Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Product Focus: Victoria Falls, Livingstone

Victoria Falls, Livingstone in Zambia has a busy year ahead in 2013.

Firstly the much-loved Royal Livingstone Hotel is undergoing a multi-million dollar upgrade which will be completed by the middle of December in time for the festive season.

The hotel has also been voted in the Top 25 Hotels in Africa by Condé Nast Traveller Awards.

Located on the banks of the Zambezi River, within both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, The Royal Livingstone Hotel continues to offer superb accommodation, service and food.

New River Deck
A second river deck has now been opened. The venue can seat about 14 on the lower level and around 50 guests on the top deck. It has been created specifically for private functions and group check-in, whilst overlooking the Zambezi River.
The original deck is undergoing a renovation as well, but the idea is to have both decks and bars open and one deck reserved exclusively for Royal Livingstone guests (as opposed to Zambezi Sun and other visitors).
New Deck venue

Relaxing in the gardens

They plan to complete the refurbishment of the hotel by the end of November 2012. The refurbishment includes down duvets and pillows on the beds and state of the art flat screen televisions with satellite channels, a DVD player and WIFI access in all the bedrooms.
Beautiful decorative mosquito nets hang from above the beds which enhance the magnificently recovered wooden headboards bearing directional bed lights. The occasional furniture in the rooms is luxurious with antiqued painted chests of drawers, high backed chairs and ottomans.
The bathrooms are spacious and boast deep soaking tubs, separate showers, luxurious fluffy towels and enveloping robes and will be accentuated by environmentally friendly Molton Brown bath products.

"New look" Room
What we say: Following a recent visit by Rupert Jeffries, our Executive Chairman, we are in agreement, the newly refurbished rooms are looking fantastic.
They appear to be more spacious.  They have replaced the huge, dark-coloured wood armoire with the television inside with a flat screen television and a smaller chaise longue chair. The rooms also have lovely new curtains and general fabrics offering a more modern, fresh look.

On a recent familiarisation trip to the region we were once again reminded how spectacular the Victoria Falls are, even in low season, when the water levels are at their lowest (Sept – Feb). The delegates all remarked that the low water allowed them to view the enormity of the rock face and of course swim in Devil’s Pool, a truly unique and exhilarating experience (usually only available Oct – Feb).

View of The Victoria Falls from the Zambia side during low water flow

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