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Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

The Oysterbox Hotel has become a tradition over the Durban July weekend for myself and my husband. Once again we were blown away from the moment we arrived. The check-in process was slick and the reception staff very warm and welcoming. Breakfast at The Oysterbox Hotel is always a highlight, with the raw honey dripping fresh from the honeycomb a...

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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 recent stay with us at The Oyster Box. Feedback from our guests is so important to us and your wonderful review is highly appreciated. I am delighted to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of your stay from the time you arrived and that you...

Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

We were absolutely treated like royalty, from the moment we walked through the antique glass revolving door, till we said our sad goodbyes. The rooftop view was spectacular, but even better was the art collection adorning every available space! Breakfast buffet was an absolute delight and we really loved the caramel milk as a treat. I look forward to our...

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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. How wonderful to read that you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves, in particular the amazing breakfast buffet, luxurious accommodation, spectacular ocean views and relaxing treatments in the award-winning Spa. I look forward to welcoming you back in the not-too-distant future. Kind...

Philadelphia, PA
Reviewed 4 July 2016

My husband and I spent a few days at the Oyster Box after a week in the northern part of the country on safari. We were shocked at the quality of food and service for the price we paid for a honeymoon package. The service was impeccable and the attention to every detail at each restaurant, the spa and the...

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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. It is wonderful that you chose to spend a few days with us overlooking the ocean following your week on safari. I am absolutely delighted to read that we exceeded your expectations with regards to the impeccable service and...

Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

We absolutely loved this hotel! For a start, the breakfasts are sensational! The bubbles being included is an especially nice touch as are the visits from the wild life ahahahaha! Everything about this hotel screams luxury and if you're coming from overseas and have dollars you are laughing! The little touches and extra effort will make this hotel one of...

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your review following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. Your feedback is most important to us and I am thrilled that you found the breakfasts sensational boasting a huge variety each day. I am delighted to read that you enjoyed the ever-popular High Tea as well as the...

London, Ontario
Reviewed 2 July 2016

i loved everything about the oyster box. The well trained staff catered to every whim. I Can't wait to escape the brutal Canadian winter to vacation there again. I was lucky to cook with Sandile the chef in the Oyster Box kitchen and take magical walks in the property with birds singing and monkeys literally messing around. I shall definitely...

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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. How wonderful to read that you thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the hotel, in particular the well trained staff and the cooking session with the chef. I hope it will not be too long before I will be able...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 1 July 2016

I stayed here for a company conference and was a magnificent experience. My room was see facing and the view was incredible (a pity that the famous lighthouse was being restored and covered in cladding). The room was spacious and the linen new and crisply clean. The room left exactly like a beach house and interior design was beautiful. The...

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your comments following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. It is fantastic to read that you enjoyed a wonderful stay, albeit one for a company conference and that you were especially delighted with your sea-facing accommodation with all the special facilities. I trust I will have the pleasure...

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 30 June 2016

Just when you think that there is nothing that a hotel can do to make you feel more welcome, more special, more spoilt and more relaxed....The Oyster Box proves you wrong! Every single detail is perfect and it is even better than "home from home". The staff are wonderful, new menus in all areas/restaurants are delicious, rooms so comfortable you...

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your comments following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. As returning and much-valued guests, your feedback is most important to us and I am therefore thrilled that we have once again exceeded your expectations to ensure another memorable stay. Attention to detail and intuitive service are the hallmarks...

Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed 30 June 2016

food was stodgy in grill room and not quite right on terrace restaurant.did not taste 100 per cent as expected.THE Hotel and setting are superb.The lighthouse bar was disappointing and service was condecending.

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Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

What a special treat We stayed at Oyster Box for a 3 nights to celebrate our anniversary, in sea facing room. Stunning views of the sea and the iconic lighthouse from our luxurious room, and from patio where had breakfast each morning. We were even lucky to spot Dolphins. The staff really made us feel like royalty, and were so...

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your comments following your three-night stay with us at The Oyster Box to celebrate the special occasion of your anniversary. I am delighted that you enjoyed the luxurious comforts of your room and stunning views of the ocean. Your comments regarding the efficient and friendly staff are most appreciated. Our...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 29 June 2016

Stunning property with incredible sea views and on-site facilities. The staff were very hospitable, extremely kind and professional and delivered to all our needs. Rooms were elegant, spacious, well kept and equipped with everything you would expect from a top hotel. On-site facilities included a couple pools, modern gym, great spa and a few restaurants to choose from (from casual...

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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. I am absolutely thrilled to read that you enjoyed your time with us, especially the restaurants and amazing breakfast buffet with exceptional variety. Your comments regarding the staff are most appreciated and will be shared with the team. I...

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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
Services
  • 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: €271 - €1,057 (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 Spa Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Luxury Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Business Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Romantic Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
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“Ocean view, I guess. But perhaps most rooms have this.”
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“All rooms facing the sea are wonderful and private, pay the extra and face the SEA-the sound of the waves will live with you forever”
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“Couples will love the sea facing rooms and suites familys should go for the garden rooms and cabanas”
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“All the rooms which I've seen are wonderful. The sea-facing suites are fantastic as well as the garden villas.”
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