Fodor's Expert Review Fairmont Zimbali Resort

M4, Ballito, KwaZulu Natal, 4390, South Africa

Zimbali's tranquil 700-hectare (1,730-acre) setting is in one of the few remaining coastal forests in the province with direct access to the beach, and the award-winning resort is a stylish mix of African and Balinese, with lots of glass, dark wood, and rough woven fabrics. Rooms have an indulgently private and luxurious feel to them, with crisp white linen, wood carvings, large baths, and balconies that look out onto the forest, lake, and sea beyond. It's a wonderful place to laze around, enjoy afternoon tea, play a round of golf, or swim in the private Mauritian-style pool on the beach. The service is warm, friendly, and slick.

PROS

  • access to unspoiled beach
  • professional service
  • good golf course

CONS

  • overly formal for some
  • a little tired
  • too large to offer intimate service

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Views
Sophisticated
Near the beach
Design
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 032-538–5000

HOTEL DETAILS

172 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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