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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 10 hotels in Ballito
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
Roselyne390 Ballito, South Africa
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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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Ballito, South Africa
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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

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
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
7 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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

Contributor
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.

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.

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

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
12 helpful votes 12 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

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

Glasgow Scotland
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
20 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We wanted to stay somehwere out of Durban near the airport for the start of our fly drive holiday and Zimbali Lodge was ideal. We had 3 nights at the start and one at the end and had a very enjoyable stay. The Lodge is in an eco forest so the rooms are dark and sitting on the balcony you... More

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

Dear Bella, Thank you very much for taking the time to share feedback on your recent stay at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. We’re delighted you had a pleasant experience with us, and humbled that you and your partner choose to begin and end your holiday at the Lodge. We couldn't agree with you more. Nestled within a coastal forest reserve, the... More

Richterswil, Switzerland
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I know it was low season, but the lodge seemed remarkably empty. With it the atmosphere was a bit flat and the staff seemed slow/reluctant to serve the few guests who were there. The rooms are a good size with great views, but ours seemed to be a little tired looking. All in all, it was great to spend a... More

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

Dear CMJohnsonn, Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience of staying at the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. We’re so pleased you enjoyed the tranquility of the Lodge and were able to enjoy a relaxing two days away from the hustle and bustle of Durban city. Furthermore, that overall you enjoyed the spacious rooms and breathtaking views.... More

London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

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... More

FairmontZimbali, Public Relations Manager at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Lozza999 Thank you very much for taking the time to provide us with feedback on your stay at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. We’re very glad to hear that you enjoyed the breathtaking scenery and relaxed ambiance of our beautiful hotel. We will most definitely look into your recommendation on including a wider variety of vegetarian meals. Our chefs are also... 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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Fairmont Zimbali Hotel Ballito
Zimbali Hotel
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