This luxury boutique hotel is perched on the cliffs overlooking Walker Bay in Hermanus, South Africa. The Marine Hermanus offers some of the most spectacular views in the Southern Hemisphere and makes an ideal base from which to explore the region. Cape Town International Airport is 106 km away.
The Marine Hermanus is a supremely elegant property located in prime whale-watching territory. It is also close to one of the world’s greatest populations of Great White Shark. The hotel features two restaurants, a bar, an outdoor pool, a gym and a spa.
Offering unrivalled personalised service, superb facilities and top-notch cuisine, it will appeal to discerning travellers seeking an exclusive and luxurious escape. Families with children aged eight or over are welcome. For those wanting maximum luxury, the expansive Premier Suites are fabulous. Two of these offer balconies and some are spread across two levels.
It provides 40 individually decorated and elegant rooms and suites, each featuring stylish décor inspired by the ocean, sumptuous furnishings, king-size beds and underfloor heating. Some rooms come with balconies and many have sea views.
The Marine Hermanus is home to two superb restaurants offering an array of unforgettable culinary experiences. Enjoy contemporary local and international delights in an elegant setting with breathtaking views of the ocean at The Pavilion; or sample the finest fish and seafood dishes in a casual setting at SeaFood. The Rich Man’s Fish and Chips are delicious. The staff will also prepare gourmet picnics and cooking classes are available.
There are endless activities and excursions on offer in and around the hotel including whale watching boat trips, sea kayaking, scenic flights, horse-riding, golf and swimming on the blue flag Grotto Beach. You will also find museums, art galleries and craft markets within walking distance. After a busy day, enjoy a relaxing treatment at the superb spa, laze by the inviting pool or retreat to the comfort of your room and spot whales from your balcony.
There are plenty of activities to keep children entertained and places to explore. Kids’ menus are provided and babysitting is available.
Whale watching season is from June to November. You will often see the local Hermanus Whale Crier carrying his kelp horn to tell you where the whales have been spotted.
Lightfoot Travel tip: It is worth requesting a room with a sea view.
The Marine Hermanus is a Relais & Chateaux property and part of The Collection by Liz McGrath.
The Marine Hermanus Information
- Location: 90 minute drive from Cape Town
- Accommodation: 40 rooms and suites
- Activities: Whale watching, great shark tours, historical tours
- Facilities: 2 restaurants, wellness centre, lounge, swimming pool, boutique,
- Weather: The best months to travel are between September and May
- Children: Welcome
- Price guide: From USD 348 per night for a double room