The MarineHermanus, Western Cape / South Africa
Sitting atop the cliffs of Walker Bay, The Marine overlooks one of South Africa’s most active whale sanctuaries, with land-based sightings of these majestic creatures a common occurrence from the hotel’s sea view rooms. In addition to the hotel’s 40 individually styled rooms, the resort is also home to the rejuvenating Carchele Beauty Spa, unbeatable gastronomic treats courtesy of the Relais & Chateaux’s head chef, Peter Tempelhoff, and a glorious sun lounge for when the day is drawing to a close.
What to love
- With some of the best land-based whale watching opportunities in the world, The Marine is a must-visit for anyone fascinated by marine life.
- Drawing inspiration from this charming coastal area, each of The Marine’s suites has been individually decorated with the tasteful arrangement that we’ve come to expect from Liz McGrath hotels.
- The Marine plays host to three different restaurants – Peter Tempelhoff, The Pavilion and Seafood At The Marine – each offers something unique both in terms of menu and intimate setting.
- The Sun Lounge is the hotel’s sophisticated bar area, and is open to both residents and non-residents. The bar’s cosy setting and extensive specialty South African wine list is matched only by the exquisite views across Walker Bay.
What to know
- Each of the hotel’s rooms and suites comes complete with an en-suite bathroom, under-floor heating, air conditioning and a customary welcome package.
- The hotel is home to the Carchele Beauty Spa, where guests can treat themselves to a collection of spa and wellbeing treatments. Facilities include a steam room and innovative Dermalife Spa Capsule.
- The Collection Boutique offers a range of rare craft pieces, artwork and high-quality jewelry, perfect whether you’re looking for a memorable souvenir, or a gift for a certain someone.
- The Marine’s sun-drenched outdoor courtyard features a fully heated saltwater pool – perfect for an afternoon dip to make the most of the resort’s year-round exceptional temperatures.
Based on the southern coastline of South Africa, the town of Hermanus is famous for whale watching, with the enchanting animals visible from the cliffs from June through to early December. Making the most of this incredibly rare attraction, The Marine hotel has huge panoramic windows looking out towards the sea, providing the opportunity for a spot of whale watching whether you’re sat in your room, enjoying breakfast or relaxing in the Sun Lounge bar.
With 40 rooms and suites in total, The Marine’s accommodation ranges from large double bedrooms up to premiere suite. All of the hotel’s accommodation has been designed with luxury furnishings and with a décor that complements the views looking out towards Walker Bay. Every accommodation type also features an en suite bathroom, under-floor heating and personal air conditioning, while larger suite options may include a separate lounge area.
In addition to a sunny outdoor courtyard that features a solar heated saltwater pool, The Marine has a number of areas for its guests to unwind. The Carchele Beauty Spa is the ideal break for weary visitors – complete with steam room and an innovative DermaLife Spa Capsule, the wellbeing centre offers a range of therapies and treatments, including facials, waxing, manicure, body wraps and massages. The Sun Lounge bar is also available for those who fancy an afternoon tipple while gazing across the coastline.
The Marine has three different options when it comes to dining. SeaFood specialises in serving contemporary twists on freshly caught fish – take, for example, the popular Rich Man’s fish and chips. The Pavilion, meanwhile, offers an intimate setting looking out across the enchanting Walker Bay – serving a mix of gastronomic treats created using local produce wherever possible. The Marine’s piece de resistance is their main restaurant, Peter Tempelhoff, which combines a menu full of international flavours and local specialties, all orchestrated by a head chef who’s worked with some of the most well known names in the industry.
When to Travel
The Southern Cape has a Mediterranean climate, hence it is typical to expect dry, warm summers and cold and wet winters. The average summer temperature (December-February) is 26.5°C and the average winter temperature (June- August) is 17°C. That said the region experiences in excess of 250 days of sunshine per year.
September through to March is considered spring and summer which is the ideal time for travel, especially for beach goers. May to September is also a great time when the visibility is best and whale watching is possible from June to November.
The Marine is one of the southern hemisphere's most spectacular seaside Relais & Châteaux properties. Perched on the cliffs, overlooking Hermanus' Walker Bay, just two hours scenic drive from Cape Town. Between June and November, whales are often sighted on this drive.
Family Facilities: The hotel offers age appropriate activity packs for children, designated family activity areas, educational experiences, children’s menus, family picnics for day excursions.
Babysitting: Is available on request.
Cots: Are available on request.