Royal Honeymoon at the Oyster Box, South Africa

June 09, 2011

As one fairytale wedding begins to fade from our memories, another one is set to take place. On July 1st Prince Albert of Monaco will marry his love, Charlene Wittstock, and what could possibly follow a fairytale wedding? How about an enchanting honeymoon at a seaside resort at the other end of the world?

Standing majestically on Umhlanga’s prestigious beachfront on the eastern seaboard of KwaZulu-Natal, with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean and direct beach access, the Oyster Box Hotel is one of South Africa’s most distinguished hotels.

This family-run, luxury hotel in the Umhlanga Rocks is 20 minutes north of Durban. "Constructed in 1869 and originally used as navigational beacon, a beach cottage known as the 'Oyster Box,' was first converted into a hotel in the 1930s," according to its website.

I’m sure the royal couple will spare no expensive to ensure they have the honeymoon of their dreams. The President's Suite which encompasses two floors, an ornate gold-leafed bed, a private swimming pool and a freestanding marble bath overlooking the Indian Ocean. Its terrace and private dining area can hold 10 guests. The royal price: $7,500 per night.

Dubbed South Africa's "garden district," the country's northeastern coastline holds special meaning for Wittstock. The Rhodesian-born swimmer, moved to Durban at age 17 to train for her Olympic bid while also teaching swimming to children in the nearby port of Richard's Bay.

With the many facilities the hotel has to offer the newlyweds will most likely stay in. There are six venues to dine in, offering fine-dining and more casual options, each beautifully decorated. This luxury hotel also has a wine cellar, oyster bar and cinema room. Guests can also relax around the Infinity pool that overlooks the ocean, or indulge in the world-class Spa… all located on this spectacular property.

We may never marry a real Prince, but we can however vacation like one!

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