What is it that makes The Oyster Box so special, nearly 65 years after first opening its doors?
The Oyster Box in Durban is a truly unique hotel. An integral part of Durban’s heritage, it opened in 1954 and became famous for its amazing views, afternoon teas and dinner and dancing. Acquired by Red Carnation Hotels in 2006, it was in a sad state of disrepair.
Following a major renovation and rebuild, the colonial grandeur returned to the property, overlooking the iconic lighthouse, and bringing with it the prestige of its former glory. The Oyster Box, with its distinctive red and white colour scheme, has been a labour of love for celebrated hotelier and owner of Red Carnation Hotels, Beatrice Tollman, who met her husband Stanley there, in the 1950s.
The hotel is not just a draw for tourists. Locals flock there to experience the hotel’s renowned culinary reputation and unparalleled views across the Indian Ocean. Being next to the sea, spectacular seafood, including the delicious local Oysters best enjoyed al fresco on The Ocean Terrace, is a drawcard for diners.
Being a true Durban institution, the hotels’ signature Durban Lamb Curry is always on offer as part of the incredible Curry Buffet that features at least 11 daily curries daily. The Oyster Box recently teamed up with Durban brew house, That Brewing Company, who has exclusively created the ‘Lighthouse Lager’ to pair with the hotels’ selection of curries.
With almost 70 years of culinary tradition, The Grill Room offers classic and contemporary haute cuisine and traditional Gueridon service.
For guests who wish to make their special occasion even more memorable, The Oyster Box has some intimate private dining options. Wine enthusiasts will adore the Wine Cellar, sunken beneath The Oyster Bar, the perfect place to enjoy an exclusive celebration with wines presented by the resident Sommelier. The Chef’s Table provides a front row seat for the drama of the kitchen in full service. Diners can enjoy a true behind the scenes gastronomic experience as Executive Chef Kevin Joseph and his brigade prepare the exclusive five- course menu.
The Oyster Box is also known for its exceptional High Tea. Served in the elegant colonial setting of The Palm Court, the traditional afternoon activity is popular with visitors of all ages. The hotel often holds themed afternoon teas for particular occasions.
This June, ‘A Teenage High Tea’, crafted especially with young people in mind, will be held on the 16th to celebrate National Youth Day. It will book out fast, so make sure you reserve a spot early! Sure to please any father or grandfather, ‘A Gentleman’s Tea’, with a taste focus on savoury, manly flavours, and accompanied by a whisky tasting will be on offer for Father’s Day on 18 June.
At The Oyster Box, heritage and modern luxury are seamlessly combined with exceptional food and hospitality that exceeds expectations, for both international and local visitors.