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Reviewed 1 March 2010

I thought Kaya Mawa was amazing. The staff were so friendly and the atmosphere was so calm and peaceful. The lake was clear and beautiful and so refreshing. I will definately return!!! Thankyou to the staff for an unbelievable holiday!

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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Thank CL92
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Reviewed 4 February 2010

Perfect Beach, perfect weather stayed in Mango hut with them in season a real hidden gem

Stayed: June 2007, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 January 2010

We liked kaya mawa and likoma island so much, that we decided to get married at the local church on our second visit! This was of course all planned in advance, by the very helpful people at kaya mawa- it probably wouldn't of been possible without them. Not only did they organise the service, but also the flowers, a cake and a special dinner in a location of our choice at kaya. Transport to the church was also included with I, the bride arriving at the church chauffeur driven by quad bike. Not only did all at Kaya Mawa make our big day extra memorable, the run up to the wedding was perfect too. Tasteful accomodation, beautiful beaches to relax and evening dine on ( breakfast, lunch and dinner all fantastic) and water activites ( I learn't dive) make kaya mawa a fantastic place to stay. The people of likoma are incredibly friendly and a walk or cycle around the island and into the small town always seem entertaining. There's also a great shop selling handcrafted goods - which along with other work at kaya helps the local community. There's been mention of bugs on these pages and we can honestly say that we had never noticed it to be a problem, during both our visits in July and Oct , but something that was once said to me' if you don't like crawlies, don't come to Africa'! Definitely worth a visit, an amazing place.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 January 2010

My husband and I planned diverse vacation - Kaya Mawa was to be the relax/romance=/-water sports part of the trip. Sadly, and even despite its natural beauty, it wasn't any of those things. The tone was set when we first arrived - the intimacy of being picked up by the resort's co-owner was squashed by his unfriendly, stand-offish vibe. It was immediately clear that guests and staff were not to mingle, and for that matter, neither were guests and guests. The scheduling is rigid, there's absolutely nothing to do that doesn't involve renting things from Kaya Mawa and the evenings are dominated by the staff filling up the bar and making everyone else feel like they'd best eat up and head off to bed...which is likely full of flies and spiders. Also, the food, the only this there really is to look forward to, sucked. Tasteless and repetitive is kind. Breakfast is really the only meal worth eating.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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kayamawa, owner at Kaya Mawa, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2010

There seems to be three running themes on recent negative posts on trip advisor, these being the bugs, the manager and where the complaint originates.
I am always mortified that someone has not enjoyed their stay at Kaya Mawa, more so if i am part of that reason.
There is a fine line between being a host ‘in your face’ and being ‘too distant’ or even thought of as ‘stand offish’ and sometime one gets it wrong. As a young romantic couple on honeymoon my guess was they would like their space to be romantic and do their romantic thing perhaps this is not what they wanted.
Kaya Mawa is traditionally a romantic place and with romance surely comes privacy and non-intrusive service.
To suggest the bar is full of staff members is simply untrue. There has only been one manager here since May and that is me. I do go to talk to the guests every evening and ensure that their stay is everything they want it to be. I would love to meet all these extra staff we apparently have to ask them how they have been helping me! Or perhaps other guests were mistaken for staff. Perhaps there has been a cultural difference.
The bugs. Please understand, this is Africa, not NYC. We have no more bugs than anywhere else in Africa, furthermore considerably less mosquitoes and no tetse flies, unlike the bush.
The food. We pride ourselves on our food and get many positive comments.
Activities. Come on, seriously, there is nothing to do, complaining Bob’s Wife said the same thing and i reeled off a host of things that you can do at no extra cost. Yes there are activities which are an extra, this is nothing unusual and quite frankly they are not expensive, it only just covers our cost. We do activities as an extra because some people want to do nothing so it means we can keep our bednight price down. I could do an all inclusive price but then would you want to pay for something that you don’t do!
Anyway the good news is we have new managers starting here who have a wealth of experience in the industry, one of them has over 10 years experience as a chef and has worked in various locations around the world, the other a very experienced hostess as well as an accomplished baker!
A point of note. I check on the guests regularly throughout the day to ensure they are getting what they want from their holiday. I remember these particular guests, at no stage did they mention anything negative, only positive comments. It is extraordinary how someone can have had such an awful stay and yet appeared to be having a lovely time and told me so whilst here. If they had had any issues with food, things to do, bugs, me then i would certainly have addressed them immediately.
I simply do not understand this complaining culture of having to write anonymous negative reviews and personal attacks which is often contrary to opinions whilst staying here. Perhaps it is the fact that the reviewer knows that, due to the rules laid down by Tripadvisor for responses to complaints, whilst they can say whatever they like and name people in their review they can never be named or even intimated. Anonymity is a huge shield to hide behind.

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Reviewed 5 January 2010

We stayed at Kaya Mawa as part of our honeymoon in May 09. Absolutely loved it. Great food, beautiful place and the perfect place to relax.

For the most part we did nothing at all but chill out on our own deck chairs on our own deck, surrouded by the lake. Which is precisely what we wanted to do. On the rare moments of activity we went walking across the Island and were mobbed by about 50 thoroughly over excited 8 year olds, which made me feel a bit like Bob Geldof or Billy Connolly! I have to admit the diving was amongst the least spectacular I have been on but i did get to see the very rare lake otter swim underneath me twice on the same single dive, much to the jealousy of the guys back at KM. We were also lucky enough to see 3 water spouts in the space of an hour - thankfully over the island in the distance.

Staff were wonderful, location idyllic, food amazing. What more could you ask for

George

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank DeLaSelva
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