South Africa travel: Fairmont Zimbali Resort, KwaZulu-Natal

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SOUTH AFRICA

Together’s South Africa trip took us into Zulu territory.

The Fairmont Zimbali Resort is located within the KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa. The name comes from its mixed heritage; ‘KwaZulu’ originates, believe it or not, from the Zulu phrase meaning ‘Place of the Zulu’ and ‘Natal’ comes from the name given to the region by European settlers. This province is the only one in South Africa that is named after its dominant ethnic group – the Zulus.

This majestic northern coastal resort, situated in the Zimbali estate, has a plethora of choice for the dignified guest. With a view over the Indian Ocean, this beachfront hotel is the ideal place to kick back for a week or two. All 154 rooms are decorated and designed with local nature as inspiration; in every room there is a strong undertone of earth, wood and stone. The entire resort is a true testament to KwaZulu-Natal’s beautiful aesthetic.

The resort offers a wide array of amenities for its guests. There is something for everyone. The Fairmont has eight dining and entertainment venues designed to suit all tastes. From the deliciously elegant local cuisine presented in a three course meal format to the casual pizza by the pool side, there is no chance of being unsatisfied. And if that’s not enough, the resort offers a cake order service; order what you want and it will be made within the shortest amount of time possible. The Fairmont also offers such services as a fully equipped fitness centre and the Willow Stream Spa. This spa is perfect for the stressed and tired traveller. With its eight treatment rooms and fully trained specialist staff, you will feel refreshed and invigorated after every visit. Also on offer are five outdoor swimming pools – so there’s always room for a relaxing swim.