Oceans Umhlanga


The R3,1-billion Oceans Umhlanga Development project is the largest private-sector investment in development in KZN history. Oceans is the brainchild of entrepreneurs Vivian Reddy and Rob Alexander of Edison and Ducatus Property Groups. The ‘Dubai-style’ mixed-use development is also a first in terms of design in South Africa and incorporates two residential towers consisting of 460 elegantly designed apartments, all with sea views; a world class 33 000m2 shopping mall that brings international super-brands to Durban for the first time and a luxurious 200-room five-star hotel – to be managed by one of the top leisure brands in world.

The 90 000sqm project spans a whopping 250m from end to end and is within a stone’s throw of the Indian Ocean and Umhlanga Village.

Apartments retail from R1,6-million to R60-million for the best penthouse in the city, which is all of 700m2 with a helipad and breathtaking infinity pool, 28-storeys up. Reddy said the project design style was what architects referred to as ‘cutting edge contemporary’ with the curvilinear lines of the buildings expressed in a combination of glass and distinctive materials. Generous balconies wrapped themselves around the building to create a dynamic set of exquisite sculptural forms.