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Take time-out at the family-friendly Oyster Box

The Oyster Box has long been treasured as a place where memories are made. Family holidays, weddings, celebrations, high-days and holidays…each one a memory in itself!  Situated in Umhlanga Rocks, just 15 minutes from Durban, The Oyster Box provides a host of activities and facilities to suit the entire family’s needs (pets included) and make each and everyone feel right at home.

With two swimming pools, beautiful lush open gardens brimming with bird-life and monkeys, as well as direct access to miles of protected swimming beaches and  beach-side walking paths, families can take full advantage of The Oyster Box’s exceptional location and service.

A host of child-friendly touches are offered to families on check-in.  Children of 12 years and under, receive a Backpack filled with a selection of essential holiday items such as fishing nets, beachballs and colouring-books. In addition, each child is given a wrist-band which entitles them to a host of complimentary goodies during their stay, including a soft-drink, toffee-apple, milk-shake, ice-cream and candy-floss. 

Subject to room category and availability, children under 12 stay free and children between the ages of four and 12 years, have access to the supervised Holiday Club during their stay.  The children’s Playroom offers a range of games, activities and facilities, including use of the X-Box, Play Station, DVD’s and a selection of board games. Other vacation activities include story-telling, face painting, art and craft activities, pizza-making and movie screenings. Special programmes are offered during peak periods such as school holidays, Easter, Christmas and New Year.

And the fun doesn’t end there… a special child-friendly turn-down is placed on each pillow at bed-time.  Oh…and there’s milk and biscuits, as well as complimentary popcorn, sweets and soft drinks and access to the extensive DVD library for in-room viewing or the 24-seater, in-house movie theatre.  Children-focused menus are available in all our restaurants and on the breakfast buffet. 

However, If an outing is what you’re after, our Concierge will assist with suggestions for excursions and arrange kid-oriented tours and outings and recommend special places of interest.  On request, car seats are provided for transfers to sights and shopping centres.

For mom and dad, a babysitting service is offered by the hotel so that you can enjoy some ‘adult time’ during your stay.  The Oyster Box offers a variety of dining venues and bars to make your holiday time special too!

For dining, The Ocean Terrace, offers casual a la carte options and the incredible Curry Buffet, while the chic and elegant Grill Room, promises fine-dining at its best.  A visit to The Oyster Box is not complete until you have visited the Palm Court for a lavish, traditional High Tea, which is served daily.

Finally, a ‘home away from home’ is not the same without the company of your precious pets.  At The Oyster Box…they’re more than welcome!  Special pet menus and amenities are available on request.  And if you can’t bring your own pet, the hotel’s resident cat, Skabenga, is sure to be the ideal substitute.  You may even want to meet him before you visit by going onto his Facebook page - Skabenga Oyster Box.

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The Oyster Box, Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal