Fairmont Zimbali Resort is tucked between two World Unesco Heritage Sites in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa along the south-east shore known as the Dolphin Coast, it fronts the spectacular Indian Ocean. It’s possible to reach the property from King Shaka International airport in approximately 10-15 minutes or less, depending on the mode of transportation.
Here’s everything you need to know about staying at Fairmont Zimbali Resort.
I pulled up to the resort and were immediately greeted by staff in uniforms designed to reflect Zulu and Indian culture that valet my car and took my suitcases as they guided me through the hotel via a walkway, framed by a garden, over a water feature and past urns of fountains. All of the staff was so welcoming and warm, it honestly felt like a different universe and my stay has not even started.
Fairmont Zimbali Resort’s Lobby.
The hotel lobby and lounge areas are the first impressions you get of what is to come when you arrive. Vaulted floor-to-ceiling windows stretch up and across the hotel to present never-ending vistas of the expansive Indian Ocean with the rhythm of the waves providing a soothing lullaby.
A feature wall showcases an extraordinary display of handcrafted Zulu baskets, which incorporate black and copper telephone wire in geometric designs, each one an original and a reflection of the role traditional arts and crafts play in tribal culture. Other décor includes wood carvings and artifacts which provide a sense of location.
My room at Fairmont Zimbali Resort.
For this particular stay, I was booked into one of their Deluxe Sea View Room. This 46 sqm room is a beautiful open planned space has authentically African inspired décor that is spread across the room which features a walk-in wardrobe with digital safe, work desk with internet. As is the standard these days for a luxury hotel, the bathroom at Fairmont Zimbali Resort has a separate shower area which conveniently comes equipped with a rain shower and a gorgeous soaking tub that I took full advantage of, especially with the drought we are experiencing in Cape Town. Toiletries come all the way from London and are from Rose 31 by Le Labo, possibly my most favorite toiletry brand for hotels!
However, the most impressive aspect of this room must be of the Indian Ocean and pool area that reminded me of a villa somewhere in Thailand.
Dining at Fairmont Zimbali Resort.
Fairmont Zimbali Resort offers several food and beverage outlets to choose from, which you can read about in a separate article. The Coral Tree offers dining with an elegant yet comfortable atmosphere, ideal for family dining with buffet breakfast and dinner on the terrace. Guests can also savour the fragrant flavoursome cuisine of India, or choose from a selection if signature grills at OSA. The vibrant poolside restaurant and bar at Ayoba! offers a variety of mouth-watering dishes as well as frozen Margaritas and home-made Sangria to sip and soak up the North Coast sunshine. On the subject of cocktails, the lobby bar 31 Degrees specialises in balanced cocktails with unique and innovative twists, offering a light bar and snack menu as well. The contemporary wine and cocktail bar, Vinum is the perfect venue to sip, mingle and relax while enjoying spectacular views of the Indian Ocean.
Overall, the food experience was out of this world, and it made for a unique culinary experience during our stay.
By and large, I had a pretty fantastic experience at Fairmont Zimbali Resort. I love how the staff friendliness and service here, it indeed adds to its 5 star standards. All in all, I would be delighted to recommend and return to Fairmont Zimbali Resort.
For more information about Fairmont Zimbali Resort, visit their website.