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The Makokola Retreat

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Snorkelling, waterskiing, beach volleyball, sailing
Snorkelling, waterskiing, beach volleyball, sailing
Outdoor pool, open 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, pool umbrellas, pool loungers
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Overview of The Makokola Retreat

The Makokola Retreat

3 out of 5

4.2/5 Excellent

Guests rated this property 3.8/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Breakfast included
  • All-inclusive
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Gym
Shores of Southern Lake Malawi, P.O. Box 59, Mangochi

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationNkhudzi Bay Beach28 min drive
  • Popular LocationLake Malawi Museum31 min drive
  • Popular LocationMonkey Bay Beach32 min drive
  • AirportMonkey Bay (MYZ)40 min drive

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About this area

Club Makokola

Located in Mangochi, The Makokola Retreat is on a lake. Travellers eager for a bit of culture can stop by Lake Malawi Museum, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Nkhudzi Bay Beach and Monkey Bay Beach. Make sure you get close to the area's animals with activities such as game drives and game viewing.

What's nearby

  • Nkhudzi Bay Beach - 28 min drive
  • Lake Malawi Museum - 31 min drive
  • Monkey Bay Beach - 32 min drive
  • Lake Malawi National Park - 44 min drive
  • Liwonde National Park - 70 min drive

Getting around

  • Monkey Bay (MYZ) - 40 min drive

About this property

The Makokola Retreat

Lakefront hotel with full-service spa and golf course
This smoke-free hotel features a full-service spa, a golf course and a restaurant. Full breakfast is free. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, a fitness centre and a poolside bar. All 66 rooms provide WiFi, minibars and coffee makers. Ceiling fans and showers are also available to guests.
The Makokola Retreat offers 66 forms of accommodation with a ceiling fan. This Mangochi hotel provides wireless Internet access for a surcharge. Guests can make use of the in-room coffee/tea makers and minibars. Rooms have partially open bathrooms. Bathrooms include a shower.
Guests can play rounds at the 18-hole golf course and enjoy other recreation facilities including 2 outdoor tennis courts. In addition to an outdoor pool, other recreational amenities include a fitness centre.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

The Lake Spa has 4 treatment rooms, including rooms for couples. Services include hot stone massages, facials and body treatments. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and reflexology.

The spa is open selected days. Guests under 18 years old are not allowed in the spa.

All-inclusive details

All-inclusive room rates at The Makokola Retreat are available. These rates are higher because they include on-site food and beverages in the room rate (some restrictions may apply).

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: WiFi (MWK 5000 per day)
  • Available in some public areas: WiFi (MWK 5000 per stay)
  • WiFi in public areas has a 1-device limit
  • In-room WiFi has a 1-device limit

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast available daily 7 AM–9:30 AM
  • 1 restaurant
  • 1 poolside bar

Things to do

  • 18 holes of golf
  • 2 outdoor tennis courts
  • Beach volleyball
  • Boat tours
  • Fitness centre
  • Full-service spa
  • Kayaking
  • Motor-boating
  • Outdoor pool
  • Parasailing
  • Racquetball/squash
  • Sailing
  • Snorkelling
  • Tennis
  • Waterskiing

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities
  • Outdoor pool


  • Gift shop/newsstand

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry facilities
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Wedding services

Languages spoken

  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Business services

  • Conference centre (2583 square feet of space)
  • Meeting rooms 5


  • Garden
  • Pool sunloungers
  • Pool umbrellas


  • 4 treatment rooms
  • Aromatherapy
  • Body treatments
  • Couples treatment room(s)
  • Facials
  • Massage - hot stone
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Reflexology
  • Spa open selected days


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Ceiling fan


  • Bathroom (partially open)
  • Shower

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Minibar

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Check-in from 2:00 PM - midnight
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 11 AM

Special check-in instructions

To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation
If you are planning to arrive after 9:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: MWK 5000 per day (1-device limit, rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: MWK 5000 per stay (1-device limit, rates may vary)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

We should mention

Pool access available from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments; reservations can be made by contacting the property prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms
Guests under 18 years old are not allowed in the spa

Property is also known as

Makokola Retreat Hotel Mangochi
Makokola Retreat Hotel
Makokola Retreat Mangochi
Makokola Retreat
The Makokola Retreat Hotel
The Makokola Retreat Mangochi
The Makokola Retreat Hotel Mangochi

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 2 out of 4 reviews
5 - Excellent 50%
Rating 4 - Good. 1 out of 4 reviews
4 - Good 25%
Rating 3 - Okay. 1 out of 4 reviews
3 - Okay 25%
Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 4 reviews
2 - Poor 0%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 4 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%




Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities

3/5 Okay

Disliked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
2 star hotel in a 5 star location.
Many small things can be done to make the living quarters better. Eg cockroach prevention, clean sheets, fix the fans. Beautiful location and the staff were lovely but over priced unless you are going as a group and can share the cost.
Stayed 2 nights in Mar 2018

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Nice room, good food and excellent service
3 awesome relaxing nights at Club Mak. The homemade gelado is to die for. Amazing views over Lake Malawi

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities
Definitely needs air conditioning...
Lovely setting on a lovely stretch of beach. Good food. Front desk service okay, all others really wonderful. The main thing missing here is air conditioning. It is stifling in the rooms, even in the middle of the night. Also, there are major power outages constantly (as is the case throughout the country), but with the cost of a room here I would hope for a generator to run anytime the power is down.

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
A very peaceful retreat!
A quiet and peaceful retreat with open spaces, great food, and quality service by friendly staff. Hotel could provide small face cloth/towel option. Long hand towels - an old English and wasteful tradition - are hard to use (especially with the mini-soap provided); they're also terrible for the environment as they require more water to wash, and more detergent! Cold shower can be uncomfortable especially morning and evening. Should provide warm water option - even if climate is warm. Overall we were greatly impressed by this world-class hotel, and would come again!