Fairmont Zimbali Resort is a stylish vacation gateway set along the eastern coast of the Zimbali area in Durban. The resort has a great beach, luxury spa and gourmet restaurants.
The resort is nestled between the KwaZulu-Natal Dolphin Coast and Zimbali Coastal Reserve which offers vacationers unique safari and game-viewing opportunities. The resort combines urban flair with the region's rich Zulu heritage that suits travelers looking for a natural playground, luxurious living and a cultural wonderland. 154 well-appointed rooms have spacious verandas offering spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. All rooms are elegantly adorned with wood, earth and stone hues inspired by the locale’s natural environment.
Coral Tree Restaurant offers comprehensive breakfast and lunch buffets. At dinner, it serves a la carte international dishes. OSA is an Asian fusion restaurant and classy steakhouse serving prime grain-fed beef complemented by a wide collection of wines. The Ayoba Restaurant provides views of the pool and the Indian Ocean while it showcases a wood-fired pizza oven and grilled foods.
Specialty teas and coffees, including Fairmont teas and African roasts, are served at the Dalchini Lobby Lounge. At the 31 Degrees Lobby Bar, travelers can sip signature cocktails in a lively ambiance. The Vinum Bar has great selections of tapas-style bar foods and offers an array of South African wines. Have a bite to eat from an extensive list of gourmet burgers at the poolside Bite Bar or try its lighter Asian-inspired salads. Ma Khaza is the hotel's beach bar with casual cocktails and meals coming from Ayoba. The Delicacy Cafe features Lavazza coffee and an array of specialty cakes, deli sandwiches, quiches, salads, pies and local delicacies to take home.
Willow Stream Spa has eight-treatment rooms offering a diverse menu of massages, body wraps and other services. The wellness center has fitness facilities, several swimming pools, sauna and steam rooms. Couples can let their stress melt away in one of the spacious couple's suites.
Enjoy a round of golf at the nearby eco-conscious Zimbali Country Club, an 18-hole, par-73, 7,134-yard championship golf course where tee boxes are located in challenging positions to avoid disturbing the environment. Rolling hills with breathtaking views are featured through the first 11 holes, while the rest allows you exploring the indigenous Zimbali forests.
The resort is situated next to natural and rich cultural sights, such as the historical Zulu battlefields and two of UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the uKhahlamba/Drakensburg and iSimangaliso Wetland Parks. Excursions are arranged to these sites, letting couples and families enjoy game-viewing, safari outings, mountain biking, hiking and dolphin sight-seeing tours. Families can also choose from sports and other leisure activities such as rugby, cricket, soccer, polo and rally races. For the youngsters, the hotel offers its exclusive Y Univers, a kids' club filled with fun activities. It includes a kiddies' pool and supervised adventures into the Zimbali Coastal Forest Reserve full of exotic wildlife. Book a Fairmont Zimbali Resort wedding and gain exclusive access to the Platinum Honeymoon Program. The hotel's 280 square meter ballroom provides enough space for any social and business event. It caters to banquets for 180 guests, or 220 people in cinema format. The hotel has full-service business center and an executive meeting room suited for 12 people in boardroom format. Room rates start at 2,799 ZAR per night (+27 (0)32 538 5000, website). Photo:
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