A cosy lakeside eco-lodge
Baher Dar is an interesting town to visit in the northern Ethiopia route. Much of the city’s popularity is thanks to its palm-lined avenues, pretty lakeside vistas, and colorful market. The focal point of the town is Lake Tana, and its island monasteries dotted around the lake.
Kuriftu Resort, one of the establishments designed around the lake, has majestic setting. Opened in 2009 and set on a 10,000 msq of land, the lodge is cozy, chic and relaxed with 28 guest rooms with private views and individual bungalows that open onto the lake and sunlit garden filled with roses and citrus trees. The ultra-modern lodge is product of a bamboo, thatch and stone and with furnishings that include antiques and traditional motifs. It’s not the first eco-lodge in the Baher Dar but it is the swankiest, and the only one with a giant swimming pool. While it will take a little time for the new stone facades, linking walkways and patio to settle and age, the overall design is attractive, with leather seating, low tables and pleasant table and chair arrangements in the dining room.
Kuriftu Resort, which is owned by a returnee Tadios Belete who is now based in Addis Ababa, has brought convenience to many travelers who had been facing challenges in overnight accommodation. When he was a young man and refugee in Sudan, Tadios dreamt that one day he would return home and invest in his country. He has achieved a remarkable standard. “Anyone with a good smell of business can feel and sense that there is an opportunity here,” he says. Tadios now runs Boston Partners Plc, a company well-known for building Kuriftu resorts in different parts of the country.
He said the lodge was constructed a tranquil, natural domain offerring the perfect sanctuary for those seeking a quiet retreat to restore spirits.”The rooms are thatched with grass and tend to be larger than your average guest rooms. They are furnished in Ethiopian style with a traditional yet modern beds and furniture that afford a level of luxury you would expect. Basically, we are creating a home away from home for tourists and many other travelers who pass through Baher Dar town.”
The downside is the room price, which is for example $220 for family room. Though the food quality is outstanding, it’s also bit overpriced.
If you don’t mind a major hit to your wallet, you’ll have a good time and tasty food.