Why we like this
- Limalimo Lodge is regularly voted one of the best hotels in Ethiopia - a simple yet luxurious place to stay that exemplifies responsible tourism, without scrimping on the important bits.
- The hotel is perched on an escarpment offering stunning views for miles and miles.
- It’s the perfect place to explore the Simien Mountains and see the amazing wildlife within. Head into the mountains for day trips, or use the comfort of the lodge to prepare for, or recover from, a night or two under the stars in the campsites.
- The hotel is deeply committed to the environment and the local community and offers unassuming luxury in a simple, sensitive and thoughtful manner.
Set off on full or partial day treks with a private guide. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can camp out under the stars in some of the local campsites, supported by a team of guides, cooks and porters.
At Brilliant, we also love the chance to visit the villages - particularly Limalimo village nearby - and experience a coffee ceremony, or just relax around the lodge here on the roof of Africa.
Leading the pack
Opened in 2015 and with just 12 rooms, Limalimo lodge has quickly become one of the best hotels in Ethiopia, and is often booked out many months in advance.
Fortunately for you, they’re building more and their service is improving all the time as they host more and more happy visitors.
Whilst Ethiopia often struggles to provide ‘world-class’ accommodation, Limalimo is one of the few that deserves its reputation.
Location and Design
Limalimo is 10 mins drive from Debark (the entrance town to the Simien Mountains) and is perched on the edge of an escarpment, offering extraordinary views of the Simien range.
Built with the environment in mind, with rammed earth and thatch, the hotel blends into the landscape. Rooms are simple, offering a blend of Ethiopian design and contemporary finishes.
Do spend time at the fire pit if you want to spend time outside with a view of the extraordinary stars (the Simiens are renowned for their excellent star-gazing) or guests can also indulge in one of the regular yoga sessions or receive a massage!
Food and Drink
There is a restaurant and bar, with a terrace that overlooks the Simiens.
The meals use local ingredients that are - where possible - sourced from local suppliers. The food is great and there is a good mixture of local cuisine and Western dishes in case you’re in need.
If you feel like pushing the boat out, Champagne breakfasts might just make someone’s day.
Rooms and Pricing
There are 12 rooms, all en-suite with private balconies that are found throughout the 10-hectare site with a number of new rooms being built.
The rooms are simple, yet luxurious with comfortable beds and minimal fuss. Each room features floor-to-ceiling windows with fantastic views - all of the rooms have great views, with none being much better than others.
Limalimo usually offers a full-board rate, get in touch for more info.
Limalimo is a fantastic example of the best of tourism.
Conceived by local guides, built by people from the Simien park and incorporating many of the best architectural elements - it manages to be one of the best hotels in Ethiopia whilst also being sensitive to the delicate local environment and employing many local staff.
Local materials were used to build the lodge, energy comes from renewable sources and wastewater is reused.
Stay at Limalimo on these trips
Here are some ideas of what a trip might look like - but get in touch with us and we can help plan a tailor-made holiday.
The Simien Mountains are one of Ethiopia’s most stunning destinations. With its diverse flora and fauna, immense views and extraordinary geography, it’s an exceptional place that can be enjoyed by hardy trekkers and afternoon strollers alike. A couple of nights…
- 5 Days
This trip packs in a myriad of history, culture and some of the best scenery in Africa. Explore the palaces of Gondar, the world-famous rock-hewn churches in Lalibela, and the sweeping plateaus of the Simien Mountains. Leave enough time either…
- 7 Days
Explore the Simien Mountains from a luxury lodge perched high in the escarpment, discover the architectural remains of ancient civilisations, and watch the sun set over the sandstone cliffs of Tigray. The Historic North Circuit is a flagship itinerary in…
- 12 Days
Fusing history, culture, landscapes and wildlife along a perfectly paced circuit, this trip is a synthesis of the very best experiences on offer in Ethiopia’s northern highlands. Explorations of the ancient cities Axum, Gondar, Bahir Dar and Lalibela are broken…
- 12 Days
Experience the breathtaking Simien Mountains National Park on this in-depth tour of the ‘Roof of Africa’. Trek to peaks breaching 4,000 meters, experience the panoramic vistas, cross the rivers that flow into the lowlands and get up close with endemic…
- 9 Days
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