I visited the Oyster Box last year for the first time to celebrate my best friend Michelle’s 30th birthday. It is so very easy to see why this is considered one of the prettiest hotels in South Africa. The Palm Court situated on the ground floor is a beautifully decorated space filled with palm trees, sunlight and a decadent dessert table. On my next trip to Durban I definitely plan to make a stop here for high tea.
We started of the celebrations with drinks at The Lighthouse Bar before dinner. The outside balcony boasts gorgeous views of the pool, ocean and lighthouse. Make no mistake, this is the main appeal of having drinks here. The dark wood and use of red in the décor isn’t really suited to day time drinking. I much rather prefer the pretty Palm court downstairs. You won’t find any ordinary cocktails here, they all have something unusual to them with prices ranging from R80 to R110. The prices weren’t justified by the average taste. My apple and mint cosmopolitan for R95 just made for a pretty Instagram.
The snack platters were delicious and they have quite a few options on the menu. We ordered the Snack platter for R280 with salt & pepper calamari, sesame fried chicken, battered prawns, fried haloumi, chips and assorted dips. The South African Midlands cheese platter for R220 with brie, mature cheddar, camembert and blue cheese served with red onion marmalade, green fig preserve, assorted crackers and seed loaf is another great one to try.
Service was the only damper on the experience and certainly not what is expected from a high end hotel. Our waiter was nothing short of terrible. Drinks were served long periods apart, some were forgotten, we received drinks we hadn’t ordered and overcharged for others. Overall I have to say my favourite thing about the hotel is how beautiful it is. I would visit again and recommend it to anyone. If you skip the overpriced cocktails and lower your expectations about the service you are sure to have a great time.
Birthdays & Drinks,