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The Oyster Box Hotel

“A Timeless Icon!”

Budget level: Top-End
South Africa
When to Go
All Year
Property Type
Northern KwaZulu Natal
Kids Min Age
All Ages

Occupying a majestic location on the Umhlanga beachfront in KwaZulu-Natal province, The Oyster Box is one of South Africa’s most celebrated hotels, as famous for its remarkable coastal views as the understated luxury and gracious hospitality that have become the hallmarks of this cherished seaside destination. 

Set just 15 minutes’ drive from King Shaka International Airport, at the gateway to Northern Kwa Zulu Natal, The Oyster Box Hotel offers an array of individually decorated rooms and suites, an award-winning spa set amid tropical gardens, and a mouth-watering menu of restaurants and bars. Look forward to fresh seafood and sea views on the Ocean Terrace, or classical fine dining and perfectly seared prime cuts in The Grill Room. Of course, the adjoining wine cellar offers a superb selection of local and international cellars. 

The Oyster Box rests amid lush sub-tropical gardens brimming with wild figs and ancient milkwoods, where princess palms play host to wild orchids and bright hibiscus flowers offer a flash of colour above serene ponds. Selected suites and villas offer private plunge pools, with two large swimming pools open to all hotel guests. Within the hotel’s gardens, just steps from the Indian Ocean and the golden sands of Umhlanga beach, the Spa at The Oyster Box Hotel offers a serene space for you to walk your own journey to wellness. 

As a five-star hotel, The Oyster Box offers a wide array of services and facilities to ensure a memorably luxurious stay for our guests. Whether it’s an umbrella for a day at the beach, or arranging a special bed for those four-legged family members, our enthusiastic staff are always on hand to help. 

Experience + Activities 

Beyond the plentiful options of experiences this region offers, the hotel itself offers the very best of what Umhlanga has to offer, when it comes to exploring culture and the Indian cuisine. 

At The Oyster Box you’ll find an array of events, activities and experiences to fill your days. From sipping on seasonal cocktails in The Lighthouse Bar to embarking on an unforgettable spice journey in the company of our talented local chefs, there’s no shortage of ways to immerse yourself in the culture and cuisine of KwaZulu-Natal. 

The Oyster Box has long been famous for the culinary adventures on offer. The generous Curry Buffet offers an unforgettable taste of KwaZulu-Natal’s signature dish, while the elegant High Tea in the Palm Court adds a contemporary spin to a timeless tradition. 

Beyond this, The Oyster Box Hotel offers a private 24-seater cinema, which is available to all in-house guests, as well as a holiday club for children between the ages of four and 12 years old. 


The Oyster Box offers 86 rooms, suites and villas; each individually decorated to offer a uniquely memorable five-star stay on the sunny coastline of KwaZulu-Natal. Choose between splendid sea views from your private terrace, or the leafy escape of our lush private gardens. Whether you’re travelling for business or leisure, on your own or with loved ones, our elegant five-star accommodation has something to suit the most discerning traveller. 

  • Garden Villa Lofts – Overlooking the hotel’s 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 in combination with the Superior Garden Villa, to create a larger inter-leading space suitable for groups and families. 
  • Classic Garden Facing Rooms – Decorated with a sense of timeless elegance, the Classic Garden-Facing Rooms overlook the peaceful oasis at the heart of the hotel, offering easy access to the serene garden swimming pool. 
  • Classic Sea Facing Rooms – With a private balcony overlooking the beautiful Umhlanga beach, the Classic Sea-Facing Rooms are the ideal choice for travellers who love to soak up the sea views. 
  • Luxury Sea Facing Rooms – Ideal for both business and leisure travellers, the Luxury Sea-Facing Rooms offer a private balcony overlooking Umhlanga’s iconic lighthouse and the KwaZulu-Natal coastline. All rooms include a spacious bathroom featuring double vanities and a separate shower. 
  • Junior Cabanas – These beautiful sea-facing rooms are located on the lower ground level and lead out onto the grassed area in front. All rooms consist of a four-poster king bed with an en-suite bathroom offering a shower and single vanity. 
  • Sea Facing Cabanas – Situated on the lower-ground level, with a private terrace offering exceptional sea views, the Sea-Facing Cabanas are richly decorated with four-poster beds and original African artworks. 
  • Sea Facing Family Rooms – The Sea-Facing Family Rooms offer space for multi-generational travellers. Alongside the master bedroom, the five dedicated Family Rooms include an additional second bedroom for children. Four rooms are fitted with bunk beds, while the fifth features a loft with twin beds. The Sea Facing Family Room can accommodate a maximum of two adults and two children (12 years and younger). 

    Why we like it

    • Set directly on Umhlanga beach, overlooking the Indian Ocean 
    • Unique collection of dining experiences 
    • Lush tropical gardens 
    • Award-winning Spa offering signature treatments 

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