The Best Accommodation in Hermanus

The Best Accommodation in Hermanus

There’s a pillow for every person in this once-sleepy fishing village.

Occupying pride of place on Walker Bay’s spectacular sunshine coast, Hermanus is widely known as the best land-based whale-watching destination in the world! As such, this once-sleepy fishing village is now a bustling seaside resort, with an impressive array of places to stay, excellent seafood restaurants to feast at, boisterous bars, quirky boutiques and galleries, and a bountiful Saturday morning farmers’ market that brims with delicious local produce and treats.

During whale season (June to December), the town gets ridiculously busy, and accommodation fills up quickly. But fortunately, Hermanus has year-round appeal – its beautiful beaches, exhilarating hikes, and the world-famous Hemel-en-Aarde wine valley are just some of the attractions that make it such a sought-after escape.

If you’re looking to spend a day or more in this magnificent part of the world, you might like to check out our favourite places to stay in Hermanus.

Birkenhead House

Hermanus Accommodation Birkenhead House

Perched on a peninsula overlooking the entire coast of Walker Bay, Birkenhead House‘s cliffside location gives some of the swankiest spots on the Amalfi Coast a run for their money. The 11-room hotel has a particular glam-beach-resort feel, with pillars and marble floors setting the scene throughout, and deep, white slip-covered couches in all the communal lounge areas.
Onsite and nearby attractions In addition to two ocean-facing pools, a sun deck and cliff-hugging dining area (where breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served by a reputable chef), there are a couple of the ocean-facing sofas, where sipping a G&T while watching the whales and dolphins frolic in the bay is imperative. Nanny’s Beach, arguably the most stunning beach in the Western Cape, beckons below, while the town centre is a three-minute drive away.
Cost From R3 600 – R8 900 per person sharing (depends on season and room type)
From R113 400 – R165 000 (for all 11 rooms and full board)
Contact 021 671 5502,
Where to find it Corner 11th Street and 7th Avenue, Voelklip, Hermanus
Bookings Book Direct

Mosaic Lagoon Lodge

Mosaic Lagoon Lodge Hermanus

With the great outdoors on your doorstep, this is the sort of place city-weary souls come to recharge. Uninterrupted views of the Hermanus Lagoon and surrounding mountains will surely clear the cobwebs, as you wallow in your private chalet or stone cottage, with only the song of the birds to break the tranquil silence. The lodge has five safari-style suites, each of which has a comfortable king-size bed, lounge area with fireplace, and a private outdoor shower for a truly African-bush experience.
Onsite and nearby attractions In addition to mountain walks and nature walks, and a plethora of lagoon activities, such as boat cruising, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding, adventure types can go mountain-biking and quad-biking through the fynbos. There’s also a beach excursion onboard Mosaic’s 4×4 vehicle, where guests can take a trip along Walker Bay Beach and Nature Reserve in search of wildlife and vegetation. If relaxation is more your thing, book a spa treatment at Rain Milkwood Spa, and then enjoy a meal at Mosaic Lagoon Café housed in the historic (and reportedly haunted) Spookhuis
Cost From R4 950 – R6 600 (depends on season and room type)

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Where to find it Mosaic Private Sanctuary, Stanford, Western Cape

The Thatch House Boutique Hotel
Hermanus Accommodation The Thatch House

All the uninterrupted beauty of the Overberg is on display at this boutique estate that offers breathtaking views of the ancient Cape Fold Mountains and the Klein River Lagoon. Each of the five suites has its own veranda, creating that indoor-outdoor flow (that all architects strive for), and four of the suites have an adjoining room (fitted with twin beds), making small family getaways seamless.
Onsite and nearby attractions In addition to a floodlit tennis court, and a golf putting green, the surrounding lagoon can be explored and enjoyed with kayaks, skis, tubes (available on request) or a power-boat (on request for an additional charge). The little members of the family will love exploring the treehouse and its suspension bridge. Should you feel like venturing out, the Hermanus wine route beckons, and there are nearby walks, hikes and bike rides to be enjoyed.
Cost From R5 300 – R9 400 (depends on season)

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Where to find it R43 (towards Stanford), Hermanus, Western Cape

Auberge Burgundy

Hermanus Accommodation Auberge Burgundy

Set in the historic heart of Hermanus, this charming Provençal-style guesthouse is a stone’s throw from the best whale-watching spot in the whole of Walker Bay – in fact, the world! Its leafy courtyards and stone terraces give it a Mediterranean flavour, making it a wonderful getaway all year round.
Onsite and nearby attractions Its close proximity to the cliff path, craft market, boutiques, art galleries and restaurants, make it a convenient choice.
Cost From R1 080 – R1 560 per person sharing (depends on season and room type)
R3 200 (penthouse)

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Where to find it 16 Harbour Road, Hermanus

