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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

Due to positive reviews of this hotel I am deciding to book 1 night as a surprise for my husband so we can celebrate his 1st birthday as being a dad with our newborn baby, however I would prefer a Luxury Sea Facing Room (king) but this does not come in natural colour decor grey/white, as I am not keen...

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OBumhlangaRocks, Guest Relations Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this review

Dear Guest I would love to assist you, please e-mail me directly on generalmanager@oysterbox.co.za We look forward to spoiling you! Kind regards Wayen Coetzer General Manager

Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

I have always heard about this little gem of a place from friends & i decided to go for myself & see what makes it so special. From the minute you walk in you are greeted by a refreshing fragrance of the hotel, smiles of staff that are ready to assist. Jeandre at the desk was very helpful. The hotel...

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

Dear Guest Thank you for your wonderful comments. Nothing pleases us more than happy guests! Thank you for staying with us, I do hope we will welcome you back soon! Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Hillcrest, South Africa
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We decided to spoil ourselves and spend a night at the Oyster Box Hotel. But wow, were we spoiled! We have dined there before on numerous occasions, enjoyed drinks in all the fabulous bars. But this experience was particularly special. It was absolutely awesome. All the staff are fantastic and happy at what they do. And it shows and shines...

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

Dear Ian and Ingrid Thank you so much for staying with us and dinning with us. I really do appreciate your wonderful comments, especially coming from yourselves! I am delighted you enjoyed the curry on the Ocean Terrace and hope their will be other occassions for you to dine here. Keep Well Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

Stunning! After a recommendation from a friend we visited The Oyster Box restaurant as non hotel guest. We got a great table outside on the verenda, there was live music at Sunday lunchtime and the food (we orderd fish) was unbelievable delicious!!! Our toddler was a bit grumpy so the waiter offered a plate of bread and fruits free house....

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OBumhlangaRocks, Owner at The Oyster Box, responded to this review

Dear Guest I am delighted you enjoyed your time with us on the ocean terrace. We pride ourselves in offering great value and exellent srvice. I am so glad you experienced this whilst dinning with us. Michael Smith Reastaurant Manager

Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

At first this hotel and it's slightly glitzy decor might appear a bit dated but after a welcome glass of bubbly, everything gets better and better and you find yourself loving it. We did not have a sea view but our room was perfect: well deigned, clean, comfortable, lovely thick towels and the most wonderful pillows. The swimming pool overlooking...

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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 had time to enjoy the Hotel and its restaurants especially the Grill Room under Hendrys eagle eye! Thank you for staying with us. Kind regards Wayne Coetzer Genaral Manager

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the Oyster Box for dinner and then decided to change hotels and move there. It was just such an interesting place to hang out and was well located to walk around to other hotels and restaurants in the local area. It is expensive for quite small rooms but they (we had the basic room with a garden...

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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. Please let me know when you are next travelling this way as I would love to upgrade you to a larger seafacing room on your next visit, Have a wonderful day. Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the Lighthouse Bar for pre anniversary dinner drinks, we mentioned to our waitress (Vuyo - I hope I remembered it correctly!) That is was our 27th wedding anniversary. Her and the manager,Clive, brought out a plate with cupcakes, sparklers and 'Happy 27th Anniversary' written in chocolate! It really made us feel so special. Thank you to Vuyo...

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

Dear Guest Congratulations! I am so gld the staff took great care of you in the light house bar for your anniversary. Thank you for choosing us for your celebration! Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Salt Rock, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago

Returned for another visit as so much to take in . On the top floor is a wonderful bar with sumptuous decor . We followed with lunch on the terrace . Absolute must visit for anyone passing by the area or as a regular haunt for locals . Not tried the afternoon high tea yet but it is on the...

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

Dear Guest Thank you for your wonderful comments about our Lighthouse bar and lunch on the terrace. The afternoon high tea is very popular abnd we pride ourselves in serving a wonderful selection of home made cakes and savouries. Kind regards Wayne Coetzer General Manager

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We saved the best till last ! Having just travelled around SA for two weeks by car and plane we were ready to rest . The Oyster Box was wonderful . A very welcoming , courteous reception followed by warm towels and a cool drink . They phoned through to see if our room was ready as we had arrived...

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

Daer Guest Thank you for choosing us for the end of your busy holiday. I am delighted you enjoyed so many aspects of the Hotel and found the Valentines evening special! Thank you for your wonderful review. Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago

Colonial style décor and service but with all the modern luxuries you need. We stayed in a Garden Villa Loft which was huge and had impeccable bath and shower facilities (spacious and lots of pressure). Our balcony looked over the quiet courtyard. We utilised the pool here as it was shaded from the afternoon sun and had fewer guests. There...

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

Dear Giest I am delighted you enjoyed our beautiful Villa loft rooms, they are so spacious and tucked away quietly as you say. Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review, it is hugely appreciated by the entire team! We look forward to welcoming you back in the very near future. Kind regards Wayne Coetzer General...

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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: £234 - £1,083 (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
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#1 Family Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Business Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Spa Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Romantic Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Luxury Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
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