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The Oyster Box
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

Visited as part of our honeymoon. From the moment we arrived, we were treated like royalty. Staff could not do enough for us, and went way "above and beyond" in their service and dedication. The location is absolutely great, right on the beach, with lovely sea views, and a picturesque lighthouse. The food was great - we ate at the buffet one night, and the fine dining Grill Room the other. Both were good, but the service at the Grill room was outstanding.
We also had a treatment day at the spa, and the facilities,therapists and ambience were again, top-notch. While you are here, make sure to have a few cocktails in the Lighthouse bar, too. Can't recommend this place highly enough. Worth every penny.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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OBHumhlangaRocks, General Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2013

Dear Guest,

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

I am delighted that you found everything to your liking and that you were blown away with the service and dedication of the staff, the perfect location of the hotel right on the beach with the iconic Umhlanga Lighthouse in front of the hotel and the wonderful dining options you experienced. The Grill Room being our fine dining restaurant prides itself in top class service levels, quality and presentation of food.

I am pleased you managed to experience superb treatments in our award winning spa and enjoyed cocktails in The Lighthouse Bar, a wonderful venue to relax and enjoy the day.

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

Kind regards,

Wayne Coetzer
General Manager

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Reviewed November 28, 2013

The grill room restaurant must be one of the best restaurants in the area. Its formal dining and you are expected to be smartly dressed. The staff are very attentive and the food is creative and plentiful. By South African standards this is an expensive restaurant, but for travellers from the UK you can eat very well with top quality wine for around £40 per head.
We had our coffee in the Lighthouse bar, overlooking the sea and famous lighthouse.
It was a very nice evening.
Advanced booking is essential.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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OBHumhlangaRocks, General Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your visit to our fine dining restaurant, The Grill Room, at the Oyster Box.

I am delighted that you enjoyed the attentive staff, the delicious and plentiful food, coupled with a large selection of wines.

The Lighthouse Bar overlooking the iconic Umhlanga Lighthouse, is the ideal place to relax and enjoy your cocktails or coffee.

I look forward to welcoming you back for another enjoyable visit to The Oyster Box.

Kind regards,

Wayne Coetzer
General Manager

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Reviewed November 27, 2013

The Oyster Box Hotel is as good as it gets. From the moment you step inside the hotel you are treated like royalty. Brian at the front desk was superb, gave me a run down of the hotel when i arrived and really went out of his way to make me feel welcome. The room was out of this world. Overlooking Durban's beautiful beach and the lighthouse elegantly placed before it. For any tourist visiting Durban, who can afford to stay here should not hesitate.

Thank you so much to Candice Stanley who made stay possible and a Big thank you to The Oyster Box.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
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OBHumhlangaRocks, General Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for posting a review following your stay at The Oyster Box.

I am delighted to hear that you found everything to your liking and that the staff took great care of you. Thank you for pointing out the staff members that stood out from a service point of view. I will be sure to thank them for looking after you.

Our staff are passionate about ensuring every guest's experience here is amazing and that every guest leaves wanting to return.

I look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kind regards,

Wayne Coetzer
General Manager

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Reviewed November 27, 2013

This is a favorite spot of mine, being a local destination. I take clients there for breakfasts and lunches regularly and also enjoyed a few stay-overs to spoil myself. Built on the sea-shore, the setting could not be better with the frequenting dolphins frolicking behind the breakers visible from the lounge areas, the deck and all the rooms. The staff and service and food is exemplary and in line with what is expected from such a fine establishment and wold-wide destination. The function facilities are also of the best, from conferences to weddings etc. The famous picturesque Umhlanga Lighthouse is on the promenade a few meters from the swimming pool. A great experience in a 5* setting

Room Tip: The higher up, the better to see the dolphins play in the water
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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OBHumhlangaRocks, General Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to post your review following your stay at The Oyster Box.

I am delighted that you found everything to your liking and that you found the friendly staff, service and delicious food amazing. The location of the hotel is absolutely wonderful overlooking the ocean and we are extremely fortunate in having the famous Umhlanga Lighthouse in front of the hotel right on the beach.

I look forward to welcoming you back in the near future for further memorable stays.

Kind regards,

Wayne Coetzer
General Manager

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Thank you to the team for the excellent service and hospitality. It was truly a memorable experience. The staff were ever willing to assist with our requests, very courteous. Food and conference facilities were amazing. A special thank you to Chef Kevin and Jennifer for assisting us with the workshop

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Kusturie N
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OBHumhlangaRocks, General Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to provide me with feedback following your visit to The Oyster Box to attend a conference.

I am delighted that you found the staff willing and courteous and that you enjoyed the delicious food and amazing conference facilities. Thank you for pointing out the staff who took great care of you. I will be sure to thank them for looking after you.

I look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kind regards,

Wayne Coetzer
General Manager

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