We spent two nights here following two nights at Awash Lodge.
The menu is very limited, but what they do prepare is quite good. Try the chekla tibs!
The service the first night was disappointing - no real overview of the property and weren't made to feel welcome. The next day Abraham was on duty and he was amazing - super friendly, asked several times if we needed anything, took the time to show us some more secluded spots.
Rooms are simple, limited power but we had a bench and table outside our room where we could read or even have dinner.
The hot springs were great! There were many pools of various sizes and even a private pool which is great for couples. They are also expanding and building a couple of rooms with private pools.
We took the time to visit an Afari village and also went on a game drive to the national park.
Little power really forced us to disconnect and we came home very relaxed!
Thank you so much for your hospitality. after a very stressful week going there helped me to focus on my breathing, rally slowly and I savored every moment. it is the place where you can live forever not forever but good quality selfication that can help to find yourself with the quietness and the lake VIEW while relaxing in the hot spring tub. the food is great, the room is good except there is no light the solar charger goes off still I loved it. I really wanna go again for 2 weeks so that I can build some new skills, relax it is like two birds on one stone.
I stayed 1 night in the lodge. Yes, the rooms (bed, bathroom) are good and the scenery is nice. But... I think the price is too high for what you get. The birdwatching is good, but don't expect other wildlife near the lodge. The road towards the lodge is ok, but the scenery is not spectacular and you will just see herds of catlle. For a room of 125 USD or so I expect something special, but I still haven't found that. Don't misunderstand me: the lodge is nice, clean and well organised, but just too expensive. The food in the restaurant was too spicy. I normally like spicy food, but this was too much.
I stayed in a front view tukul and the sounds of birds around the room were amazing.Beyond the relaxing atmosphere of the room, the next best part was the fantastic food and excellent service at the restaurant and the tree bar.The menu has a good variety of food choices and the preparation made for superior tasting. The staff was very attentive, professional and friendly.
The extraordinary nature of the lodge was with HOT SPRINGS!!! I really enjoyed on swimming,bathing and showering.
The cleanness of the Hot Spring and the palm forest is just astonishing.Please keep up the great work,have a very prosperous and successful season.One again thank you!
Of the places I stayed in Ethiopia during the last visit of 14 days this place was the best just ahead of the Awash Falls Lodge operated by the same owner. This was completed in 2105 and had the advantage of not showing signs of wear.
Ostriches greet you and birds are on the ground or in the trees. My case was taken to my lodge where the door was secured by a padlock and key. The room was just above "tight" but with mosquito net, camp table, chair and chest. All water is from the hot spring (no cold to mix) but a shower was great with good pressure. There is NO wifi at the site. Electricity is generated by a noisy generator and available only from 6.30 to 9.30 and from 8.30 in the morning. There are no power lines nearby. Take a torch to avoid touch and feel movement in the dark!
The restaurant and relaxation areas are built -as are the lodges- in local stone, wood and reed thatch. The design is brilliant with twisting lookout tower and balcony on balcony. The reed bed stretches across the valley 15 -20 metres below after a small lagoon. Kingfisher, heron, flycatchers etc are easily seen. I was rowed round the lagoon to see the operation from below and then took a plunge or two or three in the hot pool. It is not open to the general public, well screened from view, shaded and with a view across the rift. There are pre-pools and water massage pools for variety. Watch out for biting flies though.
Catering here is tailored to European and Ethiopian palates.
I wandered in the scrub surrounds in the evening but unless you area birder better not.