The weekend started as we got into the car in Jhb and zoomed off to Lanseria airport. We whisked through onto our Kalula flight having pre-checked in, and we were off to King Shaka airport where 45 minutes later we were promptly collected as a courtesy by the friendly Oyster Box Hotel driver Brian - we slipped out of the hot and humid north coast air into the air conned Veto and barely had time to sip the complementary welcome drinks before we had arrived, checked in and were seated on the pool terrace having a wonderful bottle of Bouchard Finlayson Sauvignon Blanc watching the ocean and waiting for a delicious lunch of fish and chips to arrive.
This was how our anniversary weekend started, and it set the tone for a wonderful weekend of comfort and luxury which allowed us to completely unwind and relax away from it all, and reflect on our 10 year anniversary.
We were so well looked after. My wife thoroughly enjoyed the complementary spar treatments (although she nicked both massages), we loved the hot languid days by the pool with attentive pool side bar staff. We enjoyed all the live entertainment at the hotel from the live singer in the oyster bar singing our requests, to the band in the Lighthouse bar on the Saturday night. The food was always top class, and of particular note was the curry buffet (10 curries to choose from and yes I did have some of the vindaloo, and no it wasn't murderous but probably better than any curry I have ever had before). Breakfasts were a treat and we were cared for by Nigel who after day 1 had memorised not only our tea/coffee order, but our entire breakfast routine to which he merely confirmed a repeat on each morning and proceeded to deliver this to our delight - never getting even a bit of it wrong.From the grill room, to the terrace, to the pool bar and back - the catering was top class.
The room was extremely comfortable, and had all that we required and more ... including a safe that could accommodate a Mac (if required). Wifi connectivity was complementary, but was erratic from the room at times (this would be my only complaint).
We had a wonderful weekend away, and felt thoroughly refreshed after our 3 night stay. We would like to thank Bea Tollman for inspiring such a wonderful place, and all her staff under the direction of the GM Wayne Coetzer for continuing to make it such a special experience. Thank you.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Oyster Box Umhlanga Rocks