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The Oyster Box, Umhlanga

5-starQuality Graded by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) – South Africa's official quality assurance organization.
2 Lighthouse RoadUmhlangaKwaZulu-Natal4320South Africa

5-star beachfront hotel with spa, near Umhlanga Rocks Beach
  • Free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking
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  • Fantastic. Friendly excellent service. Great spot on the beach. Oct 31, 2018
  • Exemplary service and facilities - beyond belief beautiful location - our party of eight…Aug 4, 2018
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The Oyster Box, Umhlanga

from $339
  • Twin Room (/King Room)
  • Room, 1 King Bed, Sea Facing
  • Luxury Room, 1 King Bed, Sea Facing
  • Room, Sea Facing (CABANA)
  • Family Room
  • Luxury Suite
  • Villa
  • Deluxe Suite
  • Villa (Garden Loft)

What’s around The Oyster Box, Umhlanga


  • On the beach
  • Umhlanga Rocks Beach - 13 min walk
  • Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve - 23 min walk
  • Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Trail - 23 min walk
  • KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board - 28 min walk
  • Umhlanga Hospital - 34 min walk
  • Gateway Theatre of Shopping - 34 min walk
  • Durban Beach - 7.1 mi / 11.4 km

Getting around

  • Durban (DUR-King Shaka Intl.) - 17 min drive
  • Free valet parking
  • Free parking nearby
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)
  • Train station pick-up (surcharge)
  • Cruise terminal shuttle (surcharge)
  • Free shopping center shuttle
  • Casino shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 86 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 3 floors


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
24-hour airport shuttle service is available. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)

  • Babysitting/childcare *

  • Free children's club


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours) *

  • Train station pick-up *

  • Cruise terminal shuttle *


  • Free valet parking

  • Free nearby parking


  • Area shuttle *

  • Free shopping center shuttle

  • Casino shuttle *
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Taking the kids?
  • Children's club (free)
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • Supervised childcare/activities (free)
Food and drink
  • Free breakfast daily
  • 2 restaurants
  • 3 bars/lounges
  • Coffee shop/café
  • Poolside bar
  • 24-hour room service
Things to do
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2
  • Pool sun loungers
  • 24-hour fitness facilities
  • Full-service spa
  • Spa treatment room(s)
  • Sauna
Working away
  • Business center
  • Conference space
  • Meeting rooms
  • Conference center
  • Computer station
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Number of buildings/towers - 3
  • Year Built 1947
  • Elevator/lift
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible
Languages Spoken
  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Xhosa
  • Zulu

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
Sleep well
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available
  • Pillow menu
  • Turndown service
  • Premium bedding
Things to enjoy
  • In-room massage available
  • Balcony or patio
  • Individually decorated
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Deep soaking bathtub
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Premium TV channels
  • DVD player
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free newspaper
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
Food and drink
  • Free bottled water
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Access via exterior corridors

Special features


The Spa has 6 treatment rooms including rooms for couples. Services include facials, body wraps, body scrubs, and body treatments. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy. The spa is equipped with Turkish bath/hammam.

Guests under 12 years old are not allowed in the spa.


The Ocean Terrace - Overlooking the ocean, this restaurant specializes in Indian cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A children's menu is available. Reservations are required.

Palm Court - This coffee shop specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Open 24 hours. Reservations are required.

The Grill Room - This fine-dining restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves dinner only. Reservations are required.

The Oyster Bar - This Champagne bar specializes in international cuisine and serves light fare only.

Awards and affiliations

  • The property is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.

The Oyster Box, Umhlanga’s small print

Also known as

  • Box Oyster
  • Oyster Box
  • Oyster Box Hotel
  • Oyster Box Hotel Umhlanga
  • Oyster Box Umhlanga
  • Oyster Box Umhlanga Rocks


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Some facilities may have restricted access. Guests can contact the property for details using the contact information on the booking confirmation.

Guests under 12 years old are not allowed in the spa.

For transfers, guests must contact the property 24 hours prior to arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check in or check out:

  • 1 percent tourism fee will be charged

Optional extras

Babysitting/childcare is available for an extra charge

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of ZAR 860 per vehicle (roundtrip)

Cruise ship terminal shuttle and train station pick-up service is offered for an extra charge

Area shuttle and casino shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

Recent reviews

Exceptional 9.6 From 120 reviews

The Oyster Box, Umhlanga
The Royal Treatment
Had a wonderful stay @ The Oyster Box. Property is beautiful; food was delicious; staff was knowledgeable, friendly & very accommodating. Room was amazing. Included towel warmers, floor warmers & cute little monkeys that would peep in from time to time. Note: while the monkeys are cute they are still wild animals, so follow the precautions the hotel staff advises. Be sure to take in the entire hotel...library, light house bar, high tea, welcome reception, movie room, The Grill (fine dining restaurant) and so on. Pool was fantastic! Access to beach was simple & secure. Even gave us going away goodies. ;) Definitely recommend staying here if you have the opportunity!
Kim, usFamily trip
The Oyster Box, Umhlanga
Beautiful room, beautiful hotel with beautiful views. Couldn't imagine a better place to stay.
Wayne, us4 night romance trip
The Oyster Box, Umhlanga
Highly Recommend
We stayed at The Oyster Box in mid March 2016. Overall, it was a great experience. The Hotel is immaculate with its first class service, cleanliness, and array of amazing views to the Indian Ocean. The hotel has a good vibe, nice selection of restaurants and bars, and is located right in the middle of lively Umhlanga (and only a 10-15 minute drive to Durban City Center). I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting the Durban area.
Mark, us2 night romance trip
The Oyster Box, Umhlanga
Absolute heaven!
Our stay was absolutely amazing, from check in to check out. The best hotel we have stayed at. We cannot wait to stay here again! My 1 year old was even sad to leave!
Resha, za1 night trip
The Oyster Box, Umhlanga
Very Good8.0
Lovely hotel, but way over-priced.
The Oyster Box has an unrivalled location on the Umhlanga beachfront, which is probably what one pays for, as this is one of the most expensive hotels we've stayed in worldwide. This is extra surprising for South Africa, which, in general, is amazingly well priced. The colonial style decor and abundance of local art are a delight, and our room was very comfortable, but, given the hefty price tag of over AU$ 1500 a night, I expected perfection and we did not get this. The room is small for this price, for which I would have expected a Junior Suite, with separate sitting room. It is really just the size of a standard room in luxury hotels, and the same goes for the bathroom. Also, it was noisy, as we could hear people walking around in the room above us, as well as all the noise out in the courtyard that it leads off. The service is excellent and all the staff can be congratulated for their professionalism and friendliness.
Jocelyn, au2 night trip

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The Oyster Box, Umhlanga

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