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The Oyster Box
Ranked #2 of 18 Hotels in Umhlanga Rocks
Certificate of Excellence
Durban, South Africa
Level Contributor
15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Awesome for kids”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

My 8 year old daughter and I were spoilt rotten there celebrating her birthday. Just a mom and daughter treat that was memorable. From the Skabenga(resident feral cat) gifts for Stella, to the welcome note, to the gorgeous and delicious cake served on the dresser in the pink room overlooking the lighthouse and the warm indian ocean. What more could a little girl (or mom want)? She was given a band for her arm that entitled her to help herself to any of the sweets in huge glass jars in the restaurants and OB movie theatre. What a special time watching Mary poppins that night just the two of us eating as many jelly tots as we could! We spent an hour in the
The Clock Tower library writing letters to dad and each other sitting at the oversize wooden desk next to the gramophone. Special memories made at this exceptional hotel with their wonderful staff.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Taryn C
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OBHumhlangaRocks, General Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this review, August 27, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for your kind note about your recent stay with your daughter to celebrate her 8th birthday.

I am delighted that you enjoyed your special time here and that the staff took great care of you throughout your stay.

I look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kind regards,

Wayne Coetzer
General Manager
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

had a great 3 night stay at he Oyster box, service is impeccable and the views from the rooms that face the sea are wonderful. Few tiny things. The (Beautiful) shutters let in a lot of light so if you like a lie in and daylight wakes you... you will be disappointed. Also be sure to book if you want fine dining it gets full.
A bit expensive by SA 5* standards in my opinion

Room Tip: Sea facing rooms are well worth paying more for
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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OBHumhlangaRocks, General Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to provide me with some feedback following your 3 night stay at The Oyster Box.

I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed yourselves and found the service to be impeccable and the the views from the rooms wonderful.

I look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kind regards,

Wayne Coetzer
General Manager
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Pretoria, South Africa
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170 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

I consider this to be one of the best, and perhaps the best hotel in the country. It's difficult to explain in a short paragraph why a stay here is so spectacular mainly because its the small things that make it special. Friendly staff 100%, small little additions to the rooms to make life easier, the list is endless. Take a DVD to your room and someone is at the door to offer you popcorn while you watch your movie, or if they see you trying to sleep at the pool, you'll find someone approach asking if you'd like a pillow to rest your head. The rooms are luxurious and comfortable and the food is magnificent. I can't wait to stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RuMark
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OBHumhlangaRocks, General Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for providing feedback following your stay at The Oyster Box.

I am absolutely delighted to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay, in particular the friendly and attentive staff, luxurious accommodation and delicious food.

I look forward to welcoming you back for yet another memorable stay soon.

Kind regards,

Wayne Coetzer
General Manager
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Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

An absolute gem and certainly one of the best hotels in South Africa, if not the world!
Highlights were it's impressive location, attentive staff, wallet emptying wine list and probably the best curry buffet in the world.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Richard M
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OBHumhlangaRocks, General Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to provide me with some feedback following your wonderful experience at The Oyster Box with its impressive location on the beach overlooking the ocean.

I am delighted that you enjoyed wines from the extensive wine list, the best curry in the world and that you found the staff attentive. Our staff are passionate about ensuring our guests' experience is amazing and that every guest leaves wanting to return.

I look forward to welcoming you back in the not-too-distant future.

Kind regards,

Wayne coetzer
General Manager
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

Dear Mrs Tollman
Thank you so much for the champagne and strawberries you had sent up to our room.We were so touched that you went to such an effort and amazing display of hospitality! We had the most wonderful stay and I am especially pleased that we met you and your husband and I was able to show you the photograph of my Mother, myself and all my flowergirls and page boys taken in 1979 at our wedding!! We also had a wonderful and very special lunch on Sunday, all fourteen of us including a first time Great Grandmother and my first granddaughter! We took photographs of us all at the stairs, so will always be a special spot. Thank you again and I have to mention our elderly waiter Johnny I think, who was superb at our luncheon on Sunday and really needs a recommendation.
Kind Regards
Dominique O'Connor

Room Tip: rooms on south side are bigger and much more comfortable
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dominique O
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OBHumhlangaRocks, General Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
Dear Guest,

Mrs. Tollman has asked that I thank you for your kind words following your stay at
The Oyster Box. It is a pleasure to know that you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves and that you hold very dear memories of your visits here.

Thank you for pointing out the staff member that stood out from a service point of view. Our staff are passionate about ensuring every guest's experience here is amazing and that every guest leaves wanting to return.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Kind regards,

Wayne Coetzer
General Manager
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Durabn
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

Spent the afternoon on Sunday having high tea at the beautiful Oyster Box Hotel! The amazing treats and service proves why this hotel is a MUST when visiting Durban! I suggest any occasion to spoil yourself and enjoy an afternoon treat, the vibe was lovely with the whole venue fully booked but one still feels private and not rushed! The chef came through many times to make sure everything was up to standard on the display table. I would suggest people to not eat lunch as the variety from sweet to savory was super!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sarah F
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OBHumhlangaRocks, General Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your kind words regarding your recent visit to The Oyster Box.

I am delighted that you enjoyed the delicious High Tea with a large variety of both sweet and savoury items, together with the enjoyable ambiance of the pianist.

I look forward to your return in the near future.

Kind regards,

Wayne Coetzer
General Manager
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Durban, South Africa
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

What a great way to experience two professionals at the top of their game!
Andrea Mullineux's decriptions of the "Old Worlde" methods used on their estate combined with the vivid recollections of harvest anecdotes was a rare treat. Executive Chef Kevin Joseph's inspired menu designed to pair excellently with the wines made for a very enjoyable evening.
I cannot wait for the next wine and dinner event!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JohnEllaBravo
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OBHumhlangaRocks, General Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your recent visit to The Oyster Box.

I am delighted to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves at the function, as did the majority of the guests who attended. The pairing of wines with the inspired menu was very well received.

I look forward to welcoming you back to yet another enjoyable experience soon.

Kind regards,

Wayne Coetzer
General Manager
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Property: The Oyster Box
Address: 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks 4319, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Umhlanga Rocks
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Romantic Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Business Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Spa Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Luxury Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Oyster Box 5*
Number of rooms: 86
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 
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