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“Birthday Party par excellence” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Oyster Box
Ranked #2 of 18 Hotels in Umhlanga Rocks
Certificate of Excellence
Pennington, South Africa
1 review
“Birthday Party par excellence”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014

I would like to thank the staff and management for making this one of the most memorable days of my life. All of our friends really enjoyed the excellent service, good food and stunning views the Oyster Box has to offer. From the decadent breakfast to cocktails in the Light House Bar and lunch on the main terrace, everything was perfect. The seafront suite with plunge pool made me feel like a Hollywood star, so spacious and luxurious! Thank you Wayne for making this all possible - my husband and I can't wait to for our next birthday (a miracle at our age) to enjoy the Oyster Box ambience once again!

Room Tip: All sea facing rooms are wonderful
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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OBHumhlangaRocks, General Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this review, 6 May 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to post your wonderful comments following your stay with us at The Oyster Box.

I am thrilled to hear that you and your party of friends thoroughly enjoyed yourselves and found the service excellent, the food delicious and the views over the ocean spectacular.

I am especially delighted that you enjoyed the comfort of your spacious and luxurious suite with private plunge pool.

I look forward to having the pleasure of welcoming you back to the hotel soon.

Kind regards,

Wayne Coetzer
General Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2014

My wife and have been repeat customers of the Oyster Box Hotel for many years now , staying as a couple for special occasions and with our children for a family treat . Due to my line of work i travel extensively and am fortunate to experience hotels all across Africa and the globe . I have yet to find another 5 star hotel that comes even close to rivaling the Oyster Box experience , from the time you check in to the time you depart you every wish is catered for , the staff are exceptional , the rooms stunning , the food impecable and of course the location is unrivaled !!

Room Tip: ask for sea facing
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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OBHumhlangaRocks, General Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this review, 6 May 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for providing me with feedback following your stay with us at The Oyster Box.

As returning and much valued guests, your feedback is important to us and I am therefore absolutely delighted that we have once again exceeded your expectations and made your stay memorable.

I am thrilled to hear that you found the staff exceptional, the rooms stunning, the food delicious and the location absolutely perfect on the beach.

I look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Kind regards,

Wayne Coetzer
General Manager
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Harare, Zimbabwe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014

We recently spent three nights here and had a fantastic stay , the hotel is extremely well run and has got to be one of leading properties in Southern Africa . The location is perfect ,the hotel luxurious and the hospitality generous . The staff are extremely professional , friendly and genuinely happy to go the extra mile . Every aspect of the Food and Beverage Operation is first class and really top notch . As a family with young children this is the place as they are very well catered for and made to feel extremely welcome and at home .
A stay at the Oyster Box is a must do and is definately highly recommended .

Room Tip: Don't miss the fresh oysters and Sparkling wines at Breakfast
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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OBHumhlangaRocks, General Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this review, 2 May 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to provide me with some feedback following your stay with us at The Oyster Box.

I am absolutely delighted to hear that you found the location of our luxurious hotel to be perfect, right on the beach with spectacular views over the ocean and that your found the staff to be efficient and friendly. Your comments regarding our first class food and beverage operation, together with the excellent young children's facilities are equally appreciated.

We constanlty endeavour to exceed our guests' expectations and it is always positive to hear that these efforts are noticed.

I look forward to welcoming you back soon to enjoy another memorable stay.

Kind regards,

Wayne Coetzer
General Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

We were on our way to a safari from a cruise ship in Durban. We missed our plane to Pt Elizabeth because of customs slow clearing of the ship. The cruise lines put us up in the Oyster Box for the night so we could catch our plane the next day. This hotel was absolutely lovely with wonderful views of the ocean(our room looked directly out from the balcony to the ocean and lighthouse). The resident cat(extremely friendly) greeted us and set the tone for the hotel. We were offered complimentary mimosas on arrival and whisked to our room. We walked along the path by the beach and then had a drink in the bar - wonderful. We had an excellent dinner. The hotel even provided a box breakfast because we left before the dining room opened. We would stay there again in a heartbeat!

