Opened in 2009 with much fanfare, and located in Bahir Dar, on the shores of Lake Tana, Kuriftu Resort and Spa Lodge is a new addition to the Boston Partners portfolio, and promises to be an exceptional value luxury lodge,
Situated overlooking the lake, a stone build, the lodge’s opening date was set back by a national shortage of cement, and building adjustments continued for the few months following the launch. All, however, is now well (2011).
Consisting of a main area and 29 rooms, it’s a reasonably large lodge, and its focus on well-being, together with its position, makes for a potentially sumptuous stay. The shared areas include a reception, bar / lounge area, swimming pool, restaurant, extensive outdoor seating and spa. 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.
In many respects, it is the rooms – bungalows – that make the place. Raised, possessing a large shaded balcony and reminiscent of the sort of hotel suite facility one might see overlooking a lake in Switzerland, each room is approached by means of stone steps, and includes a four poster bed, lounge, en-suite bathroom and up to date amenities such as flat screen TVs and the like. Characterised by stone tiled floors, bare walls, great sweeping spaces, well positioned pieces of furniture, the emphasis here is on the few, on quality, while a propensity for minimalism is offset by the occasional cosy application – an open log fire, for example. The overall effect is one of space and – encouraged by flat wooden ceilings, enormous support beams – also of homeliness. A fine balancing act.
Activities include excursions, cultural visits, spa facilities and boat rides.