It is a town that oozes elegance as it is punctuated by breathtaking tourist attractions.
Its splendor has naturally attracted tourists from far and wide contributing to the country’s financial reserves.
The mere mention of that name is saccharine music to almost every Zimbabwean for the town situated about 356km north west of the capital Harare has been associated with all the glitz and glamour that surpasses all understanding.
Famed for the Kariba dam, a double curvature concrete arch dam in the Kariba Gorge of the Zambezi river basin between Zambia and Zimbabwe, the town however is littered with plentiful other awe-inspiring tourist destinations.
Nevertheless, those who cannot resist the temptation of paying Africa’s third-largest man-made water body, Kariba Dam, a visit have a once in a lifetime opportunity of spending time at the deluxe Caribbea Bay Hotel.
Impeccably located at the shore of Lake Kariba, Caribbean Bay Hotel affords the visitor a chance to behold the glistening blue waters that make the water body an amazing spectacle and enjoyable food for the eyes.
These blue waters have an enchanting effect and one is easily forgiven if he forgets that he is in a landlocked country as the lapping shores of Lake Kariba, makes one feel as if he is visiting a fishing village on the Mediterranean coastline.
From the outside, Caribbea Bay Hotel unashamedly showcases its Sardinian-style architecture.
Early architects only used the Sardinian Romanesque architecture in constructing cathedrals and churches.
However, Caribbea Bay constructors saw it fit to use the warm and welcoming Sardinian-style architecture in constructing the glorious Caribbea Bay Hotel.
The warm and welcoming Sardinian-style architecture does propel all visitors to enter the stunning Caribbea Bay Hotel.
Inside, visitors will get to appreciate its undeniable beauty whose walls look sexy in warm Mediterranean colors whilst the interior decorating reflects the Caribbean.
Regardless of which room one chooses, they are guaranteed to get an en-suite room having air-conditioning, an overhead fan, a desk, hairdryer, telephone, digital satellite TV, safety deposit box and tea/coffee-making facilities.
In all, Caribbea Bay Hotel can accommodate guests in 83 rooms of varying sizes. There are executive rooms for those who prefer the extra comfort, spacious suites for large families and casita smaller rooms for small families.
The awesome resort offers facilities for the business elite who would want to discourse business matters far from the madding crowd.
It offers three conference rooms with presentation facilities that include a PA system, projector, screen, pointer and podium.
These conference rooms can take up to 340 delegates.
For those thinking to visit the place with their little ones, there is absolutely nothing fear.
The place boasts of baby-sitting facilities, a children’s playground and pool and a Supa-Tube adventures water slide.
Away from one’s room, guests can take time to visit the numerous restaurants available.
The Terrence Patio serves three a la carte meals per day while the poolside venue serves light meals and snacks during the day.
For beverages, guests can find liquid refreshments at the Casino Bar, Jacana Bar, Round Bar and Service Bar.
The Casino Bar is located in the downstairs casino, while the Jacana Bar overlooks Lake Kariba.
The Round Bar is situated in the pool area. The Service Bar forms part of the Terrace Patio Restaurant and is perfect for a pre-dinner cocktail or nightcap.
For guests whose favourite pastime is gaming, they can visit the Caribbea Bay Hotel casino which is open every single day throughout the year.
The casino offers gamers the chance to spin the reels on mechanical slot machines while gamers who have a weakness for competition can do so at the table playing blackjack, roulette and a wide assortment of table games.
It’s not only the gamers who will enjoy a great time at Caribbea Bay Hotel, aquaphiles can choose from a buffet of water related activities which include water skiing, canoeing and even water polo.
Wildlife enthusiasts should not feel left out as they can request for guided game drives into the nearby Kariba Matusadona National Park.
Xenophiles are given the opportunity to learn more about the culture of the local Tonga people, at the Kariba Village.
A stay at Caribbea Bay Hotel is definitely a must for all visitors to Lake Kariba. The opinion of Lillian Murisa bears testimony to this.
“Our stay at Caribbea bay was thoroughly enjoyable. We were spoilt for choice on where we could go for our amusement. To cap it all up, the staff members are highly hospitable and friendly, making our stay pleasurable,” she said.
Regis Chimuyambo poetically summed up his visit as thus: “Wonderful experience, beautiful views of the lake, pool, restaurant and bar. Super friendly, quick service and good hospitality from the welcome and staff conduct. So romantic full of flora and fauna.”