Living a Life of Luxury at the Oyster Box Hotel

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By Ryan Gargiulo

Welcome to the Oyster Box Hotel

“Come on in Mr. Gargiulo. Can I help you with anything this afternoon?”

Oddly enough, these words are not as instantaneously shocking as they were when this trip first began. I have to admit, I’m sort of getting used to this five star treatment after being subjected to it day in and day out for the last two weeks. While I enjoy the sincerity and the thought of the staff, I still cannot seem to wrap my head around actually taking full advantage of the treatment.

I guess, what I’m trying to say is that when a staff member of a hotel approaches me and asks me if I want or need anything, whether I do or not, I still politely reply with a “No, thank you” about ninety-five percent of the time.

There’s just something inside of me that feels as if I’m doing wrong by accepting something that is an integral part of the daily life of many of the wealthy and famous who stay in the hotels that I have been fortunate enough to stay at over the course of the last couple of weeks.

Ah, what the hell. I’ll have a Diet Pepsi with a slice of lime. Oh, and could I get one of your signature brownie sundaes, please?

Oh, the life.

As soon as you step through the front doors of the Oyster Box Hotel, you feel as if you’re right at home. You know, minus the vintage 1930’s furniture, gaudy gold fixtures, infinity pool, spiral staircases, marble statues and a few other minor things that you might not have in your home.

The Oyster Box Hotel - Durban, South Africa

In all honesty, the old-style decor of the Oyster Box Hotel isn’t exactly my “cup of tea”, as they would say, but in saying that I still have tremendous appreciation for vintage hotels. I’m just more of a modern, hip, new age hotel guy. I prefer to see mixtures of white, blacks, greys and shades of blue. Low, curvy furniture and cool, calm colored LED lighting. Perfection.

Music to my ears

Now, the man playing the piano in the foyer was definitely my style.

The Oyster Box Hotel - Durban, South Africa
The Piano Man!

I’m a huge fan of music, preferrably live music if possible. Interestingly enough, the Oyster Box Hotel has a professional piano player on duty during the morning and afternoon hours. LOVE it. Seriously, how can you beat strolling through the lobby of your hotel while listening to beautifully composed piano music being played by a guy you gave a high-five to earlier in the day?

Sea View Rooms

Each of us were fortunate enough to score a Classic Sea Facing Room at the Oyster Box. All sea facing rooms are equipped with the following amenities.

  • Full daily breakfast included in rate
  • Complimentary mineral water, tea and coffee making facilities
  • Fresh fruit and flowers
  • A selection of current magazines and books
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fans
  • Flat Screen Satellite TV with 25 channels
  • Movies on demand
  • In-room CD/DVD players
  • Deluxe Occitaine Bath amenities, luxurious bathrobes and slippers
  • Housekeeping service twice daily
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Soap and Pillow menus
  • Two direct dial telephone lines with voice mail
  • Complimentary high speed Wifi
  • Heated towel rails
  • Well stocked mini bar
  • In-room safe
  • Beach gear – sun umbrellas, beach bags, balls, bats and suntan lotion (collect at reception)
  • Hairdryers
  • and the list goes on…

Quite obviously based on the amenities listed above, I was content with my room to say the least.

Having the option to leave the doors wide open to the balcony was an incredible feature of the sea facing rooms at the Oyster Box.

The Oyster Box Hotel - Durban, South Africa

There’s nothing like allowing the fresh ocean air flow through your room while you’re relaxing in your bathrobe and reading the latest issue of OK Magazine, is there?

Note: I may or may not have been involved in a situation like the one just described.

The Oyster Box Hotel - Durban, South Africa

The luxurious king sized beds were more than comfortable and were exactly what I needed when it came to getting a good nights sleep each night. I can’t say I got a lot of sleep during this trip, but I can say the sleep that I did get here at the Oyster Box was heavenly.

Beach Time

After checking into our rooms, Nate, Teri and I headed out to the beach. On the way out to the beach we passed by the Osyter Box’s seriously impressive infinity pool that looks over the Indian Ocean in the distance.

The Oyster Box Hotel - Durban, South Africa
The Oyster Box Hotel - Durban, South Africa

Is that not the pool you picture when when you daydream about your next vacation getaway?

The Oyster Box Hotel - Durban, South Africa
Filming for the World Wide Nate & Travelista TV video series

While Nate and Teri were busy filming some intro footage on the beach for their upcoming video series, I was steady snapping photos and taking advantage of the available light as much as possible.

The Oyster Box Hotel - Durban, South Africa

The Oyster Bar

The Oyster Box Hotel - Durban, South Africa
The Oyster Bar

Later on in the evening we spent some time chatting and sipping cocktails at the Oyster Bar with the PR Manager of the Oyster Box Hotel.

Before heading to dinner we got the opportunity to get an insider’s look at the exclusive wine cellar.

Note: If you scroll up and take a closer look at the photo above, you’ll notice the middle of the floor in the Oyster Bar is all lit up. Well, that’s because those are glass panels that look down into the underground wine cellar!

The Oyster Box Hotel - Durban, South Africa
Underground Wine Cellar
The Oyster Box Hotel - Durban, South Africa


That just about sums up my time spent at the Oyster Box Hotel. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here and if you’re fortunate enough to be able to stay here, you will too.

Don’t miss my Oyster Box Hotel Video Review below…



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2 thoughts on “Living a Life of Luxury at the Oyster Box Hotel”

  1. Thank you for the post! I am curious if you could comment on the pricing at all for such a place? Based on your pictures, they definitely know how to do class. Any chance they would let guests play the piano? or strictly for employees? I enjoy reading about places like this. It always gives me the travel bug.




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