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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having just spent 6 nights at the Oyster Box after visiting the Drackensberg and on safari it proved to be an ideal choice. The location is amazing and our room, overlooking the lighthouse and the Indian Ocean, was so close to the sea that we fell asleep every night to the sound of the crashing waves. The standard of service...

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to write your review following your 6-night stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am thrilled that you thoroughly enjoyed your time here at the beach having previously been on safari and in the Drakensberg. It is wonderful to read that you encountered amazing service from my friendly staff with whom...

Tring, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I understand that this place was recently named as the best hotel in South Africa. It is easy to see why. The staff are hugely professional and eager to help in any way they can. The General Manager Wayne seems omniprescent and is clearly as sharp as a razor. The view is outstanding and the sea front promenade a delight....

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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. I am delighted to read that you were blown away by the delicious food, in particular, the seafood platter and most popular Curry Buffet. I hope it won't be too long before you return to enjoy our delicious breakfasts....

Kochi (Cochin), India
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were at oyster box for just one night, for some business meetings. Located by the beach, and picturesque lighthouse. some rooms have private pool and I was fortunate to be upgraded to one. staff at the reception were very polite and willing to assist. clean rooms, colonial settings with the courtyard. beautiful view out of the balcony. beds and...

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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 The Oyster Box. I am thrilled that you enjoyed all aspects of the hotel and found the staff friendly and helpful. I look forward to welcoming you back when you may be able to spend more time with us. Kind regards, Wayne...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is no hotel in the world that can top the Oyster box. The decor, atmosphere, the location, the staff and the way every guest is treated like royalty makes us believe nothing can top this hotel. From the minute we arrived, Justin made us feel so welcome. We were lucky enough to stay in the Garden Villa for 3...

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to write your review following your stay to celebrate your anniversary with us at The Oyster Box. It is wonderful to hear that you found everything to your liking, especially the staff who were attentive and welcoming. Thank you for mentioning those members of staff who specially looked after you and made...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful building, luxurious with lots of facilities and very helpful and friendly staff Employees ( in particular Clive, Freeman and Vinesh) at this hotel are amongst the nicest and most attentive of any hotel we stayed at. Loved everything about this hotel!

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to write your review following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am thrilled that you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves and found the staff friendly and helpful. I look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Chatham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dinner for four. The venue is delightfully old colonial in style, taking you back to what life must have been like for the very wealthy in the early 1900s. The service is first class and the food is delicious, with plenty of choices on the menu, including fresh sea food. This is the place to enjoy beautifully cooked and presented...

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

Dear Guest Thank you so much for your wonderful review on tripadvisor. I am delighted you enjoyed the food aswell as the ambience of the Hotel. We look forward to welcoming you bck in the very near future. kind regards Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Ireland
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our third visit to the Oyster Box last month. It was just perfect and as good as we remembered. Patrick collected us from the airport and whisked us off to the paradise that is the Oyster Box. We had a gorgeous sea view room which wasn't the biggest, but for us it was perfect. We hardly left the...

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

Dear Guest Thank you for your wonderful comments on tripadvisor. I am delighted you enjoyed so many aspects of the Hotel. Thank you for chooising us! We really appreciate your patronage and look forward to spoiling you in the future. Kind regards Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thanks to Charlie our Dynamic Waiter this mornings occasion was made very special, the service he provided was exceptional and added to the great quality of the meal we experienced! I would recommend the Oyster Box hotel to all!!

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

Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. I am delighted you enjoyed your time with us and the meal you had. Thank you again Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Krugersdorp, South Africa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dinner at the Ocean Terrace: Lovely stately venue, yet relaxing with an informal vibe. Have a thorough look at the menu before opting for the buffet. Real value and taste might be hidden within the menu! Be sure to meet the "CAT".

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

Dear Guest Thank you for chosing the Oyster Box and for taking the time to write such a lovely review. I am delighted you enjoyed the instrinsic character of the Hotel alond with the wonderful food! Please do come back and try our ther wonderful venues. Kind regards Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Oysterbox has the best high tea in Durban, don't waste time going to other's. It's a bit pricy, but you won't be disappointed, treat yourself to a beautiful afternoon in the palm court. Delicious savoury treats as well as a variety of sweet pastries and champagne. Non- alcoholic champagne is available as well, do visit the light house bar...

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Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review about our High Tea. We ride ourselves in offering the best High Tea in South Africa, and I am glad you had the chance to experience it! Thank you again Wayne Coetzer General Manager

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Bar/Lounge
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 Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
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  • 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 Centre 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
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Umhlanga Rocks
Price Range: ₹ 19,652 - ₹ 97,930 (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 Business Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Spa Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Luxury Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Romantic Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
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“Why would you wnat to spend time in your room when you have a magnificant view of the ocean sitting outside by the pool”
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“anything on the ocean....anything”
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