the bedrooms and the swimming pool is the best bit of this hotel. teh bedrooms are comfortable and very attractively and appropriately decorated in marine blue and white.however, the decoration of the main body of the hotel is really clashing and vulgar. the the bar area is as phoney as you could get with its monstrous glass floor looking down to a dining room table?? whats that all about? and the tea lobby and the breakfast rooms should be avoided at all costs after a heavy night because the frenzy of trellis, patterned materials and colours accelerate the headache! . far from being relaxed understated boutique hotel by the sea its over contrived city style hotel. who ever did the decor should be shot . such a unique sea side location perched on the cliffs should be allowed to speak for itsself.
the staff are all delightful although over trained to a point where they become a bit in your face. and the maids look hysterical in their odd outfits with pearls on the top.
with some ease on the decor (including those mafia-italian urns removed from the bottom of the elegant staircase i can see that this could become a lovely hotel . it is a unique location and should be treated as one. i would recommend this to a friend as an overnight stay but not for a week destination because its tortured decor does not create a relaxing atmosphere.
the owners should be told that less is more!!!
- 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