TORONTO, Ont.—June 1, 2010—Fairmont
Hotels & Resorts announced the opening of Fairmont Zimbali Resort,
a 154-room property located along the eastern coast of South Africa.
Fairmont Zimbali Resort joins the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, a 76-room
property set nearby along the beach.
The resort is 15 minutes from the new King Shaka International Airport
(KSIA). It is also a short drive from Durban, one of the nine host
cities of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Spectacular ocean views, tasteful architectural design, and a plethora
of dining options are the trademarks of Fairmont Zimbali Resort,
according to an announcement by Fairmont. With private verandas
and soaking tubs, guestrooms are styled with stone, wood, and the
natural materials of the African environment. The range of dining rooms
and lounges offer something for every palate, including an elegant
steakhouse serving South Africa’s finest grain fed beef and seafood, a
beach club offering wood-fired pizza and barbecue, a wine and tapas
bar, pool and beach side cocktail bars, and a tea and coffee lounge
featuring strong African roasts and Fairmont teas.
The site is surrounded by an abundance of recreational sites and
activities. Game-viewing expeditions, safari outings, animal and
crocodile farm tours, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking,
surfing, micro-light flying, boating, fishing, shark and dolphin tours
are all within access. The rich heritage of KwaZulu-Natal is a
cultural wonderland for learning and exploration, with historical Zulu
battlefields and two UNESCO World Heritage sites nearby: the
iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the uKhahlamba/Drakensburg Park.
For guests who prefer not to stray from the Resort, the Willow Stream
Spa offers a place to escape, with eight treatment and steam rooms.
There are also five outdoor swimming pools onsite, including a
freshwater pool and saltwater pools overlooking the Indian Ocean. For
golf aficionados, an 18-hole golf course is currently under
construction, designed by golf champion, Gary Player. At the nearby
Zimbali Country Club, the Tom Weiskopf-designed course is already in
The property is equipped with high-speed Internet access and video-on-demand.