We have just returned from one of our regular visits to South Africa and visited Durban for the first time. We were advised not to stay in the city and chose the Zimbali Lodge with the attraction of the golf course just in case my husband got bored!
From our arrival to our departure yesterday we can honestly say the service from the staff was excellent. They are efficient and extremely friendly and what amazed us was the fact that they remembered our names! The rooms are in lodges set apart which allowed privacy furnished in dark wood, nice shower and bath with Crabtree and Evelyn toiletries. Our room did not have a sea view (although you could see a glimpse) but the setting is truly tranquil and private. It was surrounded by beautiful trees and the sounds of the birds and wildlife was lovely, looking over the balcony yesterday morning a bushbuck was lying there quietly underneath our room - truly african. Each night the room porter would light the candle in the entrance of the room and leave rose petals and chocolates on the bed which was turned down. Personally we did not find the bed uncomfortable at all.
The restaurant food and service was excellent and the curry was delicious. Very unhurried and beautifully presented. We used the pool at the beach and found no problems with this or the complimentary shuttle bus to get there. When booking the hotel we had arranged a day tour to the Battlefields and on our arrival at the hotel they had already organised a packed breakfast due to our early departure at 6am.
Overall we would most definitely return and thank all the staff for such an enjoyable stay.
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- Also Known As:
- Fairmont Zimbali Hotel Ballito
- Zimbali Hotel
- Zimbali Lodge