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The Oyster Box

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07/05/2017 08/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
US$406*
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 31 October 2016

The hotel has an ambiance that reflects a bygone area of elegance coupled with staff that are exceptionally well trained, extremely guest orientated and knowledgeable about the hotel and its offerings. Nothing is too much trouble and it has an elegance and decor that suits its perfect location, with the lighthouse in front and a well placed veranda looking onto...

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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. It is fantastic to read that you enjoyed such a wonderful time here and found the staff well trained, knowledgeable and friendly. It is always wonderful to receive such positive feedback which serves as a great motivator to my...

Reviewed 30 October 2016

This hotel is out of this world, the wife and I loved everything about it, the rooms, the food, the service and the location right on the beach and the Indian Ocean. with the 15 to 20 ft. high waves breaking onto the beach being a sight to behold. The Oyster Box hotel is deserving of its place as being...

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

Dear guest I am delighted you enjoyed your time with us. The waves have been incredible, even I got my board out and enjoyed a barrel or two! We are determined to offer the best service, and hospitality in South Africa, I am so glad you felt we hit the mark! Thank you for staying with us. Wayne coetzer General...

Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

A thank you to Oyster Box for making my 21st birthday weekend one to remember! Friendly service, beautiful rooms, delicious food and an amazing view. They were very busy, especially with guests from the outside, and I felt a bit "forgotten" at a few breakfast and lunch sittings. But dinner was fabulous! I feel the hotel's layout is a bit...

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

Dear Laene I am delighted you enjoyed your 21st Bithday with us, and that you were spoilt and pampered. Especially at dinner which was the main event. Our layout is to accommadate and ensure guests have the best views, the rooms are attached to the main building and the Spa is a 1 minute walk from the main building. I...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 28 October 2016

IF you want to spoil your partner to some old colonial class then this is the place. It is part of the Red Carnation Group so if you have been to the 12 Apostles in Cape town you know the style. The Oysterbox was renovated a few years back.

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

Dear Guest Thank you for your lovely review. We look forward to welcoming you back for more "spoilings" in the future. Kind regards Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Loved loved this hotel. What a wonderful place, from its fabulous location right on the beach to its quirky and delightful decor the Oyster Box ticked all the boxes. Our room overlooked the lighthouse and we had a wonderful view of the coast. Our only reservation was that it lacked in size. Bathroom was well fitted. The bars here were...

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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 that you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves, particularly the bars and restaurants with the delicious food on offer. Thank you too for your kind words regarding the most popular first class breakfast buffet. I look forward to welcoming...

South Africa
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

This place gives a feeling like you are in a exotic Ireland, whereas you actually in one of the big cities with the pleasure of the sea. Rooms are very specious and well appointed, very luxurious and personalised. A holiday fit for royalty

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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 so delighted that you enjoyed the luxurious accommodation and felt like royalty during your stay. I look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Kind regards, Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Franschhoek, South Africa
Reviewed 27 October 2016

We spent two nights at the Oyster Box Hotel, and I have to say that it was truly one of the best hotels that we have stayed at in the world! The welcome was very warm and kind. The employees were very efficient and service-orientated with great care about one's well-being. The rooms were beautifully decorated and we couldn't get...

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your comments following your two-night stay with us at The Oyster Box. It is wonderful that you found the staff caring and efficient and that you thoroughly enjoyed the turn-down service and the impressive breakfast selection. I am delighted to hear that your memorable stay will be uppermost in your...

Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

My wife and I came for a short 2 days break and was absolutely impressed by the Oyster Box Hotel and Staff. Firstly Sue- Ellen and Ricci both made my booking Easy and ensured the fact that we are celebrating our anniversary is documented. We were treated as GUESTS and we're made to feel very welcome. We were welcomed by...

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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 two-day stay with us at The Oyster Box. Your wonderful feedback is most important to us and I will be sure to share it with the team. I am delighted that you enjoyed all aspects of the hotel from the time you arrived, especially your luxurious...

Pretoria, South Africa
Reviewed 25 October 2016

The Oyster Box is my all time most favorite hotel and sets the bar very high! The service is effortless in the most beautiful surroundings. Although very posh and elegant, this hotel has the ability to make you feel relaxed and at home, with none of the stuffiness normally found in very upmarket hotels. The entire team, bar none, is...

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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 delighted to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the hotel and found the service, beautiful surroundings and caring staff make us your all time favourite! I look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards,...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Stayed for 5 nights with my family of 2 adults and 2 young children in a Garden Suite. The room was elegantly furnished with interesting art pieces. We enjoyed all the welcome treats as well as the fine products and gifts given like the kiddies robes and slippers. My kids loved the small plunge pool which was just the right...

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Dear Guest Thank you for your wonderful comments on tripadvisor. I am delighted you enjoyed so many aspects of the Hotel. As discussed you were here over a period when were 100% full, and the restuarnts were also full with local patrons. I am so sorry the service was a little slow at breakfast. It is not always possible to...

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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: $386 - $1,567 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Oyster Box 5*
Number of rooms: 86
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#1 Family Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Business Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Luxury Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Romantic Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Spa Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
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“Sea-facing, family rooms seem to the best, great scenery with the balcony!”
andevero, 21 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Superior Garden Villa- has its own plunge pool!”
Andy212015, 20 Apr 2017 | Read review
“We stayed in 214, the views were spectacular, the room itself was beyond beautiful.”
JThaysen, 2 Apr 2017 | Read review
“ocean view is best, of course.”
dariusbrubeck, 1 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Either ground floor. Or room near garden pool - if you want quite and your own plunge pool - Otherwise go second floor with see view”
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