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Reviewed 1 week ago

What an awesome experience, we were treated like royalty. Management & staff is so professional and friendly they treat everyone with respect. The housekeeping staff you are simply the best, the rooms is always clean, with fresh towels and everything is just on point. The breakfast was out of this world, this is the place to be you will definitely...

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FairmontZimbali, General Manager at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Lindie J Thank you for sharing your review with us. We are delighted that your stay at the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge left a lasting impression on you and that you felt regally treated by our professional staff. We are also happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay as a whole from the room to the delectable breakfast! We...

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fabulously appointed rooms, gracious and helpful staff at check in, lots of parking and lovely food. The pool with deck chairs to lounge in and nearby margarita station is a fabulous hide away to while away an afternoon! Spa seems pricey, so we did not try, but every restaurant was a treat on its own. Lovely little gift shop on...

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FairmontZimbali, General Manager at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Ian V Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience at the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. It brings us great pleasure to hear that our staff, facilities and food amongst other things left a lasting impression on you. We look forward to your next stay with...

Grayslake, Illinois
Reviewed 1 week ago

This stunning hotel was a lovely surprise for the price we paid. You could hear the crashing waves and see the ocean from our room. The property is just gorgeous with infinity pools, numerous restaurants etc. the food was excellent.

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FairmontZimbali, General Manager at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Linda F Thank you for sharing your lovely review with us. We are overjoyed to hear that your stay at the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge exceeded your expectations! We are situated in a wonderful tranquil setting and we are pleased that you enjoyed the views and sounds of the ocean, as well as our pools and dining facilities. We look...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely setting and impressive setup although a little run down, looks like some of the water features haven't worked for a while. However a hat with great sentimental value left unattended for a few minutes in an empty restaurant disappeared without a trace and management did not seem at all interested, which to be honest was about par for...

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FairmontZimbali, General Manager at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Derek O Thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. We are dismayed to hear that you left our Lodge feeling dissatisfied with your stay. We are sorry to hear about your missing hat, and we would like to assure you that we are investigating the situation further with our Management Team. We apologize that...

Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very beautiful and classy resort. Seating right on the edge of Atlantic ocean, in Ballito (Durban) about 35 mins from Shaka Zulu International airport. Beautiful landscape, highly recommended for a couple getaways. Very relaxing atmosphere.

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FairmontZimbali, General Manager at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Bade A Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the beauty and relaxation in the setting of the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. Thank you for your recommendations! We hope to host you again in the near future. Kind Regards, Nils Rothbarth General Manager

Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Lodge rooms are great - spacious with incredible view of the forest. Every employee was friendly and very helpful. The food was very good. The Spa is the best - massages were we out of this world! The morning buffet in the Lodge waa very good.

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FairmontZimbali, General Manager at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, responded to this review

Dear George, Thank you for sharing your experience of the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. We are happy to hear that you delighted in your surroundings and enjoyed the delicious morning buffet at the Lodge. We strive to provide genuine service delivery and we are pleased to hear that the staff left a lasting impression on you. We look forward to your...

Harare, Zimbabwe
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Don't like the rooms. But the rest is absolutely fabulous... The views from the Bar during the evenings is absolutely fabulous. Bar area very romantic. Don't go wondering in the evening because of snakes. Staff are very friendly...

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FairmontZimbali, General Manager at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, responded to this review

Dear 357musam Thank you for taking the time to share your stay with us. We are disheartened to hear that the rooms did not meet your expectations. However, we are happy that you enjoyed the rest of your experience with us. The beautiful scenery certainly does lend to a romantic atmosphere and we are delighted that you found the Bar...

Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

When we arrived there was no information provided about the resort,we felt lost at the beginning.the accommodation was lovely but there needs to be an information leaflet provided as the resort is so big guests need to be informed. When ordering food at the bar in the lodge be prepared for if to take a while. On a positive note...

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FairmontZimbali, General Manager at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Emma N, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We are disheartened to hear that you felt disconcerted in your surroundings. We have a protocol on entry to the Lodge to fully inform guests of the Resort and Lodge facilities and we apologize that you did not feel that this need was met. We hope that...

South Africa
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

We where at the villas and let me tell you nice views. Saroundings are very beautiful. Different tipes of vwnues and pools and nice restaurants to pick and enjoy your momentum in the sun. Very safe and satff very helpful. Will definitely see me again

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FairmontZimbali, General Manager at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, responded to this review

Dear jndji2 Thank you for taking the time to share your stay with us. We are delighted that you took pleasure in our beautiful destination and that you enjoyed all the facilities we have to offer, as well as the interaction with our staff. We certainly look forward to your next visit with us in the near future. Kind Regards,...

Durban
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

We have stayed at the both the Resort an the Lodge but prefer the lodge. The view from your balcony is of the forest. If you love nature then it's perfect for you. This stay was extra special as out room was just below the Crowne Eagles nest an we got to see it. The lodge is more private an...

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FairmontZimbali, General Manager at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Rowena C Thank you for sharing your stay with us. We are delighted to hear your positive feedback about our Lodge. It is a beautiful setting and extremely tranquil and we are so happy you got to experience this firsthand. What a treat to have the Crowned Eagle’s nest so close! We look forward to hosting you again and...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Beachfront
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Golf course
  • Tennis Court
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Room types
  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
Internet
  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Conference Facilities
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Babysitting

Additional Information about Fairmont Zimbali Lodge

Address: Zimbali Estate | Umhlali, Ballito 4390, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Ballito
Price Range: £82 - £234 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Fairmont Zimbali Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 76
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“ocean view is a must”
 of 5 bubbles LindaF46, 24 Nov 2016 | Read review
“We had a room with a balcony see view”
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“Ask for a Sea View”
 of 5 bubbles jillking2016, 27 Jul 2016 | Read review
“not sure, we were in a very nice location, not far from the reception”
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“I think all rooms are good.”
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