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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 #1 of 10 hotels in Ballito
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jim M London, United Kingdom
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Rating summary
  • 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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London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful holiday made infinatly better by the manager Ryan crow. Looking forward to returning as soon as we can. Perfect food, weather and golf. 2by2 were first class in delivering a service. Complementary 3 bottles of wine were much appriciated.

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

Dear Valued Guest, We are delighted that you had a wonderful holiday at the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. Thank you for taking the time to share your valuable feedback, and our thanks to you for recognising Ryan for his great service. Although we can’t take credit for the weather, we are pleased you enjoyed the meals and golf! We sincerely hope... More

Methuen
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

We went for one week with Saga. The Lodge is excellent with large rooms overlooking the rain forest. The pool and surrounding area are beautiful and walking to the beach is easy and the beach itself is deserted and unspoiled. However as a Saga guest you are treated as second class citizens having to eat meals in corners of the... More

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

Dear Valued Guest Thank you very much for taking the time to share feedback on your recent stay at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. We appreciate your concern regarding the treatment of SAGA guests at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge and would like to reassure you that we value each and every guest who stays with us. Our SAGA guests are most definitely not... More

Sheringham, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Zimbali Lodge is a very good venue for a golfing holiday or just a few days rest in the sun. We enjoyed our stay, and particularly were pleased that we were only 20mins from Durban's new airport and yet in the middle of tropical vegetation, ten minutes walk from the Indian Ocean.If you want a modern flashy hotel then Zimbali... More

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

Dear Valued Guest, Thank you very much for taking the time to share feedback on your stay at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. We are delighted that you enjoyed all the aspects of your stay with us and that you included us on your South African itinerary. We hope to welcome you back to Fairmont Zimbali Lodge in the future. Kind Regards,... More

Nr London
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Zimbali was our first stop on a 3 week trip to SA. From the moment we were picked up at the airport everything was just superb. It is a unique location set in a beautiful forest with a relaxing walk down to the beach (OK so it takes 30 minutes which seems to be a problem for some reviewers, but... More

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

Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for taking the time to provide a review on your stay at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. Nothing makes us happier than to hear from a guest who “loved every minute” of their time with us. As you say there is no greater testimony than to hear a guest say emphatically that they will return. We wish... More

Cape Town, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

This past weekend, my husband and I stayed at Zimbali Lodge. We arrived to a power outage in the area, but the hotel had the generators going so it didn't affect us. Our room was stunning with great views of the "lake" and enjoying seeing the fish eagles when we woke up. The service from check in , breakfast and... More

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

Dear Valued Guest Thank you very much for taking the time to provide us with feedback on your stay. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that the power outage did not negatively affect your experience. It is always a pleasure to welcome a fellow travel industry colleague. We hope that you will continue... More

Colchester, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

This is the third time that I have been to Zimbali Lodge. I have loved it in the past and I loved aspects of it this time around too. It is very atmospheric, the rooms are spacious and well equipped and it is right next to a great golf course. I would say however, that the rooms and lodges were... More

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

Dear Valued Guest Thank you very much for taking the time to share feedback on your stay at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. It is always a pleasure to welcome back return guests. You will be delighted to know that all of our rooms are undergoing a refurbishment to update the furnishings and facilities, however the same atmospheric ambiance will still remain... More

Sandton, Gauteng, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Zimbali Lodge is really beautiful and relaxing.The room had a stunning view of natural forest and a distant beach. Definitely not suited to young children or teenagers. A great getaway from the stress. My only complaint was the lack of easy access to the beach as we could not drive within the estate to the beach near us but had... More

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

Dear Valued Guest Thank you very much for providing us with feedback on your recent stay at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. Your concern with regards to vehicle access to the beach has been noted. There are 2 beach access points situated on the estate and we do offer vehicle transfers to both these points. Unfortunately privately owned vehicles or guest driven... More

Durban, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

A booking made by my husband in celebration of our 2 year anniversary. Needless to say it was the most magical experience ever. On arrival, a bottle of champaign and sweet goodies delivered to the room. The staff, friendly and full of smiles. Breath taking views, crystal clear pool and amazing pathways surounded by nature..... a natures lovers dream...... peace... More

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

Dear Valued Guest Thank you very much for providing us with feedback on your recent stay at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. We are delighted that we could assist in turning your anniversary into such a happy and memorable occasion. Such special occasions deserve to be celebrated in style! We hope to see you again for your 3 year anniversary. Kind Regards,... More

Rossendale, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

After a week in the bush, this was a welcome break. The room was superb along with all the facilities. Food standard was good but beware of the fact that the lodge restaurant is curry based: if you don't want to eat curry for a week, insist on other menus being presented as this solves the problem. None of the... More

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

Dear Valued Guest Thank you very much for providing us with feedback on your recent stay at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. Thandi Restaurant is renowned for its large variety of curries and Indian dishes. We do however have other menus available for guests who do not enjoy these types of dishes. We are glad that you enjoyed your meals and will... More

Johannesburg, South Africa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

As a get-a-way we booked a package deal thru SAA holidays at the Zimbali Lodge. Before our arrival I advised the manager about my wife's 60th birthday and requested if possible a room with a view. My request was met and a nice surprise awaited us in the form of a brownie cake for my wife. To all responsible our... More

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

Dear Valued Guest Thank you for taking the time to share not only your “beef” but “bouquet” feedback with us. We truly appreciate the feedback as it gives us the opportunity to improve our service to our guests. We have recently completed an upgrade of all our rooms as the first phase of our refurbishment program. Phase 2 will be... More

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Also Known As:
Fairmont Zimbali Hotel Ballito
Fairmont Zimbali Hotel
Zimbali Hotel
Zimbali Lodge
Address: Zimbali Estate, PO Box 404 | Umhlali, Ballito 4390, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Ballito
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 hotels in Ballito
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Fairmont Zimbali Lodge 5*
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