• The Oyster Box, South Africa

About The Oyster Box, Durban

About The Oyster Box, Durban

The Oyster Box is one of South Africa’s most iconic luxury hotels, set on the Umhlanga beachfront overlooking the Indian Ocean. The Mediterranean-style colonial architecture is complemented by elegant marble interiors and colourful furnishings throughout, with the 86 rooms and suites looking out over the ocean or the hotel gardens. The Oyster Box is internationally renowned for its fine dining and High Tea, while the hotel spa offers guests a number of exclusive treatments.

Lodge Details


An elegant beachfront hotel.


The hotel is located 20 minutes from the centre of Durban and 15 minutes from the international airport, overlooking the Indian Ocean and famous Umhlanga lighthouse and with direct access to the beach. 

Accommodation & Facilities

The Oyster Box offers a selection of 86 luxurious rooms, suites and villas in a variety of styles, ranging from classic double rooms overlooking the hotel gardens to the grand presidential suite, which features two marbled bathrooms, private swimming pool and lavish dining room. All rooms are elegantly designed and colour coordinated, with flat screen TV’s and air conditioning.

Other facilities available in the hotel include a fitness centre, sauna, steam room, two swimming pools and three bars. The hotel spa offers treatments including massages and hydrotherapy, often using practices native to KwaZulu-Natal and the hotels own signature products.


There are two dining options available at The Oyster Box; head to The Grill Room for a fine dining experience or to The Ocean Terrace for a more relaxed atmosphere, serving Indian-influenced cuisine with stunning views over the ocean. The hotel is also renowned for its High Tea, which often must be booked several months in advance.


Located a short drive from the centre of Durban, the hotel is ideally placed for exploring the city or, alternatively, guests may wish to simply relax on the beach or enjoy the hotels many facilities. The beach is in a great location for surfing and diving, and dolphins may often be observed from the hotel balconies.

Child Policy

Children are welcome and there are a number of child-friendly features on offer, including a complimentary backpack containing fishing nets, beach balls and colouring books. Subject to room category and availability, children under 12 can stay free.

Want to stay here?

Contact one of our Destination Specialists to start planning your journey to include a stay here. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.

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