A national treasure
South Africa’s most cherished hotel stands majestically on Umhlanga’s beachfront, overlooking the Indian Ocean & the iconic lighthouse.
Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal
Occupying a majestic location on the Umhlanga beachfront in KwaZulu-Natal province, The Oyster Box is one of South Africa’s most celebrated hotels, as famous for its remarkable coastal views as the understated luxury and gracious hospitality that have become the hallmarks of this cherished seaside destination.
Set just 15 minutes’ drive from King Shaka International Airport, The Oyster Box offers an array of individually decorated rooms and suites, an award-winning spa set amid tropical gardens, and a mouth-watering menu of restaurants and bars.
With South Africa’s Covid-19 recovery well underway, we are delighted to once again welcome international travellers back to The Oyster Box.
Here is a selection of some frequently asked questions about The Lodge for your convenience.
Please contact us if you have any further queries.
What changes have you made during the Covid-19 pandemic?
Ensuring the health and wellbeing of our employees and guests is our most important priority. Please visit our Covid-19 FAQs page for a detailed explanation.
What time is checkout?
Checkout time is at 12 Noon.
It may be possible to have a later checkout, depending on availability. Late check-out fees may apply.
What time is check-in?
Check-in time is from 3pm. It may be possible to have an early check-in, depending on our availability. Early check-in fees may apply.
What is the hotel’s credit card policy?
We accept all major credit cards.
Are pets permitted?
Yes! We are a pet-friendly hotel. For more information, please visit our pet page.
Do you have family rooms?
We have family suites which consist of a suite with an adjoining deluxe room. Baby cots are offered complimentary.
Are guests at The Lodge free to access Ashford Castle and its grounds?
Ashford Castle grounds, gardens and activities are open to all guests of The Lodge. Visiting the Castle and use of its facilities is exclusive to the residents of the Castle only. Dining at the Castle is restricted and subject to availability; reservations must be booked in advance.
Where is the nearest airport?
Knock Airport 62.99km; 1 hour 5 minute drive
Shannon Airport 135km; 1 hour 53 minute drive
Where is the Lodge at Ashford located?
The Lodge is a chic and elegant sanctuary just outside the charming village of Cong, in the heart of Mayo. Situated in the spectacular 350-acre Ashford Estate, discover a wealth of activities on the doorstep.