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The Fairmont Zimbali Resort is a tropical coastal haven on the Dolphin Coast of Kwazulu-Natal with bush, mountain and coastal attractions. Zimbali, which in Zulu means ‘valley of flowers’, is shaded by a thriving forest reserve surrounded by beautiful flourishing gardens and vegetation, overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Play a round of golf or game of tennis on the all weather, floodlit tennis courts, or swim in one of the resort's two outdoor pools. Treat yourself to an indulgent therapy session in the spa or visit the resort shop where you will find resort-wear, curios and other items.

Experience a variety of dining options from cafe-style lattes and freshly baked pastries to pool-side pizzas, from afternoon high tea to evening fine dining. Babysitters available on request at a nominal fee.


  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Tennis
  • Biking
  • Children's activities
  • High tea on offer
  • Jogging trails
  • Restaurants within walking distance
  • Spa treatments
A great option for families looking for a fun filled break in Kwa-Zulu Natal. There are lots of activities to do within the estate which will keep kids busy for hours on end!
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Deluxe Garden Suite

The Deluxe Garden Suite offers a stunning spacious layout with the inclusion of a separate full kitchen from a dining/living area that leads out onto a patio with views of the garden. The separate bedroom has an en suite bathroom that features a shower, bath, and private toilet. This same room is available with the sea views.

Deluxe King Room

The Zimbali Resort has 154 warmly decorated rooms in a variety of room styles - Deluxe Rooms, Deluxe Sea View Rooms, Deluxe Garden Rooms, Junior Suites, Deluxe Suites, Sea View Suites, and Deluxe Garden Suites.

Each room and suite has a spacious balcony with views of the ocean or gardens, satellite TV, and luxurious bathrooms with separate baths.

The Deluxe Room is a combination of contemporary African living and modern aesthetics in a spacious living space. The open-plan room features a king-size bed, and frosted sliding doors which open on to a large en suite bathroom with a bath and separate shower.


The Fairmont Zimbali Resort has a wide range of facilities available to keep you entertained.

Book a treatment at the Willow Stream Spa, get a workout at the fitness centre, take a dip in one of the two outdoor swimming pools, or walk along the beach to name a few options.


There are a number of delicious indoor and outdoor dining opportunities at Zimbali Resort. Get your daily energy at The Coral Tree, which provides a breakfast and lunch buffet and an à la carte bistro menu for dinner. Delicacy is the perfect place to grab a sandwich or salad for lunch or breakfast.

Enjoy a hot beverage after a day of activity at Dalchini; a lobby lounge offering a range of speciality teas and coffees, or savour a signature cocktail at the lobby bar, 31 Degrees. Sip a nightcap at the after-dinner venue, The Lounge right next to the cosy fireplace or indulge in an imported cigar at The Trophy Bar overlooking the swimming pool and forest.

For something different, enjoy a burger at Bite's poolside burger bar while gazing out at the ocean, or try tapas-style bar food at Vinum. Unwind at the beach-club-style venue, Ayoba, offering wood-fired pizza and barbeque, or at Ma Khaza where you can enjoy the casual cocktail vibe.

For a fine-dining experience, OSA, an innovative South African steakhouse, offers prime South African grain-fed beef which you can pair with a widespread selection of South African wine.

General facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Tennis Court
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Zimbali Resort

Charl Wolfaardt

"We thoroughly enjoyed this holiday and the hotel and staff were a delight!"

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