21 May 2015


I feel tinges of guilt as I write this post, not because I spent a wonderful morning this week receiving 6* pampering at the Oyster Box Hotels Spa in Umhlanga Rocks, I feel it because this Hotel is actually my "local" and over the years I have been a guest, celebrated birthdays...too many to mention, eaten more than my fair share of delights from the sweet laden table at afternoon tea, sat and enjoyed too many delicious Strawberry Daiquiri's and I have blogged about it all, 
yet I have never visited the Spa.
Being primarily a blog about beauty I feel this is unacceptable to you my readers and followers....
but today that changes.

The Oyster Box Hotel 5*

This award winning Spa is located at the rear of the hotel and is nestled amongst indigenous gardens, which sets the scene perfectly for your entry into a beautiful, luxurious space that offers you all of the amenities expected of a luxury wellness facility of this calibre. 

The calming approach to the Spa entrance

Reception area

The Spa ensures the highest level of personal care by dedicated, trained staff equipped to deliver the highest levels of spa therapy and pampering. Having trained as a beauty therapist myself I was eager to chat to the Spa manager Jackie Armitage, whose own credentials are impeccable, about her teams qualifications and I can assure you that you are in good hands.

With six modern, treatment rooms, a Hydrotherapy Bath, grooming lounge, plunge pool, state-of-the-art private fitness centre, Infinity pool with garden views and a post-treatment tranquillity lounge, guests are indulged in every way to make them feel special and sensational. 

Plunge Pool with a view

I was treated to a back, neck and shoulder massage and my therapist was professional, attentive and more importantly had good hands. Even though it was a back massage my feet enjoyed a foot ritual which include the wearing of warm towelling booties and a warm bean bag was applied on my lower back and shoulders to warm the muscles.The attention to detail is very evident in all aspects of the Spa experience and this is what in my opinion sets this Spa, head and massaged shoulders above the rest.

Stylish grey and white decor theme of the Spa

Spacious treatment rooms

Beautiful and well equiped change rooms

In addition, the Oyster Box Spa also houses an authentic Turkish Hammam, where you can indulge in an array of Hammam experiences; from the Oriental Hammam Ceremony to Durban’s Hammam Ceremony offering deep cleansing, relaxing and restoring benefits. These traditional treatments have been designed to work with the unique Hammam environment to raise your body temperature to allow for a deep release, while the heated marble slab induces cleansing warmth.

At the heart of the Spa are the individually crafted ‘Oyster Box Spa Journeys’ - a unique fusion of therapies designed to replenish and soothe.  Individual and unique in character, each of the ‘Journey’s offers something special.  Individually created services and bespoke treatments are welcomed.

 The Spa is a perfect spot for everything from Kitchen Tea parties and wedding and honeymoon pampering, to Book Club gatherings and Birthday Celebrations. Gift vouchers are also available hint..hint hubby and Kiddiewinks!

Being at the cutting edge of new developments and techniques, as well as staying abreast of the latest products and treatments,The Spa at The Oyster Box has recently introduced a number of new treatments to their existing Menu.

Elemis Body Sculpting Cellulite and Colon Therapy (60 min)
Elemis BioTec Facials (75 min)
Dermalogica Advanced Skin Treatment BioSurface™ Peel (60 min)
Get Waisted® Tummy Sculpting Treatment (60 min)

The Spa comfortably accommodates both males and females and several couples treatments are available. I suggest that you visit their website to read more about the wonderful array of new and existing treatments on offer and you can book online

Tranquility Lounge for pre and post treatment relaxation

The Spa at The Oyster Box uses a variety of internationally-recognised treatment products such as Elemis, Dermalogica, Mama Mio, as well as its own exclusive, signature range of all natural, body-care products and professional spa treatments B|Africa

Having worked in many spheres of the beauty business over 35 years I have to say I have visited so many salons and Spa's both in a professional capacity and as a client. For several years my job involved travel and many nights away from home and my absolute pleasure at the end of a hectic day was either a back,neck and shoulder massage or a pedicure, both of which offered immediate relief to sore feet and tight aching shoulders. 

So I feel well qualified to say that The Spa at the Oyster Box is deserving of every award and accolade it has ever received and is in my opinion the 

Ultimate in Spa's and I can't wait to return.

I have my eye on a package that seems to been custom made for me and is available until the 
30th May 2015

Consisting of a :

Back,Neck and Shoulder massage (30 mins)
Pedicure (60 mins)
Use of the Plunge Pool & Rain Showers 
Use of Tranquility Lounge 
(which just happens to be the most divine relaxing space to end off your pamper session)

(90 mins)

For those of you residing in Cape Town that suffer from a FOMO (fear of missing out) then you can experience the similar pampering at the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa in Camps Bay (sister hotel)

Spa contact numbers:

031 514 5071/5072/5074/5123

E.Mail address:


Opening Hours:

Monday - Sunday

8.00 - 20.00 

Inc. Public Holidays

Let me know if you have experienced the delights of either of these great Spas.


  1. It was Candice but I couldn't find enough words to describe how amazing it was