Room Tip: ask for a room overlooking the ocean
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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OBHumhlangaRocks, General Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this review, 30 April 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful comments following your brief stay with us at The Oyster Box.

I am thrilled to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves and that you found everything to your liking, including the friendly reception on your arrival of Skabenga, our resident cat.

I am especially delighted to hear that you enjoyed an excellent dinner and that you were provided with a boxed breakfast as you were departing exceptionally early in the morning.

I look forward to being able to welcome you back one day when next travelling through Umhlanga Rocks.

Kind regards,

Wayne Coetzer
General Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014 via mobile

Oyster Box is my favourite hotel in South Africa. The location is perfect in the centre of Umhlanga close to the village and a 5 minute drive to Gateway. The views of the beach and iconic lighthouse are spectacular. The service is always impeccable. The breakfast buffet, complete with oysters, is worth getting up early for. Can't recommend enough.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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OBHumhlangaRocks, General Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this review, 30 April 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your comments of your favourite hotel, The Oyster Box.

I am delighted you find the location to be absolutely perfect in the centre of Umhlanga, 5 minutes drive from The Gateway Theatre of Shopping and right on the beach overlooking the iconic lighthouse with breathtaking views of the ocean.

I look forward to welcoming you back soon to further experience the impeccable service and delicious food on offer.

Kind regards,

Wayne Coetzer
General Manager
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Amersham, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

We spent 4 nights in this fantastic hotel last week and every aspect of of stay was superb. We were personally greeted on arrival by Mr Coetzer and were made to feel very special. Our room was delightful with a fantastic view of the lighthouse and ocean. It was very comfortable and luxurious, tastefully decorated with African/Colonial artifacts. The bathroom was faultless with the most amazing shower. There was the most fantastic array of food available for selection for breakfast, which we enjoyed on the scenic terrace taking in the breathtaking views. Our children enjoyed the pools, the main pool is an infinity pool with views of the lighthouse and sea, whilst the garden pool is in the tranquil setting of the tropical garden. Dinner was taken on terrace and everything we tasted by the award winning Kevin Joseph and his team was fantastic. The freshly prepared and cooked waffles and pancakes were a firm favorite for breakfast with the children. Each and every member of staff were so helpful and friendly ensuring we received exceptional service throughout our stay. High Tea was truly memorable with the pianist playing throughout. The Lighthouse Bar was another spectacular part of the hotel and perfect for an after dinner drink. Well done to Mr Coetzer and his fantastic team for a truly memorable stay!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank John A
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OBHumhlangaRocks, General Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this review, 30 April 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to post your wonderful review following your 4 night stay with us at The Oyster Box.

I am thrilled to hear that you found everything to your liking, in particular the luxurious accommodation, breathtaking views over the ocean and fantastic dining experiences on
The Ocean Terrace. The High Tea is most popular too with our resident pianist tinkling on the keys for the entire duration.

I look forward to welcoming you back for yet another memorable stay soon.

Kind regards,

Wayne Coetzer
General Manager
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Sydney
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

Outstanding & world class in every way, from check in to room arrival & breathtaking views, a dinner with special friends was exceptional from the ambience through service & a culinary experience which was memorable, breakfast on the pool deck matched if not exceeded the best of my international travel experiences. All I'm left to say is thank you for the effort the team put in to making our stay one we will never forget...outstanding location & service well beyond world class...kept up the good work you do South Africa proud!! Highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ken R
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OBHumhlangaRocks, General Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this review, 30 April 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful review following your stay with us at
The Oyster Box.

I am absolutely delighted to hear that you were blown away with the entire experience of check in, luxurious accommodation, spectacular views over the ocean and delicious dinner with excellent service.

As your feedback is most important, I really appreciate your fine comments of exceeding all expectations on a world class scale.

I look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kind regards,

Wayne Coetzer
General Manager
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Property: The Oyster Box
Address: 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks 4319, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Umhlanga Rocks
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Spa Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Business Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Romantic Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Luxury Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Oyster Box 5*
Number of rooms: 86
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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