5* The Oyster Box
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 breath-taking seaside setting swiftly gained it a reputation that was legendary the world over.
This iconic landmark 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 unmatched in all Africa and the world at large.
Guest rooms offer breath-taking views and luxurious surroundings.
Classic Garden Facing Rooms (8) – These elegant Classic Rooms all overlook the hotel’s lush and tranquil gardens for a peaceful view into what can only be described as the hotel’s private oasis.
Classic Sea Facing Rooms (19) – Each one of our Classic Sea Facing Rooms has a balcony that overlooks Umhlanga’s iconic lighthouse and the breath-taking coastline.
Luxury Sea Facing Rooms (25) – Luxury Sea Facing Rooms, each with a balcony that opens onto views of Umhlanga’s iconic lighthouse and breath-taking coastline. All rooms include a bathroom with double vanities and a spacious separate shower.
Sea Facing Family Room (5) – At The Oyster Box an incredible level of care and consideration has been put into providing exceptional levels of comfort for families. With this in mind we are pleased to offer five private Family rooms, each with a master bedroom along with an additional second bedroom (four with bunk beds and one loft with two single beds) for the smaller members of the family.
Sea Facing Cabanas (8) – Our beautifully appointed Cabanas, situated on the lower ground level with individual terraces, offer exceptional views of the water’s edge. Within these lovely cabanas guests can enjoy sleeping peacefully on luxurious king size four poster beds.
Garden Villa Lofts (4) – Beautifully designed garden-facing Loft Rooms are available as stand-alone accommodation, or in combination with a Superior Garden Villa. Each room is individually and superbly decorated with magnificent 4 poster king size beds and ample space for guests to feel at home in legendary luxury.
Activities and Facilities
Nearby tourist attractions of immense interest to travellers include Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Ushaka Marine World, the Natal Midlands and majestic Drakensberg Mountains, as well as excellent big 5 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.
The Oyster Box aims to offer guests all the comforts of home with splendid luxury, thoughtful touches and the latest state-of-the-art facilities.
Perfect for family holidays, romantic getaways, the business traveller or business conferences, The Oyster Box will meet all individual needs. The award-winning Spa, with seven superbly equipped treatment rooms, has a team of qualified therapists to oversee wellbeing and rejuvenation during your stay, the 24-seater private cinema is ideal for a movie night or can be privately booked out for a group, and the Business Centre is fully equipped with the latest in office equipment.
For those who like to take their exercise outside of our fitness centre, a refreshing dip in one of our two pools, one sea facing and one in our tropical garden.
The Oyster Box’s ‘child-friendly’ attitude makes it a must for parents who want to spoil the whole family. Children of all ages are welcome and those under 12 years of age are accommodated free of charge when sharing with 2 adults.
Pets are welcome and a range of pet beds and menus are available, and can be arranged when making your reservation. Our Concierge desk is available to assist with any special plans for unique experiences or ideas for exploring the area.
Awards and Accolades
The Oyster Box is one of the world’s best loved and most distinguished, luxury seaside hotels. Standing majestically on Umhlanga’s prestigious beachfront, overlooking the iconic lighthouse, it provides direct beach access and staggering views of the Indian Ocean.
Opened in 1947, it still retains the gracious elegance, glamour, and passionate service that made this one of South Africa’s most cherished hotels. From the impeccable uniforms to the genuinely warm smiles, thoughtful details and the latest amenities and facilities, from delicious cuisine and lush tropical gardens to the splendid luxury of each individually designed room, suite and villa. Guests are treated to an experience as unique, as it is magical.
Travel Documents, Visas & Health Requirements
It is the responsibility of each passenger to ensure that they are in possession of the correct travel documentation prior to departure.
Gateway Travel & Tours cannot accept responsibility for any consequences, of any nature whatsoever, arising from the passengers failing to ensure that they have complied with the necessary health, passport and visa requirements.
A valid passport is required for all international and cross-border travel. Passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after your intended date of return and must have at least 2 blank pages for visa stamping purposes. In certain cases, foreign passport holders require re-entry or departure permits and it is advised to contact the relevant consulate before travel for up-to-date visa and health requirements.
We recommend that all travellers have comprehensive travel insurance from time of booking, and insurance packages are available for purchase though our offices.
Prices are from a starting price, per person sharing and subject to change, airfare increase, currency fluctuations and availability. Taxes are estimated and based on the current exchange rate and are subject to change. Advance purchase, peak season surcharges, block out periods and minimum stay conditions may apply. Please note that airport taxes, fuel levies and surcharges are approximate and subject to change, the exact amount will be confirmed at time of booking. Valid for dates as specified. Group rates available on request.