The Oyster Box

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. Perfectly situated on the ocean’s edge, a brief 5 minutes walk from Umhlanga Village Centre, the Oyster Box Hotel is conveniently located for quick and easy access to Durban city centre, International Airports and numerous stylish shopping centres…yet has a feeling of classical charm and elegance like nowhere else on earth. From the moment the Oyster Box opened its doors in 1947 the hotel rapidly became one of Africa's best loved and most distinguished hotels. The combination of colonial charm, impeccable service, lush tropical gardens and breathtaking seaside setting swiftly gained it a reputation that was legendary the world over. The setting, the architecture, the décor, the cuisine – everything conspires to create a magical experience that affords a wealth of exceptionally pleasurable experiences and warm memories.

  • Classic Sea Facing RoomClassic Sea Facing Room
Classic Sea Facing

Each one of the Classic Sea Facing Rooms has a balcony that overlooks Umhlanga's iconic lighthouse and the breathtaking coastline.

  • Luxury Sea Facing RoomsLuxury Sea Facing Rooms
Luxury Sea Facing

Luxury Sea Facing Rooms each have a balcony that opens onto views of Umhlanga’s iconic lighthouse and breathtaking coastline. All rooms include a bathroom with double vanities and a spacious separate shower.

  • Sea Facing CabanaSea Facing Cabana
Sea Facing Cabana

The beautifully appointed Cabanas are situated on the lower ground level with individual balcony terraces. Each offers exceptional views of the water’s edge. Within these lovely cabanas guests can enjoy sleeping peacefully on luxurious king size four poster beds.

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    • Sea Facing Family BedroomSea Facing Family Bedroom
    Sea Facing Family Suite

    At the Oyster Box an incredible level of care and consideration has been put into providing exceptional levels of comfort for families. With this in mind the private Family Suites each contains a master bedroom along with an additional single room or loft for the smaller members of the family.

    • Sea Facing Luxury SuiteSea Facing Luxury Suite
    Sea Facing Luxury Suite

    Enjoying magnificent views of the Indian Ocean, individually decorated Sea Facing Suites offer the space and comfort of a luxurious bedroom with a stylishly decorated separate lounge area.

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    The Oyster Box Restaurants

    Whether enjoying sundowners while watching the mesmerizing waves of the Indian Ocean in the distance at the Lighthouse Bar, casual dining with friend at the Ocean Terraces, fine dining with that special someone at the Grill Room, or sinking into a comfortable armchair and swapping stories over a cold beer with a mate in the Chukka Bar, culinary experience of the Oyster Box Hotel is one which truly celebrates the palate. A bouquet of entertainment choices offering an array of cross-cultural cuisine. Carefully crafted to meet the wishes and whims of guests from across the nation and world, the Oyster Box is proud to offer tasteful, ethnically inspired menus perfect for guests seeking anything from special fine dining occasions to simple, relaxed meals or just a small bite. Perfection for the palate. It happens at the Oyster Box.


      Nearby tourist attractions of immense interest to travellers include Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Ushaka Marine World, Sun Coast casino, the historical Natal Midlands and majestic Drakensberg Mountains, as well as excellent big 5 game parks and historical battlefields. For those wishing to play a few rounds on some of South Africa’s finest fairways excellent golf courses are a mere minutes drive away. Alternatively, discover and enjoy the many facilities the hotel has to offer. Escape to the privacy of the Clock Library to read one of the many volumes or write; relax around the Infinity pool, overlooking the ocean or indulge in the world-class Spa...all on the property.

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