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Oyster Box Hotel - Romantic Getaway Special Offer

Hotel description

From the moment the Oyster Box opened its doors in 1947 the hotel rapidly became one of Africa's best loved and most distinguished hotels. The combination of colonial charm, impeccable service, lush tropical gardens and breathtaking seaside setting swiftly gained it a reputation that was legendary the world over.

This iconic landmark has been lovingly refurbished to offer guests a vibrantly contemporary experience, whilst still evoking feelings, memories, and the warm nostalgia of days gone by. Meticulous attention to detail ensures that former guests will be delighted to discover the old glory has not just been retained, but carefully enhanced. All of the warm hospitality and gracious elegance which guests so fondly remember are harmoniously blended with a wealth of modern facilities and contemporary touches to satisfy today's most discerning of tourist, business person and honeymoon couple.

The Oyster Box hotel, like its famous lighthouse, once again acts as a beacon of exceptional hospitality, luxurious accommodation and personal service unmatched in all Africa and the world at large.

Room description

Our elegant Classic Rooms all overlook the hotel's lush and tranquil gardens for a peaceful view into what can only be described as the hotel’s private oasis.

Each one of our Classic Sea Facing Rooms has a balcony that overlooks Umhlanga's iconic lighthouse and the breath-taking coastline.

Luxury Sea Facing Rooms, each with a balcony that opens onto views of Umhlanga’s iconic lighthouse and breath-taking coastline. All rooms include a bathroom with double vanities and a spacious separate shower.

At The Oyster Box an incredible level of care and consideration has been put into providing exceptional levels of comfort for families. With this in mind we are pleased to offer five private Family rooms, each with a master bedroom along with an additional second bedroom (four with bunk beds and one loft with two single beds) for the smaller members of the family.

Our beautifully appointed Cabanas, situated on the lower ground level with individual terraces, offer exceptional views of the water’s edge. Within these lovely cabanas guests can enjoy sleeping peacefully on luxurious king size four poster beds.

Beautifully designed garden-facing Loft Rooms are available as stand-alone accommodation, or in combination with a Superior Garden Villa. Each room is individually and superbly decorated with magnificent 4 poster king size beds and ample space for guests to feel at home in legendary luxury.

Each rooms consists of these following items:

  • Full daily breakfast included in rate
  • Complimentary mineral water, tea and coffee making facilities
  • Fresh fruit and flowers
  • A selection of current magazines and books
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fans
  • Flat Screen Satellite TV with over 25 channels to choose from
  • Movies on demand
  • In-room CD/DVD players
  • B | AFRICA natural in-room amenities, luxurious bathrobes and slipper
  • Housekeeping service twice daily
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Soap and Pillow menus
  • Two direct dial telephone lines with voice mail
  • Complimentary high speed Wi-Fi
  • Heated towel rails
  • Well stocked mini bar
  • In-room safe
  • Beach gear - sun umbrellas, beach bags, balls, bats and suntan lotion(collect at reception)
  • Hairdryers


Swimming Pool

The Oyster Box is set in lush, sub-tropical surroundings with indigenous gardens framing one side of the property and the magnificent, warm Indian Ocean.

Kids Holiday Club

Visit our fully equipped, supervised Kids Holiday Club
Equipped with a range of games and activities makes it possible for kids to play to their heart’s desire while parents go enjoy all The Oyster Box has to offer. For younger ones, or for after hours, experienced and trained babysitters are provided through a professional child-minding company.

The Holiday Club is open daily from 10am to 7pm and have the following fun activities;

  • Use of X-Box
  • Play station
  • Selection of board games
  • Story telling
  • Face painting
  • Making own fishing rod
  • * Activities for special holidays (Easter, Christmas and New Year) include; painting Easter eggs, Easter egg hunt, make their own advent calendar with small treats and Christmas tree decorations, learn to sing Christmas carols and making their own party crown for New Year's Eve.

