Kaya Mawa

Malawi's jewel
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Resort
Lake Malawi
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Malawi
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Malawi's jewel
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On the white sandy beaches of Likoma Island sits Kaya Mawa, a boutique lodge that welcomes honeymooners, families and friends for an indulgently carefree getaway.

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Built by local hands and as Malawi’s first resort run solely on renewable-energy, Kaya Mawa is firmly grounded in sustainability, community empowerment and ethical trade.

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It’s the kind of place where you just melt effortlessly into your surroundings and never really want to leave.

Whether you’re enjoying all the various water sports like kayaking, diving and kite surfing, indulging in a spa treatment overlooking the lake or just chilling on the beach , it has a fabulous relaxing vibe.

The gorgeous rooms are designed for lingering, each one unique and quirky, built into the rocks with whitewashed or exposed stone walls, or directly on the beach and made of eucalyptus poles.

The bar, lounge and dining area reflect the local character, with old dhows as sofas and plenty of bright blue and coral upholstery. The food here has won many awards and it’s hardly surprising – every meal seems to make the taste buds sing.

If you do one activity, visit the nearby Katundu artisan workshop, which provides many of the artworks and soft furnishings in the lodge and was set up by its former owner to empower local women. Kaya Mawa also works closely with local people here in healthcare, education and conservation of the lake.

Diving

The lodge has a PADI recognised dive centre with three on-site PADI instructors.

Giving back

On a populated island, Kaya Mawa has always been close to the community, and virtually everyone employed at the lodge is from the local community.

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