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Sunbird Livingstonia Beach
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Salima
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Paradise”
Reviewed 7 August 2013

We arrived at the hotel to discover that our reservation was made for a sister hotel in Lilongwe, not what you want to find out after a long days driving. The reception staff seemed at a loss, but the GM, Nedson, arrived and quickly sorted out the problem and got us booked in. The staff are very pleasant, food good and the view even better. Harrison and McFarlane took us out on a boat trip and we had a great day. We spent 3 days here and had a great break. Monkey Bay and Cape Maclear is worth a visit, but the people there have been spoilt and begging/harassment is problematic. Driving around Senga to the fish markets etc. was great and gave one a sense of "real" Malawi. Will certainly be back!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Washington, DC
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

This hotel does not offer very good value for money, but there aren't many other options for nicer lodging in Salima/Senga Bay. For the cost ($175 for a standard room), I would have expected a more comfortable bed - ours was sagging in the middle - as well as lounge chairs on the beach and better food at the restaurant. However, the view is lovely, the staff were pleasant, and the hotel was very clean. The beach is also kept nice and clean, and there is a big pool at the hotel too, though it looked a little murky. The food is overpriced and quite mediocre (soggy, greasy french fries an undercooked pizza, and chewy beef) but the terrace restaurant is a nice place to sit for lunch. The included breakfast was decent, with a good variety of food to choose from. Overall, it is a decent place to stay, just not a great value.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Austerlitz, The Netherlands
Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

Beautiful campsite, lovely stretch of clean beach and grass, great bar right on the beach, clean ablutions, and great food in the next-door Livingstonia Hotel. Very cheap camping too!

BUT: a large troop of baboons is spoiling all the fun, literally stealing food from the table or braai, running around all day and very hard to chase away: they even zip open your tent.
Without proper close-up garbage cans and electric wire it's just no fun to be here, would't recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing day at the beach. Staff do not seem to worry at all, keep chasing them every 3 hours or so.
Management: do something about this...

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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75 reviews
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

For a family weekend getaway this is a great choice. Very friendly attentive staff. Rooms clean and spacious. Food great for the family. Right on the beach. Selection of water sports on offer. Overall good place.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Munchenbernsdorf, Germany
1 review
Reviewed 8 July 2013

I stayed at Sunbird for 2 nights, and the location was super, located directy at the lake.
Room was good size, all thing little bit old, but everthing clean and well functioning. The view over the lake is amazing, good restaurant.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
94 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2013

At the end of a volunteering trip to Malawi, the team enjoyed an R&R afternoon and evening at this lovely hotel. The facilities are great - we had the use of the swimming pool and access to the beautiful beach. Then we had dinner in the lakeside resturant - delicious food served by helpful staff - all in all, a brilliant end to our working holiday.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

This 2 star establishment has much to offer. It is simple yet functional - tucked away from all busyness. It is great for a quiet getaway and business meetings. The accommodation is simple yet adequate and the food was of a good quality, especially the morning buffet. It was a little blustery in June - but still pleasant.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Property: Sunbird Livingstonia Beach
Address: Senga Bay, Salima, Malawi (Formerly Le Meridien Livingstonia Beach)
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Region: Malawi > Central Region > Salima
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Salima
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Sunbird Livingstonia Beach 2*
Number of rooms: 35
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