The Oyster Box – is one of Africa’s most distinguished hotels. With an abundance of colonial charm, it stands majestically on Umhlanga’s prestigious beachfront, with lush landscaped gardens and direct beach access.

It’s no wonder that it is the dream venue of many, to be married at.  It’s sought after by photographers for the amazing picturesque views. When dating someone you really want to impress, this is undoubtedly the iconic Hotel in Umhlanga that you choose to wine and dine at. True story…I do know of a friend who booked this hotel for a very special night with his love interest in an attempt to impress her!

Whether you’re a couple or family, the Oyster Box has a range of facilities to suit everyone. As a child, I remember frequently visiting, as this was one of my mum’s favourite Hotels to eat at and we did stay there a few times too. There is a certain nostalgia that has just evoked within me, thinking of the wonderful childhood memories.

At the time, I didn’t realise how fortunate we were to be able to experience such luxury and class at the exquisite Oyster Box. Naturally, I was too young to understand. I am however so touched, that by posting this on my blog, after so many years, this resonates so much with me, taking me back to a happy place and time with my late mom.

So maybe you too want to create special memories that will last a lifetime…whether it be in one of the 86 luxurious rooms and suites or the magnificent Presidential Suite, you will be pleased to know that each is individually created to blend colonial charm with modern convenience.

Renowned for its generous hospitality, attentive service and exceptional cuisine, The Oyster Box offers a variety of superb restaurants and cocktail bars for fine dining or more casual occasions.  

Facilities include a magnificent Spa, offering the ultimate in wellness and beauty treatment options, two swimming pools, luscious and tropical gardens and an intimate, 24-seater movie theatre. In addition, the family-owned hotel is KZN’s premiere wedding and honeymoon destination and the ‘venue of choice’ for the conference and business markets.

The staff are all passionate about what they do, the sincerity is probably one of the reasons the Oyster Box has such an incredible reputation.

If you want to experience the Oyster Box, have a look at how you can have a jolly good time this festive season:

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Join us in celebrating the 5th anniversary of Restaurant Week from the 19th October to 5th November. We’re serving a two-course lunch in The Ocean Terrace at R450 per person and a three-course dinner in The Grill Room for R550 per person.

Our Dinner and Dance evenings are back by popular demand! Enjoy a three-course dinner and dance the night away to live music for the final time in 2017, in our famous Grill Room on 25th November. Price is R590 per person.

Join us on 16th November for hilarious fun and laughter at our Curry and Comedy night. Prepare to have your taste buds tantalised with our incredible curry while our talented headline act has you in stitches. Time: 18h30 to 22h30. Price is R450 per person.

For an evening of sophistication, delicious food and fine bubbles, join us at the House of Moet Dinner on the 24th November. Each course will be paired with a Champagne from the Moet portfolio with a Moet representative on hand to talk you through each pairing. A truly special occasion not to be missed. Time: 18h30 to 22h00. Price is R1200 per person.

And just like that, the Festive Season is upon us. At The Oyster Box, the line-up of dazzling and delicious events never fails to disappoint, so prepare yourself for festive frivolity and celebration!

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  • Gather family and friends for dinner, music and magic at our annual Carols by Candlelight on the 21st December. Enjoy a plated starter, buffet main course and plated dessert at R490 per adult and R250 per child. Time from 18h00
  • Christmas is a time of tradition and family! Let the Oyster Box set the tone for the celebrations ahead with our Christmas Eve Dinner and Dance. Time: 18h00 to 22h00. Price is R2200 per person
  • Father Christmas has visited and the presents have been opened. Complete the perfect Christmas morning with our Traditional Christmas Lunch to be held in all three of The Oyster Box’s dining venues. With a welcome drink on arrival, a delicious lunch feast and live music by a selection of Durban’s top entertainers, this is sure to be a Christmas to remember. Arrive at 12h00, lunch is served at 12h30. Lunch in The Pearl Room and Ocean Terrace is R2200 per person and in The Grill Room R2500 per person


    • Party the night away at this year’s New Year’s Eve party…that promises to enthrall with an ‘Out of Africa’ theme, entertainment and extravagant buffet. Time is 19h00 to 01h00. Price is R2500 per person.







Enjoy our Indian Ocean views while tucking into a succulent Sunday Roast Sharing Platter with all the trimmings. Served on the Ocean Terrace every Sunday, price is R450 per platter for two people.


Whether it’s an intimate dinner or a large celebration, our end-of-year functions are always a hit. Spoil your staff or impress your clients and book with us. From R490 per person , our menues include Christmas crackers, hats and table treats.


You can’t say you’ve had a curry if you haven’t tried a Durban curry,” says The Oyster Box’s Executive Chef, Kevin Joseph. The incredible Curry Buffet offers a wide selection of curries and condiments, with something to suit every palate. Set in the casual, Mediterranean-inspired Ocean Terrace, with gorgeous views of the Indian Ocean, our delicious Tandoori Chicken and impressive selection of curries includes meat, fish and vegetarian options. Using delicate blends of spices and fresh herbs, each curry is a masterpiece in itself

Time:               Lunch: 12h00 – 15h00 | Dinner: 18h00 – 22h00


Our gift vouchers are perfect for all occasions. Choose from a tempting selection of experiences including food and wine discovery evenings, traditional afternoon teas, rejuvenating spa treatments or a monetary voucher to spend while visiting the hotel.

Purchase online or at the hotel, vouchers may be emailed or sent beautifully presented to the recipient by post.

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