Any journey through northern Ethiopia merits an escape to the tranquility of Lake Tana and the luxurious suites of Kuriftu Resort & Spa. This all-inclusive eco-friendly paradise, with its year-round off-shore breezes, astonishing lakefront location, exceptional cuisine, world class spa, and refined yet humbling ambiance, is guaranteed to create a lasting impression on any traveler along Ethiopia’s famous Historical Circuit.

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Kuriftu Resort and Spa is overrun with lush and carefully curated greenery. Kuriftu Resort and Spa comprises 28 luxury stone-and-wood cottages blending effortlessly into the grounds. Inside, the bare stone walls and expansive tiled floors are almost medieval in approach, but this propensity for minimalism is expertly offset by tranquil and elegant touches of rich wood accents, plush four-poster beds, billowing white curtains, and surprising painted motifs throughout. It is easy to get used to the modern conveniences of flat screen televisions and en-suite bathrooms, but nothing beats cuddling up on the verandah’s leather lounger next to the cozy fireplace, enjoying a nice bottle of wine and stunning views over the lake.

Beyond its luxury cottages, the Kuriftu grounds also include an impressive swimming pool with sunbathing terrace, one of the best spas in the city, and a gourmet restaurant. The Waterfront Restaurant and Bar presents bold local and international flavors—the favorite being fresh fish straight from Lake Tana—coupled with an extensive wine list from the cellar and superb lakefront views. All guests also receive a complimentary a massage at the Spa Center, easily on par with any Western spa in its Asian and European-inspired facilities and fusion treatments.

Lake Tana, Ethiopia’s largest lake, offers a myriad of natural and historical wonders to explore, especially on the water’s 30 islands, all of which contain their own ancient monasteries and unique history. There are also several collections of ceremonial robes and mummified remains of former Ethiopian emperors, such as Yukon Amlak, the restorer of the so-called Solomonic Dynasty. However, it is the thunderous Blue Nile Falls that remains the hallmark attraction in this region. Here, the Blue Nile, which contributes eighty-five percent of the main Nile flow, starts its long journey to the Mediterranean and creates a cascade estimated as high as 145 feet.

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