Where Busi­ness Meets Leisure – Fair­mont Zim­bali Re­sort

OF­FER­ING LIT­ER­ALLY SOME­THING FOR EV­ERY­ONE, THE KING­DOM OF THE ZULU STANDS TALL AMONGST ITS COUN­TER­PARTS, AND HAS MADE A NAME FOR IT­SELF AS A GLOBAL TOURISM PARADISE AS WELL AS A THRIV­ING BUSI­NESS HUB.

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From some of the coun­try’s most pop­u­lar beaches,to dra­matic moun­tain land­scapes and even rugged bushveld, KwaZulu-Natal is un­like any other prov­ince – and has so­lid­i­fied it­self as a firm leader in the South African tourism space. Also hailed as the sec­ond most in­te­gral man­u­fac­tur­ing hub in the coun­try with the busiest port and an ever-grow­ing prop­erty mar­ket, Dur­ban is in­creas­ingly be­com­ing a hot spot that epit­o­mises the say­ing, “Busi­ness meets plea­sure.” And there are few places that em­body a first-class busi­ness and plea­sure ex­pe­ri­ence quite like the Fair­mont Zim­bali Re­sort.

THE VAL­LEY OF FLOW­ERS

Lo­cated on KZN’s ex­quis­ite Dol­phin Coast, the Fair­mont Zim­bali Re­sort is set in a 700-hectare pro­tected coastal na­ture re­serve sur­rounded by lush trop­i­cal for­est.The name Zim­bali, the Zulu word for “val­ley of flow­ers”, per­fectly en­cap­su­lates the at­mos­phere of this stun­ning area where plush fo­liage and in­dige­nous flora gen­tly slope to the lap­ping shores of the warm, invit­ing In­dian Ocean. Sit­u­ated within the exclusive Zim­bali Coastal Es­tate, Fair­mont Zim­bali Re­sort is lo­cated a mere five

min­utes from the bustling coastal town of Bal­lito, 20 min­utes from Umh­langa and only 30 min­utes from the heart of Dur­ban. Its close prox­im­ity to the King Shaka In­ter­na­tional Air­port – 16 km away – makes it eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble to holiday-mak­ers and busi­ness trav­ellers alike.

Fa­cil­i­ties at Fair­mont Zim­bali Re­sort in­clude 154 con­tem­po­rary rooms and suites, an award-win­ning spa, world-class res­tau­rants and bars, five pools, ten­nis and squash courts, and an 18-hole Tom Weiskopf-de­signed golf course.

THE GOLD STAN­DARD OF CON­FER­ENCES

The new­est up­grade to this in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed re­sort is the brand-new, state-of-the-art con­fer­ence fa­cil­ity which opened its doors in Novem­ber 2017, and is now the largest con­fer­ence fa­cil­ity on the KZN North Coast. Gen­eral Man­ager of Fair­mont Zim­bali Re­sort, Nils Roth­barth, says: “There is a sig­nif­i­cant de­mand for large-scale, up­mar­ket con­fer­enc­ing fa­cil­i­ties on the North Coast, and we are de­lighted to be able to not only meet the mar­ket de­mand, but to do it in a style that the Fair­mont Zim­bali Re­sort is so well known for – el­e­gant, re­li­able, and with ex­cel­lent ser­vice.”

Those look­ing to do busi­ness in Dur­ban are guar­an­teed to im­press clien­tele and pa­trons with the newly up­graded con­fer­ence cen­tre, which can now ac­com­mo­date up to 520 peo­ple ban­quet-style and up to 700 peo­ple cin­ema-style. The con­tem­po­rary venue has been clev­erly de­signed with stack­ing doors that can quickly and eas­ily change the shape and size of the room, and so is per­fectly suited for wed­dings as well as pri­vate and cor­po­rate func­tions. Pur­pose­fully con­structed with­out the use of pil­lars, this dy­namic space of­fers guests un­ob­structed views from wher­ever they are stand­ing or seated. For smaller, more be­spoke con­fer­ences or pre­sen­ta­tions, three in­di­vid­ual meet­ing rooms are also avail­able.

Ex­cep­tional state-of-the-art au­dio-vis­ual equip­ment and high-speed Wi-Fi is pro­vided through­out the con­fer­ence cen­tre, and the ceil­ings, fit­ted with acous­tic pan­els, en­sure that crys­tal­clear sound is heard through­out. For large-scale events such as mo­tor­ing launches, the space is equipped with an ex­pan­sive roller-door style en­trance at the back and re­in­forced floor­ing, pro­vid­ing suit­able ac­cess for heavy ve­hi­cles and even trucks.

There is plen­ti­ful on­site un­der­cover park­ing for guests, pro­vid­ing ease of ac­cess to the venue. Roth­barth has en­sured that se­cu­rity of the venue – which is al­ready bol­stered by the strong se­cu­rity pres­ence through­out the re­sort and the es­tate – is world-class, pro­vid­ing high-pro­file guests and del­e­gates ab­so­lute safety and peace of mind.“We look for­ward to wel­com­ing all our

fu­ture del­e­gates, and to mak­ing their con­fer­enc­ing ex­pe­ri­ence an un­for­get­table one,” he says.

TIME TO UN­WIND

Once busi­ness is done for the day, guests can en­joy a myr­iad of fa­cil­i­ties at the Fair­mont Zim­bali Re­sort – a place that takes plea­sure and leisure to a whole new level. Rooms and suites pro­vide am­ple respite from a day’s hard work and pro­vide a haven of tran­quil­lity.Airy and spa­cious, the rooms are all de­signed with warm wood tones and nat­u­ral light, ac­cen­tu­at­ing the coastal splen­dour of the re­sort, and come fully equipped with all the ameni­ties of a five-star lux­ury ho­tel.

Guests also have the op­tion of tak­ing re­lax­ation to a new level by en­joy­ing an un­for­get­table pam­per­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at the Wil­low Stream Spa, a space that truly echoes the re­sort’s prom­ise of tran­quil­lity. If your idea of re­lax­ation and un­wind­ing af­ter a long day is more about in­creas­ing your heart rate, a round of ten­nis, golf or squash, fol­lowed by a swim in one of the five pools at the re­sort, will most cer­tainly sat­isfy your needs.

Din­ing at Fair­mont Zim­bali Re­sort pro­vides guests with a culi­nary choice of a whop­ping eight res­tau­rants and lounges. From the more tra­di­tional fam­ily din­ing and break­fast buf­fets on the ter­race at the Co­ralTree, to the flavour­some spicy flavours of India at OSA, or the in­tense and var­ied mouth-wa­ter­ing flavours of Mex­ico at the pool­side restau­rant, Ay­oba, there is some­thing for ev­ery­one. Grab a quick snack at the aptly named Bite, or en­joy cock­tails and wine ei­ther at the beach bar, Mak­haza, the con­tem­po­rary wine bar, Vinum, or the lobby bar, 31 de­grees – all of­fer­ing light bar snacks to ease you into what­ever you have planned for the rest of the day or evening. Up­scale af­ter­noon tea can be en­joyed at Dal­chini and prom­ises to be a royal af­fair.

It is safe to say that at Fair­mont Zim­bali Re­sort, it is hard to draw the line be­tween busi­ness and plea­sure – which, some say, is how it should be. Mak­ing busi­ness a leisure af­fair, as well as a world-class ex­pe­ri­ence, Fair­mont Zim­bali Re­sort is truly in a league of its own.

For more in­for­ma­tion or reser­va­tions, please visit www.fair­mont.com/zim­bali-re­sort.

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