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Zimbali Lodge

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5 Corkwood Drive, Zimbali Coastal Resort, Ballito 4390 South Africa
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#3 of 11 hotels in Ballito
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Zimbali Lodge is an excellent choice for travellers visiting Ballito, offering a luxury environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay.

For those interested in checking out popular landmarks while visiting Ballito, Fairmont Zimbali Hotel is located a short distance from Ndlondlo Reptile Park (1.4 mi) and Cappeny Estate (3.1 mi).

Guest rooms offer a flat screen TV and air conditioning, and Fairmont Zimbali Hotel makes getting online easy as paid wifi is available.

You can also take advantage of some of the amenities offered by the hotel, including a concierge. In addition, guests can enjoy a pool and a poolside bar during their visit. As an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests.

When you’re feeling hungry, be sure to check out Fiamma Grill, Mo-zam-bik Ballito, and The Galley Beach Bar & Grill, which are some seafood restaurants that are popular with locals and out-of-towners alike.

Ballito is also home to Sugar Rush Park, a popular park that is not too far from Zimbali Lodge.

Enjoy your stay in Ballito!

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Free parking
Wifi
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Golf course
Tennis court
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Parking
Paid wifi
Infinity pool
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
Free shuttle or taxi services
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Sun umbrellas
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
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Maggie Govender wrote a review 11 Nov
Durban, South Africa1 contribution
Zimbali Lodge Review: We booked a dream spa package that included a one night stay at Zimbali Lodge on the 5 November 2021. Upon check in we found the reception area & atmosphere to be old, tired & dated. The floor boards creaked as we walked across it On arrival at our rooms, we were greeted by a musty, stale odour. One of the mattresses was floppy & we could feel the springs. There was no one at the reception area to assist with the complaint that night. Service at the restaurant was slow, despite the Manageress from the Spa taking our meal orders an hour before our treatments were completed & relaying the message to the restaurant staff to have it ready. The vegetarian meals, starters & desserts were good but unfortunately our main meal of chicken & prawn curry was salty. Service in the breakfast area the next morning was slow as they had a big group of people to attend to. The Waiter, however, was very pleasant & did apologize for the delay. When our meals arrived we found that despite telling the waiter to substitute the pork sausages & bacon with chicken sausages, he still brought us pork. He did eventually get us the correct order but the sausages were overcooked to a crisp. The vegetarian options were very minimal. A positive was that there was transportation via golf carts from one point to the next. The drivers were very friendly & accommodating. In conclusion, I would like to say that having stayed at various 4 & 5 star hotels nationally & internationally, the service we received at the Zimbali Lodge fell short. It was very disappointing considering that it was part of Zimbali Resorts which have a 5 star rating & we expected a higher standard of service. Personally, it does not deserve more than a 2 star rating.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Imran N wrote a review Oct 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa91 contributions82 helpful votes
We booked a 4 bedroom lodge. Please don’t go on the pics of these lodges as they are extremely deceiving. The accomodation had a bad smell, damp walls. The room’s especially kitchen was very dirty with a thick film of dust covering most appliances. Access control is so difficult you think you’re a prisoner. Maintenance manager was young & totally inexperienced. Our private pool & jacuzzi had cracks & was not maintained. We booked for a week & left after 2 days with no refund or compensation. Roxanne the maintenance manager was immature & clueless about hygiene, especially in light of COVID.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: If cleanliness is a priority, give this place a miss.
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JoRo wrote a review Apr 2021
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Access control is so tight, you can’t even get out!! Finger print system does not work and every time we entered, we had to do biometrics. Security kept tell us we did not register, after we queued for an hour to check in and did register. Left a VERY bad taste in the mouth the entire time and it ruined the holiday. Cannot wait to leave in 2 days time
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Khathu M wrote a review Apr 2021
12 contributions7 helpful votes
Not only were we not informed about the fact that you need to get an access codes everytime you drive out but the security at the gates were very rude about it and we had to drive back to get the codes from reveption. Atleast tell us when we check-in, I still have 5 days in this place and I'm already so annoyed.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jesh1 wrote a review Mar 2021
london53 contributions16 helpful votes
This is a lovely resort with lots of trees and very peaceful setting. We booked into a suite as it was a business trip and I needed somewhere quite to work. However, the walls are paper thin and I could hear the guests above and not he side brushing their teeth, using the toilet and their conversations. The resort appeared almost empty. However, when we informed the front desk, I was informed there were only 2 suites in the entire resort and the other one was being used. No offer of a quieter room as it appeared they had placed the few guests in the resort in the same building. Service was very slow and meal options limited. Staff cleaning rooms and serving breakfast were really lovely and worked really hard as there was just one guy looking after all the guests and he tried his best. It was an unstable time because of the pandemic, but I got the impression everyone had given up. It was rather unfortunate as we were hoping to purchase a property here but after our disappointing stay, we made a decision to cancel all planned events there and never go back.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Room Tip: The suites face a block of trees and it gets very hot due to frequent load shedding.
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PRICE RANGE
US$101 - US$144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
fairmont zimbali hotel ballito, zimbali hotel, zimbali lodge
LOCATION
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalBallito
NUMBER OF ROOMS
76
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Frequently Asked Questions about Zimbali Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Zimbali Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Thompson's Bay Beach (3.7 km), Crocodile Creek (5.9 km), and Ballito Junction (2.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Zimbali Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Zimbali Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Zimbali Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Zimbali Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mozambik Ballito, Fiamma Grill, and Al Pescatore.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Zimbali Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Zimbali Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Zimbali Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Zimbali Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Zimbali Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Zimbali Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Ballito.
Are any cleaning services offered at Zimbali Lodge?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Zimbali Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.