Spend your days unwinding on blue flag beaches while staying in one of South Africa's top hotels.
After clearing customs and immigration at OR Tambo International, you’ll find a representative from African Sky waiting for you. After taking care of formalities, you’ll be escorted to the appropriate departure terminal where you’ll board a local flight to Durban on South Africa’s east coast. On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your luxury seaside accommodation, just 20km or 12 miles from the airport. The five-star Oyster Box dates back to the colonial year of 1863. The original Oyster Lodge was constructed as a navigational beacon, located just 70km or 40 miles south of the Tugela River, beyond which lay a troublesome Zulu nation under King Mpande kaSenzangakhona, half-brother of Shaka and Dingane. In subsequent generations the building fell into disuse, until in 1952 the property was purchased by Ken and Kay O’Connor. First, they opened a tea garden, then a restaurant, and finally the Oyster Box Hotel in 1954. The Tollman family purchased the property in 2006 and renovated it to its present status as one of KwaZulu-Natal’s most desirable beachfront accommodations.Your personal propensities are well catered for at the Oyster Box. Under guidance of executive Chef Kevin Joseph, the Grill Room will satisfy your culinary desires. The Ocean Terrace restaurant, with Indian Ocean view, serves a Bistro-style menu and is perfect for casual, al fresco or family dining. Their Curry Buffet, with eleven curries in meat, fish or vegetarian and supplemented with fresh, home-made condiments including lime and vegetable pickle, home-made chutneys, raitas, sambals and freshly baked naan breads, poppadums and roti, celebrates South Africa’s Indian community, the largest outside India. Those so-inclined might indulge in afternoon High Tea in the Palm Court under ceramic chandeliers purchased from the Savoy Hotel in London. Their Oyster, Lighthouse and Chukka bars offer spectacular interiors, incredible views, delectable cocktails, live music and superb menus. If you’re not lounging at the pool or on the beach, indulge yourself in what is probably the best spa on Durban’s coast. Catch a movie in the cinema. Work out in their 24-hr fully-equipped gym. Take care of some business in their business center with printer, fax, B&W copier and refreshment station. In the Oyster Box vicinity, you’ll find local eateries and stores if you prefer to rub shoulders with locals. Taxi services are available for longer-distance excursions.
After a relaxing morning you’ll be returned to the nearby King Shaka airport. From there you’ll fly return to Johannesburg, bringing to an end a relaxing South African beach holiday.
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