The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls by Anantara

Livingstone, Zambia

The hotel

Bathed in the shade of Acacia trees, the raw splendour of this special environment blends beautifully with this exceptional hotel. Reaching new levels of luxury and sophistication, this is the place for the discerning traveller, with every detail crafted to capture all the opulence of a bygone Africa. Set inside the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, zebra, giraffe and monkey roam freely through the grounds. Stretched along the forested banks of the River Zambezi, you can pass lazy days on the magnificent sun deck overlooking the river with the deck seemingly within touching distance of the rainbow-infused mist of the magnificent falls. Enjoy a sumptuous traditional high tea served every afternoon on the terrace taking in that view again, you may even catch a glimpse of hippos. The thatched-roof buildings have handsome rooms with cream-coloured walls and dark wood, and they all point the right way - towards the Zambezi. The restaurant serves renowned international cuisine and the Anantara Spa offers all kinds of treatments including Ukuchina - a traditional Zambian massage.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Safari
  • Spa
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Near National Park
  • Restaurant

Where is it

On the banks of the Zambezi, a short stroll to the Victoria Falls and within Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Transfer time from Livingstone International Airport: 20 minutes.

Hotel information

173 rooms on 2 floors. All rooms and suites face the Zambezi River and have balcony/terrace, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, satellite TV, tea/coffee maker, mini-bar* and safe. Deluxe Rooms with private veranda have 1 king-size bed or 2 single beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Deluxe Corner Rooms have a private enclosed patio and lounge area, with 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Restaurant (breakfast, lunch and à la carte dinner, International and African cuisine), The Sun Deck with fall views, The Lounge (drinks, high tea, pastries), The Travellers Bar. Swimming pool. Anantara Spa* with massages, body and beauty treatments. Various massages* also available at the pool or in your room. Laundry service*. Babysitting service*. 24-hour room service*

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

*Denotes local charge.

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Oct 27, 2020 suespy Toronto

Our third visit to this wonderful hotel! Staff at the hotel are great and looked after our every need. They were great with our kids and made every effort to accomodate our needs. Excellent all round. We will definitely be back!
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Oct 8, 2020 StuartK960 Ndola, Zambia

We arrived early for our stay and we were greeted very professionally by the lady at the front desk. Our check in was flawless and she kindly took us by the golf buggy to our room. There was a glitch with the door key card which eventually was sorted out by around 7 pm but a bit of a nuisance as we had to get house keeping to let us in during the… Read more
We arrived early for our stay and we were greeted very professionally by the lady at the front desk. Our check in was flawless and she kindly took us by the golf buggy to our room. There was a glitch with the door key card which eventually was sorted out by around 7 pm but a bit of a nuisance as we had to get house keeping to let us in during the day. The room was very good and spotless apart from mold in the shower, not a good sight especially when paying top dollar. The toilet felt loose on the wall, hope it doesn't fall off one day with a large person sitting on it The surroundings and décor are amazing and staff always cleaning and sweeping. I guess where we felt very let down was on the amount charged for firstly the room for the night particularly because we were on local rates. We had come up from a local luxury lodge out in the bush and decided to try this place for a comparison. One night was equivalent to five at the bush lodge which was amazing This is where it fall apart. Firstly the costs of bar fridge mini drinks, K195 for a nip bottle where down the road at the supermarket the same is K200 for a full bottle, I know paying more is usually acceptable but this is a total rip off. The other local hotels were very reasonable on the bar prices. We decided to have dinner at the hotel, again, for a bowl of pasta and stewed Lamb we paid K420 for something under local costs probably cost about K30 to prepare. A fillet steak at the previous lodge with fresh veg and fries was K145, and beautifully prepared. Desert was amazingly presented but totally insanely priced for us locals. There was no garden salad as they had no tomatoes and or lettuce, you only need to drive down the road to a local market or grocery shop for as much as you want to buy or need. Break fast was just awful, soggy microwaved bread basket, stale pork sausages and all piled up on a plate. The following night we stayed at a top hotel in Lusaka which was extremely comfy, very clean and way nicer, Breakfast was a fresh buffet and a far cry from the mush at the Livingstone. The cost for the night was also 25% of the cost of the night at the Livingstone and that was at their standard rates. If you are that desperate to be seen in very prestigious type surroundings but with no regard to value, then this is the place to be. I must say again though, the staff are extremely pleasant and obviously love their jobs but for value as in food and beverages, stay here if you want below average food and value for money. Would never step foot there again if ever passing through to the falls, over priced and not good value. Last year in top tourist spots in Venice and Slovenia for example, pure value for money in comparison Read less
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Sep 13, 2020 houseofd969

I have always admired The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara since i was younger, for its prestige and design. I was lucky enough to be invited over as a travel influencer to experience the hotel first hand, and i will be honest (not that i was sponsored), the Hotel surely does maintain it’s Royalty prestige! I didn’t complain about anything as… Read more
I have always admired The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara since i was younger, for its prestige and design. I was lucky enough to be invited over as a travel influencer to experience the hotel first hand, and i will be honest (not that i was sponsored), the Hotel surely does maintain it’s Royalty prestige! I didn’t complain about anything as the staff was always a step ahead of me. The food is Delicious! The premises are clean and constantly maintained, the view of the Zambezi river and the smoke from the Victoria Falls is breathtaking, and the activities attached to your desired stay are satisfying! I definitely recommend your next stay during your visit to Livingstone to be with The Royal Livingstone Hotel, you’ll get value for your money. Read less
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Jul 21, 2020 edithchisuwasekeseke

The trip was very exciting and the sites were plenty to see everything there was very very beautiful.The hotel is services and hospitality was very good ,I would recommend this place to all my friends
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Jun 26, 2020 georgediakogeorgiou

Ive been going to livingstone for many years.All these years after staying in many places, i've come to notice that the royal livingstone has everything I want and need to make my stay pleasurable. It's the most beautiful luxury hotel there it's truly five stars compare to others and the animals are living in the hotel without being disturbed. I… Read more
Ive been going to livingstone for many years.All these years after staying in many places, i've come to notice that the royal livingstone has everything I want and need to make my stay pleasurable. It's the most beautiful luxury hotel there it's truly five stars compare to others and the animals are living in the hotel without being disturbed. I love that place I'd be there again in a heartbit Read less