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Makokola Retreat

Area description

The Retreat is well connected to Malawi's main cities by national tar roads. If travelling by road ensure to always leave your main destination with a full tank of fuel, have a fully charged phone with you, water, spare tyre/jack & spanner/ road safety triangles. Flight options are also available.

Hotel description

The Makokola Retreat offers you a wide variety of spacious room categories to choose from, all surrounded by lush gardens, along the Southern Lake Malawi shores. The tranquillity sensed by the lake and the protective surrounding green vegetation gives rise to a sense of natural connectedness in the true essence of the name “Retreat.” The integration of local traditions and culture can be seen in the art, crafts, and design of the Retreat, reflecting as well as defining its setting. They pride themselves in delivering an ethical, natural, local experience to charm your stay.

Room description

Sunset Villa

Comprising of two levels; the bedroom is located on the top floor and boasts a large open floorplan with a King Size bed, walk-in closet, large shower, double sinks, and bathtub. Guests can enjoy spectacular lake views from the top floor balcony while floating in one of the egg-nest chairs with a cup of coffee. 

Sunset Villa family block booking option available upon request for families with kids aged 5 years & older - kids must be able to sleep on their own in one of the two separate room next to the Sunset Villa. Sunset Villa guests also have exclusive access to the lake suites resident pool and bar area. Private breakfast, lunch, or dinner service on the deck of the Sunset Villa is available upon request. 

Lake Suite

Each of these rooms boasts a double bed with en-suite bathrooms. Top rooms have a shower only and bottom rooms have bathtub and a shower. One of these lake suite rooms has twin beds & is located next to Sunset Villa – allowing for the Sunset Villa Family booking option. Additional room features include electronic safe, flat screen TV, mini-fridge, ceiling fans & AC in all lake suite rooms along with private terrace/balcony area with spectacular views over Lake Malawi.

Superior Beach Room

There are a total of 4 superior beach family rooms that comprises of two separate bedrooms: one with a double bed & the other with two twin beds. The family rooms have a sharing bathroom with both a shower & bathtub for guests to enjoy.

Then there are an additional 10 superior beach rooms which all have a double bed, en-suite bathroom with double sinks and a shower only. Eight of the superior beach rooms offer a small living room area with a sofa that can be made for toddlers to sleep on (size dependent – usually up to age of 10 years) and the room can also accommodate a baby-cot for kids aged 3 years and below. 


Available restaurants include:

  • IL lago Restaurant & Coffee Lounge
  • Harry's Bar & Pool Lounge
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