Kaya Mawa, Malawi’s Honeymoon Paradise

They say life isn’t promised tomorrow and if you’re looking for a getaway that will enable you to live in the moment then the aptly named ‘Kaya Mawa’ (meaning maybe tomorrow in the local Nyanja language) is the place to be. Internationally known as one of the ultimate beach destinations in Africa, it has come to be a blissful honeymooners and couples paradise. Beside the implausibly clear waters of Lake Malawi, on the island of Likoma, this haven lies on a golden beach with direct access to the lake and varied options of accommodation from standard, and premium rooms to stand alone houses.

Kaya Mawa’s 11 rooms and small houses are scattered around; several lead onto the beach, whilst others are tucked into the rocky headlands, with ‘honeymoon island’ reached by a wooden walkway. The Nkhwazi room boasts 180 degree views over the lake and across to Mozambique, a multi level deck with lounge area and a plunge pool with seating for two, whilst Mbamba has a 360 degree view of the lake providing stunning views whether it be from your bed or private plunge pool under the canopy of the ficus tree.

Lovers, for maximum privacy you can stay at Makungulu the famous ‘Honeymoon Island’. Covered in bougainvillea, a beautiful room leads out onto a wooden deck and jetty over the lake with striking views to Mozambique.

The room on the island comes complete with king-size bed set on a low, solid base. The walls are made up of built-in granite boulders and though the en suite bathroom is small it is perfectly formed, with windows on two sides looking out over the gorgeous lake. It’s perfect for a warm weather vacation.

The shaded veranda outside has a table for two and a curved, cushioned corner-seat as well as loungers on an additional level of wooden decking, over the water making for plenty of comfort outside the water and the room. There’s no end to the fun to be had on the island for all kinds of lovers. Adventure lovers can enjoy scuba diving and snorkelling with Kaya Mawa’s two in-house dive instructors who can cater for any skill levels and teach a full range of PADI courses, ensuring everybody enjoys an underwater adventure. 

The Lodge also has kayaks and paddle boards dotted around the beach for your enjoyment, and offers the only kite-surfing centre on Lake Malawi. You can also try your hand at waterskiing, as there are skis that fit ages 5+ and a trained instructor on hand to give handy tips and pointers to ensure you will be on your feet (or knees) in no time.

The Lodge also has kayaks and paddle boards dotted around the beach for your enjoyment, and offers the only kite-surfing centre on Lake Malawi. You can also try your hand at waterskiing, as there are skis that fit ages 5+ and a trained instructor on hand to give handy tips and pointers to ensure you will be on your feet (or knees) in no time.

There are so many more activities to be had at Kaya Mawa including, walking, quad biking, fishing and you’re sure not going to be able to do it in a day so be sure to line up a few days for this visit. 

Since you can’t get all done, at the end of each day you’re sure to say, ‘maybe tomorrow’ and remember the paradise that is Kaya Mawa for many years to come.

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