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South Africa
Reviewed 14 April 2016 via mobile

The OB is one of my favourite hotels in the world! Every visit keeps getting better... There aren't many hotels that just "get it". The Oyster Box is one of them. What they've created is THE MOST luxurious home away from home possible. It's hard to put into words how much I adore this hotel! The location, decor, rooms, food...

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lionman2016, Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest Thank you for your amazing review! Your very kind words are sincerely appreciated and we will be sure to share them with the team! We are so happy you had such a great stay and thank you for your lovely comments the facilities and food. We will also be sure to recognise Fayaaz, Charles, Dane and Nelly!...

Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 April 2016

Another delightful stay at the Oyster Box. Staff warm and friendly, rooms exquisite. Love the art and decor everywhere - all the little finishing touches. Delicious breakfast and dinner - wonderful selection beautifully presented. Thank you for our lovely stay.

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lionman2016, Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest Your very kind words are sincerely appreciated and we will be sure to share them with the team! We are so happy you had such a great stay and thank you for your lovely comments about the room, the art and decorations, our tasty food, and our friendly team! We hope to welcome you back to The...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 April 2016

My finance & I have enjoyed many a breakfast at the Oyster Box - and decided to treat ourselves to a night there in March. And I'm so glad we did - our stay was absolutely wonderful - a real treat! From the bubbly at check-in; to the great tour by Nhlandhla Msweli; surprise upgrade to the sumptuous Buthelezi Suite;...

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lionman2016, Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest Congratulations on your engagement!! We are so happy you chose The Oyster Box for this memorable occasion! Your amazing review and very kind words are sincerely appreciated and we will be sure to share them with the team! It was lovely having you stay overnight with us after experiencing many a breakfast. Thank you for your lovely...

wales
Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

Returned again to Oyster Box which says it all, everything you could ask of a hotel, comfortable, great service & fantastic array of good quality food at breakfast. Unable to comment on food served during the evening as prefer to go into town, I can recommend Little Havana but ensure you book beforehand as it can be busy. Hope to...

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lionman2016, Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest Your very kind words are sincerely appreciated and we will be sure to share them with the team! We are so happy you had such a great stay and thank you for your lovely comment about the comfort and service along with the food at breakfast. We hope to welcome you back to The Oyster Box in...

Hamble, United Kingdom
Reviewed 10 April 2016

We first stayed at The Oyster Box in March 2014 and were very impressed with all aspects of the hotel. We spent over a week there in March 2016 and were very pleased to note that, if it were possible, the hotel had improved. Clearly the management does not rest on its laurels. We will most definitely stay in the...

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lionman2016, Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest Your very kind words are sincerely appreciated and we will be sure to share them with the team! We are so happy you had such a great stay and thank you for your lovely comment about how you feel we have improved and about your experience! We are very lucky to have a great team. We hope...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

While traveling in Durban, it was one friend's birthday so we organize a fancy breakfast at the Oyster Box. The place is fabulous, colonial style with elegance, very well thought in each details. The breakfast has plenty of delicious options from the hot buffet - where you can have your eggs cooked as you wish - to the cold buffet...

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

Dear Guest We are delighted to hear you had such a wonderful experience with us and hope to welcome you back in the near future! Thank you for your lovely comments! Kind regards Wayne Coetzer General Manager

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

Had a wonderful stay in this hotel. The breakfast buffet was fantastic - a huge spread including fresh oysters. The curry buffet is a must have. We had it on two occasions and were not disappointed. Service was great at the restaurants and the service in the rooms was probably the best that I have experienced. Staff could not be...

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

Dear Valued Guest Your very kind words are sincerely appreciated and we will be sure to share them with the team! We are so happy you had such a great stay and thank you for your lovely comments about our breakfast buffet, our scrumptious curries, service, our friendly staff, and our tranquil Spa! We, along with Scabenga hope to welcome...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

We traveled to Durban for family wedding - a group of 7 family members from 20's to 84 yr old grandmother. We were welcomed into the Oyster Box and had a wonderful time for 4 nights. Could not fault the hotel and staff all we met were charming and helpful nothing was too much for them. Breakfast was fantastic and...

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

Dear Valued Guest Your very kind words are sincerely appreciated and we will be sure to share them with the team! We are so happy you had such a great stay and thank you for your lovely comments about our service, the staff, and our hotel as a whole! We hope to welcome you back to The Oyster Box in...

Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed 5 April 2016

I stayed here for three nights at end of my honeymoon. My wife and I loved our stay and would love to visit again. We stayed on the honeymoon package which included a spa voucher each, a meal in the Grill Room restaurant and a sea view room. The room was perfect with amazing views over the sea. There is...

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

Dear Valued Guest Your very kind words are sincerely appreciated and we will be sure to share them with the team! Congratulations on your marriage! We are so happy you had such a great stay and thank you for your lovely comments about our service, the rooms, and our facilities! We hope to welcome you back to The Oyster Box...

London
Reviewed 3 April 2016

We stayed at the Oyster Box for a night at the end of our "babymoon". What an excellent idea and fabulous experience. The service was the best we've experienced in a hotel setting, the rooms were elegant and comfy with great views, food delicious and the spa treatment was the cherry on top. Thank you for a wonderful stay. We...

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Dear Valued Guest Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding. Your very kind words are sincerely appreciated and we will be sure to share them with the team! Congratulations once again for the new chapter in your life! We are so happy you had such a great stay and thank you for your lovely comments about our service,...

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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
Things to do
  • 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: $378 - $1,456 (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 Romantic Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Spa Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Luxury Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Business Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
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“Treat yourself to a sea view.”
 of 5 bubbles Caroline61, 19 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Ocean front”
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“Ocean view, I guess. But perhaps most rooms have this.”
 of 5 bubbles NellanSF, 17 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Sea View or Garden Villa”
 of 5 bubbles Lauren_LW, 16 Jan 2017 | Read review
“All rooms facing the sea are wonderful and private, pay the extra and face the SEA-the sound of the waves will live with you forever”
 of 5 bubbles TraveliteNY, 2 Jan 2017 | Read review
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