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The Oyster Box

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Oyster Box is not just any hotel where people stay to get away for a day whilst in between trips. This is a holiday destination all on its own. With an array of activities such as spa treatments, beach swims, promenade walks and kiddies club, oh and of course don't forget the amazing venues for fine dining and snack...

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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 that you describe our hotel as a holiday destination all on its own with such a variety of activities. The holiday club is especially popular with in-house children. Thank you for making special mention of the...

Hartbeespoort, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I often visit The Oyster Box, and love it every time. The service is fantastic, the staff are amazing! I particularly had wonderful service from Venushka in the hotel's gift shop. She was very friendly and went out of her way to provide superb service. Thank you!

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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 visit to The Oyster Box. I am thrilled to read that both you and your husband thoroughly enjoy yourselves every time you spend time here and each time you are blown away by the fantastic service displayed by the staff. I look forward to welcoming you...

Winston Salem, North Carolina
Reviewed 1 week ago

An unbelievably awesome experience. The service was absolutely outstanding Each and Everyone working in this this fabulous hotel were extremely pleased to be at work.They must love what they do.I believe this culture must be inculcated by the MD.Thanks to the gorgeous Candice for making our stay really comfortable.Also a big thank you to Londi for taking care of our...

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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 absolutely delighted that you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves, in particular the exceptional service from our dedicated staff and the delicious meals, one of which being the extensive breakfast buffet. Our staff are passionate about ensuring each guest's stay...

Kent
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sifiso was a courteous, friendly and attentive waiter for our birthday meal with a 90 year old uncle:thankyou. The weather was unusually atrocious, but there were many quiet corners in the hotel where we could relax, even without using the gym or sauna.

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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 your review following your visit to The Oyster Box with your 90 year old uncle to celebrate a birthday. I am thrilled that Sifiso took great care of you and despite the weather, you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves. I look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Wayne Coetzer General...

Reviewed 1 week ago

Dear Wayne and the OBH team, We would like to thank you and the phenomenal team for an amazing long weekend at the OBH. The attention to detail of your team was amazing and we feel like part of the family when Wellington greets us at the door and when Michael remembers George's name! Our breakfasts on the Terrace were...

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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 long weekend stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am thrilled that you were well looked after by the team and appreciated the attention to detail throughout the hotel. Your comments regarding the delicious breakfast and friendly babysitters will be shared with the team. I...

Dorchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently had a special birthday family gathering for lunch at the Ocean Terrace. We had an excellent lunch - the curry buffet a must! Thank you Kevin for a delicious take away bunny chow! The staff were very friendly and helpful - attention to detail second to none! Can't wait to visit again on our next visit to SA!

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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 comments following your visit to The Oyster Box. I am delighted to read that you all thoroughly enjoyed yourselves, especially the ever-popular Curry Buffet. I look forward to welcoming you back. Kind regards, Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Kigali, Rwanda
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The old-style charm of the Oyster Box is everywhere. In its decor, it's great service and its location... right at the beach. We could leave the double balcony doors of our room open to enjoy the magnificent view of the oceans and hear the waves rolling throughout the night. This is such an incredible joy, especially if you live in...

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your review following your perfect weekend stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am thrilled to read that you thoroughly enjoyed your luxurious accommodation with stunning views overlooking the ocean and The Ocean Terrace Restaurant where you found the curry buffet superb. Thank you for making mention of the...

Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We entered The Oyster Box with extremely high expectations, and whilst we enjoyed it, the hotel did fall short of what we were anticipating. The food is excellent, the staff really do try hard and the position is amazing, but the rooms and building do feel like they due for an upgrade. Do yourself a favor and have the choc...

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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 your chocolate sundae in our newly refubished historic Hotel. Kind regards Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had an excellent breakfast on the terrace. Mondli looked after us exceptionally well and we can't wait to come back again. The attention to detail and little extras made it a very memorable experience. Thank you!

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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 visit to The Oyster Box to enjoy an excellent breakfast on the terrace. Your kind words regarding the service and attention to detail will be shared with the team. I look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards, Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

perfection always - best run hotel in South Africa - the Tollman's are aficionados when it comes to style and grace - the cleaning staff to reception are apt and charming - very well trained - and as for the spa - it has to be the best in South Africa

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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 found everything to your liking and consider the hotel to be the best in South Africa. I look forward to welcoming you back soon. 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: $440 - $1,281 (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 On the Beach Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Business Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
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“Sea views with balconies, though the waves ARE noisy!”
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“sea view towards the end”
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