Friday, November 19, 2010

Warm and Sunny KwaZulu-Natal

KwaZulu-Natal is warm, sunny and sub-tropical, and surprisingly, a bit cooler than Cape Town! The King Shaka International Airport, constructed for the World Cup, is set in the middle of a sugar cane plantation and offers welcoming gateway to KwaZulu-Natal.

After two great days in the office with the New Frontiers team, I'm enjoying the evening at The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga. Most of the rooms are sea-facing, but I am enjoying my 2-story Garden Suite overlooking the gardens and pool. The suite is so spacious with a sitting room and bathroom downstairs, a verandah and private plunge pool; upstairs is the bedroom, full bathroom and balcony. All of the furnishings and fabrics are cool blues and creams. Other rooms are contemporary, safari-chic. The Ocean Terrace Restaurant prepares an incredible curry buffet that features tandoori chicken from the restaurant's own tandoor. The curry dinner was some of the best Indian food I've had and the view over the sea only adds to it.

The hotel is quite big, but retains a very personalized feel. The location is great and it's walking distance to the nearby upscale shops and restaurants. For travelers who prefer to stay on site, there is a beautiful spa, swimming pools, shops and great bars to enjoy an evening cocktail. High tea is served and there's often live music in the evenings. The Oyster Box is a great spot to spend a few days unwinding pre- or post safari.

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