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Awards & Accolades

The Oyster Box is one of the world’s best loved and most distinguished, luxury seaside hotels. Standing majestically on Umhlanga’s prestigious beachfront, overlooking the iconic lighthouse, it provides direct beach access and staggering views of the Indian Ocean.

Opened in 1947, it still retains the gracious elegance, glamour, and passionate service that made this one of South Africa’s most cherished hotels. From the impeccable uniforms to the genuinely warm smiles, thoughtful details and the latest amenities and facilities, from delicious cuisine and lush tropical gardens to the splendid luxury of each individually designed room, suite and villa. Guests are treated to an experience as unique, as it is magical.

  • TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards: Voted Number 3 Best Hotel in South Africa (2015)
  • TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards: Voted Number 13 Luxury Hotel in South Africa (2015)
  • TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards: Voted Number 14 Best Service in South Africa (2015)
  • TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards: Voted Number 7 Best Hotel in South Africa (2014)
  • TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards: Voted Number 18 Best Hotel in the continent of Africa (2014)
  • Condé Nast Traveler (USA): Gold List, The World's Best Places to Stay South Africa with a score of 93.3 (2014)
  • World Luxury Spa Awards: Voted Best Luxury Hotel Spa in Africa (2014)
  • World Luxury Spa Awards: Voted Best Luxury Boutique Spa in South Africa (2014)
  • Condé Nast Traveler (USA) Readers’ Travel Awards: Top 15 in Africa (2013)
  • Les Nouvelles Esthetiques South Africa Spa Awards: Winner Resort/Hotel Spa Category (2013)
  • TripAdvisor: Certificate of Excellence (2013)
  • World Luxury Spa Awards: Best Luxury Hotel Spa in Africa (2013)
  • World Luxury Spa Awards: Best Luxury Destination Spa in South Africa (2013)
  • TripAdvisorTravelers’ Choice Awards: Top 25 Hotels in Africa (19), Top 25 Hotels in South Africa (4), Top 25 Luxury Hotels in South Africa (20) (2013)
  • Top 100 SA Wine List Awards Challenge: Winner (2013)
  • SpaFinder Wellness Readers’ Choice Crystal Awards: Voted Favourite Spa in Africa (2012)
  • Conde Nast Traveller (UK) Readers Awards: Top 20 Leisure Hotels in Africa, Middle East and Indian Ocean (2012)
  • South African Wine List Awards: Best Long Wine List, Best Wine by the Glass and graded Three Flutes (2012)
  • TripAdvisor: Certificate of Excellence (2012)
  • World Luxury Hotel Awards: Best Luxury Hotel Spa in South Africa (2012)
  • World Luxury Spa Awards: Best Luxury Wellness Spa in South Africa (2012)
  • PMR Africa Diamond Arrow Award: Grill Room placed 1st - Executive Restaurants (2012)
  • PMR Africa Golden Arrow Award: Executive Hotels (2012)
  • Diners Club Winelist Awards: Diamond Certification (2012)
  • Diners Club Winelist Awards: Diamond Certification (2011)
  • World Luxury Spa Awards: Best Luxury Hotel in South Africa (2011)
  • World Luxury Spa Awards: Best Luxury Wellness Spa in South Africa (2011)
  • PMR Africa Diamond Arrow Award (2011)
  • Member of The Leading Hotels of the World
  • Member of Leading Spas of the World; accredited by The Leading Hotels of the World