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A stay at the Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as "the grand old lady of the Falls," means you'll have a privileged position in Victoria Falls National Park, a world heritage site in Zimbabwe. The famous falls are just 10 minutes away on the hotel's private path, and can be clearly seen from the hotel's front terrace. Set in lush tropical gardens with lily ponds and palm trees, the hotel is a member of Leading Hotels of the World. First built in 1904, the colonial-style hotel features 161 guest rooms, a large swimming pool, two tennis courts, a library, and numerous dining outlets, including the Jungle Junction, the Livingstone Room, and Stanley's Terrace, where adventurers have gathered for a century to partake in afternoon tea or cocktails while looking out over Victoria Falls Bridge, connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia. Don't miss a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, just upstream from the mighty falls, where you can see crocodiles and hippos.
Looking for the best brunch in Rwanda? You'll find it at the Serena Hotel in downtown Kigali. This magnificent hotel, centrally located in the leafy Kiyovu neighborhood, home to most of Kigali's foreign embassies and finest restaurants, has been undergoing a massive renovation process that will be complete by the end of 2009. One thing that won't be changing is the immaculate culinary offerings at the Serena Hotel's daily brunch. This festival of food often brings out a who's who in Rwanda, especially on those sunny weekend mornings. The rest of the daily menus in the two on site restaurants are nothing to sneeze at either, with offerings that run the gamut from Continental to Asian to local East African specialties. The Serena Hotel in Kigali is a luxury hotel that really does have it all, and with the beautiful backdrop of Rwanda's thousand hills, you'll soon find out why this warm, enchanting country is called the Switzerland of Africa.
The Oscar-nominated film, Hotel Rwanda, captivated audiences with the harrowing tale of a group of refugees who survived the bloody conflict in that country by hiding inside the luxury Hotel des Mille Collines. Many years later, Rwanda is now in the midst of an economic and cultural renaissance, highlighted by its entrance into the East African Community, a regional bloc that operates much like the European Union, and supported by a stable and secure government. Sitting in the middle of Kigali, Rwanda's capital and largest city, the luxury Hotel des Mille Collines remains, attracting the same upscale clientele that has made it a favored destination of business travelers throughout the modern history of this land of a thousand hills.
Heading to South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, arguably the biggest sporting event of the century? We just got wind about some unique accommodations for the tournament's spectators. This is the first time in history that the World Cup is hosted by an African nation, and over a billion people will be tuning in. Stay with One Ocean Club and you'll bed down in a Holland America luxury cruise liner playing host to guests from all over the world. Chartered by One Ocean Club (which managed the Official German Ship AIDAaura moored in Piraeus harbour during the 2004 Olympic Summer Games), the ships will act as floating hotels and hubs for business, entertainment, and recreation. Parked in prime locations close to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa venues in Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth, the ships will also offer transfers to all the other venues. Choose from a slew of different room types-- from Penthouse Suites to Inside Cabins-- and enjoy a lavish buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus, you'll get a late-night dinner on all match days. Additional perks include a state-of-the-art high performance center, fitness facilities, full-service spa and hydropool, the Lido Pool with sliding roof, and extensive meeting/events areas for private functions. And like a fine five-star hotel, the ships will have 24/7 concierge service to arrange excursions to local attractions and take care of all your needs.
South Africa is a country on the rise, and Cape Town is the crown jewel in the nascent country's accelerated march to economic loftiness. But while business opportunities abound, there is far more to Cape Town than its ripe investor's landscape. In fact with a picturesque coastline full of white-sand beaches, a collection of the continent's finest museums, and even the amusing enticements of the Table Mountain theme park, Cape Town is fast becoming a destination for families. The Mount Nelson Hotel , an award-winning resort set amidst all of Cape Town's enjoyment, is offering a package deal that makes booking your next family vacation a cinch. With accommodation for you and your spouse plus your little ones, full English breakfast, a kids room service menu option, 4 hours of babysitting service, and 4 tickets to Table Mountain, that's a deal that has the whole family in mind. With prices starting at 4,280 Rand per night, it's also a great value.
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The blue waters of the sea shimmer in the afternoon sun, as you stand staring out at the waves. The white sand is soft and inviting, radiating the warmth of the sun under your bare feet. The resort hotel behind you is a picture perfect escape from the outside world filled with delicate luxury and incredible service. Your opportunities for relaxation and/or indulgence are endless: golf, tennis, watersports, the spa, French haute cuisine. It would be understandable if you thought you were standing on the Cote D'Azur in southern France, but when you think back to the sensual colors, sounds, and smells from the vibrant market town you visited you remember that you are in Agadir, Morocco, and staying at the resplendent Sofitel Agadir Royal Bay Resort. The inviting resort, in this most inviting of settings, brings Africa and the Middle East to the shores of the sea, a captivating combination that has drawn visitors for centuries. The Sofitel Agadir Royal Bay Resort is a true oasis on the sea.
There are very few hotels that encourage the outburst, "It's a fluke!", but the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, Republic of South Africa, is one of the proud few. That fluke, bursting out of the water and identified by your excited eruption and outstretched arm, is the tail fin of one of earth's most magnificent creatures, the great whale that resides in the roiling waters off the coast of southern Africa. The Mount Nelson Hotel, long amongst the leaders in whale-watching excursions from Africa's most cosmopolitan of cities, is offering a package deal that will entice both return travelers and those new to the southern seas. Packages include accommodation, buffet breakfast, personalized tours with all transfers, boat trip and lunch on board, not to mention the continued excellence of Cape Town's renowned Mount Nelson Hotel. With prices starting at only 6,000 Rand per night for this exciting adventure, the luxury property is certainly no fluke.
Got a case of the Mondays? Fuggedaboutit. Here are some pix that will have you "cubicle dreamin'" about some sultry beaches in a land far, far away. The Sofitel Agadir Royal Bay Resort is a bastion of luxury on the sand in Morocco's lush Palm Bay. Facing the ocean, the resort channels the Kasbah look in its exotic-looking architecture (fountains and riads aplenty). At this year-round resort, you can soak up the sun, get wet with some water sports, play golf and tennis, and get pampered in the spa.
Hot Chocolate Mousse Wrap, Balancing Facials and Anti-Stress Back Treatments for teens... It even gets better than that. Little ones under the age of 12 can get pampered with the Lavender and Aloe Cinderella Facial and Sparkle Mini Manicure at the Librisa Spa at Cape Town's Mount Nelson Hotel. The Orient-Express property has debuted a Kids Spa Menu, along with treatments for teens. While parents luxuriate in the sparkling spa, housed in three original late Victorian buildings, their kids can also partake in the fun. They'll get special Kiddies Spa Treats, too. We recently reported on this growing trend at luxury hotels and Cape Town's fine urban sanctuary gets props for innovative spa treatments.