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The Oyster Box

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2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks 4319, South Africa
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

My wife and I had a very enjoyable stay at the Oyster Box hotel recently. Our internet reservation was made some months prior - and handled very efficiently and pleasantly. On our arrival the Reception desk was welcoming and efficient too- and handled our departure in similar professional fashion. We were upgraded to Suite 005 which was a lovely surprise,... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Super Stylish hotel - really feel like you in another country ! fantastic friendly staff . Disappointed that the bathroom toiletries are no longer Molton brown - the B Africa are just not up to 5⭐️standard . Breakfast great . Snack platters on the terrace not up to standard and think kitchen could do with a shake up . Coffee... More 

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

Dear Guest I am delighted you enjoyed your stay at The Oyster Box, and that you found the service and staff fantastic! With regards to room amenities, we have never stocked Molton Brown, we would never use a regular product that is used in so many regular Hotels . We use BAfrica due to its product integrity - No use... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Spend 5 days at the Oyster Box at the end of April. From arrival to departure was an absolute treat. Service, rooms, restaurants, bars, staff and facilities are fantastic. Beatiful colonial hotel in great setting and views of the Indian Ocean. Breakfast was fantastic with so many choices and bottomless champange! Rooms (had a standard sea facing room) are not... 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 comments following your recent stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am pleased to hear that you found everything to your liking from the luxurious sea facing accommodation to the restaurants, bars, facilities and amazing staff. I am also delighted to know that your wife was impressed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Thanks to Billet for his amazing service we absolutely loved the service as well as the food cooked to perfection. Such a special place to have a celebration. We thoroughly enjoyed every moment spent. Thank you so much.

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. It is wonderful that you chose to celebrate your anniversary at The Oyster Box and that you were spoilt by the staff on your special occasion. I am delighted to hear that you found the food cooked to perfection and that you thoroughly enjoyed every moment. I look... More 

Centurion, South Africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I had our twelfth wedding anniversary dinner at the Ocean Terrace Restaurant at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga. On arrival we had drinks and fresh oysters in the bar, and when we announced ourselves at the restaurant we were immediately congratulated on this marriage milestone. We had a lovely view from our table on the patio,... More 

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to write your review following your visit to The Oyster Box to celebrate your 12th anniversary. It is wonderful to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your dining experience of tasting the different curries on the popular Curry Buffet and that you were extremely well looked after by the staff on your special... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A sublime experience at a great hotel. A touch of colonialism but infused with Ubuntu. Service unrivaled, luxurious and comfortable rooms, stunning sea views, delicious breakfasts and jovial evenings in the Lighthouse Bar. What a treat for s special occasion! We will be back.

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to submit your wonderful review following your stay with us at The Oyster Box to celebrate your special occasion. It is fantastic to read that you enjoyed a sublime experience with unrivalled service, luxurious accommodation, stunning ocean views and delicious meals. I look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Kind regards,... More 

Durban, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Took my out of town family to The Oyster Box for lunch - firstly the weather was glorious - so we were seated outside on the terrace under the signature red awning with an amazing view of the iconic Umhlanga lighthouse and sparkling rim flow swimming pool. But the smiles and greetings from the Oyster Box team (across the board)... More 

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to submit your review following your visit with your family to The Oyster Box. I am thrilled to hear that your expectations were exceeded with the wonderful service and friendliness of all the staff and that you enjoyed the delicious lunch on The Ocean Terrace overlooking the sea. I look forward to... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We met with friends for a Curry buffet dinner at the Ocean Terrace. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable of the history of the hotel and lighthouse. He explained all the curries with enthusiasm and great detail. We then experienced the variety of curries and all their lovely flavours. We were told that the Beef Vindaloo was the strongest curry but... More 

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your review following your visit with your friends to The Oyster Box. I am delighted to read that you enjoyed the delicious and most popular curry buffet, beautiful setting of The Ocean Terrace overlooking the sea and the great hospitality from the friendly staff. I look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Kind... More 

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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46 reviews 46 reviews
8 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We came for drinks as I have been to the hotel before and it's always been great! The lighthouse bar was very busy with all the tables on the terrace taken and so we sat inside for a bit and coincidentally the table right in front of us on the terrace became available and it was much warmer to sit... 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 comments following your visit to The Oyster Box. The Lighthouse Bar is a most popular venue to sit and relax whilst enjoying drinks with friends or family. I am delighted you managed to experience our beautiful colonial hotel whilst enjoying the sound of the crashing waves nearby. I look... More 

Kenilworth, England
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 hotel reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Whilst visiting my parents in Durban in April, my husband and I decided to take them to the Oyster Box for lunch. We went to the Ocean Terrace and had a lovely meal - great service and stunning views over the lighthouse and ocean. Staff could not have been more helpful - didn't flinch when I asked for a plate... 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 post your review following your visit with your family to The Oyster Box. I am so pleased that you experienced great service plus stunning views over the ocean whilst enjoying your delicious meals on the Ocean Terrace. I look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Wayne Coetzer General Manager More 

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