Oyster Box Hotel (Umhlanga)

Seaside hotel in Umhlanga Rocks, Durban

Standing majestically on Umhlanga Rocks beachfront overlooking the Indian Ocean and the iconic lighthouse; with the breathtaking views (and dolphin watching from the Ocean Terrace and Oyster Bar); make the Oyster Box Hotel & Spa the perfect venue for a romantic honeymoon or wedding or a great family beach holiday. A special place to have a truly memorable special occasion!

About The Oyster Box Hotel

Set just 15 minutes drive from King Shaka International Airport in Durban, South Africa; The Oyster Box offers luxuriously decorated rooms and suites, an award-winning spa, and a variety of restaurants and bars; including the famous curry feast and High Tea.

The Oyster Box Hotel opened its doors in 1947, and 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 Oyster Box Hotel Drone Footage

Further afield the enchanting landscape of KwaZulu-Natal; including its historic battlefields from the Boer Wars and the lands of the Zulu people; as well as luxury game lodges and the incredible biodiversity of the Drakensberg Mountains; provide plenty of adventures.

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An intimate, 24-seater cinema / screening room is available to hotel guests; running a new movie five times a day (10 am, 2 pm, 6 pm, 8 pm, and 10 pm).

24-hour access to the Private Fitness Centre, Clock Library, and business center.

The hotel has direct beach access to a swimming beach in Umhlanga Rocks, Durban. The Oyster Box has two large swimming pools, one located in the hotel gardens and one overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Swimming pool overlooking the Indian Ocean
Swimming pool overlooking the Indian Ocean

The Spa at the Oyster Box Hotel

Find beauty, balance, and wellness at the Spa at The Oyster Box. Breathe deeply in the Tranquillity Lounge, and ease away stress in the plunge pool; before you reinvigorate both body and mind with bespoke body and facial treatments.

Kwa-Zulu Natal Family Holidays

The Oyster Box Family Holidays

All children are welcome at The Oyster Box. We recommend that children over the age of 16 have a separate room.

Child Policy

When sharing with two full paying adults one child under 12 years may stay free of charge with breakfast; except in a Sea Facing Family Room when 2 children are free.
Children between 12 and 16 years pay a supplement for breakfast; when sharing with two full-paying adults.
The Deluxe Sea Facing Suites and the Superior Garden Villas can accommodate families of 3; with 2 adults and 1 child on a day bed.
Family Rooms accommodate families of 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 12.
Directly interleading rooms for families are available. Please request at the time of reservation.
A limited number of additional beds and cots are available on request.
Childminders may be reserved at a fee; booked at least 24 hours in advance through the hotel.

Kids Holiday Club

The Holiday Club offers an exceptional recreation facility for the family to relax and enjoy. It is open daily from 10 am until 7 pm. Children ages 4 – 12 are welcome. Children aged 3 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent or adult.

Family seaside vacations
Kids Holiday Club – For the most fun under the sun

Awards and Accolades

The Oyster Box has won numerous awards and accolades. The exceptional facilities, warm smiles of the staff, and the willingness to go the extra mile; have put the hotel at the top of every traveler’s must-visit list!

Oyster Box Hotel Accommodation

With 86 x luxurious rooms, suites, and villas to choose from; The Oyster Box meets the individual needs of every visitor. Each room is superbly designed to provide the utmost comfort and style; whether you’re traveling for business or leisure, as a family group, or solo.

Oyster Box Hotel Room Types

Classic Garden Facing Rooms

The elegant Classic Rooms all overlook the hotel’s lush and tranquil gardens; for a peaceful view of the hotel’s private oasis.

Average room size: 32 m²
Maximum occupancy: 2 x persons per room and a child under 12yrs old

Classic Garden Facing Rooms
Classic Garden Facing Rooms

Classic Sea Facing Rooms

Each charming Classic Sea Facing Room has a balcony; that opens to uninterrupted views of Umhlanga’s historic lighthouse and KwaZulu Natal’s breathtaking coastline.

Average room size: 27 m²
Maximum occupancy: 2 x persons per room.

Oyster Box Hotel Classic Sea Facing Room
Oyster Box Hotel Classic Sea Facing Room

Luxury Sea Facing Rooms

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

Average room size: 31 m²
Maximum occupancy: 2 x persons per room.

Luxury sea facing room at Oyster Box Hotel
Luxury sea facing room at Oyster Box Hotel

Junior and Sea Facing Cabanas

All of the stunning Sea Facing Cabanas are on the lower ground floor; boasting gorgeous king Four Poster beds, individual spacious balcony terraces, and exceptional beachfront views.

Average room size: 36 m²
Maximum occupancy: 2 x persons per room.

