The sun is shining in South Africa, which is located in the Southern Hemisphere – so why not pack your bags and take your special someone on an unforgettable trip to Durban, to stay at the sumptuous Oyster Box Hotel? Baroque Travel has all the details
South Africa has become one of the most popular vacation destinations to travel to any time of the year, because the weather is so glorious, the scenery so spectacular and the offerings for a luxury getaway are limitless. Our choice for Valentine’s Day has to be the iconic Oyster Box Hotel in Durban, which is located right on the beach overlooking the azure Indian Ocean. Durban is a magnificent destination, offering sunshine all year round, and the Oyster Box is one of the most famous hotels in the country – for good reason.
The hotel is actually renowned worldwide for its superlative facilities, dining opportunities and pampering service. It boasts a choice of two swimming pools – one in the garden and one overlooking the beach, with the area’s signature red and white lighthouse standing tall. The spa facilities at the Oyster Box are as legendary as the hotel itself, and the sumptuous accommodation is hard to beat.
For Valentine’s Day, the Oyster Box has a special package, called the ‘Touch of Romance’, which includes a romantic two-night stay as well as a five-course gourmet dinner for two in the hotel’s Gazebo or in the privacy of the Clock Library. The couple also enjoys a spa treatment for two in the spa’s renowned hamman, as well as embroidered souvenir to take home with you.
Why do we call the Oyster Box ‘romantic’? Well, this is where the Monaco Royals married a few years ago, and return every summer, and it’s also majestic, classy, not to mention ultra-luxurious. Those who have the good fortune to stay here in this haven of white-washed elegance enjoy numerous special touches – a high tea that is unbeatable, a private movie theatre, a curry buffet that is famous countrywide, a breakfast spread that includes fresh oysters daily and a wide choice of exquisite accommodation.
At the Oyster Box, the rooms are sublime, the décor in each category superb. Sumptuously appointed, they boast enviable sea views, often with the iconic red and white lighthouse at center stage. Wall to wall luxury includes every imaginable facility, from a flat screen TV, DVD with a choice of movies, and everything your heart desires at the push of a button: air-con, heated towel rails, a choice of magazines, the daily paper… to pampering French bath products.
There’s also a long list of activities to enjoy – so many, in fact, that it’s tempting never to leave the hotel. The sea and the beach are a step away from your en suite bedroom, there’s a fully equipped gym, that magnificent spa, a plush library and the private cinema. Or you can relax on the red and white striped lounge chairs and watch the ocean. You could, of course, stay long enough to enjoy all of these activities. No pressure at all.