Business Centre

Our state of the art, 24 hour complimentary Business Centre, located on the first floor adjacent to the cinema, is available to all hotel guests. There are two desks, each with a computer, printer and a refreshment station offering thoughtful details such as dried fruit and mineral water, as well as tea and coffee on request. The Business Centre offers complimentary internet and the entire hotel has complimentary wireless Internet if you prefer to work from your room. The Business Centre also has a fax, black and white photocopier and secretarial services as available on request. Shipping and packaging, laminating and binding can be arranged directly with our concierge deck at an additional cost.


The Oyster Box operates an intimate, 24-seater cinema/screening room which is available to hotel guests. Each month a new schedule of movies is set, with running five times a day (10h00, 14h00, 18h00, 20h00 and 22h00).

For those who would like to choose their own movie, we have a varied selection of classics, comedy, adventure, drama and foreign films. Sink into plush black leather seats with state-of-the-art flat screen Dolby surround sound, and a lavish assortment of goodies, including popcorn, ice cream, hot chocolate, milkshakes and candy.

The Spa

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 (a Leading Spa of the World) is secluded in luscious tropical gardens filled with the chatter of monkeys, 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 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.

The exclusive spa range, B|Africa, inspired by nature and developed especially for the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, is used in several treatments.

For Pets

Those nearest and dearest to our hearts come in all shapes and sizes. For this very reason pets are most welcome at The Oyster Box.

Our Garden Villas offer a range of pet beds and menus to pamper the special pets of our guests. Should you wish to share the joy of a stay at The Oyster Box with your pet-pals please let us know when you make your reservation. A deposit will be requested upon arrival, but this will be happily returned to you at the end of your stay.



Booking a table at any of The Oyster Box restaurants is so easy when you book online. You simply select the restaurant below you would like to book a table for, then follow the four simple steps and you will receive your confirmation by email in no time.

The Ocean Terrace

The Ocean Terrace serves a casual, Bistro-style, a la carte menu. Dine inside or out on the patio with gorgeous views across the Indian Ocean. Enjoy pizzas from our wood-fired oven, Tandoori chicken and fresh seafood.

Alternatively, indulge in the incredible Curry Buffet offering a selection of Curries with meat, fish and vegetarian options, with home-made condiments and traditional breads. Available at lunch and dinner.

The extensive Breakfast Buffet is served daily. Enjoy a Continental spread or Full English Breakfast. Sparkling Wine and fresh Oysters included.

DRESS: Casual

DAILY HOURS: 07h00 to 10h30 (Breakfast), 12h00 to 15h00 (lunch) and 18h00 to 22h30 (dinner)

The Palm Court

Traditional High Tea in The Palm Court is legendary. Everything is freshly baked and prepared on the property by executive pastry chef Joanita Venter and her dedicated team.

DRESS: Casual

HOURS: 14h30 to 17h00

The Grill Room

The Grill Room the gem of The Oyster Box. The menu is an inspired combination of enduringly popular dishes, the restaurant’s Signature Dishes and contemporary new creations garnered from around the world.

DRESS: The dress code for evening dining is semi-formal. Trousers and closed shoes for men.

HOURS: 18h00 to 22h30

The popular Dinner and Dance on a Saturday evening offers a set menu and dancing to the sounds of a live band.


The Chukka Bar

To enter the Chukka Bar with its authentic old world charm and character is to enter a perfect environment for toasting the joys of life.  Do note that the Chukka Bar is a smoking venue.

The Lighthouse Bar

With the most breath-taking panoramic views along the Umhlanga beach and out to sea there can be no better place than the Lighthouse Bar for unwinding with exotic cocktails and great music. These are truly spectacular surroundings.

The Oyster Bar

Overlooking the pool and Indian Ocean, the celebrated Oyster Bar is a haven of luxurious tranquility, perfect for enjoying a plate of oysters on ice freshly picked from our own oyster beds and other mouth-watering snacks. Ooh – and don’t forget a glass or two of your favourite chilled champagne!

With its gently, rhythmically swaying palm fans and views of the bright blue sea a glance away this is the place to settle down with a friend or two to catch up on the latest news, share the latest stories and savor the here and now.

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