If you are looking for a boutique hotel in the heart of Harare, look no further than Amanzi Lodge. With a 5 barrel rating (5 star rating for lodges), a stay at Amanzi Lodge – with its stunning waterfalls and spectacular landscaped gardens, filled with rare cycads – is truly a memorable African experience. The Lodge has 16 luxury rooms, all set separately in the gardens. Each room is themed in the style of a different African country – with an exceptional collection of African antiquities and contemporary art. Julia has applied her interior design expertise throughout Amanzi Lodge. Each lodge is imaginatively themed in the décor of a different African country. Her extensive African art collection features throughout.
Redesigning the gardens and giving them the Amanzi touch, was a priority for both Andrew and Julia, who, having successfully created something similar in Nigeria, again wanted their clientèle to enjoy the gardens as much as the food. Andrew teamed together with Alan Barbour, one of the leading landscape architects in Zimbabwe, noted for his highly original water features. The project took a year to design and has employed many of the principles of Feng Shui to give a feeling of tranquility and harmony. A spectacular waterfall now greets visitors on arrival. Andrew has been collecting rocks for a year and rock formations have been extensively integrated throughout the gardens, bringing strength and energy to the landscape. A rare collection of cycads gives the grounds a truly tropical feel and mature trees and abundant water have resulted in a vibrant increase in bird life.
At the lodge’s restaurant, Julia and Andrew again felt the need to introduce new and exotic tastes to the Zimbabwean palate, rather than limiting the menu to conventional cuisine. Andrew’s passion for Thai and African foods, together with Julia’s more European palette, have combined to offer an inspired selection of fusion food, which now includes Fusion Tapas.
Zimbabwe Multi-Entry Multi-Directional Visitors Guide © Simon Monika Newbound