South African Hotels
No.2 Lighthouse Road
Umhlanga Rocks 4320
North Coast Durban
South Africa
Hotel Type
Business, Beach, Spa, Family, Conference, Leisure

The Oyster Box in Umhlanga Rocks is a short drive from Durban sits on the edge of a white sandy beach and lapped by the warm Indian Ocean. The iconic hotel underwent a renovation, which was completed in 2008, making it the 5-star destination that it is today.

It has kept its elegance and classic charm, for which it has always been famous. In the year 1947, this oceanfront property had rapidly become one of Africa's most prominent hotels. The pictures of the Oyster Box are indeed telling of its magnificent setting.

Today, the warm hospitality with modern facilities and contemporary touches to meet the requirements for the most discerning leisure guests, families, business travellers, and honeymoon couples. The beautiful seaside setting, the unique architecture, and decor combined with the delightful cuisine make for an unforgettable stay. We would encourage all guests to take an ocean-facing room as the views are magical.

The facilities are children-friendly, and the staff makes the children feel at home. Children stay with their parents in the Luxury Sea-Facing Rooms. The hotel is also unique in the aspect that it is pet-friendly. The health and beauty spa is world class and compliments all the other exception facilities. The Oyster Box is always working hard to improve the levels of service and maintain and upgrade their amenities and services on a regular basis. The rates are competitive with the other five-star establishments in the area.


The 89 well-appointed rooms and suites offer discerning guests a welcoming and comfortable place for relaxation. To accommodate the different requirements of guests, including families and executive business travellers, a lot of the rooms are ocean-facing.

All of the yesteryear charms have been lovingly kept such as the polished tiles, murals, paintings and antique furniture. The use of stone and timber finished with colours that blend into the surrounding ocean and tropical vegetation. All rooms offer a pillow menu and a full stationery pack. The rooms have a DVD player with a DVD library on offer, a beach bag, beach towel and umbrellas, and two phone lines.

Important Tip: The sea facing rooms are very attractive because they have excellent sea views. The Classic Sea Facing rooms sell out very quickly as they are the entry level room with a sea view, so we suggest that guests book as far in advance as possible. We can always speak to hotel management to try and make a request in the event of a last minute booking as we have great working relationship with Oyster Box.

Wining and Dining

Their many options from fine dining to having a hamburger on the terrace. We would recommend that guests try the high tea as it is exceptional. Guests have the chance to taste various cross-cultural flavours. Carefully prepared to meet the wishes of guests from across the world.

Below detailed information about the The Oyster Box is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bathrobe
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Direct Dial Telephone Number in room
  • DVD player
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Fresh Flowers
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Hairdryer
  • Heated towel rails
  • Housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Internet Access
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Plasma TV screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Slippers
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Telephone


The Grill Room

The grill room is an excellent dining restaurant that has been at the hotel for the last 45 years. The dress code is semi-formal with long pants and closed shoes for men. The restaurant is open from 6:10 to 10:35 in the evening.

The restaurant menu has a blend of seafood with Tuma, Prawns, and Lobster. The meat dishes include Venison, Rabbit, Lamb and all dishes come infused tastes of nuts, ginger, citrus. Our choice would be Grilled Rack of Lamb with Wilted kale, crispy potatoes, chestnut & butter sauce, poached radish, mint jelly. The Grill has an excellent selection of local and international wines that pair well with the menu.

The Ocean Terrace

The Ocean Terrace overlooks the pool and the sea; it is a perfect place to enjoy breakfast or light lunch that is made up of India dishes and pizzas made in the wood-burning oven. This venue is ideal for casual dining for families or anyone looking for a quick, simple meal.

The Palm Court Restaurant

The Palm Court with its checkered black and white tiles, wicker chairs and palm trees is a setting from the Great Gatsby. 

The triple volume ceiling with skylights makes space for a great place to relax and escape the heat of the day. The court offers breakfast, high tea and lights snacks throughout the day.

The Chukka Bar

The Chukka Bar has been in its same spot for over 40 years it is a time capsule filled horse racing memorabilia. Enjoy the comfort of a big leather couch. They have an excellent selection of whiskies and cigars.

The Lighthouse Bar

The bar as per its name has incredible views out over the sea and the iconic lighthouse. A casual restaurant with an open terrace with comfy chairs and big cushions, making this is the perfect spot for a pre-dinner drink during sunset. 

Please ask the barman to create your cocktail of choice to complement the setting.

The Oyster Bar

Fresh whites open spaces accented with blues with Bali style ceiling fans. Escape the warm tropical sun with a glass of chilled champagne and a fresh oyster. 

The Oyster bar leads out to the pool, so it also serves as a cocktail to the terrace and pool area.

