THE OYSTER BOX HOTEL – UMHLANGA ROCKS – SOUTH AFRICA
This hotel is situated overlooking the historical and famous landmark, the Umhlanga lighthouse and has sweeping views of the Indian Ocean. The building was built in the 1920’s and has a distinct colonial feel to it. A low rise building with attached garden bungalows.
Our executive suite (room 15) has breathtaking views of the ocean. Open your large French doors to a spacious balcony with table and chairs and experience the ocean at your doorstep. The suite consisted of a large bedroom with comfortable bed and TV. The lounge room consisted of parquetry floors table and chairs, fridge, TV and colonial furniture. The bathroom is a little on the small size but adequate.
The reception area is very interesting with photos of famous people who have stayed here. There is plenty of sitting areas that are elegantly decorated in colonial and seaside furniture. There are two restaurants each excellent with a good food and wine menu. The Terrace Restaurant is situated overlooking the pool and ocean. An excellent place to sit and relax, drink a gin and tonic and take in the ocean air and views.
The garden bungalows looked quaint and relaxing although they do not offer ocean views they are tucked peacefully within the tropical gardens. The patrolled swimming beach is a five minutes walk on the oceanfront promenade. This hotel offers a unique experience, although limited as say a five star hotel with all the modern conveniences; it has a lovely colonial ambience that draws on its historical past.
Unique Quality: PROS: Fabulous position overlooking the Indian Ocean and historical lighthouse. Excellent cuisine and restaurants overlooking a beautiful setting. The suites are comfortable and spacious offering colonial elegance. A fantastic stay and experience
CONS: No lift, mini bar but nothing supplied.
OVERALL: Just book it and enjoy the experience
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Address: 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks, 4319, South Africa