Follow in Princess Charlene’s royal footsteps and take a trip to the Oyster Box hotel, where Old World charm meets modern-day comfort. Set among lush tropical gardens on the coast of Umhlanga overlooking the famous lighthouse, The Oyster Box opened its doors in 1947, and since then this grand colonial hotel has become one of South Africa’s best-loved and most distinguished hotels.
In 2008 this iconic Durban landmark was refurbished to the tune of many millions of Rands, and as a result it now offers a wealth of modern facilities and the glamour of days gone by. In fact, it’s hard not to feel like a princess, stepping out of your gilded hotel suite onto the balcony to hear the crashes of the waves below.
Press pause on the outside world and make time for pampering at the Spa, an architectural treasure designed by the Red Carnation Hotel Collection. The spa is designed to take each individual guest on a personalised, specifically crafted journey of body and soul rejuvenation. Then enjoy the afterglow stretched out on the terrace to the chatter of monkeys, exotic birds with the perfume of flowers in the air.
Complete the experience by taking high tea on the Palm Court patio and tucking into the Oyster Box’s legendary table laden with freshly baked scones, pastries, quiches, cakes, finger sandwiches and savouries. Live piano music and Lindt chocolate brownies will ensure that high tea is a long and leisurely affair.
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