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View over Walker Bay, Hermanus


The Marine Hotel and its magical coastal views


Breakfast being served on a bedroom terrace


Swimming pool


Swimming pool terrace


Sun Lounge


Premier Suite


Luxury Seaview Double Room


Double Room


Pavilion Restaurant


Origins Restaurant


The hotel viewed from the ocean

The Marine Hotel, Hermanus, South Africa

Luxury boutique hotel for the finest land-based whale watching in the world

Double Rooms from around £150 per night, including breakfast. Flights and transfers available at additional cost.

Backed by the Overberg Mountains, this unforgettable property overlooks South Africa's most pristine whale sanctuary and offers guests the unique opportunity to experience the finest land-based whale watching in the world. From June to November you are able to view these majestic creatures from the comfort of your beautiful sea-facing bedroom. 


With understated luxury and sophisticated décor, the Marine Hotel comprises 40 luxury rooms and suites. Spectacular views out to sea can be enjoyed from your bedroom window, including some of the best land-based whale watching in the world (between July and November). Rooms feature elegant furniture, king size beds and luxurious ensuite bathrooms.

Activities & Experiences

The Marine Hotel offers complimentary whale watching, walking and use of the heated saltwater pool and tidal pool. Spa treatments are charged additionally. Your Hermanus holiday will base you in what was once a quiet fishing village but today is world-renowned as the best place there is to whale-watch. From June to November each year, pods of southern right whales swim to the coast to mate and calve. You can actually see them from land but we can take you to the best spots to observe them closely. We’ll even introduce you to the world's only Whale Crier, who signals whale locations using a kelp horn.

Facilities & Services

Facilities include a spa, a heated salt water pool, boutique and various dining options serving sumptuous local cuisine, a cocktail bar and an extensive wine cellar stocking some of South Africa's finest wine. A variety of water sports can be arranged.

Weather & Seasons

South Africa's Garden Route enjoys a moderate climate all year round. In peak summer season, from December to February, temperatures climb as high as 34ºC. During the winter months of June, July, and August, expect frequent rains and a couple of chilly evenings. 

Getting Here

It's an 11 hour 30 minute flight from London to Cape Town followed by a 90 minute drive. It's a 5 hour drive from Plettenberg Bay or 7 hours from Port Elizabeth. Why not let us organise a few stops along the Garden Route for you? 

The Marine features in our suggested 10 Night Tour of South Africa's Cape Region

More Recommendations Nearby

The Plettenberg - Plettenberg Bay

Tsala Treetop Lodge - a couple of miles from Plettenberg, and 6 from Knysna

Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge - for malaria-free Big Five safari lodge

Morukuru Ocean House - 4 bedroom private villa in the De Hoop Nature Reserve

Best Boutique Hotels in and around Cape Town 

Best Places to stay in Hermanus & along The Garden Route

Time to Get in Touch?

Please call us on 0203 019 3722 or simply send us an email outlining your requirements.

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