Kaya Mawa Island Lodge



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.

Meaning ‘maybe tomorrow’ in Chichewa/Nyanja, the ethos of Kaya Mawa is in its name. Relaxed lakeside living is woven into the style, luxury and comfort of its houses and rooms. Dinner by starlight, massage therapy at our spa, and snorkelling in turquoise waters – it’s just another blissful day at Kaya.

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.

Each of our beautiful villas and rooms all have beachfront views and are uniquely built into the into its surrounds. All are ensuite, with either an indoor bath or shower.

Ndomo Private House
Sleep 8. Fully staffed, exclusive and secluded, 4 bedrooms (3 ensuite), deck, kitchen and dining area, study, media room, plunge pool, private beach

4 x Standard rooms
Khuyu & Mbungu – King/Twin Ngani* & Msekwa – King

2 x Family Houses
Sleeps ⅘.
Ulisa – King/Twin, 2 bedrooms, added swing bed, 1 bathroom
Yofu – King/Twin, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom

3 x Premium Rooms
Nkwhazi – King, can add 1 extra single bed
Mbamba* – Double, can add 1 extra single bed
Makungulu – King

2 x Houses
Madimba House* – King
Mainja House* – Sleeps 5, 2 bedrooms, 1 x King, 1 x King/Twin, can add 1 extra single bed, 2 bathrooms ensuite

*Rooms with private pools
Madimba, Mainja, Ngani, Nkhwazi, and Mbamba

Mosquito nets
Powered mainly by solar panels
Free WiFi only in the 3 premium rooms

Main restaurant Bar area
Beach deck
Free WiFi
Free laundry

Food & Drink
Private dining available
Plant-based options

SCUBA diving
Boat trips
Spa experiences

Island tours
Cathedral and Katundu workshop

  • Where is Kaya Mawa?

    Kaya Mawa is situated on the southwestern shores of Lake Malawi’s stunning Likoma Island. This spot has been rated by Conde Nast as one of the top ten romantic destinations in the world.

  • How do I get there by air?

    The closest international airport is on the mainland in Malawi in Lilongwe. From there, guests take a charter plane to the airstrip on the island itself.

  • How much luggage can I bring?

    Please be aware that many charter flights (small planes such as the ones that will take you to the island) often only allow 12 kg per person. Do speak to our reservations team in advance about this before you travel.

  • Can I bring my children?

    Absolutely! Kaya Mawa is the dream location for families, with endless water and land activities to keep everybody busy.

  • Is there disabled access?

    There is a ramp to access the main building and some of the villas are wheelchair friendly, but be sure to speak to our team for more details before you arrive.

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