The Makokola Retreat

The Makokola Retreat

Spoil your family with a beach vacation in the heart of Africa at The Makokola Retreat. Rejuvenate both mind and body with signature treatments from the Lake Spa. Feel renewed as you take a stroll in the natural gardens. A dip in the pool is a welcome respite from the tropical heat. Discover the unusual aquatic treasures deep in the lake waters. And take time to explore this picturesque region. Savor the flavors of Malawi, with a Mediterranean flair. Your palate for Italian cuisine is also catered to.

  • Awe-inspiring location on the shores of Lake Malawi
  • Fun activities for the entire family
  • Exceptional facilities and gracious service
  • Beautiful gardens provide the perfect backdrops for weddings
Formerly known as Club Makokola, the Makokola Retreat is a spaciously laid out resort set in manicured gardens on the southern shore of Lake Malawi, just north of Mangochi. This splendid lodge is ideally situated just 30 minutes flight from either the Lilongwe or Blantyre International Airports.
Book your Malawi holiday package at the Makokola Retreat and have the getaway of your dreams. Let loose and enjoy the splendors of lakeside living, where your only worry will be deciding what jaunts to take to make the most of your blissful stay!
Lake Malawi accommodation is provided in a collection of different room types, consisting of suites, family and standard rooms. The architecture of the buildings draws inspiration from the traditional thatched rondavel Malawi dwellings, highlighted by locally sourced beams and artwork.
Choose to stay in 1 of 48 lake facing or garden facing rooms at Makokola Retreat and experience your own slice of paradise where time is slows down. The suites are spacious and offer a separate lounge, bedroom and en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower, 2 basins and a toilet in a separate cubicle. The family rooms are similar but feature an extra bedroom and shared bathroom. The standard rooms do not offer a separate lounge area, but have the same design as the other room types.
The interiors of this lodge in Malawi are beautifully festooned in African ethnic designs and laced with hand carved Malawian furniture. Amenities in each room include tea and coffee making facilities, ceiling fan, a minibar (stocked on request) and a television.
Makokola Retreat is a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation. A place where you can spoil your family to a beach vacation in the heart of Africa. Where you can lose yourself in thought as you stroll in the lush manicured gardens. Where you can fuse your body and soul with signature treatments from the Lake Spa, or simply lounge on the beach under a thatched umbrella. The pool invites for a refreshing dip after a game of tennis in the floodlit tennis court.
Dining is a sumptuous affair, where your taste buds are transported on a journey of culinary discovery. Savor the flavors of Malawi with a Mediterranean flair in the restaurant or alfresco on the lakeside or terrace. If Italian cuisine is what you want, Italian cuisine is what you will get, and to crown it all, the freshest local ingredients are used in preparing these culinary delights.
Lying on the palm-fringed golden sand beach of the lake with the clear, azure waters stretching into the horizon, you would be forgiven for thinking you are on a tropical island resort instead of on the shores of Lake Malawi. Guests are spoilt for choice with an eclectic variety of activities offered at this spectacular lodge in Malawi.
Lake Malawi affords excellent snorkeling and diving experiences with its clear waters and over 1000 colorful cichlid fish, most of which are endemic. Other watersports include canoeing, water-skiing, among others. Try your hand at golfing on the 9-hole Mlambe Golf Course just next door to the lodge. Catch a glimpse of rural life on a tour of the nearby fishing village.
  • 48 lake-facing or garden-facing rooms under thatch
  • Restaurant & different dining settings
  • Poolside bar
  • Golf course
  • Spa
  • Floodlit tennis court
  • Meeting facilities & business services
From $ 171



  • Indulgent signature spa treatments
  • Phenomenal diving and snorkeling
  • Local village visits, beach volleyball, tennis, boules, golf
  • Bird watching, nature walks
  • Speed boating, water-skiing, sailing, wake-boarding



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