. There is also a deck for relaxation.
The second chalet on the beach is the Mbungu. Surrounded by rocks and trees, it is excellent for those who love to see sights from a higher perspective. To further enjoy the surreal view, there is a private seating area. It is a secluded chalet with a passage below it leading to the lake.
The Msekwa is definitely picture perfect. Located at the edge of the lake, it blesses you with a closer view and feel of the ocean. The most noteworthy characteristic is the presence of an underground bath & shower area also accompanied with a private seating also. The premium rooms are four in number. They are; Nhkwazi, Mbamba, Mackengulu and Ngani.
The Nhkwazi possesses three slit level decks as well as a pool. There is a seating area for two, graced with fantastic views to boot. The Mbamba has a 360-degree view of the lake. It is ideal for relaxation by the pool or under the shade of the Fictus tree. The Mackengulu can be located after climbing the beautiful wooden bridge. The room leads to a deck, and a jetty is available to enjoy the views of the lake.
The Ngani is distinct as it is on the second beach with the bed slightly raised up slightly giving visitors the beautiful view of the lake.
The houses, on the other hand, are three in number; Madimba, Mainja, and Ndomo. The Madimba, a large house at the far end of the Kaya Maya beach is a beauty to behold. It’s graced with a large sized bedroom, twin showers and a bath with a deck and a view of the pool. Its brown marbled walls give it that rugged but homely appeal. The Mainja, on the other hand, is a two bedroom house stylishly furnished in Tanzanian style. A bridge connects the Mainba to the Madimba. There is also a pool for relaxation and enjoyment. Honeymoon couples particularly prefer this house.
The Ndomo is a large house made up of three en suite bedrooms and a twin room suitable for children because the bathroom is close to it. There is a sitting area, dining area, media/study room, three terraces, and a courtyard, outside dining & barbecue area. It’s the perfect house for a large family on vacation. The house comes with a nanny, cook, watch guard and house keeper. The rooms have their bathrooms and a pool; you’ll just want to stay forever.
The family houses are the Yofu and the Ulissa. The Yofu is a chalet comfortable enough for a family of four. It consists of two separate bedrooms. The bathroom connects the two rooms with good shower and bath. The Ulissa is the second family chalet for a family of five. It also possesses an interconnecting bathroom. The major room looks down on the beach, and the other room is perfect for the kids as it can fit two beds.
A lot of water activities are available at the resort to keep one relaxed and energised. Ranging from scuba diving and snorkelling, kite surfing, sailing, kayaking, water skiing, wake boarding, knee boarding or fishing.
There are also a wide variety of facilities available or the guests. From the spa to the restaurant, bar or beach. It is certain that one is in for a treat. Treatments at the spa range from facials to full body massages. The bar and the restaurant located on the east side of the lake is a great relaxation spot at sunset to enjoy the view. The beach makes it possible for all water activities.
The resort also offers a wide array of packages to its customers or guests. They are:
• The Honeymoon Special – The Bride stays free on the fourth night.
• The family special – 13-18-year-olds will be charged 75% of rack providing that they are staying in one of the family chalets with their accompanying adults.
• The children 4 – 12 inclusive charged at 50%. Under 4,’s are charged $50 per night.
• The long Stay Special – where the 7th night is free.
• The last minute deal – Book within four weeks of travel and receive a 15% discount. (But this does not apply during high season)
• The large Group Special – 8 people stay for the price of 7.
• Flight Special.
Here is a list of the few items an intending visitor should bring to the resort:
• Swimming attire
• Light pair of trousers
• Light jumper (if you come in the cooler season)
• Sandals/flip flops
• Toiletries bag
• Spare glasses/sunglasses
• Sunscreen protection
A visit to the Kaya Maya resort is highly recommended as it’s definitely going to be an exciting one.