Fairmont Zimbali Lodge
Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, South Africa
Stunningly elegant, Zimbali Lodge is a modern masterpiece of design, with a vast glazed atrium looking down over an infinity pool and the championship golf course. The estate is home to various species of antelope, monkey and prolific birdlife and also boasts three kilometres of stunning undeveloped beach, perfect for relaxation.
The 76 rooms and suites are spread across several small buildings, maintaining a boutique air. Each spacious room is decorated in colonial style and has a balcony overlooking the ocean, lagoon or coastal forest. The restaurant is superb with a country club atmosphere.
Zimbali is actually Zulu for 'Valley of Flowers' and guests can explore the estate's indigenous gardens and lush forests. As well as playing golf or wandering down to the beach, there are opportunities for wonderful birding, horse riding or excursions to nearby areas of interest in the region. There is also a spa for those looking for some pampering: it is popular and treatments need to be booked at least 48 hours in advance. Overall, Zimbali is a wonderful place to enjoy and explore the KwaZulu-Natal coastline.