It’s Monday 21st January 2013 and another season comes to an end at Pumulani.

This week we will hear from Laura, from the Lilongwe office, who was helping the team at Pumulani close for the season.

“As the New Year has dawned we have enjoyed hosting our final guests of the 2012 season at Pumulani. With the sun shining as brightly as ever over the lake, the view towards the spectacular mountains in Mozambique has become clearer everyday providing the perfect panoramic view for our last sunbathers by the pool, those final precious lunches on the beach, and of course watching the sun disappear behind those mountains one last time whilst sipping sundowners on the dhow.

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We’ve had a wonderful group of guests in these final days, many with a passion for sailing, so they’ve not only enjoyed the dhow but taken the sail boats out around the bay. The super energetic have walked the trails around the lodge down to a further beach or the other way to the village and sailed or kayaked back to Pumulani. We’ve also had keen walkers come to Pumulani, not only enjoying the daily bird walks but even taking a hike to the top of the mountain behind the lodge who said the view was simply fantastic. So maybe on a quiet day, I might climb that steep hill!!! If you’ve never come to Pumulani, rest assured, thata hike isn’t needed to get those views.

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Every time I come here from the Lilongwe office, I am reminded that even the spectacular photography we have of the lodge doesn’t do the rooms and their individual views or the panoramic view from the restaurant area justice.

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It truly is a unique and outstanding spot on Lake Malawi, even for someone who sees it over and over again. If you’re two favourite sights in the sky are the same as mine – a full orange African sunset and a sky full of stars, then Pumulani is the right place for you too. Every evening without fail, we are treated to a remarkable display of orange, pink, purple, electric blue and red light up across the water and dip behind the mountains across the lake only for an hour or so later see the sky littered with stars, constellations and planets.

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We’ve had a great year at Pumulani, with much to celebrate, and we have enjoyed celebrating many of the anniversaries, honeymoons, birthdays, special family holidays that people have come to enjoy at Pumulani. As the New Year has come, it is time for us at Pumulani to pull the sun umbrellas down, moor the dhow and pack away to do some renovations, to keep Pumulani the brightest star on the lake. So we will be giving the lodge a lick of paint and our wonderful staff a bit of a breather before reopening in March.

We’ve been spoiling the many honeymooners we’ve had over this festive season with all sorts of surprises because really what beats a private candle lit dinner with delicious food from the Pumulani kitchen? But the delicious delicacies haven’t just been reserved for the romantics; the chef has been creating many tasty treats for the dhow trips and scrumptious dinners to finish the day off. Our Malawian chefs are perfecting their baking for breakfasts with croissants, muffins, scones and freshly made loaves.

A perfect end to the season with super guests, ultra fun activities, lovely afternoon’s relaxing by the pool and amazing sunsets across the bay… I can’t wait for the 2013 season to start!”

Laura and the Pumulani team

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