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Fairmont Zimbali Lodge

Zimbali Estate, PO Box 404 | Umhlali, Ballito 4390, 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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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lovely place to stay! We were pleasantly surprised by the service and friendliness. Not ideal when on business in Durban as it is quite far out - but a definite must if you are looking for a holiday spot. The swimming pool and views are beautiful! The rooms are very spacious and comfortable. The only let down is the breakfast... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed a week at the Lodge. My first few days I was alone and stayed in room 409. It is a lovely room with darkening curtains, a beautiful view, great wifi, and central heat. The bed was nice and had a pillowy yet firm feel. The bartenders are great. I enjoyed the laid back bar in the afternoon around... More 

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

Dear AuntieAnne22 Thank you for taking the time to share your lovely review with us at the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. We are so glad to hear that you had a terrific stay and that you found the property to be peaceful and beautiful. We are sorry about the challenges that you experienced once you moved to a room to accommodate... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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66 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent 3 nights at Zimbali Lodge (the Forest Lodge - not the hotel... there is a very big difference). We were looking for some peace and quiet and a place to relax. This was the perfect spot. The lodge rooms are nestled in the coastal forests, and the view from the room is just of the trees. You can... More 

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

Dear SH27380 Thank you for sharing your lovely review of the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge with us and the TripAdvisor community. We are so happy to hear that this was the perfect location for the peace and quiet that you were after, and that you left feeling completely relaxed . We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Professional, friendly & helpful staff. Best buffet breakfast I have ever had! I have been all around the world and this was THE best by far. Room was very, modern & luxurious. Beautiful and huge grounds. Short stroll to beach front. Spa (one of the best I have been to), gym, multiple pools and gift store.

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

Dear Bebesum01 Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful feedback with us. We are so pleased that you had such a lovely stay at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge and Resort and that you found it to be paradise. Thank you for rating our breakfast buffet as the best that you have ever experienced. We will be sure to... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm in two minds about the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. On the one hand: beautiful architecture, stunning pool, great setting in a lovely area (rooms are in villas around the grounds), generally good service from friendly staff. On the other (at least when we were there, late July 15), no proper restaurant on site, a very poor a la carte breakfast... More 

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

Dear G D Thank you for taking the time to share your valuable feedback with us. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the beautiful architecture of the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, as well as the stunning rim flow pool and the great service that you received from our friendly staff. We would like to apologise for any inconveniences that... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Our room was comfortable, intimate, and clean. The staff were friendly and always greeted. There was a good variety for breakfast . We walked down to the beach and saw game and a variety of bird life. Don't expect to leave the Lodge much, you will be absorbed by the tranquility and the time will fly past. Dinner at the... More 

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

Dear JamesShades Thank you for sharing your lovely review with the TripAdvisor community. We are pleased to hear that you had a relaxing getaway at the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. Thank you for sharing your feedback regarding our friendly staff. It was an absolute pleasure having you stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back to Fairmont Zimbali again... More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We stayed two nights as a stopover to our Safari vacation. I was extremely disappointed in the quality of this hotel, having stayed at Fairmont's in other parts of the world before. I learned my lesson and will not choose a hotel in the future based on the reputation of the brand. After we had booked, but before we arrived,... More 

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

Dear Larry S Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us regarding your most recent stay at the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. We are saddened to hear that your stay did not live up to expectations and that you left feeling disappointed. We would like to apologise for the challenges experienced with the shuttle service as well... More 

Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The Lodge is set in dense natural coastal forest which gives it a surreal tropical ambiance. At night we could hear nocturnal animal calls and in the morning we were woken with bird song. Our room was very comfortable with a large bathroom including a big tub and spacious shower. Service up at the Resort was fantastic! I found the... More 

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

Dear Skoees Thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that the natural scenery of the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge left a lasting impression on you. We always strive to deliver service that is engaging and we are very happy to hear that this... More 

Pretoria, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I've heard so much about Zimbali Lodge that it's an uncompromised 5 Star, indeed it is, my family and I love the place, as there is so much to do here ranging from Good restaurants, incredible surrounding and perfect views of the beach

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

Dear AdorableDoris Thank you for sharing your review of the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge and Resort. We are so pleased to hear that we were able to live up to your expectation and that you and your family love our property, as well as all that it has to offer. We hope that you will be back again in the near... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

After reading some bad reviews about the place I could not find anything wrong with this awesome place on the natal North coast. Golf course was awesome. Did not play but drove a cart around it twice. breakfast was super, had dinners at a couple of their restaurants and all our needs were met. The rooms are revamped and fit... More 

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

Dear Pierre P We would like to thank you for taking the time to share your lovely review with us. We are so pleased to hear that you had a wonderful stay at the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, and that all your needs were met. We are glad that you found the rooms to be fit for a king. Thank you... More 

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