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2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks 4319 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 02/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 02/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#1 of 18 hotels in Umhlanga Rocks
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2020 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
Standing majestically on Umhlanga’s beachfront just 15 minutes from the airport, overlooking the Indian Ocean and the iconic lighthouse, we are South Africa’s most cherished hotel and a national treasure. Discover our timeless elegance and enjoy a multitude of dining options, including our famous curry feast and High Tea, and indulge in our award-winning spa amid tropical gardens.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Beach
Babysitting
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Valet parking
Wifi
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Poolside bar
Rooftop bar
Kids club
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Free shuttle or taxi services
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Massage
Salon
Steam room
Rooftop terrace
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
Doorperson
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Additional bathroom
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
Room service
Safe
VIP room facilities
Laptop safe
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
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Room types
Ocean view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
Afrikaans
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martinuksa wrote a review 14 Apr
Johannesburg, South Africa349 contributions39 helpful votes
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When I last reviewed this hotel, I said that I would now rate every other hotel against the OB standard. Then, Covid happened, and the hospitality industry took a nose dive. The Oyster Box management and staff somehow worked a miracle and have managed to maintain the highest levels of luxurious service for their guests. My wife and I decided that it would be a great place to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary! Before saying anything else, I must give a huge compliment to the housekeeping staff. They are continually cleaning and sanitizing the entire hotel for the safety of guests and staff alike. Thank you! This hotel is absolutely amazing! The rooms are gorgeous, with some of the most comfortable beds that I have ever slept on! Very well appointed and serviced twice a day. I spent quite a bit of time on our balcony looking out over the beach and ocean. All of the restaurants are very, very good. The Grill Room is the flagship and was where we had dinner on our anniversary. The Oyster Steak Dianne was sublime! The sushi was amazing, the curry buffet was stupendous, and the breakfasts every morning were an event to look forward to! One of the things that makes a hotel great is the staff and OB must have some of the best! Every staff member, without exception, is friendly, helpful, courteous and professional. They make you feel as if they have been waiting just for YOU to arrive and will do anything for you. They make this hotel the gem that it is. I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 3 days ago
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your review following your stay with us at The Oyster Box to celebrate your Ruby Wedding Anniversary. I am absolutely thrilled to hear how you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves, in particular your luxurious accommodation, delicious meals in the fine-dining Grill Room and more casual Ocean Terrace Restaurant. Thank you for your wonderful comments regarding the housekeeping staff who continuously clean and sanitize throughout the hotel and for the all the staff who are passionate about ensuring every guest's stay with us is amazing. I will be sure to share your review with the team. I look forward to welcoming you back to celebrate many more memorable moments. Kind regards, Roberto Rosa General Manager
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Nicci P wrote a review 13 Apr
Chicago, Illinois71 contributions24 helpful votes
This hotel transports you back in time, it's quirky yet historical, elegant yet relaxed. We enjoyed our 2 night stay in a sea view suite. The high tea was fun, lots of goodies to eat and nice bubbles served for the occasion. Sipping cocktails on the pool deck and and Lighthouse bar was a pleasure. The bottomless bubbly brunch was the highlight for me, it's just a pity it ends so early. The staff were all friendly and attentive. We recommend The Oyster Box if you can get a special offer.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Responded 3 days ago
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your review following your 2-night stay with us at The Oyster Box. I am absolutely thrilled to hear how you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves, in particular your luxurious sea view suite, High Tea with sumptuous fare, cocktails on the pool deck and Lighthouse Bar overlooking the ocean. Thank you for your special mention of the friendly and attentive staff. They are passionate about ensuring every guest's stay with us is amazing and that every guest leaves wanting to return. I look forward to welcoming you back soon for another memorable stay with us. Kind regards, Roberto Rosa General Manager
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Matured Travellers wrote a review 12 Apr
Pretoria, South Africa1 contribution
As frequent visitors to the Oyster Box, an amazing experience. Friendly and professional staff at your service. Delicious cuisine as always. Leon, your music suits the ambiance of this hotel. You really made our stay memorable. You are one of the reasons why we always come back and that feeling is mutual amongst many visitors. We wanted to have dinner in the Grill Room, but no live music to our disappointment. The music in the Light House Bar was club style,not what we used to enjoy. Trust Mrs Tollman will adhere to our review. Really our home away from home.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Roberto Rosa, General Manager at The Oyster Box
Responded 5 days ago
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your review following your stay with us at The Oyster Box. As a return and much-valued guest, your feedback is most important to us. I am thrilled therefore, to hear how you thoroughly enjoyed your stay, in particular the friendly and professional staff and delicious cuisines. Thank you for your wonderful comments regarding Leon, our musician. He enjoys a regular following and plays in The Grill Room Thursdays to Sundays and in The Oyster Bar on Saturday and Sunday during lunchtime, these being our most popular times. Since we have reopened following the lockdown, live music is presented in The Lighthouse Bar on a Sunday between 12h00 and 15h00 whenever we are running a special. Otherwise, background music plays. I look forward to welcoming you back in the near future to your 'home away from home' for another memorable stay with us. Kind regards, Roberto Rosa General Manager
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junz wrote a review 11 Apr
Durban, South Africa10 contributions1 helpful vote
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Excellent service from our waitress Angel, amazing food with quite a lot of compliments from the chef, perfect setting for a good fine dining experience. Very friendly and accommodating staff everyone made us feel like royalty.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Roberto Rosa, General Manager at The Oyster Box
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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 to hear how you were treated like royalty and experienced excellent service from the staff in The Grill Room, our fine-dining restaurant. I will be sure to share your comments with the chef regarding the amazing food you enjoyed. I look forward to welcoming you back soon to enjoy another memorable evening with us. Kind regards, Roberto Rosa General Manager
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Tanya Kunze wrote a review 10 Apr
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I am a global keynote speaker and as such I am exceedingly well travelled. From Singapore to L.A. USA and everything in-between and I have yet to stay in a hotel that can rival the breath-taking views, exceptional customer centricity, magnificent rooms, quality cuisine and overall experience as the Oyster Box does. I highly recommend it! Tanya Kunze
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Date of stay: March 2021
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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 hear how you thoroughly enjoyed the breath-taking ocean views, exceptional service, luxurious rooms and delicious cuisine. I look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards, Roberto Rosa General Manager
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PRICE RANGE
US$303 - US$691 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
oyster box umhlanga rocks
LOCATION
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalUmhlanga Rocks
NUMBER OF ROOMS
86
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Oyster Box
Which popular attractions are close to The Oyster Box?
Nearby attractions include Mindgame Escape (0.3 km), Whalebone Pier (0.2 km), and Umhlanga Beach (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Oyster Box?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at The Oyster Box?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Oyster Box?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at The Oyster Box?
Yes, free parking and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Oyster Box?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Grill Room, The Lighthouse Bar, and Little Havana.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Oyster Box?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Does The Oyster Box have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Oyster Box offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Oyster Box?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at The Oyster Box?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does The Oyster Box offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.