I travel with two children (5 and 9) who have become quite difficult to impress. Yet, every time we've stayed at The Oyster Box, I've had to drag them (and myself) back home very reluctantly with promises to come back.
This hotel has beautiful views of the Indian Ocean and there's a lighthouse right outside which feels like part of the decor. From the moment you check in to the hard goodbye, the experience here is all five star.
The staff is friendly and attentive. All requests, big and small are met promptly with incredible warmth and a sincere desire to be of service.
Th rooms are on the smaller side, but the sea facing rooms feel a little more spacious if you open the doors and make use of the patios.
The kids club is staffed with amazing people, who seem to really like children and they keep the, well entertained. I sometimes struggled to get my kids to do things outside the hotel.
The food is really good, the restaurant is one of the best in Durban, so early booking is advised as it is also popular with locals. The kitchen staff was happy to make items, not on the menu but that we craved.
I also made use of the gym, although it is small it is more than adequate for a workout - but the best is running along the beach promenade which is clean, safe and absolutely beautiful.
This hotel truly is a home away from home.
- 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