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The Makokola Retreat

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Outdoor pool, open 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, pool umbrellas, sun loungers
Snorkeling, water skiing, beach volleyball, sailing
Snorkeling, water skiing, beach volleyball, sailing
Outdoor pool, open 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, pool umbrellas, sun loungers
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Overview of The Makokola Retreat

The Makokola Retreat

3.0 star property
Lakefront hotel in Mangochi with golf course and spa

8,6/10 Fabulous

4 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Pool
  • Internet access
  • Gym
  • Non-smoking
  • Bar
Shores of Southern Lake Malawi, P.O. Box 59, Mangochi
Main amenities
  • Golf course
  • Restaurant and pool bar
  • Full-service spa
  • Outdoor pool
  • WiFi in the lobby
  • 2 outdoor tennis courts
  • Fitness center
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Conference center
  • 5 meeting rooms
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Garden
For families
  • Garden
  • Laundry facilities
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Minibar
  • Outdoor swimming pools

Room options

About this area

Getting around

  • Monkey Bay (MYZ) - 40 min drive
  • Lilongwe (LLW-Kamuzu Intl.) - 97.7 miles/157.2 km


  • Sun n Sand Holiday Resort - 11 min drive

About this property

The Makokola Retreat

A great stay at The Makokola Retreat in Mangochi can include a round of golf at the 18-hole course. You can grab a bite to eat at the restaurant and visit the spa to be pampered with hot stone massages, facials, or aromatherapy. Other highlights include 2 outdoor tennis courts, an outdoor pool, and a poolside bar.


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


Afrikaans, English, French, Italian, Spanish

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 66 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM - midnight
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • 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

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Pets not allowed


  • WiFi in public areas*
  • WiFi in rooms*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast each morning 7 AM–9:30 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Poolside bar

What to do

  • Tennis
  • Beach volleyball
  • Racquetball/squash
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Water skiing
  • Wildlife drive nearby

Working away

  • 5 meeting rooms
  • Conference center (2583 square feet of space)


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


  • Garden
  • Fitness center
  • 18 holes of golf
  • An outdoor pool
  • Full-service spa
  • 2 outdoor tennis courts
  • Massage/treatment rooms


  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker

Freshen up

  • Partially open bathroom
  • Shower only

Stay connected

  • WiFi (surcharge)

Special features


All-inclusive room rates at The Makokola Retreat are available. These rates are higher because they include onsite food and beverages in the room rate (some restrictions 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 select days. Guests under 18 years old are not allowed in the spa.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • WiFi is available in guestrooms for MWK 5000 per day (1-device limit, rates may vary)
  • WiFi is available in public areas for MWK 5000 (1-device limit, rates may vary)

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Pool access available from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Guests under 18 years old are not allowed in the spa
  • Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

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

Frequently asked questions

Does The Makokola Retreat offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Makokola Retreat does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
Is there a pool at The Makokola Retreat?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool. Guests have pool access from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Are pets allowed at The Makokola Retreat?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Makokola Retreat?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - midnight. Check-out time is 11 AM.
What is there to do at The Makokola Retreat and nearby?
Have fun with onsite activities like kayaking, parasailing, and sailing, and practice your swing at the golf course. Additional recreation onsite includes racquetball/squash. Indulge in a treatment at the spa and enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool. The Makokola Retreat also has a fitness center and spa services, as well as a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near The Makokola Retreat?
Yes, there's an onsite restaurant. Nearby restaurants include Sun n Sand Holiday Resort (4.9 mi).
What's the area around The Makokola Retreat like?
The Makokola Retreat is located a short 1-minute walk from Lake Malawi.

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities

6/10 Good

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.
2-night trip with friends
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

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
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

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.
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

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!
Verified guest review