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Zimbali Coastal Resort: A place where you belong

As the only residential estate on the north coast of Kwazulu Natal with direct access to the beach, Zimbali Coastal Resort is the place to be for those wanting an endless holiday feel. An increasing number of permanent residents and holiday makers are attracted by the extensive range of leisure activities and exemplary facilities guaranteeing a lifestyle of luxurious opulence, convenience and superb quality.

As developers, the joint venture of Tongaat Hulett Developments and IFA Hotels and Resorts
have set the bar extremely high, going as far as repositioning the old M4 highway in order to make way for this breathtaking Resort. The estate continues to be a front runner in the industry and has achieved a number of awards in its 21 year history, including being the first estate to adopt the Balinese architectural style, which has been duplicated by other estates over the years.

In the recent phases of the development, the previously stringent architectural guidelines enjoy fresh interpretation and a contemporary look. Straight lines, selected flat roofs, cantilevered design, wooden slatted shutters and sliders, natural stone, glass fronted and rimless pools are offset against the sheer beauty and charm of the older phases which have retained their luxurious living arrangement, entrenched in the lush coastal surroundings.

A large estate with generous stand proportions can often lose its intimacy but the homes at Zimbali Coastal Resort are specifically designed to almost merge themselves into the surrounding bush and vegetation, thus creating much needed privacy. The vegetation and plethora of green belts also acts as a buffer against the heat in the idyllic tropical summer climates. Even the winters on the Kwazulu Natal coast are incredibly mild and the area is often referred to as having an eternal summer. A revered reputation has had a promising effect on the values of land. Whereas at the beginning of the development, freehold stands started at just under R 200 000 and beachfront freehold stands cost approximately R 500 000, today property prices speak an entirely different language with stands now retailing from R 2 million to R 13 million.

Stand sizes vary between 1000m² - 3000m² and a standalone home today can sell for anything from R 6 million for a three bedroom home to R 45 million for an oppulent beachfront home boasting six spacious bedrooms. Sectional title apartments retail from R 3.7 million to as much as R27 million and the highest recorded selling price for a home currently stands at a staggering R 34 million. The incredible views of the warm Indian Ocean from almost anywhere on the estate makes this prime real estate and has resulted in a consistent and steady increase of between 6-9% per annum in property value and in order to cater for an even wider range of clientele, the Zimbali Lakes Resort, which will include a world class retirement village has been planned right next door and is expected to launch in 2016.

Whist a number of estate agencies are permitted to sell and rent property within the Resort, the highly experienced and knowledgeable on-site agents, Zimbali Estate Agency, powered by Keller Williams Realty heads up the sales division at the estate and the on-site sales centre, located at the main gate, helps simplify the purchase process for prospective homeowners.

The Resort has robust security measures in place and is one of the many reasons why Zimbali Coastal Resort was voted the 2nd best residential estate in the country by New World Wealth and the Best Estate in Kwazulu Natal. Security is of the highest quality; a sensory electrified fence traces the perimeter of the estate as well as rigorous access controls and a number of appointed guardhouses and continuous patrols.

Zimbali Coastal Resort continues to set itself apart from other estates in the country and their multitude of facility offerings for all ages and members of the family is just one way that they ensure they remain a few steps ahead of the rest. As part of their levies, residents are able to directly access 3.5kms of stunning beachfront via the estate, a luxurious five star hotel and the elegant Zimbali Lodge, nine restaurants, numerous bars and two delis, two on-site spas and the Bushbuck Club. For the activity driven there is obviously the golf course, many swimming pools across the estate including a heated pool, the amazing Valley of the Pools, gymnasium, tennis and squash courts, cricket nets, a kicking field and a number of kids play areas and activities help keep the little ones entertained.

At the 50 hectare reserve within the estate, “Holy Hill”, homeowners can enjoy taking in the sights of an abundance of birds, fauna and flora while enjoying the nature trails and the estate even offers disabled access to the beach. The resort is situated a mere 10 minutes drive from the King Shaka International airport and the local Ballito area has seen a surge in property and retail development recently and now offers all the shopping amenities to ensure a lifestyle of comfort and convenience. A host of prestigious schools in the area like Crawford College, Ashton International College, Umhlali Preparatory School for example makes this an even more obvious choice for young families wanting to permanently set up home.

The gorgeous Zimbali Lodge offers the perfect self catering facility for family and friends. Locals and international visitors wanting to experience outstanding vacation options will find nothing better than the ultra luxurious Fairmont Zimbali Resort hotel, which boasts the Willow Stream Spa. Also on the estate is the Mangwanani Spa which provides health and relaxation for individuals that wish to restore much needed balance to mind, body and soul. The resort acknowledges its part in a much wider community and the management and its affiliates support a number of local charities such as the Keller Williams Realty Red Day. The Championship 18 hole, 72 par, links/coastal forest golf course was designed by former South African PGA and British Open champion, Tom Weiskopf and enjoys a 73 championship, 70 club and 70 ladies rating. A magnificently luxurious clubhouse with all the facilities any golfer would ever need is available on site as well as a driving range and Pro Shop that even offers golf club hire for visiting travellers.

Zimbali Coastal Resort is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s proudest residential assets and provides an unrivalled service offering for both local and international guests and permanent residents. A tranquil setting, outstanding facilities and fantastic investment potential – there is nothing more one can possibly want, need or desire. Zimbali Coastal Resort has ventured where no other estate dared and the result has been truly worthwhile.

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Originally published on 21 Aug 2015
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