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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 26 June 2016

The hotel was clean, tidy and all the staff was extremely friendly and went out of their way to make our stay comfortable. The hotel have an old fashioned, colonial feel and right on the beach at the lighthouse in Umhlanga. Beware of the monkeys, they came into our room twice while we were there and stole some of our...

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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. We pride ourselves in our attention to detail and our friendly and efficient staff. How wonderful to hear that you were well looked after to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. I look forward to welcoming you back in...

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Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

Contrary to my expectations The Oyster Box is a family friendly gem of a hotel. It has an old world charm to it. The atmosphere is relaxed, some guests bring their pets with them and a few bring children! Despite the many local attractions, one could very easily never leave the hotel. Without a doubt the strength of the Oyster...

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your review following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am thrilled that you found the atmosphere relaxed and the staff friendly and efficient. It is wonderful that you enjoyed the ever-popular Curry Buffet and found the Spa to be one of the best in South Africa. I...

Market Harborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

Well, what can I say? This place ticks all the boxes. The hotel, the room, the staff, the food, it is all 100% perfect. We stayed here for 4 nights whilst traveling around South Africa and we can't wait to go back (not soon enough) the breakfast is unbelievable and we took 2 hours each morning to enjoy it. Where...

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your review following your 4-night stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am really pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay and delighted that you enjoyed the facilities and services at the hotel, especially the scrumptious breakfasts on The Ocean Terrace overlooking the ocean. Thank you for your...

Reviewed 23 June 2016

Stayed here for two night stop-over on way to a family wedding. It was more elegant and deluxe than I had imagined, and ranked among the top three hotels I have stayed at (the others being the Shangdi La in Dalian, China and The Balmoral in Edinburgh, Scotland). Staff was friendly and efficient, and the decor in every part of...

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

Dear Guest, Many thanks for taking the time to write your review following your two-night stop-over with us at The Oyster Box. I am delighted to read that you enjoyed all aspects of the hotel, in particular the efficient and friendly staff and outstanding decor. I will be sure to share your comments with the team. I look forward to...

Reviewed 22 June 2016

We had an amazing 2 night experience at The Oyster Box. Our best hotel stay ever. The attention to detail is amazing and all of the staff are smiling and helpful. Would highly recommend if you are looking for outstanding accommodation in 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 review following your two-night stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am delighted that you enjoyed all the facilities and enjoyed an amazing experience here. We pride ourselves in our attention to detail throughout the hotel, together with the helpful and friendly staff. I look forward to welcoming...

Pietermaritzburg
Reviewed 22 June 2016

What I love about the Oyster Box Hotel’s management team is how they pro-actively make the world a better place for everyone. We are frequent guests but because my husband is handicapped, for many years he has preferred not to venture down onto the beach. On a previous visit, the maintenance engineer, Jonathan Olsen suggested that he would help get...

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your special comments following your recent stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am thrilled that my team was able to assist in making your stay exceptional following your beach visit. I will be sure to share your kind words with the team. Positive feedback is so important to...

Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

I phoned 9pm at night to try for a booking for the next day and Sam was amazing to help me. The staff are very attentive and friendly. The Hotel is beautiful. Lying in bed looking at the sea....priceless. we had our own little balcony. When we needed something fixed staff were quick to respond. One suggestion move the tv...

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your comments following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. It is fantastic to read that you enjoyed such a wonderful time here and found the staff attentive and friendly. I look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Kind regards, Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Le Morne
Reviewed 21 June 2016

My family and I have been fortunate to experience the Oyster Box on several occasions. This Hotel continues to deliver from its superb rooms, incredible food and extraordinary staff. The Hotel sets the bar in South Africa. Besides the incredible atmosphere and five star setting, it is the staff who really shine and go beyond their call of duty to...

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your wonderful comments following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. As returning and much-valued guests, your review is most important to us and I am therefore thrilled to hear that we have once again exceeded your expectations. Thank you for your kind words regarding the amazing staff who...

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 21 June 2016

Such a great place to stay. one the beach and world class service. Expensive but worth it. The spa is to die for.

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 June 2016

A luxurious, colonial styled hotel a step from one of the most pristine beaches in the world. The Oyster Box heralds memories of bygone days on the Kwa Zulu Natal Coast and the decor pays homage to this, with a great contemporary twist. While away hours looking out to sea or dip into the pool parallel to the shoreline. Everything...

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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
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
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
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  • 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
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  • Free Parking
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Conference Facilities
  • Babysitting
  • Breakfast included
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: ₹ 19,454 - ₹ 90,119 (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 Luxury Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Business Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Romantic Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Spa Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
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