The Oyster Box Hotel, with its long, celebrated
history and following an extensive two-year renovation and
refurbishment programme, will reopen her doors for business on 1
October 2009, with previous General Manager Wayne Coetzer, at the
Staff training is at the core of the Oyster
Box’s operation. Over 30 staff have been retained from the old
Oyster Box and in preparation for the opening, have undergone
extensive training both internationally, with the Red Carnation
Collection in Europe and locally, at sister hotels within the Red
Carnation Hotels Collection, the Twelve Apostles in Cape Town and Bushman’s Kloof Wilderness Reserve &
Wellness Spa in the Cedarberg Mountains. Both Coetzer and Chef
Kevin Joseph recently spent a month at the world-renowned
Hotel in Singapore.
Luxury abounds at the new Oyster Box,
with 90 rooms and suites, 8 Garden
Villas, each with their own private pool and a magnificent 450 sqm
Presidential Suite, complete with private pool.
In harmony with the restored
areas, a lightness and spaciousness has been introduced
with the stylish use of clear glass and luxurious finishes and
textures, as well as the addition of valuable and unique
furniture, fittings and artwork.
The Oyster Box’s art collection
has been carefully selected over a three-year period and comprises
works by European and South African artists; it also includes
paintings by local KwaZulu-Natal artists. ‘The Clock Library’ will
house an impressive collection of antique clocks collected from
around the world, as well as provide a quiet area to relax, read
or play a game of Backgammon.
A host of gathering spots
such as the familiar ‘Chukka Bar’, with its authentic character,
the new ‘Lighthouse Bar’ situated on the rooftop overlooking the
famous lighthouse and the magnificent, marbled ‘Oyster Bar’,
serving freshly plucked oysters from the hotel’s own oyster beds,
offers something for everyone.
Cuisine-wise, Executive Chef
Kevin Joseph and his team have been honing their skills and
creating menus to tantalise the taste-buds, with something to suit
From the casual and laid-back ‘Ocean Terrace’,
complete with pizza and Tandoori ovens, serving the finest seafood
and authentic curries, to the famous Dinner & Dance in ‘The Grill
Room’. For that special occasion, the sunken wine cellar, with its
glass ceiling and impressive wine list of the best local and
International wines, allows for private functions for up to 10
Guests can also enjoy a
traditional ‘High Tea’ with all the trappings at the new Oyster
Box. Savour the freshly prepared, home-baked, cakes, biscuits,
finger sandwiches and savouries daily from 14:00-18:00, in the
conservatory-like, palm-lined ‘Palm Court’, resplendent with
chandeliers purchased from The ‘old’ Savoy Hotel in London.
Each one of the four banqueting rooms, is individually
decorated. The hand-blown, crystal Venetian chandeliers in the
mirrored ‘Pearl Room’ add an air of luxury and opulence and when
combined with the adjoining ‘Shell Room’, can accommodate up to
160 people seated, for a dinner function. Personal touches, such
as the original memorabilia in the ‘July’ and ‘Union Castle’
Rooms, are sure to conjure up interesting stories and memories
The Oyster Box’s versatile range of venue offerings,
promises to once again, position the property as a top
conference, wedding and event venue option.
addition, the new property boasts a luxurious 24-seater movie
theatre, offering special dinner, hot popcorn and movie packages
for hotel guests and private hirers.
A fully-equipped business
centre with complimentary high-speed internet facilities is on
hand for the business traveller.
Guests need not even leave
the property to meet their health and wellness needs, with
everything close to hand. From the new, state-of-the-art Spa,
housing a unique, beautifully-appointed, traditional Haman, to the
gym, boasting the latest equipment and technology.
hotel is set amidst a cornucopia of lush vegetation and landscaped
gardens. Creative water features and ponds, a second swimming pool
and antique bird aviary lend an air of peace and tranquility. An
intricate Victorian-style Gazebo, with a small amphitheatre,
nestles amidst this garden paradise and is sure to add a special
element to any wedding party.
Many of the matured plants
such as aloes, frangipani and hibiscus, which were relocated and
nurtured during the refurbishment, will be returned to the
property, in time for the opening.
Whatever one expects from
the new Oyster Box, one thing is for sure, patrons and visitors
alike are sure to be amazed and delighted in equal measures.
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