Fairmont Zimbali Resort
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The Fairmont Zimbali Resort is an exclusive hotel that is situated at the Zimbali Coastal Resort. The Zimbali Coastal Resort is an eco-friendly estate that lies on the border of Ballito, a town north of Durban. The estate houses both residential and commercial dwellings and is 10 minutes away from the King Shaka International Airport. Many South African based airlines have frequent business here which includes Kulula and Mango flights among others. Mango flights are often spotted in the runway, as they make many daily stops to Durban. The Zimbali estate, as mentioned is eco-friendly, with ideals on coexisting with nature. The theme of the architecture is Indonesian inspired, with emphasis on blending into the surroundings. This theme is consistent throughout the estate from the private residences to the Fairmont hotels with much natural materials being used during construction. The Fairmont Zimbali Resort keeps in line with this trend and in doing so also adheres to the Fairmont Groups green initiative on all hotel developments. The Fairmont Zimbali Resort also adheres to Fairmont’s policy of doing as less damage to the environment as possible during hotel development. The hotel sits on the Zimbali estate which is famed for its conservation efforts. Houses and hotels were built around the wildlife and plant species of the area and some parts are even sectioned off and protected by the estate management. The animals are free to roam about the estate and measures have been put in place to ensure their safety. It is therefore a common sight to see bush bucks, velvet monkeys and even rare birds frequently on the Zimbali estate. Security at the estate is high with CCtv cameras, boom gates, and electric fencing around the entire estate. Guests at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort do not have access into the residential areas on the estate but are welcome to all other amenities provided by the Zimbali Coastal Resort.
The Rooms at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort
There are over 150 rooms available at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort. Decor is earthy yet glamorous. The Fairmont Zimbali Resort room choices include deluxe rooms, deluxe sea view rooms, deluxe garden rooms, junior suites, a penthouse suite, and a presidential suite.
All rooms come with the following
- Separate spacious bathrooms with complimentary bath products
- A video on demand system that gives access to the latest games and movies
- Internet access and cable television for entertainment in-room, should you decide that you feel like relaxing indoors
- In-room safe
- Fairmont bathrobe and slippers
- Tea and coffee station
- Multi electrical plugs that can be used by international guests for their electrical and technological equipment
- Newspapers can be requested and can be either local or national
- Adjoining rooms and cots can be arranged at the hotel but must be booked in advance to ensure availability
Dining Options at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort
There are 8 venue options within the Fairmont Zimbali Resort for dining. You can get a formal dinner, do afternoon tea or get a steakhouse meal. The restaurants available are 31 Degrees, Ayoba, Bite, Coral Tree, Dalchini, Ma Khaza, OSA, and Vimun. Alternatively you can make use of room service if you wish to do in-room dining. The Lifestyle Cuisine Plus offers special meals that cater to guests with heart problems and diabetes who require healthy meals, as well as catering for guests who prefer vegan meals.
Spa at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort
The spa at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort is the Willow Stream. It is described as an adult sanctuary. No kids are allowed into the spa and one has to be over 18 to even enter. Also, no cell phones are allowed in the spa. If you are to be contacted during your visit then calls must be made to reception who will then contact you. There are 9 rooms offering exotic beauty treatments such as a marula and rooibos masks and an intonga stick massage.
Business Conferences at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort
The business conference venues at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort include a boardroom, ballroom and courtyard. The Imbali room is a boardroom that accommodates 8 people and comes with a plasma screen television. The Sanderling room is a boardroom that accommodates 12 people and comes with a data projector and screen. The Marula room is a ballroom allows for 180 guests in a classroom style seating arrangement and 280 guests in the cinema style seating layout.
Weddings at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort
The Fairmont Zimbali Resort has a team of wedding specialists to help plan your wedding and make sure the day goes smoothly. The wedding day is one of the most looked forward to days in a couple’s life and the Fairmont Zimbali Resort offers many locations for either the ceremony and/or the reception. There is also the factor of wedding pictures. The natural and up kept beauty of the Zimbali estate provides an amazing backdrop for pictures. The Marula ballroom provides an ideal venue for weddings done at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort. The huge space can be customized to accommodate a wide range of needs and decor options, and there is outdoor access from here into the courtyard. The huge space means a big guest list so there’s an added chance that some of the guests will be coming from out of town. Booking Mango flights for more than 9 people(as a group) allows for a discounted rate.