Situated in the picturesque seaside village of Hermanus, Harbour House is a hub of relaxation and serenity from which you can explore the exciting Western Cape coastline.
Hermanus is renowned as the prime whale-watching destination in this part of the world, particularly between the months of May and December. It also offers plenty of exciting activities, from golf to shark cage diving, and a number of cultural pursuits - including the renowned Old Harbour Museum and several organic and gourmet markets.
The hotel's New Wing boasts 18 luxurious suites with included lounge and kitchen areas, although you may choose instead to stay in the restored Manor House. All rooms feature a kitchenette, en-suite bathroom, private balcony, and Wi-Fi.
Your stay at Harbour House wouldn't be complete without experiencing the whale-watching view from the onsite infinity pool. Offering unobstructed views of the ocean, it's the perfect spot to relax and enjoy some unforgettable sites. Massages, facials, and more can be found at the Mint Wellness Salon, a luxurious spa facility where you can enjoy an afternoon of pampering, while days out in the town of Hermanus can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace via the hotel's bicycle rental service.
Food, drink & entertainment
The hotel restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner incorporating fresh local produce. Friday nights promise to be especially delectable occasions as Harbour House hosts a traditional South African barbeque. Equally authentic is the wine bar, which offers a variety of award-winning wines from the surrounding vineyards of the Overberg region, as well as a range of craft beers.
Sport, games & activities
As mentioned, whale-watching is the activity most associated with Hermanus. You can enjoy this from the shore, but may prefer to partake in one of the many exciting boat-based tours available. The town also features a golf club and 18-hole course, as well as shark cage diving for thrill-seeking guests. The nearby Dyer Island is one of the last places in which great white sharks still gather in number, making it an unmissable experience for enthusiasts.
Every room and suite at Harbour House can boast a spacious layout, each featuring a kitchenette and lounge area, as well as a private balcony. Wi-Fi is available, as is a mini bar and coffee-making station. The decor is light and stylish, providing each room with a soft, relaxing feel.
Widely regarded as the prime whale-watching destination in all of South Africa, Hermanus is a gorgeous harbour town on the country's south coast. It combines stunning scenery and areas of historical interest with all manner of upmarket facilities, attractions, and countless adventure pursuits. It is a great destination for all manner of holidays.
Hermanus' location allows it to make the most of several natural beaches and water-based activities, while also enjoying the plentiful vineyards and wine cellars famous to the Western Cape region. The surrounding countryside is filled with trails perfect for hiking and cycling, while the nearby Hermanus Golf Course makes the most of the area's breath-taking landscapes with 27 expertly designed holes.
Also a market town, Hermanus stays true to its heritage with a number of vibrant fairs at various stages throughout each week. From the trendy, up-to-date food and drink of the Garden Market to the more traditional, hand-crafted artefacts at the Fisherman's Village Craft Market, there are all sorts of hidden gems to discover.
South Africa enjoys its warmest, driest weather between November and March, but those looking to take advantage of Hermanus' prime whale-watching opportunities should instead visit between July and November.
Although whale-watching is Hermanus' most characteristic attraction, there is no shortage of alternative activities to partake in. Other water-based pursuits include kite surfing, kayaking, and boat trips, while those who prefer to stay on land can take advantage of the excellent golfing and hiking facilities. The Western Cape's famous wine production is well-represented here too, the surrounding area filled with vineyards and cellars offering tours and tasting sessions. Finally, a visit to Hermanus wouldn't be complete without seeing the Old Harbour Museum and Fisherman's Village, offering a taste of the town's fascinating past.
As well as food on offer when exploring the town's various markets, visitors can take advantage of a number of high quality restaurants - many situated in prime whale-watching locations around the old harbour. Seafood is Hermanus' main fare, with restaurants such as Bientang's Cave offering prime platters of oysters, prawns, mussels, and much more. Fine dining is available at The Burgundy, a much-loved establishment which offers both fantastic seafood and a range of alternative options such as delicious grilled steaks.
Hermanus' nightlife mainly consists of stylish, laid-back lounges and bars, many featuring live music and an intimate atmosphere. Cocos has a particular Latino theme, while those in search of a more authentic South African experience should head for The Gecko, the prime venue for vibrant performances by local bands. A more pulse-pounding clubbing experience can be found at Shimmi, known for its cool beats, classy cocktails, and stunning night-time views of the bay.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.