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Sapphire, North Carolina
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Incredible view right on the Indian Ocean. The staff is way beyond attentive and the food is to die for. If you are anywhere near here you must come and stay. We loved it! The atmosphere is "old" British colonial, but the amenities are first class 21st century.

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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 thrilled to read that you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves, in particular the amazing ocean view, incredibly attentive and friendly staff and the delicious food. I look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards,...

Harare, Zimbabwe
Reviewed 22 October 2016

The Oyster Box is quite honestly the best run hotel we've ever stayed in. Every member of staff is superb. Attention to detail is exceptional. Food is second to none. We've stayed at The Oyster Box on two occasions now and are booked in to go again tommorow. A great treat for my Wife and I when we visit Umhlanga....

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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. Attention to detail and intuitive service are hallmarks of the hotel and I am delighted you enjoyed yourselves. Your wonderful comments will be shared with the team who will most certainly be motivated. Thank you for making our hotel...

Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

I don't know how they do it, experience this year was even better than last year, didn't even use the spa but was blown away again, everything is perfect, all the smiles are beautiful, rooms are perfect, food worth all the calories, worth all the many many many rands! I look forward to going back, soon, very soon. 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 stay with us at The Oyster Box. As a returning and much-valued guest, your feedback is most important to us and I am therefore thrilled that you were blown away again by a perfect stay. Your kind words will be shared with the team. I look...

Johannesburg, Michigan
Reviewed 20 October 2016

This is nothing short of ultimate luxury at affordable rates. What a magnificent hotel with the most outstanding service and staff. Our room had its own garden outside with relaxing chaise loungers and that magnificent sea view with the waves a short distance away. Breakfast on the patio was sublime with excellent food and amazing views to help the digestion....

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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 thoroughly enjoyed yourselves and were blown away with all aspects of the hotel, in particular the outstanding service and luxurious accommodation overlooking the ocean. Thank you for your kind words regarding the delicious food...

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 20 October 2016

The hotel is very good for accommodation, functions, parties, business conferencing, dinning and just for stalling along the beach, they are known for exquisite cuisine, very warm and hospitality staff, you will never regret your stay in this hotel.

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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 wonderful comments following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am delighted that you thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the hotel especially the location where one is able to take stroll along the beach and enjoy the ocean view. I look forward to welcoming you back soon....

Puerto Rico
Reviewed 19 October 2016

My wife and me went to the The Oyster Box in September 2016 for 2 nights 3 days Detox Distress offer. The place is wonderful with romantic environment Gatsby and colonial charm surrounding by astonish view. The hotel is mesmerizing in details with helpful and polite service. The room was clean with beautiful beach view and full of details. Food...

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your review following your two night stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am absolutely delighted that you both thoroughly enjoyed yourselves, in particular the amazing ocean view, outstanding sea food in The Grill Room restaurant and friendly and efficient service. I am so sorry that you did not...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 16 October 2016

My first stay at the Oyster Box was magnificent. From the fresh juice on arrival, the warm welcome, the upgraded ocean view room, the breakfast, the gym, the service from the staff, the cleanliness of my room and overall hotel was superb. I will definitely go back and I would recommend The Oyster Box to anyone wanting a luxury stay...

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your review following your first stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am thrilled to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of your stay and would highly recommend our hotel for the warm welcome received, your luxurious ocean view room, the breakfast, the gym and the amazing service...

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Wonderful hotel let down by the bland and old fashioned menu options. Having the same menu presented for lunch and dinner when you are staying becomes extremely repetitive. This together with the absence of any daily specials adds to the unexciting experience. The menu itself whilst no doubt acceptable to suburban Durban, is very uninspiring and seems routed in 1970's...

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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 you found the hotel wonderful. With regards to our Food and Beverage offering, The Ocean Terrace offers a full a la carte menu made up of over 60 dishes. This includes a wood fire pizza oven...

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

If you're in the area, you cannot give this a miss. The hotel is opulent and sensual, the oyster bar is over the top luxury, and the food is everything we expected. We were thoroughly spoiled by the excellent service and special attention. Cant wait to come back!

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to write your kind words following your visit to The Oyster Box. I am delighted that you enjoyed yourselves in The Oyster Bar and were thoroughly spoilt with excellent food and service. I hope that you will return to stay with us in the near future. Kind regards, Wayne Coetzer General Manager

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Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Charming as ever, the Oyster Box remains a bastion of old-world stability, serenity and civilization in an all too fast changing world. Garden chalets are discreet and quiet; but who can resist the sweeping beam from the iconic lighthouse, just beyond the pool ( club sandwiches and Fleur du Cape, anyone? ;} ) and the mesmeric lullaby of the Indian...

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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 absolutely delighted to read that you found the garden chalets discreet and quiet and the sound of the ocean mesmeric. I look forward to welcoming you back for another memorable stay. 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
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 - $1,577 (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 On the Beach Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Spa Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Luxury Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Romantic 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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