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Get an overview of this hotel5-star beach lodge with a full-service spa


Nestled on the beach, this Ballito lodge is within 9 mi (15 km) of Casuarina Beach, Ballito Beach, and Thompson's Bay Beach. Umdloti Beach and Holla Trails are also within 12 mi (20 km).

Property Features

Pamper yourself with a visit to Fairmont Zimbali Lodge's full-service spa, practice your swing on the golf course, or catch some rays at the beach.

Room Amenities

All 76 rooms boast deep soaking tubs and offer free WiFi and balconies. Premium bedding and separate bathtubs and showers are standard, as are TVs with satellite channels.

Lodge Amenities

Lodge Amenities

In addition to a full-service spa, Fairmont Zimbali Lodge features a golf course and outdoor tennis courts. The lodge offers a restaurant. A poolside bar is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. High-speed wireless Internet access is complimentary.

Business-related amenities at this 5-star property consist of limo/town car service and meeting rooms. This Colonial lodge also offers an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and a health club. For a surcharge, a roundtrip airport shuttle (available 24 hours) is offered to guests. Complimentary self parking and valet parking are available on site.

Fairmont Zimbali Lodge has designated areas for smoking.

  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge) 
  • Supervised childcare/activities (surcharge) 
  • Restaurant 
  • Airport transportation (surcharge) 
  • Conference space 
  • Total number of rooms - 76 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Babysitting or childcare 
  • Picnic area 
  • Number of floors - 2 
  • Golf course on site 
  • Tennis on site 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 
  • Concierge services 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Full-service spa 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Rooftop terrace 
  • Designated smoking areas 
  • Health club 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Limo or Town Car service available 
  • Meeting rooms 3 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Free valet parking 
  • Poolside bar 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Outdoor tennis courts - 2 
  • Free self parking 
  • Spa services on site 
  • Supervised childcare/activities 
  • Children's pool 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Wedding services 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Outdoor pool  
  • Children's pool  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Outdoor tennis courts  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)  
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)  
  • Playground on site  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking, Free valet parking

Room Amenities

  • Premium bedding 
  • Balcony 
  • Free newspaper 
  • Air conditioning 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Phone 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Free bottled water 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Turndown service 
  • Designer toiletries 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Separate bathtub and shower 
  • Slippers 
  • Deep soaking bathtub 
  • In-room childcare (surcharge) 
  • Satellite TV service 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • In-room safe 
  • Desk 
  • Television 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • Free WiFi 
  • In-room massage available 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 

Where to Eat

Breakfast is available for a surcharge and served each morning between 6:30 AM and 10:30 AM.

Thandi Restaurant - This poolside restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast only. Guests can enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting).

Nearby Things to Do

A golf course, outdoor tennis courts, and a health club are featured at the lodge. An outdoor pool and a children's pool are on site.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Windsurfing nearby 
  • Snorkeling nearby 
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby 
  • Rafting nearby 
  • Sailing nearby 
  • Scuba diving nearby 
  • Parasailing nearby 
  • Skydiving nearby 
  • Bicycle rentals on site 
  • Golf driving range on site 
  • Golfing on site 
  • Hiking/biking trails on site 
  • Horse riding/rental on site 
  • Mountain biking on site 
  • Playground on site 

Spa Services

Guests can indulge in a pampering treatment at the lodge's full-service spa, Willow Stream Spa.


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Lodge Policies


Check-in time starts at 2 PM

Special check-in instructions:


Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

No rollaway/extra beds available

The property offers a complimentary scheduled shuttle service to the nearby Fairmont Zimbali Resort where lunch and dinner service are available. For more details, please contact the office using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:
  • 1 percent tourism fee will be charged
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: ZAR 245 for adults and ZAR 245 for children (approximately)
  • Airport shuttle fee: ZAR 450 per person (one way)
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Lodge Name

  • Fairmont Lodge Zimbali
  • Fairmont Zimbali
  • Fairmont Zimbali Lodge
  • Zimbali Fairmont
  • Zimbali Fairmont Lodge
  • Zimbali Lodge
  • Zimbali Lodge Fairmont
  • Fairmont Zimbali Hotel Ballito
  • Fairmont Zimbali Lodge Ballito
  • Fairmont Zimbali Ballito

Awards & Affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Key Eco-Rating Program, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

National Rating

Quality Graded by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) – South Africa's official quality assurance organization.

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4.2 out of 5
86% of guests recommend
4.3 Room cleanliness
4.1 Service & staff
4.6 Room comfort
4.3 Hotel condition
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Absoluley fabulous!!!

