The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga

The Oyster Box Hotel

5 Star Hotel at 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks 4319, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa . Show on Map

About The Oyster Box Hotel

The 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.

Nearby sightseeing places and tourist attractions include the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, uShaka Marine World, the Sun Coast casino, the historical Natal Midlands and the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, as well as excellent big 5 game reserves, game lodges and KwaZulu-Natals’ famous historical battlefields.

Warm hospitality and gracious elegance are blended with a wealth of modern facilities and contemporary touches to satisfy today's most discerning tourists, business travellers and honeymoon couples. The beautiful seaside setting, the architecture, the unique décor and the delightful cuisine at the Oyster Box Hotel make for a special and unforgettable stay.
Hotel rooms and suites at The Oyster Box Hotel


The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga provides 86 different room types which accommodate the varied individual needs of every type of guest.

Carefully refurbished, each room is designed to provide the utmost comfort and style. The colonial charm has been lovingly preserved – the exquisite tiles, murals, paintings and antique furnishings have all been retained in their original glory. The décor at the five star Oyster Box Hotel also makes excellent use of natural stone and timber, complemented by calming colours that reflect the soothing shades of the surrounding ocean and tropical vegetation.

The Oyster Box Hotel features the following different room types:
• Classic Rooms
• Classic Sea Facing Rooms
• Luxury Sea Facing Rooms
• Sea Facing Cabanas
• Sea Facing Family Suites
• Sea Facing Luxury Suites
• Sea Facing Deluxe Suites
• Superior Garden Villas
• Garden Villa Loft
• The Presidential Suite


Whether enjoying sundowners while watching the waves of the Indian Ocean in the distance at the Lighthouse Bar, casual dining with friends at the Ocean Terrace, fine dining at the Grill Room, or sinking into a comfortable in the Chukka Bar, the culinary experience of the Oyster Box Hotel is one which truly celebrates the palate.

Guests dining at the Oyster Box Hotel have the opportunity to taste an array of cross-cultural cuisine. Carefully crafted to meet the wishes of guests from across the nation and world, the Oyster Box Hotel 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.

Weddings & Conferences

Sitting grandly on the dramatic shoreline of the Indian Ocean overlooking the iconic lighthouse of Umhlanga, the statuesque Oyster Box had become the truly perfect place for that special day. Occupying a special place in the hearts of the countless guests who had enjoyed its warmth, caring service and relaxed elegance since it first opening in 1947, for both intimate and large receptions and functions the Oyster Box Hotel remains to this day celebrated as having been the place for the finest celebrations and special occasions in the nation. No other hotel offered such a rich array of beauty of backdrop from elegant internal environments to the spectacular seaside views of the Indian Ocean.

Wellness at the Oyster Box Hotel: The Oyster Box Spa

The spa at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga is a natural, elegant extension to the hotel and its tropical garden environment on the shores of Umhlanga. Tucked away amongst the lush indigenous gardens and ready to pamper guests, true luxury awaits visitors at the Oyster Box Hotel Spa. Offering an extensive range of carefully crafted treatments along with a well equipped private fitness club, two swimming pools for guests to use at their leisure, exquisite spa dining and ample space to stretch out on the terraces and within the gardens for simply being still, the Oyster Box Spa defines personal care.

The Spa’s six treatments rooms - two offering dual treatments, four offer sensational showers and two offer hydrotherapy baths, one specially designed to assist the physically challenged, is an oasis of calm where the stresses and strains of everyday life are alleviated by a gentle, therapeutic massage treatment, based on ancient cleansing rituals.

The Oyster Box Spa features within its elegant chambers South Africa’s only Hammam - a sensual bathing retreat which evolved over a thousand of years in Roman times hailed as a place of cleansing and healing for both body and soul these traditions can still be experienced in many natural hot springs of Turkey, Tunisia, Spain, and Morocco. Old World time-honoured traditions, introduced into the new world offering - this is the Oyster Box Hammam experience.

Additional facilities at the hotel’s spa include:
• Mist shower
• Tranquility lounge
• Grooming lounge
• Private fitness club
• Ladies and gents lockers
• Cold / warm water plunge pool, dining area offering light spa menu and lounges


Whether guests staying at The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga seek excitement and exercise or relaxation and rejuvenation, this five star seafront hotel offers a delightful array of possibilities for bodies and spirits young and old. From helicopter tours of the breathtaking coastline to scuba diving in the crystal clear water of the Indian Ocean, indulgent spa treatments, bird spotting adventures in picturesque nature reserves and a crazy day at a nearby water park with children, guest’ will be able to spend fun filled and unforgettable days here.

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In Room / Unit

  • = in all rooms
  • = in some rooms
  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Air-conditioning
  • Area information booklet
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom (shared)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Beach towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.
  • Clock radio
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Desk
  • Disabled equipped
  • DVD player
  • Hairdryer
  • Hi fi
  • International plug point(s)
  • Internet connection (ADSL)
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Iron / trouser press
  • Mini- / courtesy bar
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: allowed
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Telephone (direct dial)
  • Television (with M-Net)
  • Television (with satellite)
  • Underfloor heating
  • Video player
  • Wheelchair Friendly

On Site

  • Air-conditioning
  • Business facilities
  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Childcare / babysitting service
  • Complimentary newspapers
  • Concierge
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Foreign exchange desk
  • Guest lounge with TV
  • Gym / fitness centre
  • Health spa
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (undercover)
  • Reception (24 hours)
  • Security (alarm system)
  • Security (guard)
  • Smoking: in demarcated areas
  • Swimming pool
  • Wake up calls
  • Wheelchair access


  • Air-conditioning
  • Audio-visual equipment
  • Bar
  • Breakaway area(s)
  • Business services
  • Catering (in-house)
  • Co-ordinator (in-house)
  • Dance floor
  • Decorating
  • Disabled equipped
  • Exhibition space
  • Internet connection (ADSL)
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Parking
  • Podium
  • Secretarial services
  • Standard conf. equipment
  • Team building facilities
  • Wheelchair friendly

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room
  • Room service


  • Free Wi-Fi


  • Airport transfers
  • Other transfers available
  • Tour assistance


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Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -29.727637999333332
Longitude: 31.087122999666665

Closest airport(s)
Durban International - 38km

Children policy
Children of all ages are welcome.

Check-in/out times
Check-in from 14h00
Check-out by 11h00

Listed on
December 2009 - 1 Review

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