The Oyster Box

2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks4319DurbanSouth Africa
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About The Oyster Box

Featuring panoramic views of the Indian Ocean in Umhlanga, just north of Durban, and steps from a historic lighthouse, The Oyster Box is a luxury hotel with a scenic outdoor pool.

All 86 rooms and suites have air conditioning, satellite television, a minibar, a safe, and coffee-making facilities. Many rooms have balconies with ocean or garden views and a sitting area. Select rooms feature private plunge pools.

The hotel has a spa, fitness centre, business centre, small cinema, and kid's club. Complimentary beach gear and Wi-Fi are on offer as well.

Breakfast is included in the room rate at The Oyster Box. Restaurants at the property include The Grill Room, The Ocean Terrace, The Palm Court, and The Chef's Table. There are three bars and a wine cellar at the hotel.

The hotel is less than three kilometres from Gateway Shopping Centre, one of the largest malls in the world, and two kilometres from Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve, featuring a scenic boardwalk.


2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks, 4319, Durban, South Africa
Telephone: +27(31)5145000 | Fax: +27(31)5145100 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Airport shuttle
  • Business centre
  • Car park
  • Concierge
  • Deck chairs / Sun loungers
  • Direct beach access
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Gym
  • Hotel bar
  • Laundry service
  • Lift
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • PC with internet
  • Pets allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Terrace
  • Towels at the pool / beach
  • Wellness centre / Spa
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Cable TV
  • Desk
  • Electric kettle
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Ironing board
  • Room safe
  • Satellite TV
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms

Wellness / Spa

  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Turkish bath / Hammam
  • Whirlpool / Hot tub


  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair accessible

For children

  • Kids' club

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 15:00
  • Check-out: 09:00

Positive Reviews

Outstanding service

The service at the hotel is wonderful, according to visitors, as staff members do everything in their power to keep everyone happy at all times. Guests say the service is one of the reasons why this is a true luxury hotel.

Fantastic views of the ocean

Rooms and common areas like feature some of the best views of the Indian Ocean found anywhere. Guests love the views from their rooms and the restaurants, saying they add value to the property as a whole.

Great food in the restaurants

There is a free breakfast at the hotel and visitors find it tasty. Other meals are on offer at the various restaurants and guests say the chefs do an excellent job of preparing the food.

Negative Reviews

Noise at times

This is a busy hotel and it tends to get noisy, according to guests. Visitors report the restaurants are popular party venues, so they are often loud. In addition, travellers report being able to hear those in other rooms and the corridors at night, making it difficult to sleep.

Too bright in the morning

Since the rooms overlook the Indian Ocean, they get very bright as the sun rises in the morning. Guests say the sun makes it difficult to sleep late because the blinds don't do a good enough job of keeping the light out.

Monkeys in the area

Travellers complain about the monkeys living in the area, as they enter rooms and steal food at breakfast. Although seeing the monkeys is a thrill, visitors wish the hotel would do a better job of keeping them out of the building.

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9.5 out of 10 based on 656 reviews