Fairmont Hotels and Resorts has opened its second property along the eastern coast of South Africa in time for the 2010 World Cup finals. The 154-room Fairmont Zimbali Resort is nestled between a 700-hectare forest reserve and the waters of the Indian Ocean, enhanced by elegant architecture and the rich Zulu heritage of the KwaZulu-Natal province. Durban, one of 9 host cities for the 2010 World Cup, and the new King Shaka International Airport is a short drive from the resort.
Offering ocean views from verandas and luxurious soaking tubs, the guestrooms have been styled with stone and the natural materials of the African environment. There are several restaurants and bars, including a steakhouse serving beef and seafood, a beach club, a wine and tapas bar, pool and beach cocktail bars and a tea and coffee lounge featuring strong African roasts and teas. The resort also boasts a spa, five outdoor swimming pools (including a freshwater pool and saltwater pools overlooking the Indian Ocean) and an 18-hole golf course which is currently under construction.
Each accomodation type is furnished with luxury bedding, spacious bathroom with amenities from Miller Harris, LCD television with on-demand video programming, high-speed internet access, telephone, workdesk, in-room safe, minibar and coffee/tea making facilities. Guests will also enjoy the convenience of a balcony or patio from which they can relax to panoramas of the garden and ocean.
With ample space to relax and play and a stunning ballroom that can accommodate 180 guests, the resort is ideal for entertaining conferences, weddings and galas events of the highest order. Those planning to say “I do” have the option of taking their vows in a chapel among the birds and butterflies of the tropical forest, or at the edge of the Indian Ocean on one of the most exquisite coastlines in the world.