The Marine Hermanus
Located pretty much smack bang in the center of this seven-mile Hermanus cliff trail, in the center of the restaurant and shopping heart, a stone’s throw from the Old Harbour and a hour or 2 (depending on how frequently you stop) out of New Harbour (west) or blue flag Grotto Beach (east). The waters are profound here, hence the whales come quite close; the sole drawback is the cliff route (that can be public) is eye-level using all the ground-floor rooms and public spaces; it runs fairly near the resort, so privacy is somewhat endangered.
Style & personality
The overdue Liz McGrath personally decorated each room, providing each a somewhat different character but with hands on detailing, out of whole walls tiled with large wraparound mirrors to emphasized bold wallpapers. It is a tasteful, classic “House of Interiors” design — reassuring, somewhat old-fashioned, and quite tasteful.
Service & amenities
Service is by and large excellent. Advice in the reception group is spot on, and employees in the two restaurants are exceptional. Grounds are restricted to some personal wind-free courtyard having a fair-sized heated pool where the attractiveness spa is situated. There’s also a tidal pool (people) in the bottom of this cliff trail if you really feel like a bracing sea float — highly suggested.
While the mountain-facing chambers are fairly, spend the excess on a sea-view space; upstairs to get a greater feeling of solitude and better perspectives. Baths are a small conservative by South Africa’s unique criteria, but they’re in good shape, and that cares if you have whales calling out of the bedroom window.
Food & beverage
It is Relais & Châteaux, which means that you expect food to be helpful, and it’s. The resort has a choice of 2 restaurants — The Pavillion is your fine-dining choice (dinner only; shut on Sundays and Mondays), but I marginally prefer the bistro-style seafood in the Marine for supper (at lunchtime you would be better off choosing a table having a sea view in the local Lemon & Butta, that is a ton better than the titles indicates). The resort’s Sea Lounge provides a fantastic high tea. Breakfast is a bit hit and miss; not ready with all the focus on detail that dinner and lunch is.
Value for cash
Double rooms from R4158 (#205) in low season (April-Sept); climbing into R13,770 (#670) for its biggest suite in high season. Luxurious double with ocean view (the group most-recommended) out of R6210 into R8200 (Number302 to #399) determined by season. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
Yes though grounds are modest and it will attract a number of neighbors, therefore not recommended for those who have exceptionally boisterous children since they’re most likely to experience some disapproving glares.
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