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Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

1. Rooms quite small but well kept. 2. Staff very friendly and always helpful 3. Breakfast everything you could imagine including Champagne and Oysters 4. Lunch menu more than ample to suite most people 5. Dinner no comment as I was not there Something for the hotel to consider:We went to the Lighthouse Bar to watch the Rugby on Saturday...

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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. I am sorry it has taken me a while to respond, however I wanted to watch the cctv footage of the evening before I replied. I am sorry these guests spoilt your evening in the bar, they were infact resident guests, staying with us. It is so difficult...

Ballito, South Africa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We simply cannot fault the Oyster Box Hotel. Our absolute favourite. We always come back (this must be our 10th or so visit) and our expectations are always met. Thank you Michael and Danny for taking such good care of us in the Ocean Terrace. Ntombi and Mondli in the Oyster Bar. The laughter and quick chats combined with the...

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

Dear Guests, Thank you for taking the time to post your review following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. As returning and much-valued guests, your feedback is most important to us and I am therefore thrilled that we have once again met your expectations and made this stay memorable. I am delighted to read that you enjoyed exceptional...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed for 3 days 2 nights. Tried the curry buffet, grill room, high tea and the oyster and bubbles breakfast buffet. Great service, great food and awesome location. Cute wild monkeys take a bit of getting used to though and when they say champagne, read south african sparkling wine. Spa was good and also dealt very well with any...

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

Dear Guest Thank you for writing such a fabulous review. With regards to Champagne, we dont advertise that we supply French Champagne with breakfast any where, all our colleteral clearly states "sparkling wine" . We did a blind tasting with all our regular guests and John b Brut was the one that came up trumps. As it complimentary and one...

Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We chose this hotel principally because of its proximity to Oliver Tambo airport as we had an early flight the next morning. And it is indeed very convenient for the airport - an easy 15 minute journey. But what a pleasant surprise the hotel was. High quality decor and rooms (largely re-built so not contemporary but charming and stylish), excellent...

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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. It is wonderful that you thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful facilities, the proximity to King Shaka International Airport and the private cinema, exclusive to hotel guests. I am delighted your family enjoyed the little extras and that you all found...

South Africa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is in its own league absolutely fabulous the food is great service top class everything is just awesome If you want to treat yourself this is the place you will not be disappointed Keep an eye on any specials they might offer to stay over if need be The view is beautiful from the pool and the buffet...

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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 found everything to your liking, in particular the delicious food, great service and stunning ocean view. I look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Ballito, South Africa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is very rare to taste a range of the famous Champagne House Perrier-Jouet in South Africa. The Oyster Box Hotel was accorded this honour and Executive Chef Kevin Joseph and his team stood up to the challenge with a pairing of a magnificent 6 course dinner! Pairing Champagne with dinner is one of the most difficult things to do...

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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 wonderful review following your visit to The Oyster Box. I am absolutely thrilled to hear that you were all blown away by the brilliant pairing and six course dinner you experienced under the care of our Executive Chef and his team. I will be sure to share your kind...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Oyster Box is a classy and stylish hotel. It offers world class service from all the staff. It has an excellent position right on the beach front. The rooms are furnished well and the cleanliness is of the highest standard. The high tea is a must and of course you should try one of the Curry dishes at 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 share your comments following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. It is wonderful to read that you enjoyed world class service from all staff and experienced luxury accommodation which boasts cleanliness of the highest standard. I am thrilled that you were able to enjoy the ever-popular High Tea in...

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am late writing this review but I was writing one for another location and felt I must just add to all of the excellent reviews about The Oyster Box. This is truly one of the best places I have ever visited. We were lucky enough to stay there for three nights in May this year at the end of...

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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 three-night stay with us at The Oyster Box on your 40th birthday trip to South Africa. I am thrilled that you are still enjoying wonderful memories of one of the best places you have ever visited. Your kind comments regarding the amazing accommodation and incredible buffet...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Oyster Box is a beautiful luxury hotel in peaceful surroundings and right near the Umhlanga lighthouse. The service, rooms and general comfort are all spectacular. Very highly recommended for business and leisure stays.

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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 delighted you thoroughly enjoyed the amazing service, luxurious accommodation and wonderful location overlooking the ocean. I look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards, Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Perth, Australia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a very comfortable stay, provided excellent service and ate some very delicious meals. The place has a colonial feel but not too pretentious. If you have the time, experience the high tea. Just awesome! Would recommend!!

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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. I am absolutely delighted to read that you enjoyed all aspects of the hotel and experienced excellent service and delicious meals, including our most popular High Tea. I look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind...

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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
  • Free Breakfast
  • 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: European, Seafood, International
Palm Court
Palm Court
Cuisines: British, European
Things to do
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
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  • 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
  • Free Breakfast
  • 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: RM1,366 - RM5,652 (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 On the Beach Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Spa Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Luxury Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Business Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
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