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Fairmont Zimbali Lodge

5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Zimbali Estate, PO Box 404 | Umhlali, Ballito 4390, South Africa
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Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Ballito
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
ZZCLSE Geneva, Switzerland
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Geneva, Switzerland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
26 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're searching for a romantic get-away which mixes luxurious amenities and forest charm, then look no further. Zimbali lodge, the smaller, quainter and, in our opinion, more elegant sister of the Zimbali Resort nearby has everything you could want. At arrival, you are welcomed by the smiling reception (special shootouts to ever-helpful Manesh) and whisked away to your quiet... More

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

Dear ZZCLSE, Thank you for taking the time to share such wonderful comments following your recent stay with us; complementing our rooms, pools and dining experience. We are so pleased your time at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge was enjoyable and memorable. Thank you for recognising outstanding service by our wonderful colleagues and in particular Manesh. Your feedback is invaluable and inspires... More

Johannesburg, South Africa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is extremely beautiful it's a tropical paradise,it felt like I was in Mauritius.i was relaxing the whole time There is a lot of activities for you to keep you busy and the hotel staff is very helpful your wish is their command. The shuttle service is amazing it takes you around the whole resort which is Enormous. There... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the most amazing cliff-side infinity pools we'd ever seen! Being in that pool most of the day really made this part of our vacation. It appears to be a former resort, that was switched over to a Fairmont almost too quickly. Some parts of the resort are in a state of disrepair, and while "dining-out" options existed -... More

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

Dear Aaron, We really appreciate you taking the time to share your positive experience of staying at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. The infinity pool at the Lodge is indeed picturesque and must be one of the most photographed pools in South Africa. We’re glad it was a memorable part of your vacation.... More

Ballito, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I discovered this hotel in the middle of a coastal forest some 15 years ago, without realizing that there was also residential property on this golf estate. Since my initial idyllic stay in this paradisal place, my husband and I moved here and have had many occasions to enjoy what this hotel offers. It is like going to an original... More

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

Dear Roselyne390, Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience of Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. We sincerely appreciate your recommendation and greatly value your feedback. The lush forest and colonial charm do indeed make the Lodge an ideal place to stay. We are delighted your stay with us was truly memorable and that you enjoyed the service, cuisine... More

Munich, Germany
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This gem is a little oasis in a Coastal Forest with excellent bird-life, golf facilities, tennis facilities or if you would rather just chill at the infinity pool, there is that too. The rooms are massive, clean and different (in an African sort of way). We loved it SO much that we ended up getting married here! Not cheap but... More

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

Dear Intrepid T, Our sincere thanks to you for sharing your positive experience of staying at the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. The Lodge is indeed an ideal place to stay for avid golfers, bird watchers and nature lovers, or even those that just want to relax poolside. As you rightly mentioned, despite the lush, serene surrounds there is still plenty to... More

Richards Bay
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

It's a great hotel.Very luxurious.Definitely not budget friendly. It has a bit of a rustic feel to it. Our room was surrounded by trees and I didn't really ike that. From the parking area to the room we had to travel on a golf cart.It was kind of inconvenient for me.However, this would be great for couples wanting a romantic... More

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

Dear SAtraveller2013, Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience of staying at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. We are delighted you embraced the colonial charm of the Lodge and enjoyed the stunning vistas and facilities. We sincerely appreciate your recommendation and greatly value your feedback. The Lodge is indeed an ideal place to stay for a romantic weekend... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Beautiful place Excellent service Fantastic food I was only disappointed by the lack of the romantic turn-down which was part of the package. I still say that the package is absolute value and the Lodge is romantic for a couple. This was our first night as a married couple and I was pleased overall.

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

Dear Tamish, Congratulations on your recent nuptials. We are truly honored that you chose the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge for your honeymoon and delighted that you experienced the charm and ambiance that gives the Lodge its romantic appeal. Thank you very much for taking the time to share your feedback with regards to the romantic turn-down. We sincerely apologise that you... More

Johannesburg
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

We stayed at the lodge for a week and LOVED it. Amazing views from the balconies, beautiful rooms and superb service all round made this a holiday to remember. The staff are excellent and we could not have had a better time.

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

Dear Tascha1, Our sincere thanks to you for your five-star rating, we are truly honoured and humbled by it. We could not be more thrilled that you found in Fairmont Zimbali Lodge a little slice of heaven. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are so pleased you enjoyed the views, accommodation and experienced... More

Durban, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The public spaces of this hotel are outstanding, but the rooms do not live up to the same quality. The views and the comfort of the public areas are amazing, and the staff are really helpful and mostly seem to be proactive. This is not a city hotel so don't expect the same speed of response, but do expect helpfulness... More

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

Dear Kathy, Thank you very much for taking the time to share your valuable feedback. We are so pleased that you had a great experience at Lodge. It is indeed ideally located amid the natural beauty of Zimbali’s forest canopy, complete with stunning views, golf, swimming, spa and host of other things to experience. We are delighted that you got... More

Johannesburg, South Africa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is a beautiful luxurious property located in the most magnificent and evergreen jungle of the north coast of Durban, Ballito. Spacious chalets (most of them with no sea views), each surrounded by tropical high trees. If you are lucky, you may hear and see the crowned eagles that live in this coastal piece of land. Delicious breakfasts and pleasant... More

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

Dear LoveThePlanetFamily, Thank you for taking the time to share feedback on your recent stay at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. We are delighted that you and your family had a pleasant stay with us and enjoyed the luxury, ambiance, location and facilities that the Lodge has to offer. We are however very disheartened to hear that you did not experience the... More

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Address: Zimbali Estate, PO Box 404 | Umhlali, Ballito 4390, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Ballito
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Fairmont Zimbali Lodge 5*
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