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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed yesterday NEW

I'm from Durban, so I'm rather au fait with the Oyster Box. In fact, I resided just next door for a few years before emigrating. The Oyster Box was always the epitome of class, and staying there was the pinnacle of accommodation (at least, as far as Durban is concerned). It really is a step up from the other Durban...

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Le Morne
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our family were fortunate to spend another holiday at the Oyster Box Hotel. It is difficult to comprehend into words the way you feel when you stay at this hotel. The staff make you feel incredibly special and pamper you in the manner befitting of royals. Each and every staff member wear a smile on their faces and extraordinarily remember...

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

Two night stay only, unfortunately it was heavy rain so couldn't use outside areas which looked fabulous. The upside of the rain was being able to chill in this outstandingly beautiful hotel. Lots of little areas with gorgeous seating and artwork. We had curry buffet which was just so tasty the first night and ate outside second night ( mediocre...

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Durban
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

Superb. Been to many hotels locally and internationally the culture at The Oyster box many aspire to achieve.They truely understand Customer Service. The rooms are excellent with excellent sea view. Food excellent. Well done Oyster Box

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Las Vegas, Nevada
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You can't go wrong here. Everything is excellent. People were really friendly from check-in to the dining services. Needless to say, you pay a pretty penny for it, so it better be! We had an outstanding visit here. Do not miss the curry buffet - you will not be disappointed. Spent plenty of time playing with the cat - We...

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

Dear Guest Thank ypu so much for your wonderful comments. I am delighted you enjoyed your time with us and that you spent time with Skabenga, I hope he didnt scratch you, he has been a bit grumpy lately! Thank you for choosing us when there are so many to choose from, I hope we get the chance to welcome...

Hampshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

We had a 4 night stay from 2 January so it was a great way to kick off 2017. Our room, well, suite, was amazing. Sofa area in one side with a desk with the bedroom area on the other side. Lovely bathroom with "his and her" sinks. Plenty of wardrobe space with plenty of coat hangers (no need to...

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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 4-night stay with us at The Oyster Box. It is wonderful that you thoroughly enjoyed your luxurious suite and found the staff helpful and pleasant. I will be sure to share your review with the team. I look forward to welcoming you back in the near...

Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

We drove through the gates and it was like entering another world. A world where all the staff were happy, welcoming and ensured that every facet of our stay was brilliant. The doorman's uniform was fantastic, he looked really smart. Initially we thought that it was all show but everytime we went through those doors the doorman had some great...

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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 Th Oyster Box. I am thrilled to read that you thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the hotel, from the Old World Charm and Colonial Chic to the attention to detail throughout including the decor and uniforms. I am especially delighted that the...

South Africa
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We loved our stay at The Oyster Box this past weekend. The staff went out of their way to make sure it was special for us. There were flowers and balloons on arrival to the room wishing us Happy Anniversary. We spent both nights having dinner at the Palm Terrace and then the Grill Room. The Ocean Terrace offers a...

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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. It is wonderful to read that you chose to celebrate your Anniversary with us and that you loved everything regarding your stay, in particular the wonderful welcome on arrival and the various restaurants all of which offered delicious meals....

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have often eaten or had a cocktail or two at The OBH (always delicious) but we decided to stay there the night of our wedding. The rooms are beautifully appointed and they have every amenity you could wish for. We had a beautiful garden overlooking the lighthouse. The furniture is comfortable and tasteful and the bathrooms are a treat...

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking time to share your comments following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am delighted to know that you were thrilled to stay for the night of your wedding and that you were spoilt with beautiful accommodation overlooking the lighthouse and a treat of champagne awaiting your arrival. I look forward to...

Sheffield, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I booked a meal in advance for the first night of our holiday. The staff were fantastic, all of them addressed me by my name, they were very knowledgeable, attentive, absolutely brilliant. The food was outstanding, but a word of warning, the portion sizes are very generous. We ordered a starter, which, for me, was the size of a main...

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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 hear that you found the staff knowledgeable, attentive and absolutely brilliant and that you experienced delicious and outstanding food, even though you found the portions extremely generous. I look forward to welcoming you back in...

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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
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Wheelchair access
Food & drink at the hotel
The Grill Room
The Grill Room
Cuisines: Seafood, International, 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
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Paid Wifi
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Conference Facilities
  • Babysitting
  • Breakfast included
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: $286 - $1,121 (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 Spa Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Business Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Luxury Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Romantic Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
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  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
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“Ocean front”
 of 5 bubbles kevipedia, yesterday | Read review
“Ocean view, I guess. But perhaps most rooms have this.”
 of 5 bubbles NellanSF, 2 days ago | Read review
“Sea View or Garden Villa”
 of 5 bubbles Lauren_LW, 3 days ago | Read review
“All rooms facing the sea are wonderful and private, pay the extra and face the SEA-the sound of the waves will live with you forever”
 of 5 bubbles TraveliteNY, 2 weeks ago | Read review
“Couples will love the sea facing rooms and suites familys should go for the garden rooms and cabanas”
 of 5 bubbles davidiafrica, 3 weeks ago | Read review
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