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FFor decades, the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks has been a loved destination for both local and international visitors. Situated on the beach and guarded by an iconic lighthouse, this truly elegant and friendly hotel is known for its fabulous accommodation, fabulous location, fabulous food and fabulous hospitality (even extended to the furry members of your family).

How do you introduce Old Colonial to African Contemporary and come up with the perfect marriage? When you walk into the iconic, multi-award-winning Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks, just 15 minutes north of Durban, you’ll see how.

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TThe Palm Court's magnificent chandeliers were bought from London’s prestigious Savoy Hotel.

PPush through the mahogany and glass swing door (rescued from Durban’s famous Royal Hotel) and walk into the cool reception area of the Oyster Box Hotel. What you will find are black and white tiled floors, lazily turning bamboo ceiling fans straight from a tropical plantation villa, and the original 1950s carved wooden staircase that winds its way up to the red and white-themed Lighthouse Bar where Prince Albert of Monaco and his Princess Charlene partied before their 2012 wedding.

MMake sure you stop to admire unique paintings from some of the best contemporary KwaZulu-Natal artists on your way through the hotel.


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CChoose a garden room overlooking the lush tropical gardens, or face out over golden sands where the famous red and white lighthouse stands guard over the blue Indian Ocean.

This gorgeous hotel is noted not only for its fabulous accommodation, but also for its equally fabulous food. Try fresh oysters at the Oyster Bar; a calorie-defeating breakfast at the Ocean Terrace; the best curry in KwaZulu-Natal at the Palm Court; a High Tea to drool over or an intimate romantic dinner at the Grill Room. If it's an overcast day, cocoon yourself in the leather- and book-lined library, or catch a movie in the small exclusive cinema – complimentary popcorn and candies provided.

BBut be warned, the Oyster Box Hotel is addictive. You'll find yourself returning again and again as the Venetian-chandeliered Pearl Room testifies. Generations of brides have celebrated their weddings here and, today, their kids and grandkids are having fun on the beach or in the kiddies’ playroom. This hotel is the ultimate in colonial charm and style.

The Oyster Box Hotel meets the individual needs of every visitor. Whether you’re travelling for business or leisure, a family group or solo, each room is superbly designed to provide the utmost comfort and style at your home away from home.

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