Standing proud on Umhlanga's beachfront just north of Durban, The Oyster Box upholds a long heritage of effortless attention to detail and gracious luxury that has made it one of South Africa's best-loved luxury seaside hotels.
Renowned for generous hospitality, attentive service and exceptional cuisine, The Oyster Box offers the elegance, classical charm and nostalgia of a bygone era, but with all the modern comfort and amenities. The Oyster Box’s ‘child-friendly’ attitude makes it a must for parents who want to spoil the whole family. Family Suites are complemented by a host of child-friendly touches and fun activities. Animals are more than welcome, although in the absence of your own, the hotel’s resident cat, Skabenga, is sure to be the ideal substitute. He has made Umhlanga’s ‘grand old dame’ his permanent home for over 10 years.
The Oyster Box is located right on the beach in the popular town of Umhlanga. Its indigenous, sub-tropical gardens are adorned with orchids and staghorn ferns, and are host to an abundance of birdlife.
A secluded, heated swimming pool and a Victorian-style gazebo, with a small amphitheatre, lend an air of tranquillity to the floral landscape. The Oyster Box is a mere 5 minutes’ walk from Umhlanga’s village centre, and is conveniently located for quick and easy access to Durban’s city centre, King Shaka International Airport and numerous stylish shopping centres.
All 86 rooms, suites and villas of the Oyster Box, including the remarkable split-level Presidential Suite, have been designed to provide the utmost in comfort and style. Décor makes excellent use of natural stone and timber, and is complemented by restful colours that reflect the soothing shades of the surrounding ocean and tropical vegetation. Sea views predominate, while other units overlook the hotel’s private garden oasis. Private plunge pools, terraces, separate lounges and four-poster beds are just a sample of the dizzying array finer touches at this elegant hotel.
The Oyster Box offers exceptional value and generous hospitality through many complimentary touches that are extended to all guests, such as access to the private gym and to the traditional Middle Eastern treatments at the Hammam bathing retreat in the award-winning Spa, with a complementary health buffet between treatments.
With a babysitting service available at 24 hours’ notice, enjoy some ‘grown-up time’ at a selection of dining venues and three unique bars.
When it comes to legends of the Oyster Box, one of its best is the celebrated Grill Room, a top class restaurant serving the finest local cuisine. The Grill Room boasts a wide selection of freshly caught seafood and an exceptional wine cellar. The famous Dinner & Dance on Saturday evenings is a highlight of the Durban weekend calendar.
For a more intimate dining experience, the Wine Cellar, with its glass ceiling, is unbeatable for small dinner parties, tastings or special events, and offers a Chef’s Table for up to 10 guests, with bespoke menus and a selection of award-winning wines.
The Ocean Terrace restaurant overlooks the Indian Ocean and is perfect for more casual dining, with The Curry Buffet continuing to attract fans from far and wide.
Traditional High Tea in the Palm Court Restaurant is a sumptuous feast enjoyed with live piano music.
Leisure facilities include two swimming pools, lush gardens, and direct access to protected swimming beaches and beachside walking paths. For those heading to the beach, sun umbrellas, beach bags, balls, bats and suntan lotion are provided.
Sink into plush black leather seats in the 24-seater movie theatre, and watch the latest releases or your own choice of DVD, accompanied by a lavish assortment of goodies, including popcorn, ice cream, hot chocolate, milkshakes and candy.