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Fairmont Zimbali Resort

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
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Harare, Zimbabwe
Reviewed 19 March 2017

We held a destination wedding for our daughter and we extremely happy with all arrangements made by the Resort and the Fairmont Lodge as well. We held our sangeet and mehendi night at the lodge. We would not have found a better venue than this. It was an absolutely breathtaking venue. Thank you Bailey Bhima for everything. A golf morning...

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

Dear Mamzim On behalf of Fairmont Zimbali, we would love to pass on our well wishes to your newly-wedded daughter. Special occasions such as weddings are desired at our venues and catered for to a standard that represents the Fairmont brand! Both event management teams from the Resort and Lodge warmly welcome your admiration for their dedication. Fairmont Zimbali Resort...

Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

I was here for a business conference. The hotel is vast and has amazing views. The food was excellent through and the staff very friendly and enthusiastic. Excellent service all round. The conference facilities were excellent. The rooms are large and have an interesting bathroom concept. The rooms are comfortable but probably could do with a refresh as they are...

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

Dear Pingvs1285 We appreciate you taking time to share your feedback with us. From the Fairmont Zimbali Resort, we appreciate your warm indications directed to our Staff and quality of service. A constant strive is vital in achieving excellence. A notification has been made with regards to the presentation of the rooms and we would like to reassure you that...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

This resort is everything! Arranged a birthday getaway for my husband and he loved every second of our stay here. Staff was attentive, rooms large and airy, wonderful views of the ocean, well equipped spa and just 15mins from the airport. A special thank you to Mr Maye, you are a star sir!

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

Dear Palesa K Thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. We are delighted to hear that your stay with us exceeded your expectations. On behalf of all of us at Fairmont, we would like to wish your husband a very happy birthday. We are honoured that you chose to celebrate this special occasion with us....

Cape Town
Reviewed 10 March 2017

What is good about this hotel is situated in a huge Golf Estate with private residential houses so security should be pretty decent. Otherwise, this aging hotel was really long in the tooth. One of the 2 rooms we were given smelt like sour sweat which never really went away the whole week we were there and both room's in-the-wall...

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

Dear Leon-ohyeah Thank you for taking the time to share your valuable feedback regarding your recent stay at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort with us. It is unfortunate to hear that we were not able to meet your overall expectations and that you felt disappointed by your experience. We would like to sincerely apologize for the concerns you have raised regarding...

Reviewed 26 February 2017

My wife and I spent 7 nights here in early February. The property is situated in a huge area of nature, with significant development of up markets homes that actually don't intrude on the beauty. The resort is actually dramatic, overlooking the Indian Ocean and with some significant architecture. Our experience was marred from the outset, when despite having paid...

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

Dear Andy P Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are disheartened to hear that your stay at our Resort did not meet your expectations. We are sorry to hear about the challenges you faced with uncertainty at check-in and that your towels were not replaced daily. We apologize for any discomfort you experienced....

Reviewed 15 February 2017

Located a stones throw away from the beach. Room over looked the ocean. With a selfie spot for those who like to keep memories in picture. Spa to die for. Very specious room with comfy bedings. Porter very professional. Liked the shuttle service, very efficient. The ambience

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

Dear Stephen G Thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. We are delighted to see that you enjoyed your stay at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort. We are happy that the proximity to the beach, beautiful ocean views, spa, room offering and our staff all left a lasting impression on you creating a memorable ambiance! We...

Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

What an awesome 4 day stay it was! From the moment we arrived we felt like royalty, car doors being opened, luggage taken out for you and the valet parking took us by surprise but we loved it, check in was a breeze and when we get to our junior suite my oh my it was gorgeous! The staff are...

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

Dear Annette C Thank you for sharing your wonderful review with us. We are delighted that you chose to celebrate your birthday at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort and on behalf of all of us, we wish you many wonderful birthdays to come! We are pleased to hear that our staff left a lasting impression on you and that you found...

Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Hair in the bath... Moved rooms - unbearable smell of smoke in the toilet cubicle. Rooms are tired. Non-existent customer service - stood in reception for 50 minutes with no offer top even take a seat.....so disappointing.

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

Dear Justine R Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We are disheartened to hear that your stay did not meet your expectations. We are sorry that you were unhappy with our service delivery and we apologize for any discomfort that you experienced. We have addressed your concerns with our team for improvement moving forward. We hope that you...

Helsinki, Finland
Reviewed 7 February 2017

We played golf in the Durban area and lived at Zimbali Resort and also played at their golf course. The hotel was beautiful and the rooms very big. The golf course was really wonderful. All the lights went out one evening in my friends room. For the night they managed to fix the light in the bathroom and the reading...

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

Dear 180ChristineR Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed various aspects of your stay at our Resort, from the beauty of our hotel to your dining experiences. It is unfortunate to hear that you experienced maintenance challenges during the course of your stay and I am sincerely...

Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

It's been the best experience at the Zimbali.It was pure pleasure and pure tranquillity. Reconnecting with nature and the best service recieved. Our Anniversary Suprise was a cherry on Top. Zimbali resort is a place to be. 😍😍

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

Dear Nontando Thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. We are delighted to hear that your stay at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort exceeded your expectations. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed nature and its tranquility, as well as your anniversary surprise and our service delivery. We look forward to celebrating many more anniversaries...

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Amenities

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

Additional Information about Fairmont Zimbali Resort

Address: PO Box 17, Zimbali | 4420, Ballito 4422, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Ballito
Price Range: $229 - $510 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Fairmont Zimbali Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 154
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“Higher rooms offer a better view, butt all rooms have a view”
hugo_coetzee, 14 May 2017 | Read review
“It's either ocean views or pool in your balcony. Braai areas ,spacious rooms and all amenities.”
Bongzah, 9 May 2017 | Read review
“Choose a sea view room”
Priya1942, 8 May 2017 | Read review
“1 bedroom king suites are very specious for families with small kids”
IsabelleJhb, 3 May 2017 | Read review
“Easy access to the beach, but sea not suitable for swimming!”
Shaun_Stell, 1 May 2017 | Read review
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