The Oyster Box

Striking, luxury beach hotel, overlooking the iconic Umhlanga lighthouse

The Oyster Box

The Oyster Box is one of the grand hotels of South Africa, and is run by Red Carnation Hotels – a South African group famed for their traditional hospitality.

The red and white ‘candy cane’ decor catches the eye from the moment of arrival, and is as iconic as the Umhlanga lighthouse that the property overlooks. The heritage of the hotel shines through in the attentive service and exceptional food; served across eight different venues.

Accommodation is provided in various, well thought-out room categories, offering plenty of flexibility for couples, groups and families.

Children are made to feel particularly welcome at The Oyster Box. Under 12s stay free (subject to room category booked)  and there is an extensive program of kid activities. Little ones will be delighted when they find out they’re entitled to a bonanza of free goodies during their stay, including toffee apples, milkshakes and ice cream. The matching kiddies robes and slippers are sure to have parents reaching for their cameras.

Children aged 4-12 can use the all-day kids club, where activities include story-telling, face painting and craft making.

Many people choose to spend their days relaxing at the hotel or on the beach, but for those guests looking to travel further afield, the convenient access to Durban and the beaches of Umhlanga make for great day trips. 

We recommend combining The Oyster Box with the KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields and private game reserves, for a truly exceptional South Africa family holiday.

Plan your stay
Coral Tree luxury rating

Number of rooms

86 rooms and suites, of varying size


KwaZulu-Natal Coast

Child Policy

All ages welcome - under 12s stay free (subject to room category booked)

Why we love it

"The Oyster Box is one of South Africa's best-loved hotels and it's easy to see why. A beautiful location, combined with an iconic design and hospitable staff. Children are made to feel particularly welcome."


Mike, Coral Tree founder

Key Highlights & Amenities
  • Exceptional beach property, designed with families in mind
  • Grand old hotel, situated amongst tropical coastal gardens
  • Perfectly located to combine with KwaZulu-Natal battlefields or safari
  • Fantastic kids offering - children receive special amenities
  • Wide variety of activities for young and old alike
  • On-site cinema and two swimming pools
Talk to us about your next big adventure.
Call: +44 (0) 1242 908 720  or   Request a quote
Talk to us about your next big adventure.
Call: +44 (0) 1242 908 720  or   Request a quote
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Call: +44 (0) 1242 908 720
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