The Best Luxury Hotels in Durban

16th August 2019 // By Alex Martin

In this latest article in an ongoing series, Elite Traveler takes a closer look at the luxury accommodations available in one of South Africa’s greatest cities. Here are the best luxury hotels in Durban.

The Oyster Box

The pool at The Oyster Box | ©RedCarnationHotels

The Oyster Box is not only one of Durban’s finest hotels but one of South Africa’s. More than that, it is widely considered to be a national treasure. Continuously hosting guests for over 70 years, the hotel has consistently delivered high-level service despite the country’s drastically changing social and political environment. Sitting on the beachfront in Umhlanga, the hotel offers stunning views out across the Indian Ocean.

One of the hotel’s two dining options is The Grill Room, which is inarguably one of Durban best restaurants. Here, guests enjoy traditional fine-dining fare made from a variety of freshly-caught seafood and local produce. Durban’s Indian influences make curry a local specialty and The Grill Room proudly serves up its own authentic versions of the dish.

The spa also sets The Oyster Box apart from the rest. It uses its own line of products, which are made from African plants, and offers a range of treatments that are true to native KwaZulu-Natal practices.

Top suite: The Presidential Suite

best luxury hotels in Durban

The Presidential Suite at The Oyster Box | ©RedCarnationHotels

Take your own private elevator to the hotel’s two-level Presidential Suite where stunning panoramic views over the ocean are waiting. The view can also be enjoyed on the suite’s private patio, where you will find your own private plunge pool. Take a dip and scout for dolphins out over the horizon. There is enough dining space for eight guests, a private bar and a well-equipped kitchen, making it the perfect place to entertain. Retreat to the master bedroom where further views of the ocean are on offer or relax in one of two lavish marble bathrooms.


Tel: +27 31 514 5000

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