Kaya Mawa Island Resort
Idyllically situated on Likoma Island, Kaya Mawa is set on a crescent shaped beach, surrounded by mango and ancient baobab trees. It commands spectacular views over the mountains and wilderness of Mozambique to the east and spectacular sunsets across the water to mainland Malawi to the west.
Rising from the blues of the Lake and flanked by sandy bays, a rocky promontory forms the natural foundation for the eye-catching stone and teak framed restaurant. When you feel the need for a sundowner, the bar is set beside an open-air deck that leads to a stunning waterfall-fed rock pool, ideal for a cooling dip.
At night, romantic candlelit dinners are served wherever you choose: under the stars of the roof deck, amongst the baobabs, or on your private lakeside terrace.
The main beach is private and under the mango tree there is a thatch-roofed day-bar with hammocks, cushions and armchairs. Rope beds, under thatched shades, are scattered around.
The Resort is eco-friendly, powered by a combination of wind and solar, with hot water being fed by Rhodesian boilers. Built entirely by hand, in partnership with the local community, every aspect has been thoughtfully designed.
Each cottage has its own handcrafted four-poster mahogany bed, bathroom with sunken double-tub and hot-water shower. Understated, creating a great sense of calm, and designed with individual views in mind, they overlook the Lake. The honeymoon suite is located on its own private island.
All have private terraces and paths that pick and turn their way through sun-bleached rocks down to the lakeshore. Many can be reached only by walkways built out over the water.
Lake Malawi is the premier fresh water diving experience in the world, boasting 80% of the world's tropical fresh water, and Likoma & Chizumulu Islands are widely regarded as having the best dive sites in the Lake, serviced by the PADI dive school.
As well as safaris on traditional dhow sailing craft and dugout canoes, the beach is home to several imported boats; laser and windsurfer; and there is water-skiing & wake boarding, all with instruction on offer.
Fishing rods are available; lake salmon and barbel are abundant and catfish grow upto five feet.
Take a ten-minute speedboat trip across the channel to nearby Mozambique and visit Cobue, with its beautiful, roofless, paint-stripped church, complete with bell tower and school.
The Island is a walker's paradise; explore the island on a 45-minute trail that winds through traditional fishing villages and experience the colourful hustle and bustle of island life to arrive at Likoma town.
In the town, the cobbled market is set in a charming square and you can visit the famous St Peter's Cathedral, the third largest in Central Africa and in beautiful condition.
Accommodation and all meals, Sailing, Snorkelling and Kayaking.
Drinks, motorised sports and transfers.
Children are welcome.