|THE OYSTER BOX, UMHLANGA ROCKS
|+27 31 514 5000
|2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks, 4319
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.
The city centre of Durban is a 15 minute drive away, Umhlanga Village with its numerous shopping facilities is a 2 minute walk, and King Shaka International Airport can be reached in 15 minutes. The hotel is located within easy access to KwaZulu-Natal’s finest attractions, the Midlands and Drakensberg Mountains, world renowned game parks and historic battlefields.
86 Rooms and suites either sea or garden-facing, individually styled in splendid luxury with caring detail, elegant amenities and thoughtful touches.
8 CLASSIC GARDEN-FACING ROOMS - Overlooking the hotel’s lush gardens filled with the chatter of monkeys and birds. Average size: 32 sq meters / 344 sq foot.
17 CLASSIC SEA-FACING ROOMS - All have their own private balcony with views of
27 LUXURY SEA-FACING ROOMS - Spacious and light with double vanities, a separate spacious shower, private balconies and exceptional ocean views. Average size: 31 sq meters / 334 sq foot.
8 SEA-FACING CABANAS - On the ground floor, with colonial, king size four-poster beds, individual terraces overlooking the exotic gardens and swimming pool. Average size: 36 sq meters / 388 sq foot.
5 SEA-FACING FAMILY SUITES - With a master bedroom and separate single room or loft for the children, who will be delighted by the special treats and amenities we have for them (2 adults and 2 children under 16 years). Average size: 36 sq meters / 388 sq foot.
5 SEA-FACING LUXURY SUITES - Sumptuous and spacious with a master bedroom, exquisite separate lounge and endless sea views. Average size: 55 sq meters / 592 sq foot.
2 SEA-FACING DELUXE SUITES - Within easy reach of the beach and pools, these elegant, ground level suites have their own private heated plunge pool, terrace, bedroom and separate lounge. Average size: 78 sq meters / 840 sq foot.
4 SUPERIOR GARDEN VILLAS - Set back from the main buildings, nestled in the hotel’s tropical gardens, close to the holistic, healing spa, each Villa has its own private heated plunge pool, terrace, lounge, bar and 2 separate bathrooms. 4 of the 8 Villas can be converted into a 2-bedroom Villa, with connecting Garden Villa Lofts. Average size: 105 sq meters / 1 130 sq foot.
4 GARDEN VILLA LOFTS - Spectacular and creatively designed, these can be converted into a 2-bedroom Villa by connecting with one of the Superior Garden Villas. Average size: 64 sq meters / 689 sq foot
Our PRESIDENTIAL SUITE - Stunning and exclusive, the Suite is split over 2 levels, with a private lift.
1 PRESIDENTIAL CLASSIC ROOM – If required, this room can connect to the Presidential Suite with its own private entrance. Average size: 43 sq meters / 463 sq foot.
The Oyster Box is legendary for its wide array of dining and wining experiences; from High Tea, fresh Oysters and seafood favourites, to the best curries in KwaZulu-Natal, pizzas from a wood-fired pizza oven and passionate friendly service. Special occasions have been celebrated at The Oyster Box for over 50 years.
THE GRILL ROOM: The culinary gem of the hotel, adjoining the smaller more intimate Colony Restaurant, serves world-renowned signature dishes such as Crayfish and Prawn Cocktail and Black Forest Duck or freshly caught seafood, with wines selected by our resident Sommelier. The famous Saturday Dinner and Dance, is a winning combination of exceptional cuisine and dancing to the sounds of a live band.
THE OCEAN TERRACE: A family favourite for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Friendly and informal with a terrace overlooking the infinity pool and the rolling Indian Ocean. Renowned for its delicious mouth-watering curry buffet and hot poppadoms fresh from the two Tandoori ovens as well as old favourites such as prawn cocktail, fish and chips and pizza straight from the wood-fired oven.
