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Buckingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our second visit to the OBH and we stayed twice in December (early and late). We stayed in one of the luxury suites both times and they really are worth the price. The private patio and plunge pool just add to that indulgent feel. The rooms are all very well appointed but the suites just go that bit...

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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. As returning and much valued guests, your feedback is most important to us and I am therefore thrilled to read that you were again blown away by all aspects of the hotel including the amazing service from my helpful...

Matlock, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hotel did not fall short of expectations. The view from the balcony was lovely and all the staff were extremely helpful and friendly. The bathroom was nice and the food all good. I particularly enjoyed afternoon tea in the palm court. All in all a great stay.

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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 stay at The Oyster Box. I am delighted we exceeded your expectations and that you enjoyed your luxurious accommodation, stunning ocean view and in particular the popular High Tea served daily in the Palm Court. Thank you for your kind comments regarding the helpful and friendly...

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Oyster Box is a place where you always feel special. All the staff are absolutely delightful and the amenities are fantastic. We had lunch at the Oyster Bar where we had sushi, oysters and Champagne. All of which were delicious and it was a welcome relief from the hot and humid Umhlanga climate outside. The rooms are all individually...

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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. Your feedback is most important to us and I am thrilled to read that you thoroughly enjoyed the luxurious superior garden villa with private plunge pool, together with the exceptional breakfast spread on offer each morning. Thank you for...

Singapore
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The iconic and old world charm of the Oyster Box already has an impressive reputation to live up to - and it does in every way. The moment one drives past the car park attendants and security one is transported into another world. Amazing and friendly staff escort you into a colonial era hotel filled with old world charm. The...

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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. It is wonderful to read that you felt transported into another world the minute you drove through security and the car park. The breathtaking views overlooking the ocean are most popular for guests to sit and relax and enjoy...

Brisbane
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Oyster Box was exceptional in every aspect during our recent holiday there. The hotel itself is simply stunning and the dining areas, bars and surrounds are colonial style luxury. Throughout our stay we experienced exceptional customer service from our concierge welcome right through to the waiters, porters and door men. No request or query was too difficult for the...

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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 delighted to read that we exceeded your expectations in every way and that you experienced all aspects of our stunning hotel including exceptional customer service. I hope it won't be too long before I will be able...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's not often you go to a hotel, leave after two weeks, and realize there is nothing they could have done better. Not only is the location, atmosphere and overall facilities of this hotel world class, but the food is exceptional, staff are extremely well trained and motivated to serve their customers, and management have got the fine touches down...

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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 stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am thrilled to read that you were blown away following your two weeks at the hotel. Thank you for your comments regarding the amazing location, world class facilities, exceptional food and extremely well-trained staff. I look forward to...

Brighton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Oyster Box already has an impressive reputation to live up to - and it does in every way. A jewel in Uhmlanga Rocks, where you're welcomed by super friendly staff, wowed by the beautiful reception rooms and then wowed further by the views from the pool to the lighthouse and ocean. The food is world-class - presentation and taste...

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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 thoroughly enjoyed yourselves and found the views spectacular from the reception rooms, the food world class in presentation and taste, especially the most popular Curry Buffet and the staff efficient and friendly. I look...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nothing is to much trouble, we asked for some flowers in our rooms and had beautiful proteas placed, service is good all round and staff are very pleasant, fresh fruit is placed around to help with daily healthy intakes not far from the jars of sweeties! Justin - guest relations has spoilt us and Michael - Maître D has looked...

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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. I am thrilled that you were spoilt during your stay and that you found everything to your liking. Thank you for your kind comments regarding the friendly staff. They are passionate about ensuring every guest's stay with us is...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We sadly only aoent 2 nights at the Oyster Box on a classic sea facing room. There was nothing short of luxurious about it. From the moment we arrived the service was impecable. The rooms are beautiful and extremely clean. The food was outstanding- the breakfast most especially standing out with as it is not the ordinary buffet and not...

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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. It is fantastic to read that you enjoyed a wonderful stay, in particular the luxury accommodation and exceptional breakfasts. Your comments regarding the delicious food in the different restaurants are equally appreciated. I am delighted you relaxed at the...

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed at the Oyster Box Hotel on the 14th Dec and the service and staff were nothing short of exceptional. My family stayed in the Garden villa’s and we just love the privacy and the villa itself was excellent more than enough space and luxury all around the villa. The staff from the breakfast to the pool were outstanding...

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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. I am thrilled that you were blown away by the exceptional service, friendly and helpful staff and that you thoroughly enjoyed the privacy and luxury of your garden villa. Your kind comments regarding the delicious food, especially the curry...

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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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  • 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
  • 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: RM1,268 - RM5,001 (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 Business Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Spa Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Luxury Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Romantic Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
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“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
“Couples will love the sea facing rooms and suites familys should go for the garden rooms and cabanas”
 of 5 bubbles davidiafrica, 29 Dec 2016 | Read review
“All the rooms which I've seen are wonderful. The sea-facing suites are fantastic as well as the garden villas.”
 of 5 bubbles AlexPolt, 28 Dec 2016 | Read review
“i found the Garden Villa's to be for more privacy and the plunge pool is great”
 of 5 bubbles Gsauls, 20 Dec 2016 | Read review
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