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Bavaria, Germany
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Huge lodge built in colonial style, nice room with balcony heading to the subtropical garden. We had a massage which was really good. Breakfast was the worst we had throughout our SA trip. There is NO restaurant at the lodge !

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

Dear mrsamace Thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. We are happy to hear that you found our Lodge to be beautiful in its colonial feel and that our room offering and spa treatment all left a favourable impression on you. We are sorry to hear however that our breakfast did not meet your expectations....

Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

We stayed at Zimbali Lodge over New Years, visiting again after a few years. We've stayed at both the lodge and resort before, both excellent, and looked forward to being back at the lodge. We really love its layout, outdoor feel (like being in a forest), the rooms and that it's a bit quieter, but it's such a pity that...

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

Dear Angela Thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. We are disheartened to hear that your stay at the Lodge did not meet your expectations. We are sorry that you felt that the Lodge is not adequately attended to, and we thank you for your feedback which we will use for review with our Team....

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 16 December 2016

Had been for drinks and food here 3-4 years ago and was a great. Currently feels very run down and a heavy lack of care and attention. This morning had breakfast and the entire hot section of the buffet was cold without the flame heaters on underneath. Then to be presented with a bill for R840 for a less than...

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

Dear kash562 Thank you for taking the time to share your concerns with us. We are discouraged to hear that your breakfast experience at our Hotel did not live up to your expectations. We are sorry that you felt that there was a lack of care and attention to the buffet and we apologize for the dissatisfaction you felt. We...

Reviewed 10 December 2016

We stayed here for three nights from 8th November 2016. Our room was on the second story of a small block of four apartments. Those who've stayed at Zimbali before know that the estate is famous for it's integration of accommodation with native vegetation, and our room had a great view of the jungle (trees, eagles, etc...). The lodge was...

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

Dear 534gull Thank you for sharing your wonderfully descriptive review with us. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge and that the integration of accommodation and native vegetation left a lasting impression on you. We are happy that you enjoyed our beautiful views and took advantage of the stunning nature walks we have to...

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 9 December 2016

Spent the weekend in a deluxe king size apartment at the lodge to chillax! Sea view was impressive, lovely sea breezes wafted through the room. Room was spacious and there was no clutter. Excellent curtaining with double layer of block to keep the early sun at bay.A fabulous ,huge bath with suitable privacy if desired, walk in closet, beautiful shower....

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

Dear sarahrow2015 Thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. We are delighted to hear that you had a relaxing stay at the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge and that you enjoyed everything from the sea view to all our room details to our wonderful facilities. We are happy that you found our pools and lounges relaxing and...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 6 December 2016

This is the ultimate in luxury. Let's start with the bad things about the hotel. Portions of food are so large that I put on 4kg from the start to the end of my trip. If you have not been there, the resort falls within the Zimbali Eco Estate which consists of the Zimbali Lodge, the Zimbali Resort as well...

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

Dear VimalSardar Thank you for taking the time to share this wonderfully detailed review for our Lodge as well as our Resort! We are delighted that your overall stay with us was a pleasant one, and that our staff left a lasting impression on you! We will be passing on your compliments (with special mentions of our Concierge Desk, Avischal...

Reviewed 28 November 2016

What an awesome experience, we were treated like royalty. Management & staff is so professional and friendly they treat everyone with respect. The housekeeping staff you are simply the best, the rooms is always clean, with fresh towels and everything is just on point. The breakfast was out of this world, this is the place to be you will definitely...

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

Dear Lindie J Thank you for sharing your review with us. We are delighted that your stay at the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge left a lasting impression on you and that you felt regally treated by our professional staff. We are also happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay as a whole from the room to the delectable breakfast! We...

Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Fabulously appointed rooms, gracious and helpful staff at check in, lots of parking and lovely food. The pool with deck chairs to lounge in and nearby margarita station is a fabulous hide away to while away an afternoon! Spa seems pricey, so we did not try, but every restaurant was a treat on its own. Lovely little gift shop on...

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

Dear Ian V Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience at the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. It brings us great pleasure to hear that our staff, facilities and food amongst other things left a lasting impression on you. We look forward to your next stay with...

Grayslake, Illinois
Reviewed 24 November 2016

This stunning hotel was a lovely surprise for the price we paid. You could hear the crashing waves and see the ocean from our room. The property is just gorgeous with infinity pools, numerous restaurants etc. the food was excellent.

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

Dear Linda F Thank you for sharing your lovely review with us. We are overjoyed to hear that your stay at the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge exceeded your expectations! We are situated in a wonderful tranquil setting and we are pleased that you enjoyed the views and sounds of the ocean, as well as our pools and dining facilities. We look...

Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

A lovely setting and impressive setup although a little run down, looks like some of the water features haven't worked for a while. However a hat with great sentimental value left unattended for a few minutes in an empty restaurant disappeared without a trace and management did not seem at all interested, which to be honest was about par for...

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

Dear Derek O Thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. We are dismayed to hear that you left our Lodge feeling dissatisfied with your stay. We are sorry to hear about your missing hat, and we would like to assure you that we are investigating the situation further with our Management Team. We apologize that...

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Amenities

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

Additional Information about Fairmont Zimbali Lodge

Address: Zimbali Estate | Umhlali, Ballito 4390, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Ballito
Price Range: RM480 - RM854 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Fairmont Zimbali Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 76
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Zimbali Hotel
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“Rooms inside the main building are bigger and more convenient to getting around the premises.”
Karoobaby, 17 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Room furthest from the elevators best - less noise.”
King_Size8888, 12 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Ask for a room facing the sea”
, 14 Mar 2017 | Read review
“All rooms face the ocean but those on the upper floors have the bd them to have no ocean view and to be too public.”
Mountainmann, 4 Mar 2017 | Read review
“At the end of the row of rooms at the top”
aluettev, 28 Feb 2017 | Read review
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