My week at the Kuriftu resort (the venue for a reflection workshop that I was facilitating) was one of the most delightful interludes in my calendar which is packed with work-related travel. It's not often that I actually feel relaxed while working - but Kuriftu had everything that it takes to allow me let go of my stress and just go with the flow.
The gorgeously laid-out gardens (how did they achiev that green in just seven years?); the luxurious rooms with flower-strewn beds, spectacular traditional bamboo ceilings and ethnic-looking leather furniture; the spa with world-class massages and treatments on the house; the serene lake with its amazing variety of bird life (pelicans, weaver birds, kingfishers, cormorants and many more that I could not identify); the courteous and welcoming staff - everything was designed to charm. It worked - I was charmed.
I've seen some comments from earlier reviewers about poor service - my experience doesn't bear this out. Every request was courteously and smoothly handled - I asked for and got a change of room (because of a plumbing problem), endless printouts and xeroxes, extra towels, fruit - even a basket of breadcrumbs to feed the birds. Most of the housekeeping staff don't speak English so this might be a problem - but the staff at the front desk are very responsive and helpful. And everyone goes out of their way to be helpful.
I do have a couple of complaints though.
First, the rather boring vegetarian options on the set menu, which has all of three options (two kinds of pasta and Ethiopian fasting food which is not exciting after the first three days). The buffet lunches and dinners were great though - lots of vegetables and salads, and the desserts are divine.
Second, the absence of a telephone and poor wireless connectivity in the new rooms.
Third, the electricals - the bedside lamp is to feeble to read by and there are no convenient power outlets - I had to crawl behind a heavy piece of furniture and wrestle with the TV plug to pull it out and charge my laptop and phone.
But these are minor problems that bothered me only because I was working - I wouldn't even notuice them if I was on a holiday at Kuriftu.
One more thing that is a cause for complaint is the absence of a walking path around the lake - although there is a little jetty with kayaks on offer, I kept dreaming of an early-morning walk around the tranquil waters.
All in all, a destination that I would strongly recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our resort offers high-end luxury in an Ethiopian paradise setting. Breathtaking landscapes encompass the resort as guests enjoy our outdoor pool and sunbathing terrace that overlooks the natural wonder of Lake Kuriftu. After taking in the natural beauty of the wildlife and countryside, our organic spa and gourmet restaurants are the perfect places to relax as you prepare to continue your getaway experience. With achingly perfect panoramas, Kuriftu is where luxury reaches its pinnacle and service is simultaneously warm, genuine and sensational. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kuriftu Resort & Spa Debre Zeyit Hotel Debre Zeyit
- Kuriftu Resort And Spa Debre Zeyit
- Kuriftu Resort & Spa Debre Zeyit Ethiopia