MBANO Manor Hotel, an all-suite premium luxury hotel based in the resort town of Victoria Falls, officially opened its doors to the public yesterday.
The luxury boutique hotel, conceptualised and developed by Mati Nyazema, pictured, comprises 19 suites which include a masterpiece Forest Villa. Support services include reception, lounge, bar, back of house, kitchen and swimming pool, in a teak forest setting adjacent to Zambezi National Park.
Nyazema, the founder and executive director of Mbano Manor Hotel, is proud to be the first black female Zimbabwean to conceptualise and develop a luxury boutique hotel.
She has over 30 years experience in the hospitality industry including involvement in global travel companies and hotel start-ups across several African countries
“I have travelled to over 60 countries during my career, and stayed at some of the best signature hotels in the world.
“What you see at Mbano today is the culmination of this experience, yet engineered by an expert design and architectural team to blend with our natural environment. Attention to detail defines the Mbano experience,” Nyazema told the Daily News.
She added that the opening of the hotel was in line with the National Tourism Recovery and Growth Strategy launched in Victoria Falls by President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday.
“The official launch of the hotel as part of the National Tourism Recovery and Growth Strategy is an absolute privilege and honour for me and my family, for which we are truly grateful,” said the Mbano Manor Hotel executive director.
The hotel, which is spread on a four-acre estate, blends with nature as it is located within the ancient teak forest of the Zambezi national Park.
“Our suites offer generous space, privacy and seclusion and effortless comfort define the Mbano experience.
“The Mbano gardens are a wilderness gem, and a bird and tree sanctuary. The magnificent landscape design features indigenous trees and grasses. The natural bush dominates,” said Nyazema, adding that her hotel will offer a globally competitive product.
“We complement the existing accommodation product in and around Victoria Falls. Our aim is to open up new and additional markets for the benefit of the destination and the country.”
According to the Mbano Manor Hotel founder, the development of the hotel was funded by local pension funds and an international investor.
“We applaud and are grateful for the demonstration of confidence by local institutions, in particular Hippo Valley and Triangle Pension Funds.”
Additional funding was also obtained from the Standard Chartered Pension Fund, and from two Minerva Pension Funds.
Nyazema, who leads the management team of the hotel, together with general manager Jonathan Ellway, is confident that Mbano Manor Hotel will be a favourite for tourists.
“My research and experience in tourism convinced me that there is a market gap in the luxury boutique product at Victoria Falls that Mbano can contribute to fill.
“Several people said this idea would not fly because the site is not next to the Zambezi River nor the rainforest. My global perspective said it was possible. Market reaction to date validates this,” she said.
The hotel is located on Old Kazungula road, on the edge of town, only four kilometres from the entrance to the Victoria Falls rainforest, a position which enables visitors to enjoy the best of all worlds – a tranquil hotel setting, wildlife safaris, adventure sport, or a tour of the Victoria Falls Rain Forest and its majestic views of the world’s largest curtain of water.
Mbano Manor Hotel has launched a special offer of USD95 per person per night bed and breakfast, including high tea.
“It is the hand of God. The short to medium term business future will be tough. But failure is not an option,” Nyazema concludes.