Fodor's Expert Review Oyster Box

2 Lighthouse Rd., Umhlanga, KwaZulu Natal, 4320, South Africa Fodor's Choice

The iconic multi-award-winning Oyster Box hotel has achieved a perfect marriage between old colonial and African contemporary style in its luxurious accommodations and offers an eye-popping range of services and complimentary extras. Through the mahogany-and-glass doors (gleaned from Durban’s Royal Hotel) the spacious reception area, with lazily turning ceiling fans reminiscent of a tropical plantation villa, leads to the original 1950s carved wooden staircase, lined by cool paintings by contemporary African artists. Upstairs is the red-and-white Lighthouse Bar, where Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Charlene partied before their wedding. Choose a garden room overlooking lush foliage, or face out over golden sands and the famous lighthouse—whichever you choose, the sound of the surf will soothe your travel weariness. This gorgeous hotel is noted not only for its fabulous accommodations but also for its equally fabulous food: fresh oysters in the marine-themed Oyster bar, a sumptuous, diet-defeating Champagne breakfast on the Ocean Terrace, the best curries in KwaZulu-Natal in the Palm Court, a high tea fit for a queen, and candlelit fine dining in the Grill Room. When you've had enough of the beach, cocoon yourself in the leather-and-book-lined library, or catch a movie in the small movie theater.


  • fabulous food and service
  • spa includes complimentary healthful buffet
  • free shuttle to Gateway Shopping Centre
  • free snacks and treats all over the place
  • kids' vacation club


  • lots of steps and only one elevator
  • insufficient signage to rooms and public areas


On the beach
Grande Dame


Phones: 031-514–5000


69 rooms, 17 suites
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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