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Fairmont Zimbali Lodge

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Zimbali Estate, PO Box 404 | Umhlali, Ballito 4390, South Africa
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Napier, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A wonderful place to stay with amazing views. The generous kind helpful hosts provided for our every needs including advise as to where we should visit and eat. We stayed in many places on our recent tour of South Africa and we rate Zimbali the best. The room was modern and beautifully clean with sea views, (We even managed to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved staying here.Felt like we were in Thailand again. Beautiful tropical forest, nice walk to the beach trough the forest, with waterfall, lakes. birds, monkeys and other wildlife. Helpful and polite stuff. We will be coming back again.

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

Dear Yuliana T Thank you for sharing your lovely review with us following your recent stay at the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and that our helpful staff left a lasting impression on you during your stay. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Kind Regards, Nils Rothbarth General Manager... More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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37 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The rooms are beautifully set in the forest. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. The staff are friendly. We experienced some issues. It was cold during our stay and the room has no heating. The polished concrete floors are very slippery and my wife and I almost fell a few times. There is a bath but no bubble bath or... More 

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Thank m0ec
FairmontZimbali, Guest Relations Manager at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, responded to this review

Dear m0ec Thank you for taking the time to share your valuable review with us. We are pleased to hear that you had a wonderful stay at the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge even though you were faced with some challenges during your stay. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience that you endured during your stay with us. We will... More 

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15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice for who like the nature. Peaceful location, close to the never ending beach, you can also rent a bike and go to the beach. Golf is amazing, and club house has good food and Ernie Els wine. The only think they have a problem with internet connection, it doesn't work in the room, very slow in the reception,... More 

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Thank Tasi123
FairmontZimbali, Guest Relations Manager at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Tasi123 Thank you for sharing your lovely review with us. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused due to the slower than normal internet access. We will be sure to review this with the team and hope to improve on this going forward. Kind... More 

Durban, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

The G M of this dump needs to be taken to task I have stayed in hotels without star ratings in some remote places that are more deserving of calling themselves a hotel than the Fairmont .Since when does 5 star mean dirty rooms , a dirty mop stood outside our door on arrival and was still there when we... More 

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

Dear bushwaca Thank you for taking the time to share your valuable review with us following your recent stay at the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. We are sorry to hear that your stay did not meet expectations and that you left feeling disappointed by the experience and service received. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and kindly request... More 

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

I visited Zimbali Lodge for my birthday and I'm glad I did. It was amazing. The property is huge. The service was exceptional from the moment we arrived at check-in. We were taken to our room by golf cart and it was beautiful and huge. It has an entrance hall, huge bedroom and bathroom with dressing room. The balcony was... More 

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Thank SammySingh03
FairmontZimbali, Guest Relations Manager at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, responded to this review

Dear SammySingh03 Thank you for sharing your lovely review with us. We are delighted that you had a memorable birthday with us and that our excellent staff left a lasting impression on you during your stay. We look forward to your return in the future. Kind Regards, The Fairmont Zimbali Team More 

Brakpan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Zimbali is everything a just married couple can ask for on honeymoon. The place is so peaceful, beautiful and convenient. You have everything you need on holiday in the same place no need to be driving out to go to the beach ,you literally have a private beach, nice cosy cocktail bars and a valley of pools. The holiday houses... More 

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Thank karab0
FairmontZimbali, Guest Relations Manager at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, responded to this review

Dear karab0 Thank you for sharing your lovely review with us following your recent stay at the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your honeymoon with us and that it was everything that you had hoped it would be and more. We look forward to welcoming you again and again. Kind Regards, The Fairmont Zimbali... More 

Gaborone
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60 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

Unique interesting setup; its Africa, but the setting feels like you more likely to be in Indonesia !!! One thing that is apparent is the level of service one receives; from Lunga at Reception to the shuttle drivers, they are very friendly and genuine ! I love the little golf buggies that shuttle you to your room, and back again... More 

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Thank Bushman4367
FairmontZimbali, Guest Relations Manager at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Bushman4367 Thank you for your lovely review of the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that our friendly and genuine staff left a lasting impression on you during your stay. We are glad that you loved the atmosphere at the Lodge. We would like to apologise for any lack... More 

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12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016 via mobile

Reasonably priced accommodation in the heart of the kzn coastal forest. The lodge is well built and you feel totally immersed in the forest. A fusion of both African and Balinese design. Large infinity pool at lodge plus access to beach club with pools 5 mins away. Unfortunately you cannot swim at the private beach area. Rooms are spacious and... More 

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Thank Zahida S
FairmontZimbali, Guest Relations Manager at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Zahida S Thank you for taking the time to share your valuable review with us. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you left feeling relaxed after your forest escape to the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. We hope to improve on our breakfast options going forward and look forward to welcoming you back... More 

Fourways, South Africa
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

My wife and I had the opportunity to take a 2 night getaway to the coast and chose Zimbali lodge for the forest experience. The staff were all wonderful and our room was top quality. the king size bed and crisp white linen were exactly what we needed for a relaxing weekend away. We particularly enjoyed the walks to and... More 

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Thank StuartMcEwen
FairmontZimbali, Guest Relations Manager at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Stuart McEwen Thank you so much for sharing feedback on your recent stay at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge with us. We hope that you'll visit us again soon to enjoy a walk through the forest. Kind Regards, The Fairmont Zimbali Lodge Team More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Golf course
  • Tennis Court
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Room types
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
Internet
  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
Services
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Conference Facilities
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Free Parking
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Babysitting

Additional Information about Fairmont Zimbali Lodge

Address: Zimbali Estate, PO Box 404 | Umhlali, Ballito 4390, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Ballito
Price Range: $91 - $387 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Fairmont Zimbali Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 76
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