My husband and I flew to Victoria Falls, after four days in Cape Town, May 26th and arrived at Ilala Lodge very tired from the early flight, long line for immigration into Zimbabwe at the airport, and also the very last ones from our flight. Yet the Thompson van and greeter were waiting for us and whisked us off to the Lodge.
The front desk welcomed us warmly and Noah, took us to our room to settle in and it was nice to always see him around. We were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary so we were surprised with a bottle of champagne in our room! Our travel gal must have told them for the entire staff seemed to know.
We had a lovely candle light dinner outside on the patio that evening and they even decorated our dessert plate with Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary! What else could they next? When we returned to our room later, the bath tub was filled with bubble bath and flower petals floating on top! Our bed had been turned down and had flower petals scattered all over the bed! That is excellent PR and we thank you for that! Our room was spacious and plenty of space to spread out. We had complimentary tea and coffee as well in the room, and bottled water. When we used the bottled water, fresh ones would appear each morning so we always had a fresh supply.
We met a lovely young lady who is in charge of the dining room and her name escapes me but I think it was Kudsey, or something like that. If you meet her, she is very warm and so easy to visit with, as all the staff were for us.
Our room was number 27, behind the pool, very quiet and had a gorgeous view out on the gardens and landscape. It opened onto a veranda with a table and chair, although we didn't use it much. We could see the mist from the falls rising from our window and the sunrise was awesome with the sun shining on it. I will post a photo to show. We could hear the falls from our room, and the lodge, as well, and it was wonderful to hear that thunder during the night. They never turned off the falls at night either!
The food was delicious and we had a beautiful breakfast buffet every morning, which was included in our package. Everyone at the lodge was so warm, friendly and helpful. It was a wonderful place to relax when we weren't on the go.
Of course we toured the falls one morning, which is another story. And also went shopping at Elephant Village. The gift shop at the lodge is small but nice and Tracy was very helpful.
I can't imagine another place as nice as the lodge and we are so happy we were able to stay here. It had all the qualities of a 5 star hotel but with a family feeling, warm staff and everything was so comfortable.
A special thank you to Thembi, Guest Relations Manager, who wrote us a lovely note and probably had so much to do with our romantic stay. It truly was memorable and we thank you all!
This added to our trip of the lifetime in Africa!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ilala Lodge is ideally located only minutes away from the spectacular Victoria Falls. A family run hotel, Ilala Lodge has 56 stylish, well-equipped rooms, providing the ultimate in comfort. The top-rated Palm Restaurant at Ilala Lodge offers delicious al-fresco dining under the starry African skies, whilst listening to the roar of the falls. The staff are attentive and friendly, and ensure your bucket list trip is perfect for you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ilala Hotel Victoria Falls