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Reviewed 16 April 2017

It can be difficult to find a really high quality resort or lodge along Lake Malawi, but fortunately Pumulani is one of the few that are out there. I stayed over Easter weekend and found it to be extremely restful, with beautiful views of the lake, convenient swimming pools, spacious and luxurious guest rooms and high quality meals. The guest rooms are the largest and nicest I've seen in any guest house in Malawi.

I enjoyed the sundowner (trip out of the lake) and after a 15 minute boat ride further along the bay, we were able to see some hippos up close. Note that hippos and crocs are not anywhere near the beach, so you can enjoy the beach without fear. I also enjoyed going scuba diving at Cape MacClear (about a twenty-minute boat ride away from Pumullani).

Overall highly recommended!

Room Tip: Can avoid a lot of stairs if you stay at Villa #5
  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled solo
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Thank Carter H
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Travelled to Pumulani from Lilongwe with my daughter and her family, both as a family holiday and a celebration of my 70th year. The resort was outstanding: A beautiful vista, first class facilities,, so much to do - swimming, diving, sailing, sundowner or breakfast cruises on a dhow, fishing, power boating, or simply relaxing. The food and drinks were very good and thoughtfully prepared, the staff outstanding (thank you to hosts Christelle and Josh) and the atmosphere glorious.

Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
1  Thank Grahame G
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Reviewed 2 January 2017

Perched high on a hillside overlooking Lake Malawi, this hotel is about as good as it gets in Malawi. The rooms are spectacular and huge. Over 1500 sq ft, the rooms are more like houses. There is a vestibule, a living room, a bedroom, a bathroom the size of a major room, and two balconies overlooking Lake Malawi. The furnishings are luxurious yet tastefully inspired by the location. There is adequate AC in the bedroom part of the room.

The eating area is al fresco (although there is a covered part if it rains). The eating area overlooks the lake. There is an infinity pool that also overlooks the lake. Although there is internet, the bandwidth gets overloaded quickly. Don't plan on doing anything significant with your computer.

Activities include mountain biking into the village (actually acceptable quality bikes). The villagers generally don't like their pictures taken, though. There is a sunset dhow cruise with sundowners. One night we saw a huge pod of hippos. The highlight is the snorkeling. Although this is not included, you can't miss the opportunity. Lake Malawi is famous for the cichlids (tiny colorful fish) that come in a huge variety of species. An evolutionary wonder. It's like swimming in a fish bowl. Of note, the cost is $60 US per person "to cover fuel costs." My issue with that is that it is not a flat fee but per person. Fuel costs do not go up if there are more people on the boat but the price does. Small quibble. There are also birdwatching walks. There are really not many birds and it's not a worthwhile endeavor.

Please note: The rooms are scattered up and down the hillside. The stairs are steep. They are not even. They slope variably up and down. The hotel is not handicapped accessible. Even for those in shape, it is a long walk up and down each time. It's good for exercise as well as for privacy, but be prepared for a work out.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank dmittleman
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Reviewed 1 January 2017

We had had a busy and draining 12 months and were looking for somewhere to recharge our batteries. And that is precisely what happened at Pumulani. The setting overlooking this amazing lake is simply divine and Christelle and the team did everything possible to make our stay perfect. The water facilities on the private sandy beach are of very good quality, the staff knowledgeable and accommodating, the food delicious. As to the chalets, they are simply gorgeous. Each is effectively a complete suite of rooms, each part with panoramic views across the lake. Airy, spacious and beautifully appointed, with large balconies and complete privacy, comfort is assured.
I would love to make a return journey very soon.

Room Tip: All gorgeous but there are quite a lot of steps to some. If a problem, ask for a room on the level of reception e.g. 7 and 9.
  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Deborah W
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Reviewed 14 December 2016

Great two nights at the end of a road trip. Very relaxed. Detailed service. Good food and wine. The evening cruse in the dhow was a top memory. Great also that the Internet was a bit rubbish! Well worth making the effort to get there. Make sure to get petrol at the turning on the way home - it is a long way to the next garage.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
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Thank Papagiz
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