Friday, January 29, 2016

The Oyster Box, hidden gems...




The entrance to this Grand Dame of  North Coast hotels.
The revolving door is from the original hotel,
as are the black and white tiles.


The Ocean Terrace Restaurant.
Guests(and day visitors) can enjoy
 breakfast, lunch and dinner here.
Part of the awesome breakfast buffet.
A meal fit for a King...
or a Prince/Princess at least.
Members of various Royal families have stayed here.
I wonder if they eat "with the masses"
or if they enjoy private dining?


Some of the afore mentioned masses on the terrace.
The hotel is both child and pet friendly,
and has a specific menu for each.


This is the original staircase,
complete with tiles brought back by the original owner
 from overseas destinations.


Lunch.
This is the "new" Sushi and Salmon Bar,
which can be found in the Oyster Bar
For me, it was a step out of my comfort zone.
But I enjoyed every morsel.


The old meets the new...
This corridor defines the joining of the old hotel
with the new additions...


Some of the original ceramic art work is still on display
in the walls in this cool passageway.
Bring another touch of nostalgia for repeat guests to enjoy


These Juliet balconies are a new addition,
as are the extra floors...
originally the hotel was a single story building


Love it or hate it,the Lighthouse IS part of the landscape.
I was told that the Lighthouse was built in four days!
A testament to old school building quality that it is still standing today.


Several of the many species of orchids that the hotel cultivates.


My hares get to meet the General Manager...


And the Executive Chef...
luckily hare was NOT on the menu!


Finally my hares decided to reenact
 a scene from Titanic.


This Slender-Billed Gull was striding along like he owned the beach!


The wind was not making a walk along the promenade pleasant


Sand artists at work.
You have to admire these artists whose work is transitory at best.
And no matter how good it is, they can never sell the work.


A place for quiet reflection?


This is the Clock Library,
and access is limited to guests only.


Another view of the iconic Lighthouse,
but this time, from the far side of the pier.
Durban can be seen in the background...peeping through the mist


Isabel is a wonderful brand ambassador for
The Oyster Box brand.
She told me of her visit to London in 2010
as part of the hotel birthday celebrations.
She was nervous to sleep on what was her first flight,
but eventually she did manage to get some sleep.
What a warm and engaging lady.


The light fittings in this area were originally
from the Savoy Hotel in London.
They were bought on auction
and now have pride of place at the Oyster Box.
Want to find out more about the history of this Grand Hotel?
This article will fill you in on all the details:

Listen to what General Manger, 
Wayne Coetzer has to share about this iconic property

Images on this trip were shot on
a Canon SX60HS.


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