My wife and I spent three nights recently at the Oyster Box and had an excellent time there. The weather was rainy/cool, so no pool, but everything else was top notch. We had a sea facing room. And, yes, it was smaller than we expected but very nice and clean. Listening to the sea after spending months in the Arizona desert is a treat.
We had dinner one night at the Grill Room and the food was very good and the staff attentive but not overbearing. Excellent wine list, very extensive. The food was very good. Since it was my wife's birthday, they provided us with a speciality dessert at no charge.
The next night we eat in the Ocean Terrance restaurant. It too was good and less expensive than the Grill Room. The wine list was not as extensive but we found an excellent bottle of chardonnay. Breakfast was buffet and had everything you could want, including oysters. They have the best sticky buns I have had in years.
Too chilly to sit outside by the pool, so we took advantage of the free shuttle to the Gateway Mall. Supposedly the largest mall in southern Africa. Some nice restaurants there and lots of speciality shops. No large American style department store.
Check in and check out was painless. The staff appear to enjoy their jobs and do it well.
I would definitely recommend the Oyster Box but remember it is on the pricy side.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Oyster Box Umhlanga Rocks