Located in Western Cape, Hermanus is a small resort town known for its whale watching hub and array of water sports activities. Winter is the best time to go to catch the friendly sea giants, but Hermanus is inviting year-round, thanks to its stunning location in the mountains by the sea and impressive collection of waterfront restaurants. However, you’ll want to plan your trip in advance to make sure you’re staying in one of the best hotels in town to make your vacation a more grand experience. Here are the top hotels of Hermanus, South Africa.
The Thatch House
Go big or go home. Stay at the glamorous The Thatch House, a boutique hotel nesting on the banks of Hermanus lagoon with the mountains in the backdrop. The hotel is ideal for active guests who also enjoy leisure time. On site, guests will have access to a tennis court, two swimming pools, boule game court, golf course, kayaks and a designated area for kids such as a treehouse and trampolines. There are only six rooms at the hotel, so it’s advised to book as soon a possible. Each room has its own style and incredible views of either the river or the mountains.
The Marine Hotel
Get pampered like royalty at The Marine Hotel . The hotel is so luxurious that it was visited by Princess Alice, the Countess of County Athlone in 1923. More than a century old, the hotel reveals a long history from the outside with its 19th century architecture. Step inside and you’ll see that the hotel is modern with lavish furnishings and spacious windows overlooking the sea. Guests will have access to a luxury spa, two swimming pools, and an on-site boutique shop to take home souvenirs. Make plans to stay in for a night and eat at one of its 1920s style restaurants featuring gourmet dishes.
Mosselberg on Grotto Beach
Stay in this five-star boutique hotel on Blue Flag Grotto Beach where its common to spot right whales swimming in the sea from the comfort of your hotel room. Mosselberg on Grotto Beach is known for its open balcony windows that invites the outside into your bedroom and take in the full splendor that is Hermanus. The facility includes a luxury pool, a lounge bar, and a game room with table tennis and more. There are five rooms in this hotel, meaning its suggested to reserve at least a year in advance for the room (trust us, it’s well worth the wait).
Hermanus Guest House
In the Walker Bay section of Hermanus, a charming hotel sits peacefully by the water. Hermanus Guest House is where stylish meets cozy with sleek, modern furniture and a roaring fireplace to keep you toasty as you watch right whales swim across the coast. The main lounge area resembles a gilded age mansion with a grand staircase, dramatic drapes and golden pillars. Whether you stay in the standard deluxe room or the honeymoon suite, you’ll be treated as an A-list celebrity during your stay.
Stay where everyone in town is raving about. The Birkenhead Hotel is an incredibly lavish hotel (with a hefty price) situated on a rocky cliff by the bay. The hotel feels more like a chateau than an accommodation with French antique furniture and other extravagant details such as a clawfoot tub. The spa features packages where guests can receive massages and treatments outside to enjoy the fresh air and the surrounding scenery of the mountains and beach. As dinnertime rolls around, eat at its restaurant serving up Malaysian meets South African fare featuring fresh seafood catch from its local waters.
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