by BERNARD CHIKETO
Utopia Guest Lodge and Conference Centre is quite what its name declares it to be – a utopia of convenience!
Offering everything from lodgings to meetings, incentives, conferencing and events conveniences the Harare-Mutare roadside facility is just in the perfect spot.
It is strategically positioned to serve everyone from business executives, the wayfarer, holiday maker to business, church or family gatherings – serious, fun or romantic.
Neither too close to meddling crowds nor far flung to be inaccessible to those who don’t drive and although it is also not in an ultra-quite zone it has just the right touch of sound-proofing against highway traffic to offer perfect ambiance for a city experience.
But the business traveler is the biggest winner for the accommodation side with most business executives, sales representatives, auditors, researchers, non-governmental and inter-governmental employees making it their home.
It takes under 10 minutes to walk into the central business district and just three when driving.
The budget lodge has 21 rooms – from executive to family rooms, all en suite and effusively furnished as well as having all the trappings to offer cozy homely comfort.
It is also a perfect spot for low-cost holiday trips for those on whom it dawns that Mutare, nestled in the eastern highlands and outstandingly beautiful in itself to add to its countless cultural and historical sites as well as wildlife.
Utopia Lodge is just a five-minute walk away from Mutare Museum of Transport and Antiquities which has live snake displays which currently host a gentle Gabon viper, an eastern highlands rainforest special, and, one of the terriers of the snake world, a puff adder to add to its variety.
From the lodge, one can also walk through the city to Cecil Kop for game viewing where one can view everything from a crocodile to various form of antelope and a variety of snakes ranging from brown house snakes, different types of cobras and vipers to pythons and mambas.
The city is itself teaming with birds that are endemic to the eastern highlands and are not seen anywhere else in Zimbabwe.
Its positioning has also made it the perfect rendezvous for meetings, incentives, conferences and events which are hosted either in its conference hall or in its garden under tent.
It has been making lives really easy for hundreds of events planners since its establishment more than 10 years ago as often they don’t have to worry about logistics allowing them to focus on creating beautiful memories particularly with weddings, baby showers and family parties.
The restaurant offers a special menu for each day for those on the go and a la carte menu for those out to get a fine dining experience and buffet meals for conferences and other bigger gatherings.
The facility has a huge and secure parking space that has been used for years to secure VVIP vehicle to visiting delegates – all to give its guests a perfect experience.