Taking its title from renowned explorer Sir David Livingstone who named the Falls after his queen, The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara embraces guests in nostalgic opulence through poignant reminders of this iconic era.

Prestigious access to Victoria Falls

The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara is perched on the banks of the great Zambezi River, proving full view of the spray of the Victoria Falls. One of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders, this emblematic waterfall is a mere 10-minute walk away from the hotel, with guests enjoying unlimited complimentary access via the hotel’s private entrance.

This bucket-list destination is also easily accessible via short a one-hour 40-minute flight from Johannesburg to Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport, followed by a scenic 25-minute drive through the historic town of Livingstone.

Authentic luxury, Victorian elegance and Zambezi views

Exuding the charm of the Victorian era, the 169 sumptuous guest rooms and four spacious suites all feature a balcony or veranda. These outdoor seating areas look onto verdant gardens frequented by free-roaming zebras, impalas, giraffes and monkeys, and the Zambezi River beyond. The rooms feature elegant furnishings blended with the warmth of African tribal culture. Marble-clad bathrooms offer invigorating rain showers and long, relaxing soaks in the tub.

The 30sqm Deluxe Rooms have a king-sized bed or twin singles dressed in fine white linen and come complete with air conditioning, a desk, WiFi access, tea and coffee making facilities, a mini bar and satellite television. In addition, personal service is offered by a dedicated butler, along with laundry and valet services.

Deluxe Corner Rooms also feature an enclosed glass-walled patio with sophisticated mosquito netting, a wicker sofa and a ceiling fan, providing clear Zambezi views protected from the elements. The expansive 63 sqm Livingstone Suites offer lounge comforts, a dressing area, wet bar and veranda loungers. The one-of-a-kind 88 sqm Presidential Suite, boasting regal lounge and dining spaces that open onto a generous veranda, has been graced by royalty, heads of state and celebrities.

Signature resort experiences

The resort offers unparalleled, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Mere steps away, the Zambezi river life and majestic Victoria Falls can be admired from a swaying hammock or a cool dip in the pool. The gym stimulates fulfilling work-outs, while Anantara Spa rejuvenates with African wellness and beauty traditions embraced in elegant suites, beside the pool or in riverside gazebos.

The hotel’s delectable culinary experiences celebrate local flavours and ingredients, complemented by international culinary traditions. Drinks and light meals in The Royal Livingstone Lounge enveloped in the whimsy of David Livingstone’s paintings, books and maps. Stories are shared in splendour at The Royal Livingstone Lounge over high tea in the afternoon, and later, fine wines or whisky are the perfect accompaniment to live piano music.

Drinks are spectacular on Kubu facing the Zambezi River, ending with the most breathtaking sunset cocktails. Quintessential gin bar journeys are also available, and include African botanical infusions, signature cocktails and personalised concoctions.

In The Old Drift, African and European fine dining enchants guests and aboard The Royal Livingstone Express, unforgettable five-course dinners are a moveable feast through Africa’s resplendent landscapes. The Dining by Design experience tailors fine dining with a personal chef and butler in a choice of idyllic private settings.

The hotel’s refined meeting, event and wedding venues are remembered for their extraordinary views and meticulous attention to personalised detail. There are two boardrooms on the property which can seat a dozen executives. Beside the Zambezi, Kubu offers an al fresco canapé luncheon, a mesmerising stage to say “I do”, sundowner parties for up to 60 guests and brainstorming sessions for 100. The Royal Livingstone Lawns seats 250 guests for a gala dinner, with Victoria Falls gushing in the background. A truly remarkable venue for any occasion.

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