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The Oyster Box

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07/05/2017 08/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
USD 426*
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Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Hard to beat this experience & nothing to fault at all. Excellent location & sea views. Hotel is in pristine condition. All staff are excellent. Curry buffet can't be beaten. Thoughtful & pleasant birthday recognition in room.

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your review following your stay with us at The Oyster Box to celebrate the occasion of a birthday. I am thrilled to read that you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves and could not find fault with anything at all. Guests love the location on the beach with stunning views over the ocean....

Staplehurst, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 September 2016

We have just returned from an amazing few days at the Oyster Box hotel. From the moment we arrived the service was out of this world. Nothing was too much trouble and all of the staff were exceptionally welcoming. A glass of fizz to check-in with, a quick orientation of the hotel and bags taken seamlessly to our room. The...

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your review following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am thrilled to read that you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves, especially the superb service received from all the staff. Thank you for your comments regarding the most popular, fantastic breakfast buffet which you regard as the best you have...

Reviewed 5 September 2016

A very well-run hotel with extremely friendly and helpful staff. The location is second to none and I have never seen a more extensive breakfast buffet. Child friendly and just excellent in every way. It was also interesting to be able to choose the type of pillows we wanted to sleep on. Never seen that before, but it meant we...

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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. It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the special location of the hotel overlooking the ocean and that you enjoyed the amazing and extensive breakfast buffet. Thank you for your comments regarding the extremely friendly and helpful staff....

Ontario
Reviewed 2 September 2016

The Oyster Box is a real experience - the rooms are fabulous - the views are wonderful and the location is perfect for exploring Durban and surrounding areas. Very busy when we checked in after a LONG flight - but we were taken care of. We were given the room overlooking the pool, which was a (real) disappointment, but they...

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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. I am thrilled that you enjoyed yourselves, in particular the stunning view over the ocean, not only from the terrace, but your luxurious room. Thank you for your kind comments regarding the friendly and welcoming staff. I will be...

Sunland, South Africa
Reviewed 1 September 2016

The Oyster Box is probably one of the grandest of its kind in the world. expectations as a result run in concert with that. This hotel has taken its 'best' status to new heights of perfection. Although it is a tired old adage, 'attention to detail' is the hall mark of this great hotel. If you, like me, are a...

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your review following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. Attention to detail and intuitive service are hallmarks of the hotel and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay. I look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards, Wayne Coetzer General Manager

south africa
Reviewed 31 August 2016

The Oyster Box hotel, says it all in the name..... The "Oyster" is the beautiful design of the building with the extraordinary decor and the pearl inside is the amazing Team that work inside this hotel. "Box" is the all in one experience that you have at this establishment when all the factors that make this Hotel so special come...

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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 following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am thrilled that you found everything to your liking, especially the child-friendly policy which is apparent throughout the hotel. It is wonderful that you thoroughly enjoyed your luxurious Superior Garden Villa with exceptional housekeeping services. We...

Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

hands down the most luxurious hotel in SA...everyone so focussed on making our stay perfect...already booked next visit..Happiness in one building...Gorgeous view,don't wanna leave!...been to 12apostles hotel..sorry guys think oyster wins this hands down..

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your review following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am so delighted to hear that you enjoyed all aspects of the hotel and found it to be the most luxurious in South Africa. I look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards, Wayne...

Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

This place has such a reputation which, from our experience, is utterly and totally deserved! Polished service, beautiful setting and facilities and outstanding food. We loved our 3 night stay. Breakfast buffet was out of this world and curry buffet a firm favourite with our family. This gave us a very fitting end to a family holiday touring South Africa.

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your review following your three-night stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am thrilled that you found all aspects of the hotel to be to your liking, in particular the amazing service, beautiful setting overlooking the ocean and the outstanding breakfast buffet and popular curry buffet. I look forward...

Dallas, Texas
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

This is a true grand dame hotel! When you walk into The Oyster Box you feel like you've stepped into a bygone era. There are jars of bonbons for the kids and a full high tea for their parents. There are beautiful views if he ocean from the balconies of the rooms, which although not huge, were comfortable and extremely...

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

Dear Guest Thank you for your wonderful comments, so many guests are delighted we have preserved The Colonial charm of the Hotel. We try very hard to ensure we are not any thing like the many hotels around with absolutely no intrinsic character or charm. I am delighted you felt transported into a bygone era of luxury, comfort and excellence....

Melbourne
Reviewed 23 August 2016

What an experience - an exquisite hotel with old world charm and service - attentive and friendly staff, beautiful accommodation, excellent cuisine and a presentation of food at breakfast that looks too good to eat. A very high standard is maintained in every area of this lovely property. Cheers - Jules

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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 a review. Your wonderful comments certainly do motivate the team. Attention to detail and intuitive service are hallmarks of the hotel and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay. Kind Regards Wayne Coetzer General Manager

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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
Room types
  • 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: $385 - $1,518 (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 Romantic Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Business Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Luxury Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
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“Sea-facing, family rooms seem to the best, great scenery with the balcony!”
andevero, 21 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Superior Garden Villa- has its own plunge pool!”
Andy212015, 20 Apr 2017 | Read review
“We stayed in 214, the views were spectacular, the room itself was beyond beautiful.”
JThaysen, 2 Apr 2017 | Read review
“ocean view is best, of course.”
dariusbrubeck, 1 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Either ground floor. Or room near garden pool - if you want quite and your own plunge pool - Otherwise go second floor with see view”
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