We are coming to Durban and are deciding where to stay on the Zimbali estate. Is anyone able to recommend the Zimbali Suites over the Resort/Lodge. We are travelling as a party of 2 adults and 2 kids.
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If I were you, I would go for Fairmont Zimbali Resort with no hesitation. I was there with my family as 5 adults in 2 rooms. The rooms are spacious and convenience. The resort and facility are perfect. you are away 5 min drive from Blits and you do have access to local market and shopping mall and perfect and tasty restaurant or stay in hotel and relax and swim and help yourself in hotel's different restaurants which are nice and serving different type of food from all over the world. All you need to do just stay and enjoy and relax in your hotel and enjoy unique and amazing view and design of hotel.
We only stayed at the Suites and never saw the Lodge. My impression is that the Lodge is a "golfers retreat" since the course surrounds it. I may be very wrong. I would suggest contacting the resort and get their advice.
On more thing to add...the Suites is in closer proximity to the pools and beach. Something to think about with children!
I preferred the Suites but the Resort/Lodge is also great, when staying at the Suites we were pampered the whole time. When you stay at the resort, it is self catering. For a family of 4, the lodge might be a great experience though. One can always go and lunch at the hotel. :-)
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