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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On holiday in Durban we decided to treat ourselves to breakfast on the Terrace at this extrodinary hotel. In a word it was outstanding! Our server was Charlie who was superb and so attentive. Highly recommended and a wonderful treat. We will definitely put it on our 'do it again' list next time we visit South Africa.

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OBumhlangaRocks, Food and Beverage Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. Our Breakfast has just been voted as the best breakfast in SA, I am delighted you enjoyed it! We hope you also got to see dolphins and monkeys whilst you were here. Kind regards Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

Loved the upstairs lighthouse bar clive the manager was amazing great drinks great view staff were lovely. Id go there every time im in durban. The place has an amazing feel views of the lighthouse. Id highly recommend see clive

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OBumhlangaRocks, Food and Beverage Manager at The Oyster Box, responded to this review

Dear Guest I am so delighted you enjoyed the Light House Bar, it is such an amazing Bar and the views are wonderful. Please come and visit again soon. Michael Smith Food and Beverage Manager

Dumfries & Galloway
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Having arrived very tired after two overnight flights from Heathrow (the first turned back due to a medical emergency) the Oyster Box was a perfect antidote. We were greeted at the airport by welcoming hotel driver, Keith who whisked us off to the hotel. He set the high standard for all the staff we encountered during our 3 night stay....

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

Dear Guest Thank you so much for your wonderful review, it is reviews like yours that excite us and make it all worthwhile. I am delighted you got to enjoy a crayfish and a lovely bottle of wine whilst watching the Ocean! Thank you again for you lovely review, please come back and stay. Wayne Coetzer General Manager

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I'm from Durban, so I'm rather au fait with the Oyster Box. In fact, I resided just next door for a few years before emigrating. The Oyster Box was always the epitome of class, and staying there was the pinnacle of accommodation (at least, as far as Durban is concerned). It really is a step up from the other Durban...

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

Dear guest Thank you for your wonderful comments! I am delighted you enjoyed the experience and really hope we can welcome you "home " soon. Kind regards Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Le Morne
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our family were fortunate to spend another holiday at the Oyster Box Hotel. It is difficult to comprehend into words the way you feel when you stay at this hotel. The staff make you feel incredibly special and pamper you in the manner befitting of royals. Each and every staff member wear a smile on their faces and extraordinarily remember...

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

Dear Sir We loved having you and your lovely family. It is always a pleasure to welcome you back, we hope you had a chance to relax and enjoy the sea and sun. Thank you for staying with us when there are so many to choose from, we really appreciate your patronage. See you soon! Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

Two night stay only, unfortunately it was heavy rain so couldn't use outside areas which looked fabulous. The upside of the rain was being able to chill in this outstandingly beautiful hotel. Lots of little areas with gorgeous seating and artwork. We had curry buffet which was just so tasty the first night and ate outside second night ( mediocre...

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

Dear Guest Thank you for your comments, we are delighted you enjoyed so many aspects of the Hotel. Every one just loves the setting, the beautiful views, the gorgeous Indian style punjab uniforms and Pearl necklaces every lady staff member is given when they start. What a bonus to see the dolphins and monkeys at breakfast. I am sorry you...

Durban
Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

Superb. Been to many hotels locally and internationally the culture at The Oyster box many aspire to achieve.They truely understand Customer Service. The rooms are excellent with excellent sea view. Food excellent. Well done Oyster Box

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

Dear Guest Thank you so much for your fabulous comments. We are delighted you enjoyed your time here and felt spoilt. We look forward to welcoming you back in the very near future. Thank you Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Las Vegas, Nevada
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You can't go wrong here. Everything is excellent. People were really friendly from check-in to the dining services. Needless to say, you pay a pretty penny for it, so it better be! We had an outstanding visit here. Do not miss the curry buffet - you will not be disappointed. Spent plenty of time playing with the cat - We...

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

Dear Guest Thank ypu so much for your wonderful comments. I am delighted you enjoyed your time with us and that you spent time with Skabenga, I hope he didnt scratch you, he has been a bit grumpy lately! Thank you for choosing us when there are so many to choose from, I hope we get the chance to welcome...

Hampshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

We had a 4 night stay from 2 January so it was a great way to kick off 2017. Our room, well, suite, was amazing. Sofa area in one side with a desk with the bedroom area on the other side. Lovely bathroom with "his and her" sinks. Plenty of wardrobe space with plenty of coat hangers (no need to...

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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 comments following your 4-night stay with us at The Oyster Box. It is wonderful that you thoroughly enjoyed your luxurious suite and found the staff helpful and pleasant. I will be sure to share your review with the team. I look forward to welcoming you back in the near...

Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

We drove through the gates and it was like entering another world. A world where all the staff were happy, welcoming and ensured that every facet of our stay was brilliant. The doorman's uniform was fantastic, he looked really smart. Initially we thought that it was all show but everytime we went through those doors the doorman had some great...

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your comments following your stay with us at Th Oyster Box. I am thrilled to read that you thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the hotel, from the Old World Charm and Colonial Chic to the attention to detail throughout including the decor and uniforms. I am especially delighted that the...

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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
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  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
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  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Paid Wifi
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  • 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: $408 - $1,568 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Oyster Box 5*
Number of rooms: 86
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Oyster Box Umhlanga Rocks
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#1 Family Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Business Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Luxury Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Romantic Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Spa 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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