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Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

We spent a week at The Oyster Box and again were blown away by an outstanding, world class experience. We used to visit annually, now we can't leave without booking our next visit for just months later. The top service, extremely friendly and accommodating staff, delicious food, and of course breathtaking location all make this one of the top hotels...

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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 week-stay with us at The Oyster Box. As returning and much-valued guests, your feedback is so important to us and I am thrilled to read that you regard us as one of the top hotels in the world, for friendly and accommodating staff, delicious food and...

Benoni, South Africa
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Let me say up front that I have a problem with this review - I can only rate it as high as excellent! This hotel is beyond excellent in my opinion. The defining element of this establishment is, without a doubt, the calibre of staff. Everyone, from the reception staff, to the waiters, to the ever attentive supervisory staff, to...

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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 fantastic stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am absolutely thrilled to hear that you praise all aspects of the hotel and cannot fault it in any way. Thank you for your compliments regarding our exceptional staff who made your stay incredibly memorable. It is...

Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

Had a wonderful tea, the cakes were excellent. We really liked the waiter, Julius! He was very friendly and made the visit even more enjoyable. Definitely recommend the high tea to anybody visiting durban.

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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 visit to The Palm Court at The Oyster Box to enjoy the ever-popular High Tea. I am delighted to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed the excellent cakes and especially the outstanding service provided by Julius. I will be sure to share your comments with the team....

Pitlochry, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We booked two rooms at the hotel. Sea Facing Luxury and Sea Facing Family in April. The only thing I can say is that if you ever feel like opening a Five Star Hotel you should come here for training. I don't want to give it all away but Wayne and his team deserve medals all around. Having stayed at...

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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 delighted to hear that you were blown away by the entire experience and I look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future. Kind regards, Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Billericay, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

We booked the Oyster Box for the first meal of my parent's first ever visit to SA. My wife, her family and I had eaten there before and we wanted to share the experience again with my family. We reserved a table on the Ocean Terrace for the 9 of us and the service was superb. Nothing was too much...

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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 visit to The Oyster Box. I am thrilled that you all thoroughly enjoyed the delicious food and exceptional service from the staff on the occasion of your parent's Golden Anniversary. I look forward to welcoming you back when you might be able to spend a couple...

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

This is luckily our third stay at the oyster box hotel. It is beyond phenomenal and a real treat! The service is beyond anything one would expect and the attention to detail is beyond. The rooms are magnificent with each having its own special view and feel. The bathrooms are large and luxurious. The restaurants and food are world class....

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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 third 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 exceeded your expectations to make your stay memorable. I look forward to welcoming you back again...

Salford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We arrived in South Africa 5th April and were met by our Daughter-in-laws parents and were taken to this hotel for a meal ".What an experience" this hotel is something special the service and quality of the food was superb. I wanted to try an original South African meal " Bunny Chow" I really enjoyed my meal .We sat 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 share your comments following your visit to The Oyster Box. I am thrilled that you thoroughly enjoyed your delicious meal on the terrace overlooking the ocean and experienced outstanding service. I look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Wayne Coetzer General Manager

Pretoria, South Africa
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What an enjoyable and classy stay we experienced here! While we did visit during the winter months (July), we had a wonderful time at high tea, in the spa, the Kids Club was great. The staff were all wonderful and helpful and our room was divine and always cared for and looked after. The food here is amazing, especially 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 review our hotel following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed an amazing and wonderful time at High Tea, The award-winning Spa and that you found the staff most helpful throughout the hotel. I look forward to welcoming you back in the...

Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

From the moment you step into the Oyster Box, the staff make you feel welcomed and comfortable.The interior of the hotel is stunning and has beautiful South African artworks displayed around.The food at the hotel is on another level, particularly the Grill Room and the Ocean Terrace. Everything at the Oyster Box is perfect, would recommend to anybody who is...

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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 delighted you found everything perfect, especially the decor and the exceptionally delicious food in our restaurants. Thank you for regarding us as the best hotel in South Africa. I look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind...

Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Wow! Wow! Wow! Recently spent 3 nights at the Oyster Box and the title of my review says it all!! This is the MOST amazing place ever! Rooms, Service, Food- everything is excellent. A special thanks to Charlie who looked after us in the morning for breakfast and also to Annalie who organized us a "lunch box" and book on...

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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your review following your three-day stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am thrilled that you thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the hotel and experienced luxurious accommodation, excellent food and service. Thank you for mentioning those members of staff who stood out from a service point of view. I...

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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: R3 704 - R14 961 (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 Spa Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks
#2 Business 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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