The Oyster Box

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

About The Oyster Box

The Oyster Box undoubtedly lives up to its claim of being one of South Africa’s most cherished hotel. Situated by the sea, it offers uninterrupted ocean views illuminated by the glint of the Umhlanga lighthouse. For those looking for hotels in Durban, The Oyster Box should be first on the list.

For most guests, the morning begins with a breakfast buffet of freshly shucked oysters and champagne. This is followed by a walk through the tropical gardens and sunbathing on iconic striped deckchairs by the ocean-side pool.

The afternoon includes a legendary High Tea in the sunny Palm Court and a luxurious Hammam shower at the spa. Early evening signals a signature Umhlanga Schling at the Oyster Bar, followed by sumptuous spice flavours at the famous Curry Buffet.

Almost all the rooms offer ocean views. Not only is this accommodation in Durban family-friendly, but it’s pet-friendly too, seeing pampered pets accommodated in the Garden Villas.

Why We Love The Oyster Box

  • One of the most iconic photo op spots, guests can revel in capturing a postcard-perfect shot of the striped deckchairs, pool and lighthouse, framed by an azure sea.
  • Venture through the hotel’s tropical gardens, meeting a variety of bird and monkey species en route, or take a trip to the beach-side walking paths to find miles of secluded swimming beaches.
  • The hotel is conservation-focused. Here, the hotel efficiently manages its energy consumption, recycling and uses ethical products from responsible suppliers.

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Activities at The Oyster Box

  High Tea

  The Grill Room


  Kids activities

Highlights from The Oyster Box

  Sipping on an Umhlanga Schling while admiring the view.

 Catching sight of dolphins diving in the waves as the sun sets.

  Learning new culinary tips and tricks during a Chef’s Table evening.

Exterior view of pool and lighthouse from the deck of The Oyster Box
Family relaxing at the beach next to the lighthouse at The Oyster Box
Interior view of the dining area at The Oyster Box
Woman relaxing at the spa at The Oyster Box
Interior view of a Classic Garden Suite room at The Oyster Box

Enjoy your stay at The Oyster Box

A national treasure and cherished icon, this hotel in Durban is a veritable oasis perched along Umhlanga Rocks’ golden shoreline. With a multitude of amenities, an unbeatable setting, and access to miles of secluded beaches, guests simply never want to leave.

Interior view of The Grill Room at The Oyster Box

The Grill Room Restaurant

A legend in its own right, the prestigious Grill Room has been serving sensational cuisine for almost 70 years. As well as the restaurant’s signature dishes, guests can enjoy contemporary spins on classic favourites.
Woman relaxing in the Hamman at The Oyster Box spa

The Spa

Along with a salon, tranquillity lounge and plunge pool, the spa’s signature treatments include the Hammam and Sensation Shower. Following treatments, guests can enjoy an assortment of snacks from the Spa Cafe.
Children making pizza with chef at The Oyster Box

Catering for Kids

Children are honoured guests, receiving a special backpack upon arrival. A child-friendly turn-down service includes milk, biscuits and access to the theatre. Also, all of the restaurants have child-friendly menus.

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