The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Inside the Elephant Hills

ELEPHANT Hills Hotels is officially the main venue of the 2013 United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly to be held starting August 23 in Victoria Falls. That the resort is one of Zimbabwe's structural legacies cannot be doubted.

Aptly named after the giant of the African giant that frolics in the untamed jungle - the elephant - the hotel merges majestically into its natural environment of the Zambezi riverine vegetation.

To date, the hotel gives majestic views, through the windows of the guest rooms, of the Zambezi River as its waters snake, plunge and slither towards the Indian Ocean, via Kariba and Cabora Bassa dams, downstream.

Elephant Hills Resort has 276 rooms ranging from the impressive presidential suite to cool and spacious standard rooms. All rooms are ethnically decorated creating a combination of African ambiance with comfort and elegance. Each bedroom has modern amenities including air-conditioning, digital satellite television, bar fridge and en-suite bathroom. It is spitting distance from the falls themselves.

It is no doubt going to be the cynosure of the historical mega event that is being held for the second ever time on the African soil after Senegal.

Besides the superstructure, the hotel will have another structure, a marquee constructed at its lush green golf course, where the sound of the waterfalls and the vortex spewing mist greets the visitor.

The most fascinating thing about the Elephant Hills Resort is that it is near the airport and close to Victoria Falls National Park, Victoria Falls Bridge and Devil's Pool. It is also within the reach of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and the Victoria Falls Field Museum.

Eating options at Elephant Hills Resort include three restaurants while the poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks.

Room service is available 24/7.

Recreational amenities include a golf course, outdoor tennis courts and a fitness facility.

The property's full-service health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, facials and beauty services. The resort has a business centre and offers small meeting rooms, technology support staff, and audiovisual equipment.

Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas and the resort has an Internet point. This Victoria Falls property has event space consisting of banquet facilities, conference/meeting rooms and a ballroom.

Business services, wedding services, tour/ticket assistance, and tour assistance are available. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include a casino, a concierge desk and multilingual staff.

The resort has 276 air-conditioned guestrooms with mini bars and coffee/tea makers. Balconies offer river, pool, or garden views. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations and hairdryers.

Wireless Internet access is complimentary.

The rooms also have desks and safes. Satellite television is provided. Rooms also include complimentary bottled water and ceiling fans. A turndown service is available nightly, housekeeping is offered daily and guests may request wake-up calls.

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