Situated just a short walk from Umhlanga Village Centre, and perched on the ocean's edge, The Oyster Box offers a fusion of old-world charm and modern day convenience. Ideal for anyone looking to explore Durban in style, this elegant, luxurious hotel is close to many of the city's attractions.

The nearby area offers a range of things to see and do, including visits to the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, uShaka Marine World, and the Sun Coast casino, not forgetting the many excellent swimming beaches. A bit further afield, you'll find the historical Natal Midlands and majestic Drakensberg Mountains. You'll also be close to Big 5 game parks and the historic and fascinating battlefields.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2016 - #1 of Top 25 Hotels in South Africa
  •  Member of Leading Hotels of the World
  •  Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2016 - #4 of Top 25 Hotels in Africa


  • Fantastic location, set right on the beach
  • Charming, restored grand hotel with an old-world colonial flair
  • Beautifully designed and decorated spaces
  • Three impressive restaurants to choose from
  • Decadent oysters & champagne on the balcony
  • Impeccable personal service & privacy

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The spa is located in the indigenous gardens and offers an extensive range of treatments. Here you'll also find a private fitness club and two swimming pools.

The Chukka Bar offers authentic, old world charm and character, and offers grand views of the ocean that you can enjoy in this vibrant setting.

The Lighthouse Bar boasts breathtaking panoramic views of the Umhlanga beachfront and creates the ideal place to enjoy exotic cocktails and great music.

The Oyster Bar overlooks both the pool and Indian Ocean and is the perfect place to sit back in luxurious tranquillity, enjoying a plate of oysters on ice and a few glasses of champagne.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Children's Club


The Oyster Box has three different restaurants to choose from that offer everything from fine dining to simple, relaxed meals.

At The Grill Room you'll be able to enjoy a wide selection of freshly caught seafood, together with other elegant dining options. These fine meals are accompanied by some of the best local and international wines.

The Ocean Terrace overlooks the beautiful Indian Ocean and is a more informal, family-friendly location. The menu features authentic Tandoori and pizza ovens, mouth watering Indian cuisine, as well as full English breakfast buffets.

For lunch and dinner, you can indulge in the extensive à la carte menu. The Palm Court Restaurant is inspired by the Oyster Box Hotel's original colonial architecture and is situated in a spacious, airy courtyard. Enjoy casual dining here, and perhaps sit down to a decadent afternoon tea after your daily excursions.

Classic Room

The Oyster Box has 86 luxurious rooms that promise the utmost comfort and style.

The Classic Rooms overlook the beautiful greenery of the gardens and offer a peaceful place to return to in the evening. Modern amenities can be found in the spacious en suite bathroom, and the rooms are fully air-conditioned.

Classic Room AMENITIES

    Air conditioning
    Mini bar
    Safe in room
    Tea & coffee-making facilities
    Wi-fi available in room

Other Room Types

The Classic Sea Facing Rooms offer everything that the Classic Rooms do, but here you'll have the bonus of a balcony that overlooks Umhlanga's iconic lighthouse and the breathtaking coastline.

The Luxury Sea Facing Rooms each have a balcony that opens onto views of Umhlanga's iconic lighthouse and en suite bathrooms that have separate showers.

The Sea Facing Cabanas offer exceptionally beautiful views of the water's edge and are situated on the ground floor to create a relaxed, yet stylish, island feel. Enjoy your own private patio and king-sized, 4-poster beds.

The Garden Villa Lofts are beautiful, stand-alone units that offer the ultimate in luxurious accommodation.


  • Beach activities
  • Local village visits
  • Day tours
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 May 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $280 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 Nov 2017 - 14 Dec 2017 $300 Bed & Breakfast

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Sea Facing Luxury Suite,Luxury Sea-Facing Room,Classic Sea Facing Room,Sea Facing Cabana,Sea Facing Family Room,Sea Facing Deluxe Suite,Presidential Suite,Garden Villa Loft,Superior Garden Villa Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • The hotel picked us up in a very comfortable car with nice snacks and a very amiable driver. We loved the “colonial” style of the hotel and our inter-connecting rooms with sea views worked very well. It was nice to be able to walk straight on to the beach. I was very lucky in that one day I saw dolphins and whales from the hotel pool terrace. The pool is a lovely area because it is reserved for hotel guests does not get overcrowded. Overall I would return to the Oyster Box but I think that the boys found it quite a sedate beach type break rather than the activities that they seem to relish elsewhere in SA! The food was excellent, the breakfast buffet on the sunlit terrace memorable. Again it was very nice to experience UK summer type conditions so that we could enjoy the outside facilities.

    Ian Ellis, September 2014
  • The Oyster Box was great.

  • We really enjoyed our last few nights here and you have a good choice of several restaurants and bars both inside and outside, which gives you a good variety. The food, room and service here was excellent.

    Steve Benson, March 2010

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"Opulent, luxurious and charming...this is an exceptional boutique hotel simply made for royalty."



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We really enjoyed our last few nights here and you have a good choice of several restaurants and bars both inside and outside, which gives you a good variety. The food, room and service here was excellent.

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