Marine Dr., Hermanus, Western Cape, 7200, South Africa
The Marine is one of the Southern Hemisphere's most spectacular seaside properties, with an incomparable cliff-top setting and sumptuously decorated rooms. Perched on the cliffs overlooking Hermanus's Walker Bay, the sea-facing rooms, some with private balcony and all with underfloor heating, provide whale-watchers with grandstand views over the bay. The decor is a tad conventional; there are four-poster beds, and the creams and beiges with touches of blue and white give the hotel a very refined, gentrified air. The Sun Lounge feels a whole lot more contemporary than the hotel, and you can linger over tea or drinks. The two restaurants tempt with sophisticated menus. Origins at the Marine offers relaxed dining with a menu of tapas, natural wines, and craft beers. The Marine Pavilion, with wonderful views of the sea, serves great breakfasts. There is also a full-service spa and a tidal pool in front of the hotel. The Marine is surprisingly child-friendly and activities can be arranged, including whale talks by a local expert and interactive cooking classes with the chef.
- wonderful views of the ocean
- old-world service excellence and attention to detail
- you'll need a tony wardrobe to blend in
- not a super-relaxed environment
Rate Includes: Breakfast
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