We were here for a wedding in Zimbali. It's a very present hotel, set amongst some amazing scenery and has a lovely chilled vibe. The rooms are clean and have a real rustic feel to them. The food is ok, breakfast is very overpriced and average tasting, the curry dinner was very nice though but there were places off the resort that were also very good... and have a zero missing from the price. In general, the service was very slow, even when in the dining area there was only one other couple eating and the menus are definitely not vegetarian-friendly. We also weren't expecting a knock at the door for room service at 9am on Sunday morning.
We had some friends staying in apartments in the resort (a 10 minute walk). It was impossible to get to see them without being charged for a driver to take us due to barriers being everywhere and not being allowed a pass to open them ourselves without being liable to a fine. The security was way too stringent. When trying to drive out the wrong exit, leading to the same road a few 100 meters up from the correct exit (there are no signs explaining this) we were forced
to turn around.. just to get out. There were other security related issues. The staff
were pleasant and generally helpful (if a bit slow) when they could be but there seemed to be too many pointless rules. The stay wasn't bad, just not representative of the cost and it's 5 star rating.
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- Also Known As:
- Fairmont Zimbali Hotel Ballito
- Zimbali Hotel
- Zimbali Lodge