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Fairmont Zimbali Resort
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Ballito
Certificate of Excellence
Pretoria, South Africa
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
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“Paradise!”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

We spend a weekend at the Fairmont Hotel. What a beautiful hotel. The Family room is very LARGE. Everything is perfect. Great food, great service with a smile all day! Had the best massage at Willow Stream Spa! Will definitely be back. Soon! For sure the best beach resort in South Africa!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

We stayed at the resort over a week end in October this year and we enjoyed the resort. It was very clean and the staff were very friendly. The room was lovely and spacious and the amenities were all in place. I enjoyed the dining at the coral tree and must admit that the variety at the buffet extended to all taste and has certainly improved since my last stay there.

I was very impressed with the head Chef: Mr Davies who heard that it was our anniversary and sent us a lovely slice of cake with a great message on it. The gesture was so welcomed. The Dining at the Coral Tree was comfortable and if you travel with kids they would love the buffet and candy and ice cream stations as well.

The resort needs a few changes and I personally felt that it lacked with regards to service.
Firstly: Concierge was questioned with regards to high tea and unfortunately she did not know the price nor time and I felt that it was too much of a bother to attend as we did not have information on hand.
Secondly: We left the room for a few hours for an early lunch and advise the front desk that it was an opportunity to clean up the room as we we returning in a few hours and would like the room to ourselves. We generally do this at other hotels as it give the cleaners an opportunity to clean rooms UN interrupted. We were told that the cleaners will get there when its our time. For a 5 star rated hotel, I find that this was not acceptable. When we returned a few hours later, we were faced with the cleaners in our rooms cleaning up. I was inconvenienced and did not appreciate this.
Lastly, while there is a bin in the bedroom and the toilet, could you look at the option of placing one at the wash sinks as well. I think your female guest would appreciate this.

Apart from that, it was a great week end and I would definitely love to return to the resort again.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed October 23, 2013

The Fairmont is real gem. This resort gets better and better and more things are constantly being built. The staff are super friendly. There is a pool to suit all your needs. there is more entertainment for kids. the estate maintains its natural forest and wildfile feel

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 19, 2013 via mobile

Terrific service and very friendly staff. The weather wasn't kind to me as it rained all along. Did most of my dining at the coral tree restaurant at all I can say is its worth a visit ! The rooms are very smart and room service is up to standard . Thanks to Thomas @ the reception and Nunu @ the coral tree..... Coming back because of you !

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Windhoek, Windhoek, Namibia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 9, 2013

Although we only had a weekend breakaway, first of all - the very friendly staff members, the warm welcome, the room (very quiet suite in the corner), the outlook, the service and the food made us feel like having a two weeks holiday!
THANKS A LOT! IT WAS GREAT!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Henlow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

We stayed 4 nights in room 3008 which is stunning. On the 3rd floor in the west wing the room was lovely. It is all open plan with sliding partitions separating the bathroom to the main bed room. The huge bath is in the centre of the room with a good power shower and basin in the main bathroom. The 2 doors leading off the bathroom are for the WC and the separate closet.
The balcony is a great size with fantastic sea and pool views (we were lucky enough to see whales while sitting on our balcony). The restaurant for breakfast is also on the 3rd floor with a great selection of fruit, breads, pastries, continental and cooked breakfast options.
We did not eat in any of the restaurants however one night we did get room service which was perfect.
Our room was cleaned daily with the bottled water replaced. There is a small fridge so you can take your own drinks/snacks if needed.
We also had a look around the presidential suite which is room3009. This is a huge suite with a huge terrace which looks out over the ocean as well as getting the evening sun.
The hotel is breathtaking with stunning views and features. All the staff were wonderful and there are more than enough choice of pool beds and pools to choose from.
Lovely hotel would recommend it as beautiful hotel in beautiful settings with great access to Ballito, Durban and the airport.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 3, 2013

Room, setting and service is amazing, food and drink is a complete ripoff.
I recommend eating outside of the resort and stocking the bar fridge with your own wine.
The hotel is isolated, a fact they seem to exploit, and you have a drive quite far to get to the nearest restaurant.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Fairmont Zimbali Resort
Address: PO Box 17, Zimbali | 4420, Ballito 4422, South Africa
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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 Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Ballito
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Fairmont Zimbali Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 154
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