A national treasure
South Africa’s most cherished hotel stands majestically on Umhlanga’s beachfront, overlooking the Indian Ocean & the iconic lighthouse.
Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal
Occupying a majestic location on the Umhlanga beachfront in KwaZulu-Natal province, The Oyster Box is one of South Africa’s most celebrated hotels, as famous for its remarkable coastal views as the understated luxury and gracious hospitality that have become the hallmarks of this cherished seaside destination.
Set just 15 minutes’ drive from King Shaka International Airport, The Oyster Box offers an array of individually decorated rooms and suites, an award-winning spa set amid tropical gardens, and a mouth-watering menu of restaurants and bars.
With South Africa’s Covid-19 recovery well underway, we are delighted to once again welcome international travellers back to The Oyster Box.
Take a special tour of the world-famous Patek Philippe Museum. The Collection focuses on watches from 1839 onwards, looking at the company’s 175-year heritage, including the Caliber 89, the most complicated watch ever created.
Available in French or in English, from Tuesday - Friday from 2 - 6pm. Subject to availability.
From CHF 390 for two guests, including a private guided tour of the museum.
Discover the charming medieval village of Gruyères, surrounded by the picturesque Swiss landscape. Our Bentley Arnage 2001 will take you to the beautiful castle and after you have walked around the village, savour the famous cheese fondue or raspberries with local double cream.
For a longer trip, stop off at the Charlie Chaplin Museum in Vevey or the Cailler Chocolate Factory in Broc.
From CHF 990 for two guests
Take a drive in our Bentley to Perle du Lac or Parc des Eaux Vives for a perfect picnic. We will pack you a hamper with handcrafted sandwiches, fresh salads, seasonal fruits and cheeses, petits fours and a refreshing bottle of Bouchard Finlayson Blanc de Mer.
Add an additional indulgence with a bottle of Champagne, caviar or foie gras.
From CHF 250
Step aboard a 'Bow Rider' boat for a private cruise on Lake Geneva. Indulge in a luxurious Afternoon Tea, complete with Champagne, before relaxing on the sun-drenched deck and dipping into the lake.
Available from June to September.
Subject to availability and weather conditions.
From CHF 990 for two guests (additional guests are CHF 85; maximum seven people)
Accompany our Executive Chef, Alexandre Cardiga, to the Geneva Market, where he will guide you through the process of selecting the finest ingredients. Then return to our kitchens, where Alexandre will share his secrets and help you to prepare a wonderful meal. Enjoy the fruits of your labour in our iconic Windows Restaurant, with beautifully paired wines chosen especially by our sommelier.
Available in French or in English, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
CHF 490 for two guests, including a three-course lunch with paired wines.
Join a seasoned local Swiss fisherman on Lake Geneva for a three-hour fishing tour, where you can learn the local fishing practices and land some fish.
Then take your catch back to Executive Chef Alexandre Cardiga, who will prepare a sublime dish for you to enjoy in Windows Restaurant overlooking the lake and the Jet d’Eau.
Available from May to September, depending on weather conditions.
CHF 650 for two guests, including a fishing session and a three-course lunch with paired wines.
Visit the renowned Cigar Bank in Geneva, where you will be immersed in the world of cigars. You will find out what makes a truly fine cigar and learn about the different varieties.
Then, return to our stunning Cigar Lounge, where you will discover the art of lighting a cigar and taste three different cigars.
Available afternoons from Monday - Saturday, Subject to availability
CHF 180 per person.
Our very own technical engineer, François, is a fixed-gear bike champion and manager of the 'Team Look Crit'. No matter what your experience level, you can join François and discover the jaw-dropping Swiss landscape. Stop off at a restaurant between Vevey and Montreux before cycling back to the hotel.
Available from Monday - Saturday from April to October. A bicycle can be rented locally. Subject to weather conditions and availability. Must be booked four weeks in advance.
CHF 550 including lunch.
Take a helicopter from the private airport to Sion, a journey which will give you unrivalled views of Lake Geneva, through the Lavaux and the Swiss mountains. After landing, visit Real Fly, Switzerland’s first indoor skydiving simulator. Embark on four flying sessions and feel the exhilaration of free-falling. Return to Geneva by helicopter and enjoy a drink in the Leopard Lounge.
Must be booked three weeks in advance. Subject to weather conditions and availability.
CHF 4300, including a helicopter trip, flying experience and a three-course dinner with paired wines.
Become a watchmaker for a day and leave with a truly unique timepiece. In the heart of Geneva, enter the Initium Workshop, where you will learn the fundamentals of watchmaking. Then you can select the components, decide on the style and begin assembly of your watch.
At the end of the day, wear your watch to the Leopard Lounge and celebrate with an expertly crafted drink.
Available from Monday - Saturday. Subject to availability.
From CHF 2300 including a watchmaking workshop, lunch and a drink.