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The South African seaside town of Hermanus on your hot-list? With its unbeatable clifftop position at the eastern end of Hermanus along South Africa’s Cape Coast, Birkenhead House is a wow-worthy whale-watching wonderland. Think dazzling oceans views, sandy beaches, sunsets, sounds of the Atlantic Ocean and, in season, whales!

This luxurious boutique hotel in Hermanus is perfect for those seeking an oasis of excellence offering a unique seaside experience, intimate vibe, excellent food & wine, amazing views and fabulous rooms. Do you need more convincing? Really? Birkenhead House also scores points for its personal, five-star service.

Decorated in an eclectic style, Birkenhead House looks slightly whimsical. Style-wise this is not our favorite hotel, but we think Birkenhead House is a cut above the rest. Its décor is a mix of antique furniture, eye-catching chandeliers, massive gilded mirrors, Persian rugs and funky art.

There are in total 11 individually designed suites. For families and those who seek a little more privacy, the self-contained Birkenhead Villa is an alternative. Birkenhead House’s decadent, luxury suites offer either sea or mountain views. The top choices are room 1 (superior) and 2 (luxury), built right at the front, with stunning sea views. No. 6 also has the most wonderful wraparound balcony. You can even watch whales from your terrace! How cool is that? Room 5 has a plunge pool, but no sea view. But, of course, you don’t want to spend the night in your room, right? Ok, we have to admit…we did. Our room was so comfortable that we wanted to have dinner on our private balcony. Pure bliss! All meals are included and served in the dining room or wherever you like. You can’t really call it a hotel restaurant, because staying at this beachside boutique beauty is like spending time at a well-to-do friend’s house.

Besides walking on the beach, relaxing at the pool and exploring the village of Hermanus, Birkenhead House offers a diverse array of activities. You can go deep-sea fishing, hiking in the nearby mountains and of course, whale watching between June and November. We went paragliding, something we can highly recommend. Dare devil? Try shark-cage diving, but keep in mind: the water is freezing! On lazy days, the spa offers the chance for indulgence and relaxation. There is also a small gym, if you need a great workout.

Pick your partner, pack your boutique beach outfit plus binoculars for whale-watching and go!

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Birkenhead House, Hermanus
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RATING
8.8
LOCATION
9.5
SERVICE
9.5
VIBE
9
STYLE
7.9
ROOMS
8.5
FOOD & DRINK
8.5
FACILITIES
8.8