From the moment The Oyster Box opened its doors in 1947 the hotel 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.
Overlooking the historical and famous landmark, the Umhlanga lighthouse, this hotel just feels special. Whether it’s a complimentary glass of Oyster Box’s signature iced tea which welcomes you on arrival, a relaxing treatment in the beautifully designed Oyster Box Spa, the way your children are made to feel immediately at home, the chef’s inspired selection of culinary delights, the complimentary transfers to the nearby shopping centre, or that long cool cocktail on the Oyster Bar terrace at the end of another blissful day under African skies.
This iconic landmark re-opened in October 2009 and has been lovingly refurbished to offer guests a vibrantly contemporary experience, whilst still evoking feelings, memories, and the warm nostalgia of days gone by. Meticulous attention to detail ensures that former guests will be delighted to discover the old glory has not just been retained, but carefully enhanced. All of the warm hospitality and gracious elegance which guests so fondly remember are harmoniously blended with a wealth of modern facilities and contemporary touches to satisfy today’s most discerning of tourist, business person and honeymoon couple.
The Oyster Box, like its famous lighthouse, once again acts as a beacon of exceptional hospitality, luxurious accommodation and personal service. With 86 different types of luxurious rooms, suite and villa to choose from The Oyster Box can accommodate the varied individual needs of every type of visitor.
Carefully crafted to meet the wishes and whims of guests from across the nation and world, The Oyster Box is proud to offer tasteful, ethnically inspired menus perfect for guests seeking anything from special fine dining occasions to simple, relaxed meals or just a small bite. The Terrace Restaurant is situated overlooking the pool and ocean. An excellent place to sit and relax, drink a gin and tonic and take in the ocean air and views. The garden bungalows looked quaint and relaxing although they do not offer ocean views they are tucked peacefully within the tropical gardens. The patrolled swimming beach is a five minute walk on the oceanfront promenade.
Perfectly situated on the ocean’s edge, a brief five minutes walk from Umhlanga Village Centre, The Oyster Box Hotel is conveniently located for quick and easy access to Afro-chic Durban city centre, international airports and numerous stylish shopping centres…yet has a feeling of classical charm and elegance like nowhere else on earth.
Nearby tourist attractions of interest to travellers include Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Ushaka Marine World, Sun Coast casino, the historical Natal Midlands and majestic Drakensberg mountains, as well as excellent big five game parks, lodges and historical battlefields.
For those wishing to play a few rounds on some of South Africa’s finest fairways excellent golf courses are a mere minutes drive away.