The Spa
  • Six treatment rooms
  • Hydrotherapy Baths
  • Grooming Lounge
  • Nuvola Dry Floatation
  • Color Therapy Bed
  • Ham-mam
  • Plunge pool
  • State-of-the-art private fitness club.
  • Tranquility Lounge

Health & Beauty Spa

The Spa has received many accolades for being one of the very best spas in Durban. The spa is a natural, elegant extension to the hotel and its tropical garden on the Umhlanga beach.


  • Dual treatments
  • Cool showers
  • Hydrotherapy baths
  • One room is specially designed to assist the physically challenged
  • Tranquility Lounge
  • Grooming Lounge
  • Private fitness club
  • Ladies and gents lockers
  • Mist shower
  • Plunge pools
  • Dining area that offers a spa menu and lounges

The menu at the Spa has been created to be light and full of flavors. Indulge your senses in our healthy meals that are tantalizing and specifically prepared with your well-being in mind. All dishes have been specially designed to help cleanse, detox and revitalize.

Spa treatments
  • Seven modern treatment rooms
  • Two Hydrotherapy Baths
  • Nuvola Dry Floatation
  • Colour Therapy Bed
  • Hammam
  • Infinity pools with ocean views
  • Mist shower
  • Tranquillity Lounge & Grooming Lounge
  • Fitness center
  • Ladies & gents lockers
  • Warm & cold water plunge pool
  • Dining area offering light spa meals

The 25 seater cinema & screening room for hotel guests to watch their favourite movies while enjoying a box of popcorn.

Nearby attractions
  • The Gateway Theater of Shopping in Umhlanga
  • Ushaka Marine World
  • Sun Coast Casino
  • Natal Midlands
  • Drakensberg Mountains
  • Big 5 game reserves
  • Lodges
  • Historical battlefields
  • Take a helicopter flip up the coast or explore the valley of a Thousands of hills. You can also just spend the day on the beach collecting seashells.
Children Club

The staff at the hotel appreciate the importance and rarity of real, quality family time. That is why they go out of their way for guests and their families. Children of all ages are welcome and children under 12 years old are free of charge when sharing with two adults.

Amenities include:

  • Free in-room movies from the hotel collection
  • Children bathrobes
  • Prams and baby cots
  • A gift bag on arrival

There’s a screening of children’s films in the hotel’s 24 seater cinema every afternoon, and the hotel’s pools give them ample opportunities for enjoying themselves. For younger children, the Hotel offers babysitters through a professional child-minding company.

Conference Venues

This Hotel provides stunning views of the Indian Ocean and the iconic lighthouse of Umhlanga. The Four function rooms each have a distinctive decorative style and can cater for individual preferences and requirements.

The Pearl Room has mirrored walls and Venetian Crystal chandeliers making this venue ideal for exclusive product debut with the adjoining Shell Room, can accommodate up to 160 seated guests in and comfort.

The Durban July Union Castle rooms offer a more intimate celebration the chef is happy to create a High Tea, Cocktail reception and private dining experiences in the hotel’s exceptional dining environments including The Grill Room & the Chef’s Table in the wine cellar. The head chef will assist in creating an excellent menu, to make everybody feel truly celebrated.

Conference venues:

  • Pearl Room
  • Shell Room
  • Durban July Room
  • Union Castle Room

  • Bar
  • Boardroom Facilities
  • Childrens playground
  • Conference venue
  • Garden
  • Kid's Club
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • Mini Cinema
  • Nearby Casino
  • Nearby golf course
  • Outdoor patio
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Sea Views
  • Spa
  • Sun deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wellness centre

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 11:00
Business Services
  • WIFI
General Services
  • 24 - hour reception service
  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting
  • Concierge services
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Health & Fitness Centre
  • Housekeeping service
  • Kid's entertainment
  • Laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Massage treatments
  • Porters
  • Room service
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Voice mail
  • Wake-up call
  • Wellness & Beauty treatments
Children Policy
  • The holiday club for children keeps the little ones entertained so that the grown-up can relax. The hotel offers families a place to share time, create memories and strengthen family bonds. The staff at the hotel appreciate the importance and rarity of real, quality family time. That is why they go out of their way for guests and their families.

    Children of all ages are welcome and children under 12 years old are free of charge when sharing with two adults.

    Amenities include:

    • Free in-room movies from the hotel collection
    • Children bathrobes
    • Prams and baby cots
    • A gift bag on arrival

    There’s a screening of children’s films in the hotel’s 24 seater cinema every afternoon, and the hotel’s pools give them ample opportunities for enjoying themselves. Special children’s menus are available so the little ones can enjoy their favourite foods, making mealtime for fun, not fretting.

    For younger children, the Hotel offers babysitters that are hired through a professional child-minding company.  And of course, just outside the hotel gates, the local area also boasts a range of family attractions and activities that are sure to satisfy kids of all ages.

Pet Policy
  • Pets are most welcome at this Hotel should guests wish to share the joy of a staying with their pet-pals, please inform reservations when making a booking.

