Been coming for years and sad to see the name has been changed from the more traditional African name, The Zambezi Sun, to Avani (Indian baby name for Earth). I prefer this property over the Royal Livingstone due to its traditional African theme hotel. We enjoyed the delicious meals beside the pool for lunch and supper each day (the supper buffet inside the restaurant was overpriced and only a handful of guests were willing to pay to eat there) The breakfast buffet was deliclous and the staff excellent (especially the young woman Moo). We were taken back by the music played at meals. Classical music at breakfast? 80's American music at dinner played by the live band? In years past there has always been a live band playing authentic African music with steel drums. Why change the music?!?!
We appreciate the common facilities and availability to visit and use the Royal Livingstone. We took advantage of the sundowners at the Royal Livingstone and the most amazing pedicure at The Royal Spa overlooking the Zambezi river while listening to hippos playing in the river.
The proximity to Victoria Falls is by far the best feature of this property, it's walking distance which allowed us to visit the falls each day.
Overall we highly recommend this property and will be back again. We hope the traditional music will be played upon our return.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jul 30, 2016 by Caron, Hotel Management
Dear Valued Guest
Firstly allow me to thank you for taking time to send us feedback on your stay with us, all feedback from my guests whether positive or negative is very welcoming and for this I am extremely grateful.
All your feedback has been taken very seriously and noted, thank you so much for advising us of our flaws, we are sincerely grateful for your comments and will definitely look into these issues, I really am grateful that you continue to stay with us and would look forward to meeting with you on your next stay. We still have our original band playing in the evenings, they are known as Los Comrados and have been here since the hotel opened, it could perhaps be that on the evening you dined with us they were on a night off, they are not here on a Thursday and Sunday nights, we also still have our Marimba Band playing African music daily at the pool over the lunch hour.
I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and had a wonderful holiday, I hope that you have taken many memories back home with you and we hope to see you again soon in Zambia in the near future.
Caron van Rooyen
AVANI Victoria Falls Resort