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Ulisa Bay Lodge

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Lilongwe, Malawi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a great time with 9 girlfriends. we were welcomed so warmly by Trevor and Chris. Trevor made our stay so comfortable and we felt the week was tailored to our needs. The Illala cruise to Likoma Island was amazing not what I thought of, it was basic clean and comfortable. We boarded the Illala in Nkhatabay from Lilongwe. Ulisa...

Thank goodmanlinda1978
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

9 friends 1 week celebrating our an friend's 40th birthday.Trip to Likoma island was a very special fun packed trip for all of us. Drove to nkhatabay and got on the ilala.The whole trip was one of the most awesome experiences for all of us. Ulisa bay was amazing and very accomodating.They took care of us and went an extra...

Thank AfrocentricLifestyle
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Has a great lake view and a nice beach front. They welcomed us by the Ferry port. Transport was a bit of a challenge but we were able to get motor bikes. This place has so much potential to grow. But me and my wife we love it.

Thank JethroLongwe
Rome, Italy
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Ulisa Bay Lodge is set in a perfect location – the stuff that dreams are made of. Chalets overlook a perfect beach; they are attractive and homely with whitewashed walls, green tiled roofs and a balcony facing the lake. All rooms are decorated with 'chitenje' (Malawian-print cottons) curtains and bedding, giving a nice sense of local colour. Every chalet has...

Thank Petrina M
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

We've just stayed here for a long weekend with a friend who lives in Malawi and a few others who we met on the Ilala ferry crossing. We quite simply had the most magical time. Chris is a great host and his staffing team managed by Trevor (such a cool cat) made every effort to ensure how stay was a...

Thank Claire R
Reviewed 11 March 2017

I stayed at Ulisa Bay Lodge at the end of February 2017 and there was only one other person there for one of the four nights I stayed. I arrived on the north bound Ilala ferry at 6 am Saturday morning. I had already spoken to Chris the owner who had given me the managers number (Trevor). Trevor was so...

Thank William K
Saint-Denis, France
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Go to Mango Drift. A much more interesting atmosphere. Too much concrete buildings, only rocky beach here. At Mango Drift, you 'll have a very relaxed place made only from natural materials. And the huts are directly on the sand.

Thank oobmak
Chris S, Owner at Ulisa Bay Lodge, responded to this review

We are truly thankful we are all different. Variety really is the spice of life. Ulisa Bay Lodge (UBL) is quite deliberately very different from Mango Drift. This gives guests the chance to choose where they prefer to stay. While this reviewer preferred Mango other reviewers have preferred UBL. The reviewer was with us on New Year’s Eve. In the...

Reviewed 2 December 2016

There is not a lot to do on Likoma Island and Ulisa Bay Lodge makes no attempt to change that! If you are looking for excitement, entertainment or adventure you are in the wrong place. We only had two criticisms of Ulisa Bay; firstly the beach is not ideal for sitting on, the sand is very coarse and the gradient...

Thank ShropshireOldfart
Chris S, Owner at Ulisa Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks for this review and we are already in the process of making some sun loungers. The issue of the TV we hope to solve by making some areas below the restaurant and right beside the lake and on the beach where drinks and meals can be served away from the noise of the Premiere League. Some guests actually...

Tenerife, Spain
Reviewed 24 October 2016

The owner has a bond with the local community and that is one of the atractive things of the lodge. The beach gets full of people from the area, kids swimming every afternoon when they come from school, and that gives it a plus to the place because you get to meet people from the island without moving from the...

Thank pecestigre
Chris S, Owner at Ulisa Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks for your very helpful review. We are happy to report that there is already one ”Summer Hut” on the beach and another is being made together with several sun loungers. As I advised another guest the issue of the TV we hope to solve by making some areas below the restaurant and right beside the lake and on...

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

We had a lovely time at Ulisa Bay. It is a stunning bay and resort. The pictures do noy do it justice. Nice sborkeling, hood food, friendly staff. Clean rooms with neat shared bathrooms. Well worth the effort to get there. Very helpfull with plannning of our trip before hand! Beautifull island with really friendly layed back people. Thank you!

Thank CWildenboer

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  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
  • Public Wifi
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Idyllic setting on the West Side of Likoma Island. Brilliant snorkelling in the clear waters of Lake Malawi. Amazing bird life including Osprey, Kites, Eagles, and Kestrels. Deluxe Eco Chalets, Superior Chalets & Standard Chalets all near the beach with stunning lake views. Bar and restaurant on a wooden deck - the perfect place for a long cool sun downer while the sun sets into the lake. In the four years since we opened we have gained the reputation for the best food on Likoma Island with lots of fresh veggies and fruit from our garden. Campsite and Dorm for budget travellers. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Ulisa Bay Lodge

Address: Ulisa Village | P.O. Box 31, Likoma Island LIK 100, Malawi
Region: Malawi > Northern Region > Likoma Island
Price Range: £25 - £32 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
Also Known As:
Ulisa Bay Lodge Malawi/Likoma Island
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“Chalets 5 and 6 are large enough for families”
  • This is what we woke up to every day!
385petrinam, 17 Apr 2017 | Read review
“We loved the eco-rooms.”
yellowpoplar, 2 Sep 2016 | Read review
“5, 6 and 7 have beach veranda, all rooms have sunset views”
302emmanueller, 27 Jul 2015 | Read review
“Go for an en-suite room to avoid having to walk back from a shower through the sand! All rooms are quite reasonably priced and close to the water.”
sp12363, 4 Apr 2015 | Read review
“Get the one beside the rock right on the beach”
176sarahv, 27 Nov 2014 | Read review
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