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The Oyster Box

5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks 4319, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
Burgundydrinker2014 London, United Kingdom
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you love Africa, comfort and perfect service, a combination that is not easy to find, then head straight here. From the moment you enter the door, past the turbaned doorman, past palms and into a cool lobby which smells deliciously like an Agatha Christie boudoir, you will feel you have arrived home. Understated, the discreet but perfect service in... More

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful comments following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am delighted that we exceeded your holiday expectations and that you found the hotel to be your home from home with total comfort and offering perfect service. Thank you for your kind comments regarding the wonderful selection... More

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a great place to stay. There is so much attention to detail in this hotel. We were treated like royalty and we absolutely loved, loved, loved the food. Breakfast were great! So much choiice that even after 5 days we were excited to go for breakfast. Thank you Oyster Box!

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your wonderful review following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. It is wonderful to hear that you appreciated all the attention to detail on which the Owners pride themselves and that you felt you were treated like royalty. I would also like to thank you for your comments... More

Douglassville, Pennsylvania
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64 reviews 64 reviews
7 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Oyster Box is one of my favorite hotels to stay while in South Africa. The setting near the lighthouse is magnificent, and it's a treat watching the local fisherman on the rocks. The rooms are nicely appointed, and very clean. Check in was prompt and efficient, and the meals in the restaurant are very nice.

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your review following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am absolutely delighted to hear that you regard the hotel as one of your favourites, particularly for the well appointed clean rooms, delicious meals and the prompt and efficient service, especially on check in. I hope I will... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The rooms were very delightful & pleasant decorated, however that is the only positive feedback I have. Upon arrival (accommodation was already paid in full), a holding deposit of R4000 was charged to credit card. That's not an issue but should be communicated to the guests. Very impersonal & overall more of a cold feeling from staff. Room was neat... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Oyster Box is my favourite hotel in Africa and my joint favourite worldwide. (And I spend some 200 nights a year in hotels so I have seen them all - the good, the bad, and the ugly!). I have never before submitted a review on Trip Advisor but was moved to do so after yet another spectacular stay this... More

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful review following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am absolutely delighted to hear that we exceeded your expectations on all fronts and that you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves. I would like to thank you for your comments regarding the excellent service, delicious curry buffet and breakfast... More

Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Clive, Siyabonga and Khumbulani you guys are the best! Your standard of service is exceptional. I enjoyed the food and the wine that you recommended for me as i was celebrating my sepcial day, not forgetting the delectable slice of cake that Clive surprised me with! The cake was on the house i must add! I remember mumbling that "this... More

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful review following your visit to The Oyster Box. It is wonderful to hear that you chose to celebrate your birthday with us and that you felt it was the most breath-taking experience you have ever encountered in The Lighthouse Bar with regards to the exceptional service, food and... More

Joburg
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Little beats the Oyster Box for location, luxury and a relaxing break. Being less than an hour's flight from Joburg, it is an ideal getaway and, thanks to the mostly warm weather in the Durban area, an ideal place to visit during winter. It is right on the beachfront, even boasting its own private entrance to the promenade. I stayed... More

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OBHumhlangaRocks, General Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful review following your recent stay with us at The Oyster Box. As returning and much-valued guests, your feedback is most important to us and I am therefore thrilled that we have once again exceeded your expectations in order to create a most memorable stay. I am especially delighted... More

London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I think this is one of the best smallish luxury hotels in the world! Some small details are wonderful: * oversized napkins with meals * blankets for outside the bar * blue LED lights in the bathroom ceilings * carnations above the staff name badges * wake up calls from a happy human offering tea & coffee - not a... More

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to provide me with some feedback following your recent stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am absolutely delighted to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the hotel and that your children were well looked after! I would also like to thank you for your comments regarding the staff.... More

Pretoria, South Africa
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81 reviews 81 reviews
32 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Every detail that you can think of has been given thought and the quality is superb. We arrived to all the friendly greetings of "welcome back!" . At breakfast when we asked our waiter if he would mind getting us something we were told by him with a smile, "it's my job!". The setting is the best in the area... More

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to provide me with some feedback following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. As returning and much-valued guests, your feedback is most important to us. I am therefore thrilled that we have met with your expectations and ensured your visit was a special one. I am delighted to hear that... More

Durban, South Africa
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

the best hotel to stay without doubt in south Africa they gave me a upgrade to a villa room curry buffet was excellent however I had to ask for my champagne when I pre arranged for it to be in the room on arrival on honeymoon dissapointed with that the ice machine didn't work reported it a guy came to... More

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your review following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am absolutely delighted to hear that you found the accommodation in the villa to be comfortable and that you thoroughly enjoyed your spa treatment. Thank you for your comments regarding the delicious curry buffet for which we are... More

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Address: 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks 4319, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Umhlanga Rocks
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Oyster Box 5*
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THE LEGEND LIVES ON… AT THE OYSTER BOX Standing proud on Umhlanga’s beachfront, directly on the beach and overlooking the Indian Ocean, the 86-room Oyster Box, is one of South Africa’s best-loved hotels. Renowned for generous hospitality, attentive service and exceptional cuisine The Oyster Box offers all the colonial charm and nostalgia of a bygone era, but with all the modern comfort and amenities. Dining venues include the casual ‘Ocean Terrace’, serving casual and al fresco fare and a Curry Buffet, to the legendary, fine-dining ‘Grill Room’. The ‘Palm Court’ serves a lavish, traditional ‘High Tea’ daily, with live piano accompaniment. The Oyster and Lighthouse Bars are the hottest spots in town for sun-downers.The Spa is equipped with six treatment rooms, a Hydrotherapy Bath, grooming lounge, plunge-pool, state-of-the-art gym, Infinity pool and Tranquillity Lounge and offers the latest in health and wellness teatments.Facilities include two swimming pools, a private library, luscious tropical gardens and an intimate, 24-seater movie theatre. The Oyster Box is KZN’s premiere wedding and honeymoon destination and the ‘venue of choice’ for the conference and business market.Time spent at The Oyster Box will leave you with magical memories to last a lifetime. ... more   less 
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