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The Makokola Retreat

Mangochi Malawi
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#1 of 4 hotels in Mangochi
The Makokola Retreat. Brilliantly green gardens reveal spacious beach villas and rooms perched along the shores of Southern Lake Malawi. We provide gracious service in an unmatched experience in Malawi. This showpiece property captures the essence of African design, culture and tradition. While staying with us, fill every moment with a sense of natural connection in our wonderful retreat.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Paid wifi
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
Golf course
Tennis court
Walking tours
Airport transportation
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Couples massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Bottled water
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Hidden Gem
Lake View


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Mangochi Malawi
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Jeannie Duffy wrote a review Yesterday
Lilongwe, Malawi2 contributions
I have always enjoyed my stay at Makokola Retreat which is located on the shores of Lake Malawi in Mangochi. This Hotel is really awesome, the whole package from the restaurant, the coffee shop, both bars , conference halls and the rooms, everything is beautifully designed and well thought. They have amazing staff and their beach is one of the best beaches in Malawi. Almost every spot at the hotel is covered with strong internet signal. They have an International Airport for small planes making it easier for travelers to visit this beautiful Hotel. Their carpark is big and security is tight. I highly recommend this hotel.
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Date of stay: August 2021
widdey nsona wrote a review 17 Sep
Blantyre, Malawi2 contributions
RESERVATIONS: The process was slower than expected, it took about 24 hours to make a reservation. PRICE: The prices are definitely higher than most of the resorts in Mangochi but its value for money. THE ROOM: I booked the Superior Beach Room and once I accessed the room, I could easily tell that these rooms were constructed with attention to detail from start to finish, including the furniture choice. FOOD: There was usually a buffet. I personally enjoyed the Chambo which was served differently during every meal. THE FACILITIES: I noticed that they had a mini football pitch, a tennis court, conference rooms, a squash court, golf course, gym, a landing strip (with planes) and pools. I took time to play 9 holes of golf and also used the gym. CUSTOMER SERVICE: I had forgotten to sign the bill for my meal after lunch; a staff member called Simbalashi followed me to my room to have me sign the bill. At that moment I was failing to access my room because the key card was not working. He took the key card to the reception to have it reactivated. INFRASTRUCTURE: Having travelled to various resorts across the country, I can confidently say The Makokola Retreat is in a class of its own when it comes to infrastructure; they definitely do not take any short cuts or compromise on quality. RECOMMENDATION: It is arguably one of the best lake shore resorts in Malawi. Overall, the experience was good and memorable. It is ideal for a quiet get away with family, a spouse or for business.
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Date of stay: August 2021
casey e wrote a review Jul 2021
Mzuzu, Malawi2 contributions
Not only was it a peaceful stay, the rooms were spotless, food impeccable and beach pristine. Club Mak for me was a total respite from working and allowed me to recharge my batteries in the most peaceful way. Having an adult side is key for those who need a bit of privacy as well. All the service was excellent, can't wait to get back there!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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eagle32016 wrote a review Jul 2021
New York City, New York88 contributions46 helpful votes
The Makokola Retreat offers high quality retreat and service on the shore of Lake Malawi. Suites section offer dedicated beach, lake side bar, as well as gym. The restaurants offer good quality food, including a la carte, buffets, and oven baked pizzas. Sunset, as well as the Lake of Stars in the evening are breathtaking beauties. Highly recommended for cleanliness, attentive service, high privacy and good food on the short of Lake Malawi.
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Date of stay: July 2021
LS wrote a review Feb 2021
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It is hard to put into words how beautiful this place is. My husband and I spent two nights of our honeymoon in the Sunset Villa. The infinity pool seems as if you are swimming right into Lake Malawi. The privacy of the Villa makes you feel like you’re the only ones there. The food, especially the pizza, was delicious. All of the staff were so welcoming! I would highly recommend Makokola Retreat and the sunset Villa to any honeymooners, couples, or anyone looking to spend some time in the beautiful oasis The Makokola Retreat has created here in Malawi. We are looking forward to going back!
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Makokola Retreat
What are some of the property amenities at The Makokola Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Makokola Retreat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Makokola Retreat?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Makokola Retreat?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does The Makokola Retreat have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Makokola Retreat offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Makokola Retreat?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does The Makokola Retreat offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Does The Makokola Retreat have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.
Is The Makokola Retreat accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.