This classic hotel has a stunning clifftop location that's perfect for whale watching

Standing on dramatic clifftops in central Hermanus, The Marine’s spectacular setting is one of the best land-based whale-watching locations in the world. It exudes old-world charm with its classic white façade and fresh, seaside-inspired interiors. In whale-watching season between June and November, it's a beautiful base for looking out for the majestic creatures in the water from the public cliffside path fronting the hotel or even from your bathtub in some rooms. There are two relaxed restaurants as well as the Sun Lounge which overlooks Walker Bay and serves drinks and snacks. Relax with a treatment at the indulgent Carchele Beauty Spa or take a dip in the heated pool in the courtyard. There's also a tidal pool which is reached by a few steps and a popular spot for swimming within yards of the whales. Each of the rooms and suites is clean and bright with a blue and white palette. Sizes and layouts vary from room to room and all have a king-size bed or twin beds, a flat-screen TV and a complimentary minibar.

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Key information

In central Hermanus with a perfect whale-watching location on the clifftops

Airport transfer time: Approx. 1½ hours from Cape Town airport
Rooms: 40

Accommodation information

40 rooms

Dining

2 restaurants, Sun Lounge, cocktail bar

What's included

Breakfast at The Pavilion

*Denotes local charge