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The Makokola Retreat

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Found on the southern shores of Lake Malawi and surrounded by lush gardens, The Makokola Retreat offers spacious handmade accommodation and an excellent place from which to explore Lake Malawi National Park. Easily reached by air, the Retreat has its own airstrip and is only 30 minutes away from Lilongwe International Airport. The surrounding area is home to a wide variety of colourful birdlife and guests will find a number of activities available from the lodge, including sailing and golf.

Accommodation is traditional and beachfront, with charming views across the waters of Lake Malawi and the property's rich gardens. Interiors are laced with Malawian furniture, hand carved, and adorned with vibrant colours. All accommodation options are spacious and constructed using locally sourced materials and possess an authentic thatched roof. Privacy and relaxation are guaranteed, with a tranquil setting and a number of room options aimed at catering for all manner of guests, from the well-appointed Chiefs Villa to a number of Beach Rooms and Family Rooms.
The property holds a variety of excellent facilities, with delicious dining options and a spa. The spa is a natural choice for those wishing to truly indulge and make the most of a stay at Makokola. With 5 treatment rooms, a number of massage and relaxation therapies are on offer. For golf enthusiasts a 9 hole course is found just adjacent to the property.

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  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
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