The Oyster Box
My husband and I were given a belated honeymoon weekend at the Oyster Box.
We knew the place was fancy, but our experience exceeded our expectations and wildest dreams.
From the moment we arrived we were treated like royalty. Everyone was exceptionally friendly, from the front desk personnel all the way down to the ground staff. All our questions were answered promptly and no request was too much.
The hotel itself oozes character and charm. You will struggle to find anything like this in South Africa.... truly amazing!
We stayed in a luxurious villa, nestled in the hotel’s secluded gardens. It had an upstairs bedroom with en suite, and a balcony overlooking the pool. The lower lounge area was very spacious and opened up to our very own plunge pool!
One of the highlights of our stay was our one and a half hour B|Together full body, hot stone couples massage. Absolutely Superb! Total bliss from start to finish!
We have been to numerous spas around the world, but nothing has come close to this experience.
The girls were so well trained, it sometimes felt like more than one person was working their magic at a time. (I know what I want for Christmas, Spa vouchers please!)
Dinner in The Grill Room was a real treat.
Staff were dressed very formally and contributed to the style of the restaurant. (It's not the place to go to in jeans and slops).
Kevin, the head chef, came out and gave us a personal breakdown of the menu, which I thought was a nice touch. The steak melted in Duncan's mount and the Salmon was scrumptious.
The sommelier paired our meal with a superb Hanibal from Bouchard Finlayson, delish.
We ended off our meal with crepe suzette, which were prepared right at our table by Hendry. He's part of the furniture at the hotel, and has been working there for 50 years, what a character. Very special!
When we returned to our room we were surprised by a romantic rose-petal-turn-down. Complete with scented candles and swans made of towels.
A perfect way to end off a perfect day.
Breakfast was served on the picturesque Ocean Terrace, which overlooks the ocean. We could see the waves crashing just below us and viewed the lighthouse directly in front of us.
The breakfast buffet was five star and basically anything you desired was available. Champagne and oysters... "Coming right up"...
We had such a relaxing stay, we wish we never had to leave...
All in all it was a spectacular stay and a truly magical experience that one would struggle to beat!
Thank you to the amazing staff at The Oyster Box for a truly unforgettable experience!
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Oyster Box Umhlanga Rocks