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Reviewed 9 July 2016

this classy hotel is a favorite - every visit is as good as the first - we look forward to our next stay - service and staff are exceptional - suites well appointed and guests are pampered - spa visit was a treat as was breakfasts on terrace - never made high tea but i believe its a must -...

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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 review following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. As returning and much-valued guests, your feedback is most important to us. I am thrilled that you thoroughly enjoyed the well appointed suites and found the service and staff exceptional, in addition to your visit to the award-winning spa...

Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 8 July 2016

This is one of our favorite hotels in the world. As you enter the hotel, the bespoke fragrance immediately calms and relaxes you. The decor is grandiose, boasting the very best colonial style. The terrace swanks panoramic sea views and time spent around the pool is like a right of passage. The Grill Room offers an evening of fine dining...

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to write your comments following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. It is wonderful to know that we are one of your favourite hotels of the world for the beautiful colonial decor and stunning location boasting panoramic views of the ocean. Thank you for your kind comments regarding our fine...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

As seasoned travelers, I am proud that the OBH is in KZN, South Africa. This hotel is on par with some of the best hotels around the world. From beautifully appointed rooms to fine cuisine and some of the best sea views anywhere in the world. You hear the waves crashing morning and night. Service is also fantastic and friendly....

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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 to read that you found the rooms beautifully appointed and tasted fine cuisines whilst enjoying magnificent ocean views. Your comments regarding the fantastic and friendly service are most welcome and I am delighted to hear that...

Yeovil, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

Top tip - when you check in & if you have heard of Oyster Box's Afternoon Tea/High Tea - book it!!! It gets booked up really quick - not surprisingly it's fantastic! Seriously on arrival we felt like royalty - the team - front gate to car parking to front door to reception were just so welcoming. On arrival our...

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your review following your two-day stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am thrilled that we exceeded your expectations with regards to your luxurious and beautiful accommodation overlooking the ocean, the superb breakfast spread and especially the fine dining Grill Room restaurant and The Ocean Terrace restaurant where you...

South Africa
Reviewed 7 July 2016

The Oyster Box is not your average hotel. Not in terms of rate or quality. Precisely why one expects excellent value for your hard earned money. Which is exactly what you get. We stayed for a special birthday and I was upgraded complimentary. We also received complimentary sparkling wine in our room for the birthday. There were also balloons and...

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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. It is wonderful that you chose to stay for a special birthday and that you couldn't fault your stay. I am delighted you enjoyed your complimentary upgrade together with the sparkling wine which awaited your arrival in the room....

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 July 2016

This beautiful hotel is perched on the cliff tops of the delightful Umhlanga Rocks which is a safe and friendly beachside town north of Durban and only 15 minutes from the airport. As you lie in bed you see the Indian ocean stretch out in front of you the crashing waves lull you to sleep. nothing better than starting 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 to read that you have chosen our hotel to be your most favourite in the whole wide world. I am delighted you enjoyed the stunning location overlooking the ocean from your room, together with the various...

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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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...

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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
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
  • 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: €284 - €1,275 (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 On the Beach Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Spa Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Business Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Luxury Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Romantic Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
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