Oyster Box Hotel Junior Cabana
Oyster Box Hotel Junior Cabana

Sea Facing Luxury Suites

The Oyster Box is designed for the absolute comfort of each family. There are 5 private Sea Facing Family Rooms, each with not only a master bedroom; but an additional room or loft for the younger members of the family.

Average room size: 36 m²
Maximum occupancy: 2 x persons and 2 x children under 12yrs old per room

Oyster Box Sea Facing Luxury Suites
Sea Facing Luxury Suites are sumptuous and spacious with endless sea views

Sea Facing Deluxe Suites

Individually decorated, the Sea Facing Deluxe Suites offer one bedroom with a luxurious separate lounge. The Deluxe Suites are located on the lower ground and boast their own private plunge pools and terrace.

Average room size: 78 m²
Maximum occupancy: 2 x persons and 1 x child under 16yrs old

Oyster Box Hotel Sea Facing Suite
Oyster Box Hotel Sea Facing Deluxe Suite

Sea Facing Family Rooms

The Sea Facing Family Rooms offer an abundance of space for multi-generational travelers providing exceptional levels of comfort for families. With this in mind, there are five private family rooms; each with a master bedroom along with an additional second bedroom; four with bunk beds, and also one loft with two single beds for the smaller members of the family.

The Sea Facing Family Room can accommodate a maximum of two x adults and two x children (12 years and younger).

Sea Facing Family Room, second bedroom or loft for children
Sea Facing Family Room, with master bedroom and second bedroom or loft for children

Superior Garden Villas

The spectacular Superior Garden Villas are nestled in the hotel’s lush gardens. They all have an inviting private plunge pool, an opulent spacious bathroom, a terrace, and a lounge; complimented by a bar. By reserving an additional Garden Villa Loft; 4 of the 8 villas can become a 2-bedroomed villa.

Average room size: 105 m²
Maximum occupancy: This villa can accommodate two x adults and two x children 12 years and younger. One child can sleep on a day bed in the lounge; and the second child on a rollaway bed in the lounge.

Superior Garden Villas with heated pool
Superior Garden Villas with heated pool

Garden Villa Lofts

Overlooking the lush sub-tropical gardens, the exquisite Garden Villa Lofts feature four-poster beds, plush furnishings, and bespoke décor. The Garden Villa Lofts can be booked as stand-alone rooms, or with the Superior Garden Villa; to create a larger interleading space suitable for groups and families.

Oyster Box Hotel Garden Villa Loft
Oyster Box Hotel Garden Villa Loft

All Room Features

Complimentary mineral water, tea, and coffee-making facilities
Fresh fruit and flowers
A selection of current magazines and books
Individually controlled air-conditioning and ceiling fans
Flatscreen satellite TV with over 25 channels to choose from
Movies on demand
CD / DVD players
B|Africa natural in-room amenities, luxurious bathrobes, and slipper
Housekeeping service twice daily
Iron and ironing board
Soap and pillow menus
Two direct dial telephone lines with voicemail
Complimentary WI-FI
Heated towel rails
Well stocked mini-bar
In-room safe
Beach gear such as sun umbrellas, beach bags, balls, bats, and suntan lotion are available at the reception

Presidential Suite

The Oyster Box Hotel Presidential Suite Information

In its opulent décor and expansive sense of space; the duplex two-bedroom Presidential Suite at The Oyster Box offers unparalleled levels of comfort and luxury. A third bedroom can also be added to the suite; please enquire for more details.

A private dining area on the ground floor seating up to eight guests; connects the elegant lounge and private bar. In one corner, a baby grand piano invites guests to strike up a tune. The living areas flow effortlessly out onto the sun-splashed terrace and secluded private garden; with a rim-flow plunge pool offering 180-degree sea views.

Those same views can be admired from the first-floor living quarters; where the master suite and second bedroom each with magnificent marble bathrooms; deliver panoramic vistas of the coastline. The third bedroom is on the mezzanine level, offering ensuite accommodation and a small private terrace.

Oyster Box Presidential Suite
Oyster Box Presidential Suite – luxury Durban accommodation

Presidential Suite Features

A selection of herbal teas and coffees
Nespresso coffee machine
Private study / office upstairs with laptop
Master bedroom with king bed and chandelier
A second ensuite bedroom; plus the suite can also be combined with a third ensuite bedroom.
Master bathroom with shower, antique marble bath, and walk-in closet
Plush bathrobes and slippers
B | Africa natural in-room amenities
Vanity desk, hairdryer, magnifying & make-up mirrors
Open plan living area with lounge area with Baby Grand Piano; bar area with a fruit basket, biltong, and nut platters on arrival, and an 8-seater dining room with  chandelier
Separate kitchen
Three fireplaces
Patio with private rim-flow plunge pool off the downstairs living area.

