- Birkenhead House offers chic and intimate beach house accommodation in the seaside town of Hermanus. With its exhilarating cliff-top position overlooking the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay, Birkenhead House provides luxury accommodation for those seeking an extraordinary coastal experience.
- Set on a cliff’s edge in the Western Cape, with stunning views over two sandy beaches, Birkenhead House is a special place to watch the waves and surfers come in. Between June and November, the view includes whales, which swim right in front of the hotel.
- Enjoy breakfast whilst watching whales play below.
- Walk along the coastal path into Hermanus.
- Combination of delicious food, wine and views.
- Dramatic cliff-side setting in Hermanus overlooking Walker Bay with breathtaking views for the sea-facing suites.
- The hotel’s contemporary décor is an artful mix of beach-house and quirky opulence.
- Hermanus offers activities aplenty including whale watching, shark cage diving, golf, horse riding on the beach, hiking, surfing, mussel picking and even wine tasting.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
Get up close and personal with these fascinating apex predators. Diving with great white sharks is a once in a lifetime experience that is both thrilling and informative. Your dive will take place under the careful supervision of a highly qualified team of marine experts, so you can rest assured that you’ll be in safe hands backed by a team of marine conservationists to ensure that your experience is operated in an environmentally responsible manner.
Hermanus is renowned as the best destination for land-based whale watching in the world and there is no finer spot to enjoy that than on the patio of Birkenhead House with a gin and tonic in hand. But if you’re serious about whales, then why not go on a whale cruise or even take to the skies, soaring high above these majestic mammals. Learn all about the fascinating behaviour of Southern Right and Humpback whales and gain insights into their extraordinary movements that include lob tailing, spy hopping and peduncling.
There can be no greater freedom than galloping along the seemingly endless long beach in Hermanus or through the meandering vineyards of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Whether you’re a first time rider or an experienced pro, Hermanus is the ideal destination to explore on horse back while savouring the champagne air.
Waves splash into the mussel clad rocks that decorate the beaches immediately below Birkenhead House. Our executive chef will take guests down to the Voelklip beach and show them how to safely pick these delicious marine treats. Not only that, but he’ll show you how to prepare the mussels with a little garlic, cream and white wine so that you can savour the fruits of your labour with a lovely glass of locally produced Sauvignon Blanc.
Sea kayaking is a wonderful outdoor pursuit for the more adventurous. It will get you up close to some of Hermanus’s fascinating sea life and it’s also great exercise. Paddle along the coastline all the way from the Old Harbour in town to the New Harbour under the careful supervision of the local seals.
Hermanus is surrounded on all sides by natural wonder. As well as the marine fascinations, there are two incredible nature reserves in close proximity – Fernkloof Nature Reserve and Walker Bay Nature Reserve. For botanists, Fernkloof is certainly one of the most rewarding destinations in the Cape Floral Kingdom to explore the diverse fynbos. Walker Bay is a coastal nature reserve that lies just east of Hermanus. The reserve includes five coastal areas between Hermanus and Die Dam near Struisbaai. The area is also historically significant, with records of Middle Stone Age people (65 000 to 85 000 years ago) living in Klipgat Cave.
Hermanus is a wonderful golfing destination with two excellent courses very close by. Hermanus Golf Club in the centre of town and Arabella golf club just a short distance away. Arabella is consistently voted among the Top 5 golf courses in South Africa. For those looking for an extended golf tour, there are many more fantastic courses along the Garden Route.
Birkenhead House sets the standard for luxury hotels in Hermanus. With its exhilarating cliff-top position overlooking the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay, Birkenhead House provides luxury accommodation for those seeking an extraordinary coastal experience. Watch surfers carving through the waves and, for several months each year, witness Southern Right and Humpback Whales breaching just metres from the shore. The hotel’s contemporary décor is an artful mix of beach-house and quirky opulence. The all-inclusive rate means that guests never need to leave the comfort of Birkenhead House, where all meals and drinks are included.
For the more adventurous, Hermanus offers activities aplenty including whale watching, shark cage diving, golf, horse riding on the beach, hiking, surfing, mussel picking and even wine tasting. The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is just a short drive away and is one of South Africa’s premier wine routes. Each of the 11 opulently appointed suites is thoughtfully and beautifully designed and you will find the service impeccable. Enjoy magnificent ocean views from any of the balconies. Rooms feature king and queen size beds, gorgeous antique furniture and original artworks. Unwind in the spacious bathrooms with a Victorian bath tub, a walk in shower and two vanities.
