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Weybridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

We flew into jHB from London and were travelling onto cape town however we had been told about the oyster box so added the extra flight to our itinerary at quite a cost just do we could stay at the oyster box. The hotel is wonderful and the decor is nothing less than luxurious and flamboyant it's truly a beautiful...

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

Dear Guest Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. I am delighted you enjoyed so many aspects of The Oyster Box. The beautiful décor, wonderful setting, delicious food and exceptional service you mention. I was on hand to assist Geoffrey with your complaints on departure. With regards to room service, your comment that breakfast never...

Munich, Germany
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Our incredible stay started at the airport when Patrick picked us up and on our way to the hotel he was guiding us around!. When we got to the hotel, it seems like everybody was just waiting for us and that we were the only guests! However, the hotel was fully booked! Geoffrey and Carolina welcomed us and offered us...

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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 stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am absolutely delighted to hear that you were blown away by the amazing service offered by our staff, stunning ocean views and delicious seafood platter enjoyed in our fine-dining restaurant, The Grill Room. Thank you for pointing out...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 13 September 2016

With everything of the highest standard - just being there is enough! Add in the upstairs Oyster bar and the restaurant out front overlooking the lighthouse and sea and you have everything you could want for the weekend! A most pleasing few days and certainly one of our favourites! Great experience

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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 stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your time with us and have passed on your kind words to the team regarding your favourite stay. I look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Wayne Coetzer General...

Somerset West, South Africa
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Walked along the super walkway from Durban to Umhlanga....we started at Umhlanga by the Lighthouse. When finished we decided to go and have something to drink in the Lighthouse Bar. Hotel is so beautifully set out, wonderful position, staff so friendly and the bar is on the 2nd floor with magnificent views. We sat enjoying a bottle of bubbly, remembering...

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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. It is wonderful that you could enjoy some nostalgic moments whilst enjoying drinks served by our friendly staff in The Lighthouse Bar overlooking the ocean. I look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards, Wayne Coetzer General...

Melbourne
Reviewed 13 September 2016

What a place! It is like going back to the 30's great service and the views from our room were perfect. The hotel is right on the beach and you must go to the light house bar for a drink or two. Excellent breakfast

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your review following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. It is wonderful that you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves and experienced amazing service. I am delighted you enjoyed the stunning view from your luxurious room and especially the delicious breakfast spread each morning. I look forward to welcoming you back...

Franschhoek, South Africa
Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

I had dinner on my own in the Grill Room needing a treat after a very stressful day! I came away feeling pampered and lighthearted! In the beautiful ambiance of this diiningroom,there were business groups, couples having romantic celebratory dinners and overseas visitors. The staff were extremely attentive, well informed and professional! The food was delicious! Bursting with a variety...

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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 stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am delighted to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your dining experience in our fine-dining restaurant, The Grill Room and that the staff took great care of you. I look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Wayne...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Our stay at The Oyster Box was truly memorable. My husband and I booked our stay there as a gift to each other to celebrate our birthdays and wedding anniversary. From the moment we stepped out of our car till the morning we checked out, every single staff member made us feel like royalty. The view from our bedroom was...

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to provide me with feedback following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. It is wonderful to read that you chose to celebrate both your birthdays and anniversary with us and that you were made to feel like royalty from the moment you arrived. I am delighted that you enjoyed your...

Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 September 2016

Only 2 days but we will be back. We had a lovely sea front room which while not enormous was beautifully fitted. Great breakfast and good lunch overlooking the sea and being amused by the monkeys stealing food from plates! The service here is superb. We lost count of the number of staff all of whom were ultra professional and...

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your comments following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed our first class service from all the staff with whom you came into contact. Our staff are passionate about ensuring every guest's stay with us is amazing and that every guest...

London, UK
Reviewed 9 September 2016

I have travelled a lot and stayed in a lot of wonderful hotels around the world, from the Mandarin Oriental in London to the Four Seasons in Seattle and Sydney. I can say categorically I have never had as good and as an attentive experience as I did when my wife and I stayed at your hotel in March this...

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your comments following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am thrilled that you found this to be the best hotel you have experienced round the globe for our attention to detail and top class service. I look forward to welcoming you back for another memorable stay soon....

Pretoria, South Africa
Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for our honeymoon and it was my dream come true the service and the attention to detail. The food was amazing both at the ocean terrace and the grill room Breakfast was simply a treat on its own. The welcoming kindness from everybody is what made our stay amazing. Rooms are comfortable with beautiful views. I have...

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your review following your stay with us at The Oyster Box on the occasion of your honeymoon. I am delighted to hear that you found everything to your liking from the moment you arrived and especially the friendliness of the staff. It is wonderful that you enjoyed the spectacular views...

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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
  • Breakfast included
  • Bar/Lounge
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
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: $421 - $2,087 (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 Luxury Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Business Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Spa Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Romantic Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
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