5 out of 5
by from south wales
Posted Feb 14, 2017
Just to say that my stay was do wonderful. Well trained in hospitality. And customer care my room service was excellent and fell very blessed to have met Duncan. And the shuttle guys every thing was wonderful ( BIG THANK YOU).pam GRIFFITH.
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no swimming

4 out of 5
Posted Jan 26, 2017
What's a beach holiday when you can't swim. The waters im told are too dangerous to swim in. Would have loved a swimming beach.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jan 27, 2017 by General Manager
Dear Valued Guest Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are disheartened to hear that your stay with us was hampered by the prohibition of swimming at our beach. Unfortunately nature cannot always be controlled and the tide is too strong at our beach. We hope that this will not stand in your way of visiting us again as we will look forward to hosting you in the future. Kind Regards, Nils Rothbarth General Manager
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Beautiful pool

5 out of 5
by from N
Posted Jul 3, 2016
Very nice place, quiet if need a peace of mind its a great place.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jul 4, 2016 by The Fairmont Zimbali Team
Dear Nom Thank you for sharing your 5 star review of the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge with us. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to welcoming you back again soon for yet another quiet and tranquil getaway. Kind Regards, The Fairmont Zimbali Team
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Great stay

5 out of 5
Posted Jan 1, 2016
Pros: Locations and surroundings
Cons: Restaurant prices very expensive.
Excellent surroundings and great service. Units were well equipped and maintained.
Comment from Hotel Management
Mar 24, 2016 by Maye Khuluse
Dear Anonymous Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the surroundings of the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge as well as the great service received. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind Regards, The Fairmont Zimbali Team
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Nice hotel - but badly in need of renovating

2 out of 5
by from UK
Posted Nov 22, 2015
Pros: The location
Location: Pretty much everything
I stayed here about 10 years ago and thought it was wonderful. Now it needs a shake up in all departments. The rooms are tired, the facilities not as good as they were. Clearly the effort has gone into the main hotel on the other side of the golf course. The only meal served is breakfast and most (not all) of the staff give the impression they are just treading water. Would not return unless I knew things had changed
Comment from Hotel Management
Dec 18, 2015 by Maye Khuluse
Dear Jeff Thank you for sharing your valuable feedback with us. We are disappointed that your expectations were not met during your stay. We apologise for any inconveniences that you may have experienced and hope to deliver a more memorable experience to you in the future. Kind Regards, Maye Khuluse Director of Guest Services Fairmont Zimbali Lodge
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Tired and in need of updating

2 out of 5
by from London
Posted Nov 10, 2014
Lodge is showing its sign of age and needs an urgent update. Hotel is corporate and very limited in dining options. Our Garden Room 7002 directly overlooks a row of parked cars. Overal impression very disappointing.
Comment from Hotel Management
Nov 25, 2014 by Joanne Du Plooy
Dear David Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your stay with us. The Fairmont Zimbali Lodge is being upgraded in phases in order to minimise the impact on guest experience. We do hope that you will visit us again soon so that you may experience some of the changes. Kind Regards, The Fairmont Zimbali Team
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5 out of 5
Posted Dec 25, 2013
Comment from Hotel Management
May 30, 2014 by Joanne Du Plooy
Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share feedback on your stay at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. We are truly delighted you had a wonderful experience and we certainly hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back again soon. Kind regards, The Fairmont Zimbali Lodge Team
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Wonderful hotel in a picturesque setting.

5 out of 5
Posted Oct 2, 2013
Pros: The setting was terrific, the views were great and the food and service was excellent.
Due to our travel plans we could only stay one night - our brief stay was wonderful.
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Amazing setting and décor!

5 out of 5
by from Dubai
Posted Aug 30, 2013
Cons: Variety of cuisine.
We travelled in August 2013 The hotel has a unique colonial style which makes you feel very welcome. The rooms and service are impeccable and so was Breakfast. We tried a restaurant on the other Fairmont property and that was not at the same standard level of the Zimbali Lodge. .
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Best stay I've had in years!

4 out of 5
Posted Oct 24, 2012
Pros: The location
Cons: steep sidewalks and rough stairways
Location: Incredible forest with ocean views!!!!!
The entire location was spectacular! The only small drawback was the bits of wear and tear within the room itself. Given that the room had colonial style African furniture the wear was far less notable as compared to major chain hotels and did little to distract from the over all. The views were incredible and the staff was simply perfect!!!!
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