Pumalani’s ten villas, designed by Dutch architect G. Hooft Graafland, are nestled between the white sand beaches and craggy outcrops with elevated views over low shrubbery to Lake Malawi and the distant islands. Each standalone villa offers spacious rooms, a lounge and deck with minimal rattan furnishings. Pumalani’s signature cerulean blues and lilac purples appear on throw pillows, sun umbrellas, and bedspreads that are cheerful against sandy taupe and white. The bathrooms are lovely with claw-foot tubs and a bank of windows that open to the sea breeze. During the day, enjoy the lake with water skiing, snorkeling, kayaking, tubing, scuba diving and bird watching. Or maybe lounge by the infinity pool and soak-up the view. In the evening, go for a sundowner on the authentic wooden dhow and watch the fishermen come to shore. Those interested in local culture may take a village walk with one of Pumalani’s expert guides.

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