Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Perched above the Zambezi Gorge in full view of the falls, this 5-star colonial landmark hotel offers the same splendid panorama and genteel Edwardian ambience that made it a legend when it opened in 1904. Since then it has played host to royalty, international and local statesmen and global celebrities, among its many guests. The hotel is situated on a sprawling expanse of manicured lawn surrounded by tropical gardens and lies within Victoria Falls National Park. Its incomparable setting and refined elegance have earned it worldwide acclaim for over a century, epitomizing the grace and romance of a classic era of African travel.
While the hotel is replete with its original storied atmosphere, recent refurbishments offer guests all the modern comforts one would expect from a luxury hotel. The property's 161 air-conditioned rooms and suites feature full en suite bathrooms and elegant period furniture including poster beds, dark woods and ceiling fans, as well as digital satellite television, telephone, wireless Internet access and safe deposit box. Traditional high tea is offered each afternoon on the Stanley Terrace overlooking the spray of Victoria Falls and the famous bridge spanning the Zambezi Gorge. Recreation opportunities include tennis courts, croquet and a secluded swimming pool with shaded lounge areas. The hotel also has its own private pathway directly to the falls, which are less than a 10-minute walk away.