Located on the shores of the tiny Likoma Island in the middle of Lake Malawi, Kaya Mawa is an intimate, beautifully designed lodge surrounded by mango trees and ancient baobabs that offer a unique and secluded getaway. Situated at the head of a crescent-shaped bay on Likoma Island, Kaya Mawa is surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of Lake Malawi, which offer an array of activities such as swimming, snorkeling, scuba-diving, kayaking and more.

The charming lodge features hand built stone and teak cottages with all the creature comforts of home, as well as a private island with its own house accessed by boat or a wooden walkway for honeymooners. The island of Likoma is home to a small local community and offers cultural activities such as guided village tours, visiting and meeting the community and experiencing African culture, and exploring the local cathedrals.

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Guest Accommodations

Kaya Mawa offers comfortable accommodations for up to 26 guests in a delightful range of lodgings, houses, and chalets, each individually decorated to exude its charm and character. Four standard rooms are cleverly built into the rocks with beautiful lake views, and three Premier Rooms have private plunge pools, one of which is based on a private island, linked to the main island by a small bridge, for honeymooners and couples wanting privacy and seclusion. Accommodations are spread across five houses at the lodge, three of which feature two bedrooms, one with one bedroom, and the Ndomo House, which offers four bedrooms with a private swimming pool and dedicated staff.

All guest rooms are individually designed and decorated by local villagers who have been trained at the Katundu Textiles workshop, a program set up on the island to empower single mothers. Room boasts a rustic, contemporary and chic feel with queen or king-size beds in crisp linens, en-suite bathrooms with soaking bathtubs, indoor or outdoor showers, fresh towels and organic bath amenities. All lodgings are set apart from each other to ensure maximum privacy and enjoy spectacular views over the tranquil waters of Lake Malawi from decks, terraces, and balconies.

Ndomo House is a secluded hideaway on a private island that features four stunningly appointed bedrooms, three of which have en-suite bathrooms with soaking tubs, showers and organic bath amenities. A spacious sitting room has comfortable seating and opens onto a wooden deck overlooking the beach, a gourmet kitchen and dining room is ideal for entertaining or quiet meals at home, and a study/media room features state-of-the-art technologies. The house also features a seclude courtyard and outside barbecue and area, a plunge pool, three large terraces, and a secluded beach. The house is fully staffed with a chef, housekeeper, nanny, cook, ground staff and watchmen.


The award-winning kitchen at Kaya Mawa serves fresh, healthy and innovative dishes using locally sourced, organic ingredients and produce, including handpicked herbs, and freshly caught fish from the lake. Breakfast features homemade granola, yogurt, cereals, fresh fruit, coffee, teas, and fruit juices. Lunches are light and healthy with fresh salads, fish and seafood dishes, homemade bread and dips, and dinners are mouth-watering three-course affairs served in the sand under the stars.

The multi-level deck that houses the restaurant also has a full service bar with seating at the counter, around coffee tables or on comfy sofas in a lounging area. The bar is the best place to catch spectacular sunsets and savor signature cocktails, and a variety of other island-style libations.

Amenities and Recreation

In addition to deluxe accommodations and award-winning dining, amenities and activities at Kaya Mawa include an on-site spa that offers an array of pampering spa treatments, including massages, skin care and body treatments and salon services. The private beach at the resort offers plenty of activities from swimming, snorkeling, and sailing to kayaking, relaxing on sun loungers and water skiing. Other activities on the island include guided walks, biking, quad-biking, fishing, yoga and cultural excursions.

Likoma, Malawi, website, Phone: 44-74-53-32-63-98