Service Offerings at The Presidential Suite at Oyster Box Hotel

Twice daily housekeeping
Pillow and soap menus
Local and international newspapers
Use of the Spa Hammam steam session and plunge pool
WIFI internet
Flatscreen TV’s in every room
Splash TVs in three of the bathrooms
Cable TV, DVD players, and DVD collection
Onyx sound system
Individual air-conditioning & overhead fans
Built-in international adaptors
Electronic safe
Bluetooth docking stations

Dining at The Oyster Box

Sublime cuisine using the freshest seasonal ingredients will tempt and delight and of course; incredible oysters are on the menu – even for breakfast accompanied by Champagne should you wish! The numerous restaurants and bars offer something for everyone; with fresh seafood, incredible steaks, and Oyster Box Hotel’s famous curry feast. The delicious and indulgent High Tea is also a firm favorite with plenty of treats to tempt you. Dine together overlooking magnificent views, dine privately with a group of friends, or dine at The Chef’s table and watch the magic happen firsthand. There really is so much choice.

Oyster Box Hotel Lighthouse Bar
Oyster Box Hotel Lighthouse Bar

The Oyster Box Hotel Accommodation Rates

Rates at The Oyster Box Hotel fluctuate according to demand so; send us your dates and we will get you the best price. Please use the below as a guide only as they are based on the highest BAR level.

Indicative Rates per roomFrom 6th January 2023 until 13th January 2024
Classic Room and Garden Villa LoftR 9 380
Classic Sea Facing RoomR 10 745
Luxury Sea Facing RoomR 13 285
Junior CabanaR 15 283
Sea Facing Cabana and Sea Facing Family RoomR 20 377
Luxury Sea Facing Suite and Superior Garden VillaR 27 007
Deluxe Sea Facing SuiteR 28 432
Presidential SuiteR 80 000

The above rates include breakfast, VAT, and Tourism Levy.

The Presidential Suite has the following additional inclusions:

Breakfast including fresh oysters and delectable sparkling wine in your suite
Personal Butler service
Complimentary airport transfers in a Range Rover including a personal meet and greet from the butler
Express check-in with a tantalizing glass of champagne and seasonal berries on arrival
A bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne in your room on arrival
A variety of delicious fruit, nuts, biltong, nougat, and homemade biscuits on arrival
Sundowners and canapes in your suite each afternoon (including a Food and Beverage immersive experience once during your stay)
Seafood platter to tantalize your taste buds one evening during your stay
Fully stocked quality bar and fridge
Luxurious bath setup
60-minute hot lava shell massage per adult in the Spa or your room once during your stay
Local and international newspapers on request
Complimentary shuttle to the Gateway Theatre of Shopping in a luxury vehicle
Beautiful seasonal fresh flowers throughout your suite

Oyster Box Hotel Special Offers

Stay 3, Pay 2 or Stay 4, Pay 3 Offer

Stay for three or four nights and get a night for free at the Oyster Box Hotel.
Applicable to Luxury Sea Facing Room, Junior Cabana, Sea Facing Cabana, Sea Facing Family Room, Sea Facing Luxury Suite, Sea Facing Deluxe Suite, and The Superior Garden Villa.
In addition, you also get an R800 Food & Beverage credit.

The stay, pay offer is also combinable with the suite deal.
This offer is accumulative i.e. stay 8, pay 6.
Valid from 14th January until 14th December 2023*


The below Value Adds are valid for Deluxe Sea Facing Suites, Luxury Sea Facing Suites, and Superior Garden Villa.


1 x Curry Buffet per person
Complimentary Laundry for the stay


1 x Curry Buffet per person
Complimentary Laundry
1 x Cocktail per person


1 x Curry Buffet per person
Complimentary Laundry
1 x Cocktail per person
1 x bottle of Bouchard Finlayson Blanc de Mer

The above specials are not combinable with any other existing specific Value Adds; however; it is valid for the Stay / Pay offers.

We also arrange weddings at the Oyster Box Hotel so be sure to have a look at this.


Book 4 nights or more for your South Africa wedding, honeymoon, or anniversary, and receive the following value adds:
Welcome canapés and a glass of Moët & Chandon; in your room on the day of arrival at 5 pm.
Romantic Rose Petal Turndown

The above special offers at The Oyster Box Hotel are valid until 14th December 2023. *Block-out dates do apply.

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Oyster Box Hotel (Umhlanga)
Oyster Box Hotel
2 Lighthouse Road
Umhlanga Rocks Durban South Africa

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