Female Travellers
  • The Hotel staff knows what it means to be a lady and the joys and the challenges, especially when travelling alone on business. That is why the hotel has created a special ‘Ladies First’ approach to guest service.

    For female guests travelling alone, the hotel had many services to ensure they felt safe, secure and cared for throughout their stay. From female service staff to guest rooms with a reassuring internal extra locking facility, additional space, and special lighting for personal attention and makeup in bathrooms and extra hangers and lights in the wardrobes.

    The valet service is always available to take extra care of other special garments. The staff is there to make female guests feel like Oceanside queens, a call away to make guests feel even more comfortable and at home.

Available Rooms

Classic Room

# Rooms:

The Classic Rooms have views of the garden which are landscaped into a tropical forest.

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
  • Ceiling fans
  • Flat Screen Stellite TV with over 25 channels to choose from
  • Movies on demand
  • In-room CD/DVD players
  • Deluxe Occitaine Bath amenities, luxurious bathrobes and slipper
  • Housekeeping service twice daily
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Soap and Pillow menus
  • Two direct dial telephone lines with voice mail
  • Complimentary high-speed Wifi
  • Heated towel rails
  • Well stocked mini bar
  • In-room safe
  • Beach gear - sun umbrellas, beach bags, balls, bats and suntan lotion
  • Hairdryers

Classic Sea Facing

# Rooms:

Each one of the rooms has a balcony overlooking the ocean.

Luxury Seafacing

# Rooms:

The Sea view room has a terrace which overlooks the ocean and breakers below; the room has a bathroom with his and hers vanity with a separate shower.

Sea Facing Cabana

# Rooms:

The Cabanas are breathtaking they are located on the ground floor with their terrace they all have views of the sea. The highlight of the room is the large king size four poster beds.

Sea Facing Family

# Rooms:

Great care has been put into making families comfortable. The Family Suite has a master bedroom and an additional single room or a loft for the children.

Sea Facing Luxury Suite

# Rooms:

All Sea Facing Suites at the hotel have been placed in such way as to maximise the ocean view from the comfort of your in-room lounge.

Sea Facing Deluxe Suite

# Rooms:

The deluxe suites are on the ground floor, and they all have private pools and a sun terrace. They have sea views a private lounge area which is ideal for long staying guests.

Garden Villa Loft

# Rooms:

The garden facing loft rooms are large stand-alone rooms that can be joined with the superior garden villa at the hotel. The rooms have been decorated individually and feature a magnificent four poster king size beds.

Superior Garden Villa

# Rooms:

Set in the tropical gardens each charming villas has its plunge pool, terrace, lounge & bar, and a fantastic bathroom. The villa can be converted into a two bed-roomed villa simply by reserving one of the Garden Villa Lofts making it a real home from home experience. The average room size: 246 square meters.

The Oyster Box Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Stay for 4 nights at the beachfront 5 star Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga and only pay for 3 nights.  Enjoy one free night at this magnificent beach hotel in KwaZulu-Natal for 2014.

Included in the rate:

  • Breakfast

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of personal nature

Terms and Conditions:

  • Minimum 4 nights required
  • Available for all room types except the Presidential Suite
  • Valid 6 January - 16 December 2016 & 6 January - 15 December 2017

The legendary 5 star Oyster Box Hotel is beautifully positioned on the ocean's edge in the beach resort of Umhlanga north of Durban in South Africa's tropical KwaZulu-Natal province. The Oyster Box Hotel is located only a 5 minutes walk from the Umhlanga Village Centre and can easily be reached from the Durban city centre, the International Airports and the numerous stylish shopping centres.

Included in the rate:

  • Breakfast

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of a personal nature

Terms and Conditions:

  • Subject to availability
  • Promotion is applicable to these room types Classic sea facing room, Luxury Sea facing, Sea Facing Family suite , Sea Facing Cabana , Sea facing deluxe suite the superior garden villa only

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -29.727497

Longitude: 31.087041


From: King Shaka International Airport to Oyster Box
1. Head north-west toward Mdloti St the D144 2.8 km
2. Turn left at Mdloti St the D144 3.2 km
3. Take the ramp onto Outer Ring Rd the N2 toll road 3.7 km
4. Take exit 190 onto Jabu Ngcobo Drive M27 toward Umhloti 1.1 km
5. Turn right to merge onto Leo Boyd Hwy/M4 Go through 1 roundabout 7.1 km
6. Take exit 2 for M12 toward Umhlanga Rocks Dr/Lighthouse Rd 450 m
7. Turn left at McCausland Crescent 300 m
8. Turn right at Lighthouse Rd 110 m
9. Turn right Go through 1 roundabout 140 m
10. Turn left Destination will be on the left 79 m

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On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

5 Star


Spa award 2010:

  • Lifestyle, relaxation & health therapies
  • category: Hotels SPAS
  • Winner
  • Les Nouvelles Esthetiques South Africa


  • The Leading Hotels of the World

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