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The Oyster Box

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05/14/2017 05/15/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
$382*
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed yesterday NEWvia mobile

What a wonderful hotel. Clive made us feel like a million dollars 💵 great service , lots of history , great drinks and awesome food 🥘 ...... ........ relaxed environment and so much to do . Will be back and cannot say enough !

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Benoni, South Africa
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Reviewed March 24, 2017 via mobile

Let me say up front that I have a problem with this review - I can only rate it as high as excellent! This hotel is beyond excellent in my opinion. The defining element of this establishment is, without a doubt, the calibre of staff. Everyone, from the reception staff, to the waiters, to the ever attentive supervisory staff, 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 post your review following your fantastic stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am absolutely thrilled to hear that you praise all aspects of the hotel and cannot fault it in any way. Thank you for your compliments regarding our exceptional staff who made your stay incredibly memorable. It is...

Reviewed yesterday NEWvia mobile

We were there with my wife and kids and spent true quality time in a place you quickly consider as the family holiday home. The Home Cinema room is cool, access to beach excellent and the supply of towels at the gate a nice touch. We shall return

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

Celebrating our freedom at the Oyster Box was an absolute blast ! Our waiter Stan went above and beyond to ensure our every need was taken care of, thank you Oyster Box and thanks Stanley , we will be back very very soon !

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

Dear Guest Thank you for the wonderful comments. I am delighted you had a wonderful eveing with us. Kind regards Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

When planning a long weekend away with my husband I had been reading all the great reviews on the Oyster Box Hotel. I was quite hesitant as I thought if your expectations are too high you are more than likely going to be disappointed. But this was not the case. The hotel: The setting, the beach, the pool, the light...

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

Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time to write such an amazing review. Your wonderful comments certainly do motivate the team. Attention to detail and intuitive service are the Hallmarks of the Hotel and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay. Kind regards Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

Negatives few but important. Claustrophobic rooms. Kids room even smaller. Bathroom dated. Terrace restaurant expensive and not Halal friendly at all. We looked at the dinner menu and promptly left to find an Indian restaurant at the PEARL MALL. POSITIVES. plush bedroom. Very relaxing especially with Seaview balcony. 2 pools. Location perfect on the beach. Grand entrance and ambience. A...

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

Dear Guest Thank you for staying with us over the holiday season. I am delighted you enjoyed so many aspects of this beautiful hotel, especially the service and location. I am sorry you found the room small, we do however have wonderful villas with their own plunge pools which are fabulous for families. We are unfortunately not a Halaal restaurant...

Stamford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Right on the sea edge looking past the lighthouse across the Indian ocean. Very smart upmarket hotel with lots of staff and excellent service. Food is excellent, especially their curry buffet. Breakfast is lovely seated on the patio looking out to sea. Their Grill restaurant has beautiful decor, beautiful service and beautiful food. It was the hors d'ouvres trolley for...

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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 absolutely delighted to read that you thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the hotel especially the excellent food and amazing service. I look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Reading, Hampshire
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stayed for 5 nights. To start, it is a beautiful hotel with a fabulous sea view. The furniture throughout the hotel is just wonderful. We had a sea facing room, which was very nice, a good size with a nice bathroom. The breakfast buffet was probably one of the best I've ever seen. What a choice! Even oysters! We ate...

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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 five-night stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am thrilled that you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves, in particular the furniture throughout the hotel and the best breakfast buffet you have ever experienced. I am so sorry that you were disturbed by moving furniture from the room...

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent a week at The Oyster Box and again were blown away by an outstanding, world class experience. We used to visit annually, now we can't leave without booking our next visit for just months later. The top service, extremely friendly and accommodating staff, delicious food, and of course breathtaking location all make this one of the top hotels...

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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 week-stay with us at The Oyster Box. As returning and much-valued guests, your feedback is so important to us and I am thrilled to read that you regard us as one of the top hotels in the world, for friendly and accommodating staff, delicious food and...

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a wonderful tea, the cakes were excellent. We really liked the waiter, Julius! He was very friendly and made the visit even more enjoyable. Definitely recommend the high tea to anybody visiting durban.

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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 Palm Court at The Oyster Box to enjoy the ever-popular High Tea. I am delighted to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed the excellent cakes and especially the outstanding service provided by Julius. I will be sure to share your comments with the team....

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Wheelchair access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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
  • Breakfast included
  • 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: $282 - $1,130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Oyster Box 5*
Number of rooms: 86
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Oyster Box Umhlanga Rocks
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#1 Family Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Luxury Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Romantic Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Business Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Spa Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
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  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

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“Sea-facing, family rooms seem to the best, great scenery with the balcony!”
andevero, 1 week ago | Read review
“Superior Garden Villa- has its own plunge pool!”
Andy212015, 1 week ago | Read review
“We stayed in 214, the views were spectacular, the room itself was beyond beautiful.”
JThaysen, 4 weeks ago | Read review
“ocean view is best, of course.”
dariusbrubeck, 4 weeks ago | Read review
“Either ground floor. Or room near garden pool - if you want quite and your own plunge pool - Otherwise go second floor with see view”
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