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The Oyster Box

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South Africa
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

I've just been lucky enough to share my brothers wedding at the oyster box - And wow what a treat. Completely and utterly spoilt - what an awesome time. We had drinks in a few of the different bars and were spoilt to try some of the amazing food. It was an amazing and special experience so well done to...

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Evanston, Illinois
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I loved this place! From the moment we set foot in the door we were treated so well, I couldn't believe it. Kind of an old fashioned colonial style hotel, but totally updated and beautifully decorated. Loved our room, deluxe and cozy, with a balcony overlooking the ocean. We could hear the waves at night, so relaxing. Two of us...

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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 perfect stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am thrilled that you found everything to your liking, in particular the luxurious accommodation with balcony and stunning ocean views, the amazing breakfast and most relaxing spa treatments in our award-winning spa. I look forward to welcoming...

Oslo, Norway
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga just outside Durban has everything. Splendid rooms, extraordinary food, perfect services (provided by a very nice staff) and great scenery. If you choose to eat outside the hotel there is a range of high-quality (and for europeans relatively cheap) restaurants close to the hotel.

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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. It is wonderful to read that you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves and found everything to your liking, in particular the amazing staff, fantastic food and stunning ocean views. I look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind...

New York, USA
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our 2 stays at the Oyster Box. The property is unique. It is located in a safe neighborhood where we were able to walk in the evening. There is a lively shopping street nearby with a supermarket and restaurants / cafes. The views are outstanding. During our first stay our room was somewhat small. We had a much...

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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 delighted to read that you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves, in particular the perfect location overlooking the ocean with comfortable walks along the beachfront. Your kind words regarding the friendly and reliable staff are equally appreciated. With regards to...

south africa
Reviewed 1 week ago

We celebrated our 10 year anniversary and wanted some where special to celebrate in style and The Oyster Box did not disappointing. From arrival to check out we were well looked after. We were upgraded to a suite, which was just the best news ever! And even though it is pricey, you really are spoilt... you get complimentary water at...

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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. It is wonderful to read that you chose to celebrate your 10th anniversary at The Oyster Box and that you felt it was the best hotel at which you have every stayed. From the upgrade of your accommodation, to the amazing breakfasts and...

Loughborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Oyster Box was part of our holiday to south Africa after visiting the Cederberg Mountains and Capetown. It made a lovely relaxing interlude in a hectic schedule. The setting cannot be faulted - looking out over the magnificent sea and lighthouse was stunning. One evening there was a storm and sitting on our balcony watching the sky light up...

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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. Your very kind words are sincerely appreciated and we will be sure to share them with the team. Thank you for your wonderful feedback with regards to the hotel, our efficient and friendly staff and that you enjoyed your...

Perth, Australia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having previously enjoyed a high tea at the Oyster Box, I was fortunate to be able to make a brief visit today whilst on a trip from Australia. I'd like to commend your hotel & staff for the excellent service and for the enjoyable morning tea in a most relaxing environment. I was fortunate to reacquaint myself with Mrs Barbie...

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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 return visit to The Oyster Box. I am absolutely delighted to hear that you enjoyed your morning tea experience and that the staff took great care of you. Thank you for pointing out the member of staff who stood out from a service point of view....

loire valley
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Le Calabash France took a group of ten to The Oyster Box as part of the final chapter of Alison and Sidney's upcoming book 'A Culinary Adventure' as Sidney's father took him to this hotel in the late sixties and early seventies. The Management, Staff and Kitchen pulled out all stops to ensure that the experience was second to none....

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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 visit to The Oyster Box. I am thrilled to read that you all thoroughly enjoyed the curry demonstration and the 'Chef's Table' in the kitchen and that you found the breakfast to be the best in South Africa. I look forward to welcoming you all back...

Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Oyster Box was part of a BIG birthday trip to South Africa. It is genuinely difficult to convey in words how good the Oyster Box experience is. Everything is stunning from the absolutely amazing! amazing! amazing! location, to the ambiance, to the brilliant staff, to the rooms( Rooms does not do it justice.. looking out at the lighthouse and listening...

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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. It is wonderful that you chose to celebrate your birthday in South Africa and spend some time with us at The Oyster Box on this special occasion. I am delighted to read that you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves from the moment you arrived and...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing Hotel fantastic service. Don't hesitate to come here, we'll be back! Service was exemplary in every respect, staff were all very friendly. This is how all first class hotels should be. Beware of little thieves though - a monkey stole the fruit from out of our room when the door was open!

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your review following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am thrilled that you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves and experienced amazing service from the friendly staff. I look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards, Wayne Coetzer General Manager

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar/Lounge
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Wheelchair access
Food & drink at the hotel
The Grill Room
The Grill Room
Cuisines: European, Seafood, International
Palm Court
Palm Court
Cuisines: British, European
Things to do
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
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  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Paid Wifi
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Free Breakfast
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Conference Facilities
  • Babysitting
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: $306 - $1,265 (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
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#1 Family Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Business Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Spa Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Romantic Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Luxury Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
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“Sea view is recommended.”
 of 5 bubbles Egil2013, 1 week ago | Read review
“Ask for an ocean view.”
 of 5 bubbles semsemsemsem, 1 week ago | Read review
“Room 21 was wonderful.”
 of 5 bubbles sirensash, 1 week ago | Read review
“Definitely go for a seafacing room - it made my holiday!”
 of 5 bubbles lizm54, 2 weeks ago | Read review
“Sea View rooms are wonderful.”
 of 5 bubbles lecalabash, 2 weeks ago | Read review
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