The grand dame – Hotel “The Oyster Box” in South Africa

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Joy is possible eveywhere even pandemic times, especially in South Africa

Contributed by Jens Hoffmann


Check in the grand dame of local hotels, the Oyster Box, is about to step back on the stage.

The Oyster Box Hotel splashes of colour, elegant bedrooms, a cool blue terrace, exotic detail and attentive staff like porter Smanga Mthethwa.


Originally opened in 1947, The Oyster Box has long been one of Africa’s best loved and most distinguished hotels, with an abundance of ambience and a breathtaking seaside setting. The stylish décor of this five star hotel in KwaZulu-Natal’s tropical northern coast is an elegant combination of natural stones and woods, complemented by soothing colours and shades of the beautiful surroundings. The 86 luxurious rooms and suites, including eight Garden Villas, each with own private plunge pool, and the split-level Presidential Suite, are superbly designed to provide the utmost comfort and style. The hotel is located a short walk from Umhlanga Village Centre and is within easy access to Durban International Airport and shopping centres including Gateway Theatre of Shopping.

Perfectly situated on the ocean’s edge the Oyster Box Hotel is conveniently located for quick and easy access to Durban city centre, International Airport. Easy to get a feeling of classical charm and elegance like nowhere else on earth.

The place became famous with the last Grimaldi wedding because the “lovebirds” stayed in seperate honey moon rooms.

Drinking a bottle of Nederburg and 

standing majestically on Umhlanga’s prestigious beachfront with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean and direct beach access was fun.


The Oyster Box has a reputation for its service excellence and stylish comfort which stretch back to 1947.
Following an extensive multi-million Rand two-year rebuilding project to preserve its colonial charm, this iconic landmark now offers guests a vibrant new experience whilst evoking feelings, memories, and the warm nostalgia of days gone by.
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For those wishing to play a few rounds on some of South Africa’s finest fairways, excellent golf courses are near by.
I love the Grand Dame.

Living in style.