If you’ve ever been lucky enough to spend a night at The Oyster Box, these photos will evoke fond memories of one of the most special and personal luxury hotels in Africa

My daughter will never forget being able to choose the movie in their private cinema and feeling like a 13 year-old princess as the staff bustled around her, making her comfortable with a knee rug, popcorn and a giant glass sweetie jar.

The champagne and fresh oysters at breakfast were my favourite part of our stay, and my husband has nostalgic memories of a morning spent lounging at the pool, while the jazz ensemble crooned in the background from the terrace…

If you haven’t stayed at this iconic hotel, then put it on your bucket list for a post-Covid treat. You can eat at their restaurants and enjoy the magnificent spa for now, but a stayover when you can, is highly recommended.

Fans of the hotel will be proud to hear about their latest reward, and for those who haven’t experienced this national treasure, read on and enjoy the pics!

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The Oyster Box, Durban’s most beloved hotel, has taken the  No. 1 spot in the Top Resort Hotels in Africa category in the 25th anniversary Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards

The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga is part of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, a group that was awarded fourth place in the Top 25 Hotel Brands in the World category.

The awards, voted for by readers of Travel + Leisure, judge hotels on a variety of characteristics including their rooms and facilities, location, service, food and value. Generous hospitality, passionate staff and world-class dining are also the hallmarks of every stay at Red Carnation. Under the direction of President & Founder, Mrs Beatrice Tollman, the collection also works tirelessly to deliver sustainable luxury and to protect the natural and cultural heritage in each location of its 20 properties around the world.

With all the charm of a bygone era, Durban’s 86-room Oyster Box is the epitome of modern elegance and comfort

The pool at The Oyster Box with stunning views of the beach and the Indian Ocean.

Considered a national treasure, South Africa’s most cherished hotel stands majestically on Umhlanga’s beachfront, overlooking the Indian Ocean and the iconic Umhlanga lighthouse. Renowned for exceptional cuisine and the hottest spots in town for sundowners, the hotel’s facilities also include an award-winning Spa, two swimming pools and a 24-seater movie theatre.

Jonathan Raggett, Managing Director of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, said: “We are incredibly honoured to have been recognised in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards again this year. Our teams work tirelessly to deliver unsurpassed guest experiences every day and these accolades are testament to their hard work and dedication, and to the vision of our President & Founder, Mrs Tollman, whose lifelong pursuit of excellence and passion for hospitality is the life blood of Red Carnation Hotels”.

For more information about Red Carnation Hotels please visit www.redcarnationhotels.com.