Victoria Falls, Zambia
Perched on the banks of the Zambezi River in view of the spray rising from famed Victoria Falls, the colonial-style Royal Livingstone Hotel is an ideal locale for experiencing the falls from the Zambia side of the gorge. Fronting a grand expanse of lawn that sprawls down to the river's edge, the hotel enjoys a location steeped in history: David Livingstone stood on nearby Livingstone Island at the lip of the falls in 1855, naming the the great cataract in honor of his queen.
The Royal Livingstone offers 173 air-conditioned en suite guest rooms including twin- and king-bedded rooms to larger suites, as well as 17 individual riverbank residences. Each room is decorated with blend of Victorian elegance and African warmth and boasts a private terrace looking out toward the Zambezi River. Every detail evokes period ambience, from the lamps, the magnificent paintings and the black and white photographs of early pioneers. The elegant lobby is open to the outdoors where you'll find a swimming pool on the expansive lawn and a broad deck built over the river – the perfect afternoon spot to savor a cool drink and view the spray of the falls. Zebra and giraffe often wander the grounds. High tea, dinner and drinks are served in the lounge, bar and dining room, or a private dinner can be arranged beneath the "Monkey Tree." The spa offers a full range of treatments in a river-facing gazebo or indoors.