157 Sixth Street

Hermanus Accommodation 157 Sixth Street

With three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large kitchen, lounge, patio, private pool and garden, this comfortable modern family apartment in Voelklip is the ultimate seaside escape. Attractively decorated, each bedroom has its own access to the secluded wooden deck and sparkling solar-heated pool, with blockout curtains and a ceiling fan for those sweltering summer days. Available to be yours and yours alone, this private hideaway includes free wifi and a weekly housekeeping service (for R650 should you require it, which is waived for stays of four nights or longer).
Onsite and nearby attractions Should you tire of plunging into your private pool and languishing on the patio, there are a number of nearby activities and excursions, including winery tours, a bird safari, market tour, horse-riding and numerous cultural activities.
Cost From R3 500 (depends on season)

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Where to find it 157, Sixth Street, Voelklip, Hermanus

Mosselberg on Grotto Beach

Located just above the white sands of blue-flag Grotto Beach, this five-star family-friendly boutique villa is a slice of paradise. Each of the five luxurious suites has a lounge section fitted with a minibar, as well as mountain or ocean views, where you can glimpse the southern right whales as they frolic right in front of your bedroom window.
Each morning a gourmet breakfast is served on the sea-facing balcony or around the pool courtyard, but you might prefer to hit the snooze button and awaken instead to the sound of birdsong and crashing waves, with a comforting cup of tea or coffee in bed.
Onsite and nearby attractions There are loads of family-friendly facilities, including a table tennis room, swimming pool, and even a mini library where guests are invited to curl up with a page-turner. The nearby cliff path beckons, while golfers might enjoy a sneaky 9 or 18 holes.
Cost From R2 880 – R4 300 (depends on season)

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Where to find it 253a Tenth Street, Voelklip, Hermanus

Schulphoek House
Hermanus Accommodation Schulphoek Seafront Guesthouse

Set on the protected Schulphoek Bay in Sandbaai, a four-kilometre drive from the town centre, the newly renovated Schulphoek House has 15 spacious and uniquely decorated bedrooms: five first-floor sea-facing rooms, four ground-floor sea facing rooms that lead onto a patio, and seven garden rooms that open  onto the courtyard garden with a saltwater swimming pool. The bay is a place of tranquility, home to cove-dwelling marine life and a place of respite for visiting southern right whales during their annual calving season.
Onsite and nearby attractions In summer (and even in winter), the upstairs patio is a decidedly perfect spot to sip sunset cocktails while the sun disappears into the ocean. Then, make your way to the sea-facing restaurant for a delicious three-course evening meal.If you’re looking to venture out, there are beaches aplenty close by, and tidal pools hidden below the cliff. Adrenaline junkies might be in the market for some shark-cage diving, while wine lovers will savour a winery tour.
Cost From R2 400 – R5 900 (depends on season and room type)

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Where to find it 181 Piet Retief Street, Sandbaai, Hermanus

The Marine Hotel

Hermanus Accommodation Marine Hotel

The Marine’s enviable – yet discreet – cliff-hugging location, welcoming restaurants, and wonderful facilities make it a relaxing all-around destination – no matter what time of year you visit. One of three hotels in The McGrath Collection, this 40-room property is synonymous with culinary excellence, old-fashioned hospitality, and charming, old-world touches (such as a vase of fresh lilies in the bedrooms).
Onsite and nearby attractions Set along the famed 10-kilometre-long cliff path, the hotel offers an array of wonderful facilities, including a sheltered courtyard with a heated salt-water pool, two restaurants, a chic, stylishly appointed sea-facing lounge and bar area, and a spa – making it a destination in itself. The hotel’s eclipsing feature is undoubtedly its prime position – a metre or so from the heady fynbos-infested cliff path that winds its way along the Walker Bay coast, offering some of the best whale-watching opportunities in the world – which, by the way, can also be done from the comfort of your bed!
Cost From R4 450 per room (depends on season)
Contact 028 313 1000,
Where to find it Marine Drive, Hermanus
Bookings Book Direct

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Time of publication: 08 March 2018

3 Responses to “The Best Accommodation in Hermanus”

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    really – R165 000 per person? Who is this aimed at …. Not your average Joe
    Cost From R3 600 – R165 000 per person sharing (depends on season and room type)

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      The Inside Guide

      Hi Peter. We understand your grievances, but bear in mind that Birkenhead (and some of the other places featured here) are at the very high end of the spectrum in terms of luxurious accommodation. Also, the R 165 000 rate is for people looking to rent out the entire establishment – all 11 rooms, not something most people will be looking to do except for a very special occasion 🙂

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    Sue Minnaar

    Hi if you ever do a feature on the best private villas & apartments to rent I’d be delighted to be your guide. It’s been my turf for 20 years, can show you some stunners!
    This article includes my favorites on the guests house scene 👌🏻👌🏻
    Cheers Sue