THE PALM COURT: Inspired by the original colonial architecture of the former courtyard with spectacular chandeliers from the Savoy Hotel in London, lush palms, black and white terrazzo floor tiles and comfortable seating. The perfect setting for a decadently delicious Traditional High Tea Buffet of home-baked cream scones, dainty cakes and biscuits, finger sandwiches, pastries and savouries, as well as freshly prepared homemade ice creams. Our resident pianist plays daily.
THE LIGHTHOUSE BAR: Chilled, yet richly inviting with its dark wooden panels and details in leather, crimson and gold. The hottest bar in KwaZulu-Natal, with live music, delicious snacks, comfort food and exotic cocktails and a large terrace for spectacular sunsets and views of the lighthouse and Indian Ocean.
THE OYSTER BAR: Elegant and refined, specialising in Champagne and Oysters from the hotel’s own Oyster beds, with live music, a light menu and fresh cocktails overlooking the pool and Indian Ocean.
THE CHUKKA BAR: The authentic old world bar is full of charm and character. A favourite for the locals serving delicious hearty snacks and the finest selection of whiskeys, beers and cigars.
THE WINE CELLAR: With its glass ceiling, this intimate room is sunken just below the Oyster Bar and is unique for dinner parties, tastings or special events and offers a Chef’s Table for up to 10 guests. The Resident Sommelier will host the event and present tastings from the Diners Club Diamond award-winning wine list, which boasts the finest selection of South African and international vintages.
The Oyster Box, one of the best and most cherished hotels in the world, is right on the shores of Umhlanga’s beachfront and the spa is secluded in luscious tropical gardens filled with the song of exotic birds and perfumed flowers.
We are dedicated to restoring beauty and balance through individual treatments and Spa journeys, personalised for each of our guests by exceptionally skilled therapists. Our commitment to wellbeing focuses on essential holistic principles, combining ancient wisdom with modern expertise.
Our spa menu offers an extensive variety of health and beauty enhancing treatments to ensure that our guests are nurtured, purified, pampered and relaxed.
Whether celebrating an engagement, wedding, honeymoon, anniversary, milestone birthday, baby shower or a christening, our dedicated Special Occasion and Wedding Planner, will help you create a magically memorable day for up to 120 guests for a seated banquet.
Cocktail parties, strategy meetings, conferences or launches, team-building, banquets and brainstorming sessions – we offer outstanding service and a selection of individually-themed venues, each with state-of-the-art technology and some with breathtaking ocean views.
PEARL ROOM: All-white, elegant and resplendent with mirrored walls, exquisite hand-blown Venetian chandeliers and views of the iconic lighthouse and Indian Ocean. This luxurious venue is popular for dinners, large events and conferences. This is one of the Oyster Box’s most sought after venues for up to 120 guests.
SHELL ROOM: In hues of blue reflecting the ocean outside, this room can be configured to suit a variety of small to medium-sized events or used in conjunction with the Pearl Room to create a larger function area.
DURBAN JULY ROOM: Colonial, warm and intimate, the walls covered in paintings and photographs that reveal a fascinating pictorial journey through the 50 year history of the renowned Durban July horseracing event. Ideal for meetings, workshops, cocktail functions and presentations. A gazebo-covered patio provides the perfect breakaway.
UNION CASTLE ROOM: Filled with memorabilia of the revered cruise-liner Union Castle. Ideal for boardroom style meetings, launches and presentations and can also be used as a dining facility for up to 20 guests.
COLONY ROOM: Adjacent to the Grill Room on the ground floor, this venue can be closed off for private conferencing or dining options for more intimate gatherings. The elegant décor in this venue is conducive to dining at its finest for up to 30 guests.
WINE CELLAR: With its glass ceiling, this intimate room is sunken just below the Oyster Bar and is unique for exclusive business dinners and offers a Chef’s Table for up to 10 guests. The Resident Sommelier is on hand to present tastings from the Diners Club Diamond Award-winning wine list, which has the finest selection of South African and international vintages.