For something more on the provincial side, opt for the charming Oyster Box Hotel in Durban, whose rich roots are as interesting as the structure that stands today. The hotel began as a quaint cottage named The Oyster Lodge back in 1863, and found a new identity in the early 1950s, when its new owners transformed into a tea garden. It evolved even further, first into a restaurant, until morphing into its final phase as The Oyster Box Hotel in March 1954, on the site next to the lighthouse. It began its affiliation with Red Carnation Hotels in 2006, prompting, for the first time in a long time, significant renovations that modernized the facility without sacrificing its original charm. The Oyster Box exudes a timeless elegance. It features 86 rooms, including a more luxurious suite or villa, with views overlooking either Umhlanga’s beachfront or the iconic red and white lighthouse in the Indian Ocean. The hotel’s dining choices has options for a Curry Buffet or High Tea, from a feast of freshly baked scones, pastries, quiches and cakes, to finger sandwiches and savories. Guests also can experience the hotel’s luxurious spa, where they will be treated and rejuvenated surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens.