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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

Wonderful three night stay at this iconic umhlanga hotel. Excellent accommodation, facilities and service. Rarely have felt so welcome. Many lovely touches like welcome gifts for the children, public areas with lemongrass scent piped through. Had a nosebleed when settling the bill but worth it. Will definitely be back.

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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 three night stay with us at The Oyster Box. Your kind words are so appreciated regarding the luxurious accommodation, facilities and service and that you were made to feel so welcome. Our staff are passionate about ensuring every guest's stay with us is amazing and that...

Reviewed 3 June 2016

Honestly it is so expensive so I stay one night. But this hotel is beyond expectations. Everything has a quality, Interior, design, service and also the manner of staff. No words are suits or can explain my feelings to stay in one night. This is one I highly recommend to stay. Thank you for such a wonderful experience on this...

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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 thrilled that we exceeded your expectations with all aspects of the hotel from quality, interior, design and service. Your kind comments regarding the friendly and helpful staff are also appreciated. I look forward to welcoming you...

Dullstroom
Reviewed 3 June 2016

Booking into this absolutely fabulous Hotel, we were welcomed back as good old regulars.Our room was superb , a bottle of MCC on ice, as a welcoming for my special birthday. The service , as usual, a very high standard, and thanks to Moses for my morning coffees. This Breakfast,,, well, should be voted the most divine and sumptuous in...

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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 such a wonderful review. I am delighted you enjoyed so many aspects of this beautiful hotel. We really enjoyed ensuring you were taken care of and hope that we will be lucky enough to welcome you back in the very near future. I will make sure I pass your wonderful...

johannesburg
Reviewed 3 June 2016

Had an amazing long weekend at the oyster box, and everything was perfect. We received champagne, snacks and a small gift as it was our anniversary. Service was excellent throughout (rare these days!) and nothing was too much trouble. The breakfast buffet must be one of the best in the world, and the seaview rooms are SEAVIEW, no tricks. Amazing...

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

Dear Valued Guest Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. I am delighted you enjoyed your anniversary with us, and that you found the service and cuisine fantastic! We pride ourselves in being the very best there is in South Africa. Thank you for staying with us and falling asleep to the waves! Wayne Coetzer...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 2 June 2016

I treated my better half to the ultimate spoil package for his birthday. The service is par excellence! We thoroughly enjoyed the tranquility and enjoyed the best of all hotel amenities. Spending a quiet moment reading in the clock room is very special... It makes one feel like you are transported to another time. The Oyster Bar Restuarant was an...

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

Dear Guest Thank you for staying with us and taking the time to write a review. Your wonderful comments certainly go along way to motivate the team. Attention to detail and intuitive service are hallmarks of the hotel and we are delighted you enjoyed your time with us. Happy Birthday! Wayne Coetzer Oyster Box Hotel

Salt Rock, South Africa
Reviewed 2 June 2016

The Light House Bar at the Oyster Box is the perfect place to spend quality time with a friend or Family. The venue is Old World Charm at its best. The staff are so friendly, helpful and beautifully dressed. The setting is the best. The view and weather are great all year round. A walk through the Hotel up to...

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

Dear Valued Guest It was lovely to read that you spent time enjoying the splendour of this unique hotel. We are so proud of being different and not 'run of the mill'. Attention to detail and intuitive service are hallmarks of the hotel. I look forward to welcoming you back in the very near future. Kind regards Wayne Coetzer General...

Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

We have been returning to this fantastic hotel for the last six years to celebrate our anniversary. We spent our Honeymoon at the hotel thirty two years ago, what a privilege. It must be if not one of the best hotels in the world it feels like home. Oysters and Champagne in the morning for breakfast what could be better....

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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 to celebrate your anniversary. As returning and much-valued guests, your feedback is most important to us and I am therefore thrilled that you have found your 'home from home' to be one of the best in the world. It...

United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 June 2016

We were greeted with very friendly staff with smiling faces and welcome drinks. The Hotel's decor is from different parts of the world, very carefully chosen by the owners, very impressive. The cleanliness of this hotel is the first time i have experienced in my life (visited many hotels in different parts of the world) TV remote controls were sealed,...

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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 with us at The Oyster Box. I am delighted that you enjoyed all aspects of the hotel, especially the attention to detail with regards to the sealed remote controls. I will certainly share your kind comments with the team. I look forward to welcoming you...

Pretoria, South Africa
Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Awesome classic and luxurious getaway. Spectacular views of the Indian Ocean and Lighthouse. Scrumptious fine dining and champagne breakfasts. Spoilt for choice. Opulent and attentive five star service. They pay attention to detail. Not for budget conscious guests. A few bars to enjoy an after dinner drink or a sundowner with a view. Lovely pool area and terrace for breakfast...

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your comments following your special romantic stay with us at The Oyster Box. It is fantastic to read that you enjoyed a wonderful stay and found that you were spoilt for choice. Your kind words are sincerely appreciated and I will be sure to share them with the team. I...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

I spent the last weekend of May at this fantastic hotel. From check in to my stay the service was five star. They stumbled a little at check out when they took a bit long to bring my bags but they owned up and apologized and this did not ruin my holiday. The website does not do enough justice to...

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your review following your weekend stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am delighted to read that you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves and found the staff attentive, the food spectacular and the ocean views stunning. As you are already planning a return visit, I look forward to welcoming you back...

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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
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  • 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: $401 - $1,999 (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 On the Beach Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Romantic Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Business Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Spa Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Luxury Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
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“anything on the ocean....anything”
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