The 11 rooms at Birkenhead House are individually decorated by the stylish wand of owner Liz Biden. The rooms are located in three different houses which make up Birkenhead House. Please note that while we will do our best to accommodate your room preference we can only guarantee a room category and not a specific room. They feature luxurious queen and king size beds (some of which are antique four posters). The large bathroom’s centrepiece is a magnificent freestanding Victorian bath, complemented by a walk-in shower and two freestanding vanities. Other amenities include digital TV, DVD and mini-bar.
Deluxe Superior Room
Fresh and bright with dazzling ocean views from its two balconies, this is a delightfully stylish room. A king-size Louis Farouk antique bed is the signature feature of the room , complemented by an 18th century French gold chair, yellow silk French antique sofa and original artwork. Unwind in the spacious bathroom with its vast tub, elegant shower and two vanities.
This room has a refined style, with natural tones and classic décor. Step onto the balcony and marvel at the beautiful sea view, and indulge in the plush king-size bed framed by a timeless gold-framed headboard. This magnificent room features a hand-carved antique chair, leather desk and original paintings. The bathroom is decorated with a shell mirror, single vanity table, shower and freestanding Victorian bath.
This room offers wonderful sea views from its balcony, which is furnished with cane tables and chairs. Inside you’ll find magnificent décor, including a French gold antique chair and shagreen desk as well as two 3⁄4 beds (which can also be made up into an extra king) with padded headboards. The bathroom opens onto a mountain-facing balcony and is fitted with two shell mirrors, double marble-topped vanities and a marvelous freestanding Victorian bath.
This lavishly appointed room has a built-up king-size bed with marble steps, Venetian headboard, Victorian chair, antique oak half moon tables, and original paintings. There is a separate dressing room. A cosy balcony with table and two chairs offers the room an inflow of natural light and fresh sea air. The bathroom is extravagantly finished with stone floor, stone freestanding egg-shaped bath, two separate stone vanities and an open shower.
At Birkenhead House in Hermanus, world-class cuisine is served in a spectacular setting. Executive Chef Oliver Coetzee grew up in South Africa’s Western Cape where the cuisine has a strong Malay influence. He’s also had a long time passion for Asian flavours. The culmination of these influences with the abundance of fresh, local seafood makes for a truly tantalising menu. On offer are homemade breads, ice creams and sorbets, as well as delicacies such as tempura strawberries. Fresh local seafood includes fish such as Cape Salmon, Kingklip, Hake, Marlin, Red Roman and Kabeljou as well as crayfish, prawns and mussels picked fresh from the rocks below the hotel. Soups are a delicious hearty option, with flavours as unusual and exotic as vanilla and butternut. Only the freshest ingredients are used for lavish meals served in your choice of setting: overlooking the ocean; next to our dual level pool; in our glass fronted dining area or simply enjoyed in the privacy of your suite.
At Birkenhead House guests can go foraging with the Executive Chef for edible Fynbos species along the coastal shoreline. Our chefs will then prepare a five-course dinner incorporating those hand-picked ingredients while each course will be paired with wines from the nearby Hemel and Aarde Valley. No coastal experience would be complete without picking mussels from the rocks below Birkenhead House. Chefs Oliver and Pinkie will share their knowledge with the guests and explain which mussels to pick and how to pick them. They will then provide a ”Master Class” on how to cook them on an open fire incorporating ingredients from our local shoreline while discussing the history of South African cuisine and the Cape Malay influence.
The Hemel-en-Aarde is one of South Africa’s premier, cool-climate wine producing regions and is home to some of the country’s finest and oldest estates including Hamilton Russel and Bouchard Finlayson as well as some of the more modern estates such as Creation. Not only are the wines superb, but the landscape is spectacular. Enjoy a guided tour with a knowledgeable expert, or enliven the experience by doing it on horseback or even on quad bikes!
The food is a subtle mixture of modern African Cuisine, fresh Cape seafood and traditional French techniques with strong Asian and Italian influences, and is served overlooking the ocean, next to the dual-level pool, in the hotel’s glass-fronted dining area or in the privacy of your suite.Menus and meals can be designed to meet guests’ individual palates and requirements.
Facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool, spa, gym and internet access. The restaurant at the hotel serves a delicate mixture of modern African Cuisine and traditional French techniques with strong Asian and Italian influences. Birkenhead House is surrounded by rolling lawns that are ideal for picnics and lazy afternoons. You can enjoy sundowner drinks from the terrace overlooking a number of beautiful beaches or laze in the clear swimming pool while savouring the unspoiled views.There are two treatment rooms and a comprehensive spa menu featuring massage, aromatherapy and reflexology treatments to choose from.
You can enjoy laze in the clear swimming pool while savouring the unspoiled views.
There are two treatment rooms and a comprehensive spa menu featuring massage, aromatherapy and reflexology treatments to choose from.
For those keen to have a more vigorous workout, the hotel also offers a fully equipped gym.