The Oyster Box

Durban, South Africa


This spectacular luxury hotel, known as the Grand Dame of Umhlanga, is situated practically on the waters’ edge next to Umhlanga Lighthouse. The 86-room hotel offers a fantastic spa with two swimming pools, beautiful gardens and a 24-seat movie theatre. With King Shaka Airport being a mere 15-minute drive away, you will soon experience the beauty of one of South Africa’s most cherished hotels.

Golf Courses

The breathtaking Mount Edgecombe Country Club, located only 10-minutes away, offers two stunning championship courses. The Woods and the Lakes courses offer an attractive challenge to the experienced golfer, however, with four sets of tee boxes to choose from, the courses are accessible to golfers of any handicap. If guests desire more variety, Durban Country Club is 20-minutes away, offering an additional two courses for golfers of all abilities.


The Oyster Box offers 86 stunning rooms, from beautifully decorated Garden Villa Lofts, to Luxury Sea Facing Rooms, in one of South Africa’s most charming locations with the comfort of 5-star modern hotel facilities. With the history of this hotel dating back to 1947, guests can experience the nostalgic feel of a bygone era, especially with the Umhlanga Lighthouse situated directly on the beach, guiding ships into Durban’s harbour late into the night.

Restaurant & Bars

With five onsite bars and restaurants, guests can enjoy a fantastic range of different cuisines, from a South African grill house to the finest Indian dishes. The ocean bars overlook the Indian Ocean, ensuring the Oyster Box offers a dining experience to remember. 24-hour room service is also available, allowing guests to dine at their convenience.

Spa & Leisure

The hotel offers a fantastic spa experience, allowing guests to sit back and unwind with the Kwazula-Natal native treatments, including signature massages using Himalayan salt crystals and African rungu. Guests have the options of two pools, a plunge pool and infinity pool, overlooking the dazzling Umhlanga beach. The hydrotherapy baths in addition to the steam and sauna rooms allows complete relaxation after a day of using the fitness centre and with kids’ clubs available, complete bliss is achievable for parents too.


The Oyster Box is located directly next to the Indian Ocean and the iconic Umhlanga Lighthouse, with the beautiful Umhlanga Rocks Beach and Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve just 2-miles away. Umdloti and La Lucia beaches offer dolphin watching in addition to surfing and diving options, with downtown Durban being a 20-minute drive away.


With downtown Durban a 20-minute drive away, guests have a range of other attractions to choose from outside the hotel. The uShaka Marine World Aquarium and water park offers a fabulous family-friendly day out with snorkelling lagoons and shark cage dives. Durban Botanic Gardens showcases the indigenous and exotic plants South Africa has to offer. Umhlanga Rocks Beach and Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve are just 2-miles away from the hotel and the nearby Umdloti and La Lucia beaches inspire guests to dive into dolphin watching and surfing.

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The Oyster Box 2 Lighthouse Road Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal Durban South Africa
Our experts say...

The exquisite luxury hotel is situated directly on Umhlanga’s beachfront and offers stunning views of the Indian Ocean. We can guarantee complete relaxation especially with the fabulous South African spa treatments and various pool options available to guests.