We arrived here in the semi dark and so it was difficult to understand how it all worked - certainly our room seemed a long way from reception (we were transferred by buggy).
The room was spacious and very nicely furnished with a large and very comfy bed, a large balcony and stunning views over the tops of the foliage/trees down to the Indian ocean in the distance (seen in the morning!). We were on the first floor, I think if you were on the ground floor the view would not be that good and the room could well be dark.
As we had arrived in darkness we had difficulty understanding the layout and we ended up going to the Mexican restaurant, which is part of the resort nearer to the sea, for dinner. We called the buggy which drove us to the Lodge reception and from there we took a small minibus to the restaurant. As we were tired after a long flight this struck us at the time as a pit of a palava. However, I think you would easily get used to it for a longer stay.
Tip: watch out for cheeky monkeys popping into your room - we had the french windows open and I saw a monkey sitting on the desk stealing a packet of crisps - luckily that is all it was - which he ran off with!
We made our way to breakfast by a newly discovered short cut which just took a few minutes. Lovely colonial style restaurant, good food, plenty of choice.
There is a beautiful infinity swimming pool at the Lodge which we could not use due to lack of time but it looked very inviting, with lovely sunbeds/deep cushions.
To understand this hotel, there is the Lodge, where we were, which has a pool and a restaurant for breakfast only; then there is the Resort where the main restaurants are, as well as another pool and I guess close to the sea. We were not able to explore this area though, other than in the evening, so could not get a real feel for it.
Nice and helpful staff.
It is only about 15 mins drive from Durban airport so a great stopover after a long flight, but to really enjoy it, and if you have the time, I think it would be best to stay 2 or 3 nights in order to better benefit from what it has to offer (or longer if you want a beach/sunbathing holiday). There are apparently also restaurants in the nearby town of Ballito. (We did drive through here at a later date and it was not at all what I expected, it is a very large town indeed - I had just been expecting a beach resort).
On arrival there is a security barrier and everything seems very secure.
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- Also Known As:
- Fairmont Zimbali Hotel Ballito
- Zimbali Hotel