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The Oyster Box

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You could forget where you are. The amazingly designed hotel is well serviced by staff who are extremely good at their jobs. The restaurants are classy and the location unbeatable. I did not stay there, so my review is not of the rooms. It most reminds me of the very fancy hotels we visited while in India - having an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed here for two nights, one at the start and the other at the end of our holiday in Kwazulu Natal. Staff and service are outstanding. The hotel is so beautifully furnished and wonderful location right on the beach. We had a first floor sea facing room first (think it was 103), then a third floor sea facing room... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There is only one Oyster Box. Although I have a place close by, I have booked a room here a couple of times, just enjoying the service, luxury, food and experience. Su allen in reservations was extremely helpful in arranging the rooms of my choice at short notice. I stayed in the sea facing cabanas the first night and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We staid at the Oysterbox during the AIDS conference in July. Staff is very helpful and attentive. Rooms facing the lighthouse are outstanding. The Ocean Terrace restaurant is quite busy and a noisy place. I preferred the Grill Room for dinner cause this restaurant matches the 5* feeling most. Outstanding experience and I definitely will book this hotel again once... More 

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Thank Thomas N
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 during the recent AIDS conference. I am delighted to read that you thoroughly enjoyed your sea facing accommodation and preferred the fine dining Grill Room for the 5 star ambiance. Thank you for your kind comments regarding the helpful and attentive staff. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Our favourite hotel to stay and for special dinners as the facilities and service are superb. We went for a special high tea with overseas visitors and a fantastic experience with delicious food and great service as always. And the bonus was to meet the famous Celebrity Cat Skabenga on the way out

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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 comments following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am thrilled to hear that we are your favourite hotel and that you found the facilities and service superb. It is wonderful that you thoroughly enjoyed the High Tea in The Palm Court with your overseas guests and... More 

Mauritius
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 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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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 recent stay with us at The Oyster Box. Your comments regarding the friendly and caring staff offering amazing quality service are most appreciated and will be shared with the team. I am delighted that you enjoyed the wonderful breakfasts and are already planning to return. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 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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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. It is wonderful to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your luxurious accommodation overlooking the ocean, together with the delicious buffet breakfast offering an amazing selection. Thank you for your kind words regarding the friendly staff and awesome service. I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 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 

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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 

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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 - $1,031 (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 Luxury Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Spa Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Business Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Romantic Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
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