Ndomo Point House is a self-contained private house …
Ndomo Point House: Our full report
Ndomo Point House is a private four-bedroom house which opened in 2011 on Likoma Island in Lake Malawi. It is separate from, but part of, Kaya Mawa; it is self-contained and fully staffed with a nanny, cook, housekeeper, groundstaff and watchmen.
Ndomo Point House is located on its own private beach on the south-west corner of the island with uninterrupted views across to the neighbouring island, Chizimulu, and on to mainland Malawi 72km away. It is 15 minutes walk away from the main area of the lodge; guests have a boat and a vehicle at their disposal, and are also welcome to use all the facilities at the main lodge, have their meals there, and enjoy the activities on offer.
When we visited in May 2011, Ndomo Point was in final stages of building, with the interiors to complete. The house has four bedrooms (three doubles and one twin), with three having en-suite bathrooms, and all but the twin room overlooking the lake. Ndomo House also has its own sitting room, kitchen/dining room, study, outside dining and BBQ area, and plunge pool set amongst the granite rocks on the edge of the lake.
In the master bedroom that we saw, a king-sized bed was set on a raised base, looking out double-doors onto the lake. On one side of the room was a large moulded wardrobe and rustic-looking full length mirror. On the other was an open-plan en-suite bathroom with raindrop shower, deep moulded bath and twin sinks; there is a separate toilet room. From the bedroom two sets of double-doors opened out onto terrace, with comfy cushions, perfect for watching the sun set over the lake.
As with Kaya Mawa, Ndomo Point House uses high-quality décor throughout, including lots of bespoke pieces designed by Suzie Lightfoot, one of the owners, and made on the island by the local women and men of Katundu Textiles.
Our ViewOn the basis of what we've seen, Ndomo Point House will be a really lovely, large family house/villa for up to about eight people – and James and Susie are living in it for three months which should solve any 'teething problems'. Getting to Likoma Island requires a charter flight, so we wouldn't suggest it for less than 4 days, but for a group who want some relaxing time by the lake – this would be a lovely place.
Ideal length of stay: 3+ nights – it's just not worth coming here for less.
Directions: Nearer Mozambique than mainland Malawi, Likoma Island is reached most easily from the mainland by an hour's flight from Lilongwe. It could also be reached using Danforth yachting, or we can organize an approach via Mozambique. Ndomo Point House in ten minutes by motor boat from Kaya Mawa.
Owner: James & Suzie Lightfoot, and Nick Brown.
Staff: Lodge Manager: Richard & Michelle, James Lightfoot and Susie
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Drinks included: Soft drinks and local spirits.
Attitude towards children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Equipment: Single beds can be provided for children. Have cots, but have not yet got high-chairs (that said, with a little bit of notice, they could get one made!)
Generally recommended for children: Recommended for children above the age of five.
Notes: Due to the house being near water, and having an unfenced, and deep, swimming pool, children must be supervised at all times.
Communications: There is mobile reception and a computer with dongle for internet but it is very slow, so you are welcome to use the internet access at the main lodge.
TV & radio: There is a 42-inch flat screen TV with DVD player and DSTV in the sitting room, as well as three iPod docking stations in the house.
Health & safety
Malarial area: Yes
Medical care: There is a hospital on Likoma Island, suitable to relatively minor ailments. Medivac can easily be organised to Lilongwe and then to SA – and the island's airstrip is tarmaced, although not useable at night. Most of the managers are fully first-aid trained. We're advised by owners that they don't know of any recorded cases of Bilharzia being contracted anywhere on Likoma Island – by either anyone either in the community, or staying or working at the house or Kaya Mawa lodge. Certainly the aquatic environment is mostly rocky rather than reedy. The lodge's first owners swam in the lake here for many years, and were regularly tested for Bilharzia, and always tested negative.
Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk
Security measures: 24-hour unarmed watchmen employed by the lodge.
Fire safety: There are sand buckets in the house.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Included
Money: There is a safe in the house.