The Star of Lake Malawi


After an action-packed week on safari in South Luangwa and Majete Parks, a relaxing visit to the shores of Lake Malawi was just what we needed. The pristine lake is nearly 600-kilometers long and the southern section is said to be the most exquisite with Pumulani resort claiming its best cove and cliff.  The hotel is perched up the granite rock hill and tucked into the trees with views to the lake from every angle. The name means “rest well’ in the local Chichewa language and that is exactly what we did (with a dash of adventure, of course).

Designed by a Dutch architect, each of the ten suites is meant to blend into the hillside and flow with the lake’s landscape. The vine-covered villas were beyond spacious at up to 175-meters large, feeling more like lake house than a hotel room.

Our bedroom with its canopy bed, lake-inspired patterns, and grand lake-view terrace was done to perfection—as was the foyer, living room, master bath, and second terrace (if that gives you a better sense of the size).

Though our favorite part of the suite had to be the outdoor shower with views to Lake Malawi. Made from an old wooden boat tucked into the private garden, the shower was seductive, decadent, and playful all at once.

Meals at Pumulani were as delicious as they were eventful. Our first night we had a private dinner by the pool and then the next evening we had a fun beach BBQ with the other couples at the resort. We enjoyed the bartender’s signature Malawi Gin cocktails by the bonfire then went to our romantic tables for two to feast on the our clam bake, roasted lamb, and freshly caught fish.

To get a closer look at the delectable cuisine, just look at this peach and berry cobbler. Even lunches came with dessert like this (good thing I don’t have to fit into that wedding dress anymore!).

We loved that the days’ activities were as relaxing or exhilarating as we wanted. Kayaking, snorkeling, dhow sails, water skiing, tubing, sunfish sailing, and all water sports imaginable could be done from the private beach, as well as the ever-important lounge-chair lazing. (To hear more about our Pumulani adventures, don’t miss our next blog.)

After full day on the water, we went back to our room to freshen up before dinner only to find out our romantic meal would be served en-suite. A candle-lit table had been set on our balcony and  our claw-foot bubble bath was surrounded  by votives, bougainvillea, and champagne. Swoon!

If you are considering an African safari for your honeymoon, trust us, you’ll need a bit of beach after the wild bush. Close to Malawi’s Majete Park link and a quick flight from the legendary Serengeti and Maasai Mara, Pumulani will be just the place to relax and revel in Africa.

Much love from Lake Malawi,
Anne & Mike

Note: Pumulani invited us to be their guests; however, all opinions are our own.

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