The Marine Hermanus is a beautiful Five-Star hotel on South Africa's south coast. It overlooks Walker Bay and the ocean beyond, offering spectacular views of a world-renowned whale sanctuary.
As well as unrivaled whale-watching, Hermanus offers a variety of water sports and nearby activities to suit your preferences, whatever they are. It is a fantastic location for kayaking, surfing, golf, and cycling - even shark cage diving is a possibility for the village's slightly more daring visitors.
The Marine Hermanus features 40 sophisticated rooms and suites, each individually decorated to give an especially personal touch. The hotel also boasts a solar-heated saltwater pool and luxurious beauty spa, which combine with its serene cliff-top location to create a truly luxurious atmosphere.
The hotel's centerpiece is its grassy courtyard and swimming pool, the perfect area in which to unwind on one of the conveniently provided sun-loungers. The onsite Carchele Beauty Spa provides a number of treatments - including massages, manicures, and aromatherapy - as well as a steam room and state-of-the-art DermaLife Capsule. Keen shoppers will love the stylish Collection Boutique, offering gifts, clothing, and an exquisite range of Peter Gilder jewellery.
Food, drink & entertainment
The Pavilion provides an elegant setting in which to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner, with breathtaking ocean views perfectly complimenting the locally-sourced ingredients which go into the restaurant's delicious meals. An emphasis on fresh fish can be found at SeaFood, with an open kitchen showing exactly how the dishes are made to such perfection. You'll be hard pressed to find a better location for after-dinner drinks than The Sun Lounge, a relaxing in-house bar offering a selection of cocktails, champagne, and award-winning South African wines.
Sport, games & activities
The Marine Hermanus is situated in prime location for a wide range of activities, both sea and land based. Take a boat to view the whale sanctuary close up, or enjoy a round of golf at the village's expertly crafted course. The surrounding countryside is perfect for hiking, cycling, and horse-riding, while thrill-seekers will find an adrenaline-filled adventure via the nearby shark cage diving site.
Each of The Marine Hermanus' 40 rooms is decorated in a soft and welcoming fashion, and includes a pristine en-suite bathroom, underfloor heating, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
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.