Living in Cape Town has its perks, one being able to escape to beautiful resort towns like Hermanus for a weekend. Hermanus is known to be the world’s foremost land based whale watching destination, offering residents and holidaymakers all modern amenities, yet retaining its fisherman’s village charm. During my visit to Hermanus, we stayed at the breathtakingly beautiful The Marine Hermanus which is placed on top of the cliffs of Hermanus overlooking one of the most spectacular seascapes views I have ever seen.
I have stayed at some spectacular hotels, but few hotels can boast the views of The Marine.
Our Premier Suite had mesmerizing views of the across Walker Bay and the Overberg Mountains.
Our suite had a beautifully decorated bedroom and en-suite bathroom with incredible views as well as a tv-room area with a fireplace – the ultimate hotel accessory during chilly winter nights.
Extra touches and attention to detail like a bottle of wine and snacks upon arrival, cozy white gowns and slippers and the weather forecast for the next day with chocolate after they turned your bed, ensured for an even more pleasurable stay.
If you arrive late afternoon at The Marine, I recommend you go for a stroll alongside Walker Bay first, just to ensure you discover the beauty around the hotel and some of the most magnificent views of Hermanus. If sunset drinks are more your vibe, then The Sun Lounge is just the place to be!
An excellent dining experience followed after drinks at Origins at The Marine.
The soulful menu highlights ‘everyday’ favorites, prepared with an Asian twist much to my delight.
Two-course meals, all accompanied by impeccable service, and delicious wine of their wine list, arguably some of the best wines of the Hermanus Wine Route. I can highly recommend you try the following dishes:
For starters, The South Atlantic tuna tartare with sesame and pickled kohlrabi and for mains the Pepper crusted springbok loin, pear & port puree, autumn cabbage, shallot Tarte Tatin, red wine jus.
Breakfast is taken at The Pavilion, a picturesque breakfast room at The Marine. The restaurant features an edgy black-and-white décor reminiscent of the roaring 1920s, allowing guests to start their day in the most elegant of ways.
An extensive buffet is laid out along a purpose-built dresser: fruit salad, fresh yogurts and bread, and the most delicious juices. A hot option is also available from the breakfast menu; I would recommend you try the No Carb Breakfast with poached egg, avo, tomato, mushrooms, bacon, rocket, and hollandaise shave gruberg.
Some of the highlights of The Marine
- It’s hard not to fall in love with the location – possibly the best seaside hotel I have stayed in
- Room balconies with stunning sea views; go for the Premier Suites with build in fireplace
- Decadent details: a welcome drink upon arrival, turn-down chocolates, Nespresso machines in the Premier Room and the sound of the ocean while sleeping
- Staff are friendly, professional and super-quick, without being fussy
- The stylish décor, light, airy spaces, and intelligent design create intimacy while allowing privacy
For more details on The Marine, you can email or contact them on +27 (0) 21 794 5535.
**Aerial pictures taken with DJi Spark available from WeFix.