Our family only was able to spend one night at this wonderful hotel during a forced overnight awaiting our flight to Victoria Falls. We didn't have the time to try any of the hotel's amenities. That being said...this is an outstanding 5-star hotel. Our rooms were luxurious with wonderful bedding, bathroom (and toiletries and towels were lovely), and furnishings. Plus, they provided complimentary sherry (very good), chocolates, Amarula, and a bottle of wine. Staff was wonderful.
Our connecting rooms were each unique in architecture and design (which I like) and had amazing outdoor spaces (with private balconies, hot tubs, bathtubs, 2 person outdoor showers, furniture) which would have been lovely had it been summer and had we had the time.
My only complaint was that my lovely bathroom was smaller than my children's lovely bathroom...and since I'm paying for it...:)
Also, like to mention the hotel's quirky lay-out is refreshingly charming...I needed to ask the staff several times how to navigate to get to the lobby (that's right...through the bar/dining, the coy pond, the den/library, hang another right, or whatever...my own little safari). The hotel boutique was also very nice and believe it or not correctly priced similar to everywhere else.
The hotel provided transportation to the local Moyo restaurant located in a very upscale touristy area so close to the hotel.
And I must say...our 5 star Diva family has been to about 20 countries and stayed in some of the nicest places in the world...but without question this place had the most lovely (included) breakfast of any place we have ever stayed (with maybe the exception of a place in Seville, Spain). The setting and staff were lovely. They provided a "buffet" which was brought to the table in such an elegant way (didn't have to spoil meal time leaving the table to collect your food on a buffet line and worrying how others grope the food). And the food we ordered (yes, also included) was divine. I don't know what they did but they had the best cheese omelet and best scrambled eggs I have ever tasted. And they're just eggs! Unbelievable.
Highest, highest recommendations. All of our travel family 5-star Diva expectations were exceeded.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Residence is a five star boutique hotel which is truly one of a kind. No effort has been spared in creating a warm, luxurious, elegant and inviting atmosphere. With eighteen designer suites with ultimate comfort and privacy, here you can sit back and take in the views of the garden, tennis court and pools. Explore the serene sanctuary of the senses with our spa and unwind in the sauna and steam room. ... more less
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