Quiet Escape…


Hermanus (originally called Hermanuspietersfontein) is a beautiful seaside town on the southern coast of the Western Cape province of South Africa.  It is famous as a place from which to watch whales during the southern winter and spring.  The whales can be seen from the cliffs in the town centre from as early as June.  They were once hunted locally, but are now protected.  The Old Harbor Museum contains several exhibitions which explain the whaling history of Hermanus.  Hermanus is 40 km from Gansbaai, a famous spot where one can dive amongst the Great White Sharks.  The hinterland beyond the town is largely wild and mountainous and there are many remote areas of hills and wild ravines.  The rising thermals rising around the rugged heights of the Fernkloof Nature Reserve attract paragliders from all over the world.

Perched on top of the cliffs at Hermanus, The Marine Hotel Hermanus, a 5 star Relais & Chateaux Hotel, is unique in its position perched atop the cliffs in one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Southern Africa.  The hotel offers a spectacular seascape and imposing views extending across Western Cape’s Walker Bay and beyond.

Escape the hustle and bustle of your daily life and indulge in all the luxuries The Marine has to offer.  With unrivalled views of the ocean and a selection of award winning restaurants, The Marine offers an ideal distraction from the winter blues.  You can expect fresh fruit and flowers to greet you upon arrival and you’ll also enjoy a complimentary upgrade to a luxurious room overlooking the ocean.  Delight in a delicious daily English breakfast in the restaurant, The Pavilion or in the comfort of your room.  Spoil yourself with a treatment in The Carchele Spa.  With 20% off all treatments you’ll be able to indulge more than once.  Relax and unwind in the chic Sun Lounge before you dine-out on a three-course dinner, and a complimentary bottle of Méthode Cap Classique, in the acclaimed Seafood at The Marine.  With a complimentary late check out you can sleep in on your last day and enjoy a leisurely lunch before you head back home.

The Marine Hotel’s rooms and suites are individually and stylishly decorated and have magnificent views of the sea, where, during the whale season, you don’t even have to get out of bed to watch these magnificent creatures!  The sparkling, heated courtyard pool might beckon, perfect for catching some African sun, alternatively a dip in the tidal pool, which is located directly in front of the hotel, is something one should experience.  Sip on glasses of local wine in the chic and intimate Sun Lounge as you watch the colours of the setting sun reflect across the bay, then make your way to one of the enticing restaurants.

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