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The Oyster Box

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09/04/2017 10/04/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
US$598*
US$353*
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 8 September 2015

My wife and I and two young kids recently spent 5days at the Oyster Box. The service was world class. Staff are extremely polite, caring and helpful. The food is divine and the facilities outstanding. Our kids enjoyed the kids club and were treated to a pizza making session. We stayed in a sea facing room and the view during...

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

Dear Guest, It is wonderful to read that your family chose to spend 5 days with us at The Oyster Box and that you all thoroughly enjoyed yourselves. I am thrilled that you found the facilities amazing and that you did not find it necessary to leave the hotel during your stay. I am pleased too that the staff were...

London
Reviewed 8 September 2015

Very high standard of accommodation and facilities. Equally high standard of service. Food also very, very good (try the Bunny Chow). We took a sea view room overlooking the lighthouse and the beach. Lovely to hear the waves breaking at the shoreline and watch the passing dolphins and whales.

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your wonderful comments following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am truly delighted to hear that you found the accommodation, facilities, service and food to be of extremely high standard and that you enjoyed the comfort of your sea facing room with stunning views over the ocean. The passing dolphins and...

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 8 September 2015

If I had to condense our experience into two words only, it would have to be "spoilt rotten"! From the moment we stepped into the hotel, the fantastic team at the Oyster Box could not do enough for us. Everything from our sea-facing suite, to the incredible meals and the attention that was lavished on us was outstanding. Favorite food...

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your kind words following your weekend stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am thrilled to read that you enjoyed the attention, amazing sea facing suite and incredible meals, especially the Sushi, Asian tuna tacos and famous crepe Suzette's made by our ever-popular Hendry, Maitre d' in The Grill...

Reviewed 7 September 2015

As the song goes.......Simply the best!! We have just spent another fabulous stay at our favourite hotel We travel extensively and find it hard to finding a hotel anywhere that meets all our expectations as this hotel does. The staff are amazing, from the reception to the restaurants ,to the footmen. The entire staff complement from managers, to waiters, to...

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful comments following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am thrilled that we have once again exceeded your expectations and that you found the staff amazing throughout the hotel. The staff are passionate about ensuring every guest's stay with us is wonderful and that every guest...

Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 7 September 2015

My fiance surprised me with an amazing long weekend away for my birthday. What a gorgeous place to stay! I felt like royalty from the minute the porter opened my car door to help with our luggage. They are very family orientated and our two small kids were so spoilt with all the extras they provide specially for kids. We...

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your wonderful review following your stay at The Oyster Box. I am thrilled to hear that you all thoroughly enjoyed yourselves and that you celebrated the occasion of your birthday and surprise engagement. It is fantastic to hear that you found the staff friendly and efficient, especially the baby sitting...

Frederick, Maryland
Reviewed 6 September 2015 via mobile

Wonderful stay for three nights in August. Pleasant temps for winter.Beautiful views of the beach and lighthouse, along with the plentiful and colorful fishermen. Scrumptious accommodations and fantastic food - watch out for those monkeys on the veranda as they can be pretty aggressive trying to snatch your food!

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

Dear Guest Thank you for your wonderful comments. I am delighted you enjoyed your time with us overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean. The Ocean Terrace is a fantastic place to enjoy meals, especially our world famous curry buffet. I am sorry about the monkeys, it would appear they too enjoy the food on the terrace! We look forward to welcoming...

Sandton, South Africa
Reviewed 5 September 2015

I was fortunate enough to attend a 5 day conference at this Hotel recently, and the only downfall I have was not being able to stay in the Hotel. Staff are exceptionally helpful and there is no task that seems to big or small for them, it was also a lovely touch to see that the staff pay attention to...

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

Dear Guest Thank you so much for taking the time to post such a wonderful review. Your comments certainly do motivate the team, as we strive to be the best Hotel in South Africa! Our World famous curry buffet has become extremely popular, I am delighted you found time to enjoy it. Kind regards Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Windsor, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 September 2015

The ultimate place of luxury and indulgence, almost on the beach with a great view of the dolphins meandering along the coast and surfing with the surfers. Spectacular! It is always an absolute pleasure to be here and loving the Lighthouse bar.

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

Dear Guests It was wonderful reading that you had such a fantastic time with us! Please don't leave it too long before you stay with us again, we really would love to spoil you once again! Please do note we run fantastic specials, so that locals like yourselves can "Indulge on your doorstep". See you soon! Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 3 September 2015

Absolutely magic one night stay at this establishment. Cant fault anything. Choose a room with a sea view and watch the sunrise, then make you way down to an exceptional breakfast spread. Was on my wife's bucket list to do and it seems this bucket list item needs to be ticked more than once. Well done Oyster Box

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

Dear Guest Thank you so much for spending time with us at The Oyster Box. I am delighted that you enjoyed so many aspects of the Hotel. Attention to detail and intuitive service are hallmarks of our Hotel. We are always delighted to read that local guests have had a wonderful time with us. We look forward to welcoming you...

Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Reviewed 2 September 2015

Opulence at its best, my family an I stayed here whilst relocating to Australia and we could not fault the place. From the moment you walk in you are reminded of a time of grandeur and excess. The rooms are beautiful and the service from all staff is second to none. I would recommend getting a bottle of wine and...

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

Dear Valued Guest Thank you for your lovely review! Your very kind words are sincerely appreciated and we will be sure to share them with the team! We are so glad to hear your wonderful comments about the staff and that you loved everything about the hotel and view. May your new home be all you wish it to be,...

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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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  • Suites
  • 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: £239 - £1,205 (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 On the Beach Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Luxury Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
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