The Royal Livingstone

The Royal Livingstone

During the Zambia portion of the Anthony Robbins Platinum Partners Africa event, we stayed at the Royal Livingstone Hotel, just outside of Livingstone on the banks of the Zambezi River.  Identified as a five-star hotel, the Royal Livingstone resides on secluded property owned by Sun International (which also operates the Zambezi Sun hotel on the same property).  Due to the historical influences of the area, it possess an old-world, British colonial charm.  From the uniforms and service of the staff to the furnishings and decor, the Royal Livingstone Hotel exudes colonial luxury.  The true shocker of the experience came when I learned that the hotel is only ten years old.

From having my own personal butler to frequently encountering wildlife (zebras, monkeys and giraffe) on the property grounds, I enjoyed every aspect of the charm and service the hotel had to offer.  The food was phenomenal and every staff person I encountered was friendly and helpful.

The only drawback was the spotty Internet connection offered in the hotel’s “Internet Room.”  In this modern day and age, normal people really do not need to have access to the Internet when the travel.  But Facebook and Twitter have become such a regular aspect of people’s lives – just for personal use – that they become irritated if they don’t have access to those social fora while traveling.  My story is different from theirs, though; I need regular, reliable access to the Internet as part of my business.  And my preference would be to access the Internet from my laptop so I can upload images directly, rather than transferring them to a flash drive and plugging it into a guest computer.  I could have done that if I wanted to pay the equivalent of ten dollars for thirty minutes; but I wasn’t interested in that.

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