Poised dramatically at the edge of a rugged cliff, the huge windows at Birkenhead House reveal dazzling views over the whale watching paradise below. This stylish seaside destination is set in superb unspoiled surroundings and combines luxury accommodation at its best with an irresistible beach allure, making for a supremely relaxed and easygoing atmosphere that will have you feeling instantly at home.
Birkenhead House offers luxuriously appointed suites for maximum comfort and indulgence and the finest international fusion cuisine. Dinners are leisurely, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the pace is laidback. With panoramic views from its exhilarating cliff top position and easy access to the beaches below, this is also the perfect spot for spectacular sightings of the Southern Right Whale. These aquatic leviathans frequent the Cape waters between May and August, but can occasionally be sighted at other times of the year.
The picturesque seaside town of Hermanus, a scenic ninety-minute drive from Cape Town, is situated in an area famed for wild beauty, artisanal food producers, and its own wine route. The pure air, pristine beaches and sheer tranquillity are a captivating combination in themselves, but for those looking for an energetic Hermanus holiday, a myriad of activities is possible on both land and sea, making this the perfect choice for a relaxed beach holiday.
Birkenhead House is the epitome of contemporary beach house cool, artfully mixed with quirky opulence and eclectic decor. The exquisitely furnished double suites, most with ocean view balconies and one with a private pool patio, offer panoramic ocean vistas over Walker Bay or the Kleinrivier mountains. Individually decorated in bold and original styles, from zebra-print upholstery to shell-framed mirrors, delightfully whimsical touches establish a mood of humour and fun, whilst the white walls and contemporary artwork exude serious modern chic.
At Birkenhead House, world-class cuisine is a matter of course. In true fusion fashion, the food is a subtle mixture of modern African Cuisine, Cape seafood, and traditional French techniques, with strong Asian and Italian influences. Only the freshest ingredients are used for lavish meals served in your choice of setting: overlooking the ocean, next to the dual level pool, in the glass-fronted dining area, or in the privacy of your own suite. Menus and meals can be designed to meet guests’ individual palates and requirements.
Relax on the sun loungers in the magnificent courtyard swimming pool area, take a refreshing dip in the sea-facing infinity pool, or simply gaze out at the incredible ocean views from the spacious and comfortable lounge.
Indulge your senses with a range of Spa indulgences that include a medley of massage, aromatherapy and reflexology treatments. For those keen on more strenuous activity, there is also a fully equipped gym.
Looking out from the terrace, two of the finest Hermanus beaches can be seen just a few steps away. A picnic basket, beach bats and balls can be provided for a relaxed day on the sand. Grotto Beach lies to the left of Birkenhead House, an easy ten-minute walk away along the famous cliff path.
There are several hiking trail options nearby, all of which feature spectacular views of the coastline and beautiful fynbos-covered mountains. The species-rich Fernkloof Nature Reserve floral kingdom, with its network of scenic trails, is a delight to explore.
The 8km walk from Birkenhead House into the town centre is a perfect opportunity to take in all the scenery and enjoy the invigorating sea air. This walk will take approximately an hour and a half, and is truly magical! Return transport can be arranged.