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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 Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had lunch here, our last few moments in Durban. Simply the best. South African gracious and over the top service, excellent food, wine, views. Go to Oyster Box any time. Should be #1 in Durban! Best oysters and calamari I have ever had, our Kenyan friend enjoyed everything.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent 4 nights in mid July, it was our first time at the hotel and will definitely be back. The minute you get in the quality of service is just great. The staff is so friendly and caring, everything gets done promptly and with a smile. Breakfasts were a treat ! Thoroughly enjoyed every single minute spent at The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Awesome room, double awesome service, view and breakfast. Just loved the complete experience. Keep the great work up to all the friendly staff. Hope to see you soon again. Worthwhile to fly down there for a day or two of bliss

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to stay. Nice terrace to have breakfast while the dolphins pass in the ocean. Excellent service and nice rooms. Only the view from the room was terrible for such a price. Nice pool and nice fitness room. The breakfast was over the top and you really question what they do with the "left overs". Diner in the restaurant... More 

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

Dear Guest Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. I am delighted you enjoyed so many aspects of the Hotel, I am sorry however you didn't enjoy the view, I have never had a comment about the view before, as the Hotel is known for its fabulous location and view. Again we are famed for... More 

Johannesburg South Africa
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78 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This hotel is a gem and we were thrilled to be able to return a year after our first visit. Indeed this trip we went to 2 5 star properties and it must be said - there is no comparison. The Oyster Box is special. The rooms may be small but those sea facing views and balconies in the front... More 

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

Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time to write the most fabulous review! I am delighted that you enjoyed the intrinsic character and charm of the Hotel, so many guests comment, that they are so glad it is not a tower block with safe décor, like so many other Hotels. We pride ourselves in being innovative, friendly and never... More 

Richards Bay, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The problem with staying at this hotel is simple....once you have stayed there you can never ever stay anywhere else.....absolutely nothing can compare to the superb quality and service. We even decided to try out the other 5 Star hotel next door to to see for ourselves - vowed to never go there again. We have officially been Oyster Boxed.... More 

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wayne020, General Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this review

Dear Mr and Mrs Smith Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a fabulous review. I am delighted that you enjoyed your break with us. Thank you for choosing us again. If there is any thing you require for a future stay, please know that myself and the entire team are on hand to ensure it... More 

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

My wife and I stayed at The Oyster Box for nights in July 2015 (very sorry about the lateness of the review!!). The decor, food, rooms are all amazing. It was a welcome dose of urban luxury after we had spent time on safari and the Drakensberg Mountains. We used it as a base for exploring Durban and the hotel... More 

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your review following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. How wonderful to hear that you found all aspects of the hotel to your liking, in particular the decor, food and luxurious accommodation. Thank you for your comments regarding the helpful staff regarding information you required for your local... More 

Aylesford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely stunning hotel...With amazing decor..food and staff! I have never been so looked after. The perfect hotel! Just wish it was nearer the UK as would come here all the time!..curry buffet lovely. ..High tea fantastic...rooms amazing. ..If you're coming to Durban this is THE place to stay

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your comments following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am thrilled that you thoroughly enjoyed the most popular Curry Buffet and High Tea and found your luxurious accommodation amazing. Thank you for your kind words regarding the fantastic decor and staff. I will be sure to share... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Most incredible hotel and amenities. Beautiful location. Stunning decor. Fab bars and restaurants within the hotel and so many fun restaurants close by. Family friendly and a real treat of a getaway...

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your comments following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am thrilled to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves, in particular the beautiful location overlooking the ocean, stunning decor and popular restaurants. I look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future. Kind regards, Wayne Coetzer... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this classy hotel is a favorite - every visit is as good as the first - we look forward to our next stay - service and staff are exceptional - suites well appointed and guests are pampered - spa visit was a treat as was breakfasts on terrace - never made high tea but i believe its a must -... More 

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your review following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. As returning and much-valued guests, your feedback is most important to us. I am thrilled that you thoroughly enjoyed the well appointed suites and found the service and staff exceptional, in addition to your visit to the award-winning spa... More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Food & drink at the hotel
The Grill Room
The Grill Room
Cuisines: European, Gluten Free, Seafood, International
Palm Court
Palm Court
Cuisines: British
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Room types
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Paid Wifi
Services
  • Room Service
  • Free Breakfast
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Conference Facilities
  • Babysitting
  • Free Parking
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
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 

Additional Information about The Oyster Box

Address: 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks 4319, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Umhlanga Rocks
Price Range: $279 - $1,036 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Oyster Box 5*
Number of rooms: 86
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Also Known As:
Oyster Box Umhlanga Rocks
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Luxury Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Business Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Romantic Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Spa Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
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