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Bethesda, Maryland
Reviewed 1 week ago

This resort is on Lake Malawi. The accommodation is in very spacious houses--2 bedrooms, very large bathroom, patio. Unfortunately no AC, only ceiling fan. Certain times of the year could be quite hot. Beautiful large pool, bar, and restaurant on the lake. Good service and food. Airstrip right next to the place, possible to fly in.

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Lusaka, Zambia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My partner and I spent 4 glorious nights at the Makokola Retreat in Dec last year and all I can say was that it was magical! From the second we arrived at the Retreat we were treated like VIPs. After the first night we were surprisingly upgraded to a suite chalet which was very spacious and had a great view....

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Brussels, Belgium
Reviewed 14 January 2017

This is a really stunning place. Close to nature in well looked after resort. Staff is so nice and helpful. Monkeys in well kept gardens, lovely food and pools. The spa was very worthwhile. The cabins were open on one wall, which made you feel in middle of nature. Competent and nice therapists. Malawi is a wonderful country, and you...

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Kitwe, Zambia
Reviewed 6 January 2017

We spent the Christmas long weekend at Makokola and it was a lovely, lazy and pampered experience. Super friendly and efficient staff and good quality and variety of buffet choices. I'm vegetarian and was pleasantly surprised. Lovely clean beach and spacious pool area and generally beautiful surroundings. Only downside was the heat - our room had only a ceiling fan...

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Estavayer-le-Lac, Switzerland
Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

I adored this place. We checked out several of the other places nearby, but this one came out tops. The beach and pool areas were immaculate. Lush, well maintained gardens full of beautiful plants, trees, monkeys, squirrels and birds. The room was tastefully decorated, but beware of the mosquitos and other insects... No a/c but the fans were good, when...

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Blantyre, Malawi
Reviewed 7 November 2016

It is not your ordinary hotel experience that you would expect in Malawi.The rooms are spacious (at least mine was very) but different from the ordinary run of the mill. From the tea/coffee making utensils, cups soap holders etc they all come in a very different packing. First day I could not find the shampoo because I expected it in...

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Washington, DC
Reviewed 20 September 2016

We had a lovely weekend at the Makokola retreat. We stayed in both the garden rooms (less expensive) and the villas (more expensive)! The garden room were spacious, but the bathroom was small with a small shower. You will need to let the water run for about 5-10 minutes before it warms up, but we liked the tiles in the...

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Bern, Switzerland
Reviewed 31 August 2016

In August I stayed with a fiend for two nights at the Makokola Retreat and it was definitely a highlight of our Malawi trip. By entering through the gate you leave behind dusty roads and busy towns and enter a world of relaxation and recreation. Sunbathing at the beach, relaxing by the pool, strolling through the gardens: the Makokola Retreat...

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Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

I have been staying at another hotel close by and was disgusted by their bathrooms the dirt so I called club mak and inquired about a double room bed and breakfast for 2 nights,they told me 125000 kwacha per night for beach facing room when I asked if the garden facing was cheaper the lady rudely told me of course...

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Florence, Italy
Reviewed 10 July 2016

We stayed here on the way to and on the way back from Tanzania. The runway is in an immaculate condition to land and what a treat it is to have customs at the resort. The welcoming drinks and lunch next to the runway was great, as was the rest of our stay. We were a big group, but never...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
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  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Tennis Court
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  • Breakfast included
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Additional Information about The Makokola Retreat

Address: P.O.Box 59, Mangochi, Malawi (Formerly Club Makokola)
Region: Malawi > Southern Region > Mangochi
Price Range: €356 - €383 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Makokola Retreat 3*
Number of rooms: 66
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“Lake view is wonderful, if possible.”
 of 5 bubbles Alfaliz, 14 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Although all the rooms are lovely, there is a newer wing, so specify when booking.”
 of 5 bubbles senga495, 6 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Check that the mosquito net do not have holes and you are guaranteed a peaceful sleep.”
 of 5 bubbles S8259WMdanielg, 6 Nov 2016 | Read review
“The villas looking at the Lake are spectacular!”
  • Garden room beds
  • Garden room bathroom
  • The back of the villa
  • Villa double beds
  • Bathroom in the villa
  • Garden room
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 of 5 bubbles SHAD32, 20 Sep 2016 | Read review
“The garden rooms are not great but our Lake view room was fantastic”
 of 5 bubbles AndreasS701, 10 Jul 2016 | Read review
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