Overlooking Walker's Bay, Birkenhead is a magical getaway and even more so during the calving season of the southern right whales, where the whales come close to the shore.
Hermanus Beach Villa
Set just outside of Hermanus town centre in the quiet residential area of Voelklip, Hermanus Beach Villa is an intimate and charming beachside guesthouse with wonderful views over Walker Bay, where during the right season you can spot whales from your private balcony or the peaceful garden. Its small number of rooms have a homely feel; furnished with modern, earthy tones that complement the polished paraquet floors, which run throughout the property. Public areas are light and airy and include an inviting breakfast room and a cosy lounge where you can relax and chat to fellow guests.
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All rooms and suites are able to accommodate up to two guests in king or super king sized beds, featuring TVs, minibars, safes, fans or air conditioning and en suite bathrooms.
The Baleen, Grotto and Abalone rooms are ocean-facing with private balconies.
The larger Dolphin Suite on the top floor has separate bedroom and living areas, two bathrooms and two ocean-facing balconies. The Bay View Suite offers more space and overlooks the bay from its wraparound balcony. The Walker Bay Suite is the largest suite, featuring an ocean-facing balcony, large walk-in shower and lounge with fireplace.
The guesthouse is situated just a few steps from Voëlklip Beach and the cliff path, which stretches for around 12 kilometres along the Whale Coast Route from the New Harbour to Grotto Beach. Along the path, you can look out for whales offshore if travelling between June and November. The property is around an eight minute drive from the centre of Hermanus, which is home to numerous restaurants and shops.
Food and drink
The guesthouse serves delicious breakfasts each morning in the breakfast room. It also offers South African braais (barbecues) in its garden for an atmospheric and traditional dining experience. For other meals, you can head into Hermanus’ centre and choose from its variety of cafes and high-quality restaurants, many of which serve fresh seafood and fine local wines.
The Bay View Suite, Grotto room, Dolphin Suite and Baleen rooms are able to interconnect to accommodate families.
Facilities and activities
Guests benefit from free Wi-Fi access during their stay, as well as a laundry and dry cleaning service, ironing service and tour desk, through which you can book activities in the area. There’s also a golf course just three kilometres away. Your time at the guesthouse can be spent relaxing on the sun loungers in the garden or whale watching from your private balcony.
Whilst Hermanus Beach Villa is slightly out of the town centre, we feel it’s a great base for the area as taxis can easily be arranged for the evening and the ocean views are spectacular.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Whilst Villa Blu is slightly out of Hermanus and set back from the beach we feel it is a great base for the area as taxis can be arranged for the evening and it is just a short walk down to the beach to see the whales.