Daniel Reiter

Kuriftu Resort Bahir Dar

  • Where:Bahar Dar, Ethiopia
  • Why:Photography of the local Skateboard Community as part of my documentary/exhibition about skateboarding in Ethiopia.
  • When:February 2018
  • Who:Me, myself and I.
Get a

My room.

Chilling on my room’s terrace after photographing the sunrise on
Lake Tana (at 4am).

Sunrise on Lake Tana.

After the sunrise a rainbow appeared behind me.

A terrace by the lake for events.

The pool at night. In the background you can see my stone cottage.

At the Spa.

Ready steady go.

The Tana Skate Crew.

More of the crew.

The way up to Bezawit Hill

Highs & Lows

  • Fantastic food. Like in most Ethiopian restaurants, you’ll find traditional Ethiopian food as well as a variety of Pasta, all very tasty. But their fresh fish in combination with selected local white wines was a blast.

  • Large swimming pool over-looking Lake Tana.

  • Great massage & foot massage included in the full board package.

  • No WiFi in the rooms.

  • It’s the little details that make me sometimes wonder in Ethiopia: why are there a few tiles of the mosaic missing in the shower?

  • The wooden doors and furnitures could use a fresh layer of oil.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 40/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Hotel & spa resort.

  • Vibe

    Traditional and slightly old school with very good service.

  • Location

    Slightly out of the city centre, on the shore of Lake Tana with stunning lake views.

  • Rooms

    28 (two-presidential suites)

  • Music

    At the restaurant they play a great mix of Ethiopian music.

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    Not sure!

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes, 2 pools and a spa.

  • Restaurant


  • Bar

    No, but you can enjoy alcoholic beverages until midnight at the restaurant.

  • Minibar

    A bottle of vodka, a bottle of gin, red wine, white wine (all 0,7 litre bottles) and a selection of soft drinks.

  • Children

    Bring them, but there are no kids specific amenities and the perfect Spa seems to be a better fit for singles & couples.

  • Price

    Expensive for Ethiopia but absolutely worth it.

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