Reviews of Chintheche Inn
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Fine place & location. Large spacious grounds for camping and outdoor pursuits. Right on the lake beach. Great relaxing spot. Staff welcoming, friendly & helpful.
Bedrooms, bar & lounge to be honest could do with a big dose of TLC & spruce up. Having said that, the tired look did not prevent us enjoying our stay by any means. We understand new management have work in progress.
We took out bikes, had a good cycle which we thoroughly enjoyed, cycling to next town & surrounding villages. Water sport facilities available but we didn't have time to use them.
Food & dining very acceptable.
Chintheche Inn review
Great location and rooms, not sure it was worth the money though. Loved the candlelit dinner on beach.
Lake not great for snorkelling here as quite tidal compared to some of the sheltered bays.
Friendly Chintheche Inn
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Chintheche Inn - the staff were all really friendly and welcoming, gave us great advice on activities, the rooms were lovely, the food was lovely and our whole experience of Wilderness Safaris was of efficiency and attention to detail.
We also visited Mvuu Camp in south Malawi after a last minute trip was arranged for us by WIlderness Safaris and this venue is also exceptional with extremely helpful and friendly staff who showed genuine pleasure in the work they do.
Excellent Manager. Venue needs investment
Before I make any other comments I have to make special mention of Briony, the manager. She is excellent and went the extra mile to make our stay (contrary to the comments below) very enjoyable. The food and the friendly staff are also a big plus.
If it were not for Briony, her staff and the actual lake and beach I would have rated the 6 days as decidedly average
The inn seems totally at odds with the rest of the Wilderness portfolio. If they want their brand associated with this venue (especially when their are better beach resorts in reasonable proximity) they should invest some of their profits into upgrading the rooms, particularly the bathrooms (and the communal bar area)!
Of their 4 kyaks ony 1 worked properly. A little bit if focus here would also not go amiss.
Finally, you would not spend 6 nights at Chintheche without having access to a car (Expert Africa what were you thinking?)!
Expert Africa comments
We sent this feedback to the Chintheche team who apologised for the state of the kayaks; they had already been scheduled for repair.
On a general note, we are now advised that Chintheche is to undergo extensive refurbishment in 2009, including a schedule of planned room upgrades.
Chintheche is a beach destination; their activities focus on the lake, even if they do also offer cultural visits and have mountain-bikes. Six nights here is quite normal for people who like beaches – but we’d always advise against a long stay here for travellers who don’t want a beach destination.
Chintheche Inn review
A beautifully scenic and relaxing white sand beach location wherin the main accommodation block could do with some updating to make the best of the place. Food quality and variety is good with evening dining outside in the garden or on the beach being very pleasant. Chintheche is very much a family lounge-about place very popular with expats from Lilongwe for a long weekend. The 4h 45m drive from Lilongwe airport is a bit of a 'hike'- the return journey seemed better.
The operator, Wilderness Safaris, meet/greet/transport/ driver & guide service was excellent & our compliments to Fetswani who looked after us courteously, engagingly and drove very well.
We understand that Wilderness Safaris, who have only operated Chintheche for a short while as franchisee, are indeed planning a major accommodation upgrade very soon. The location warrants and deserves it. We are pleased to have visited Malawi: nice people, scenery and climate and inexpensive (4 day bar & wine bill only $150)
A very pleasant stay at Chinteche
The stay at Chinteche was very pleasant. It has a superb location with a welcome absence of other tourists.
The managers (John and Brionnie) were very friendly.
Activities I enjoyed were bird watching, horse riding and visits to local tea and rubber estates, which gave an insight into how the local economy works.