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Photo Post: Our Babymoon at The Oyster Box

I was told to pack a bag for a week and not told exactly where we going for our babymoon ahead of #TheAndersonTwins’s arrival earlier this year. Even though I could tell we were clearly headed to KZN (we drove), I couldn’t have imagined where we’d end up…

Imagine my surprise (& glee!) when we pull up at The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga and checked in for the most luxe week of my life. Not too shabby after our Dr said “nope” to any long haul flights (actually he LOL-ed if I’m honest) – even though my pregnancy had been textbook perfect up to that point. We’d been to The Oyster Box before for meals, high tea and for the spa, but we’d never stayed over.

Its hard to do justice to just how luxurious The Oyster Box is and when I reflect on it, it has to by my most luxe stay in SA so far because we checked into a two storey villa vs. a standard room (this was a first for me). Our villa was like an apartment if you can imagine with its own garden/courtyard. The first thing you see when walk into the property is the private pool – which we were in several times a day given Durban weather. This is overlooked by the  s-p-a-c-i-o-u-s lounge & dining room (opening onto the pool with concertina doors) and a full bathroom. Upstairs was the bedroom with a balcony, walk-in closet and main en suite.

And the food, oh em gee the food! Where do I even start?! The breakfast is just insane. All the usuals – but the finest thereof and sushi (which I started everyday with – my gynae was totally cool with it), oysters, freshly squeezed juices, very decent coffee and a dessert bar with waffles, flapjacks etc. all made to order all while you’re sitting their huge veranda, overlooking the Indian Ocean. We dined at the Grill House (fine dining) and they bring around a trolley of starters for you to choose from. The four cheese pizza & milkshakes (mine chocolate, his strawberry) we ordered almost daily at the poolside was a dream. On the very last day I took a chance to order their tacos and wanted to cry at the cruelty of discovering it so late. We never made it to the curry buffet despite our best intentions to – in general, there’s. Just. So. Much. Food…

I’d visited the spa on previous trips to Dbn but I` think it’d been so long I’d forgotten how gorgeous it is. The hamaam (available complimentary to hotel guests in the morning) and relaxation room (with curtained, private day beds with a 2nd floor view of the garden is just other worldly…

But the thing that stands out most about The Oyster Box is the service. Staff seem to know your name and the little touches are everywhere. We’d walk into the hotel from having been out shopping and the staff would hurry to meet us at the door and insist on carrying our bags. They had non-alcoholic champagne on ice for us in our room when we arrived and a gift for the twins which was really special. I spent hours of most days tanning out by the lighthouse and as you know the sun moves through the afternoon so very couple of hours I’d get up to shift my tanning bed and umbrella a little to be in the shade and within seconds someone appeared out of n-o-w-h-e-r-e to help me… each and every time. Its zero surprise at all that they’ve won best hotel in SA in 2017 and 2018.

Ok, I said this was a photo post so lemme get to the photos…




 

 

We absolutely have to go back and take #TheAndersonTwins along, obvs.

W

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