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  • Three-story guesthouse on the rocks offers superb sea views
  • Rooms offer elegant comfort and the chance to see whales right from bed
  • A great location for exploring the Overberg

Hermanus Beach Villa

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 8 years and older

In Hermanus


-34.411, 19.2835


Frequented by hundreds of mating and calving whales between June and December, the Indian Ocean off the coast of Hermanus is undoubtedly the town’s biggest attraction. The towering Hermanus Beach Villa occupies prime real estate a stone’s throw from these shores, with everything geared towards giving guests the best seaside and whale-watching experience possible.

Situated on the villa’s first and second floors, the rooms all have sea-facing balconies where guests can enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the ocean. You have a wonderful chance of seeing the playful whales and their calves rolling by, flapping huge fins and gushing loudly through their blowholes.

The comfortable rooms are decorated in neutral, soothing tones that perfectly suit this seaside location and large windows ensure that the ocean is always in sight.

Guests have a choice between standard, deluxe and luxury rooms, all containing comfy, percale linen, King-size beds and equipped with hair dryers, fridges, tea and coffee facilities, fluffy bath robes, flat screen televisions and wireless internet. To wash off the salty spray of the sea, the en-suite bathrooms come with indulgent bath products.

The Baleen Rooms on the first floor - featuring en-suite showers - are the villa’s standard rooms. Separated by interleading doors, the rooms can be booked individually, but a shared lounge area with its own balcony makes them ideal for families or friends.

Deluxe Rooms include Abalone on the first floor and Grotto on the second and both have en-suite baths with an overhead shower. The Dolphin luxury suite showcases the spectacular second-floor views from two balconies: one leading from the bedroom and the other from the spacious sitting room. The first floor Walker Bay is the largest suite in the villa, featuring a lounge with a fireplace. Dolphin and Walker Bay both have en-suite showers.

Commanding prime position on the second floor, Bay View is a beautiful honeymoon suite, where a crackling fire, full en-suite bathroom and spacious balcony create plenty of romanticism. For those looking for a luxurious family holiday, the adjoining Queen room can be booked in conjunction.

After being lulled to sleep by the waves and waking up refreshed, guests will head down to the public areas of the guesthouse to enjoy a leisurely continental and hot breakfast in the homely breakfast room. This is also the ideal chance to speak to your hosts about planning your day in and around Hermanus. They will gladly point you to all of the town’s best whale-watching spots, shops and restaurants, and help you arrange adventures such as shark-cage diving, horse riding, kite surfing, sea kayaking and abseiling. Play a round of golf at one of the region’s many world-class courses, or visit a wine estate to taste some equally good wines.

A whale-watching boat cruise - which gets you incredibly close to the huge mammals - is one of the most amazing experiences you can have. On lazy days, you can fire up the villa’s braai and enjoy a jovial cook-up while looking out to sea.

Rates & Summary

2 Baleen Rooms

First floor
Inter-leading double rooms
En-suite shower
Balconies with ocean view
Shared lounge area with bathroom
Can be taken together or separately

Grotto Room

Second floor
Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
Shower over bath
Balcony with ocean view

Abalone Room

First floor
Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
Shower over bath
Balcony with ocean view

Dolphin Suite

Second floor
Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
Living room
Two sea-facing balconies
Two bathrooms with showers

Walker Bay Suite

First floor
Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite shower
Lounge with fireplace
Balcony with ocean views

Bay View Suite

Second floor
Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Sitting area with fireplace
Large balcony
A Queen room can be connected


  • from R 1 992 - R 2 637 per unit


Continental and Full English breakfast included


Children 8 years and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in the world’s whale-watching capital, Hermanus Beach Villa is a three-storey bed-and-breakfast overlooking the ocean. A variety of luxury rooms on the villa’s upper floors offer soothing comforts and lovely sea views. The rooms have a beach house atmosphere befitting a luxury seaside holiday, with all featuring stunning views of the ocean from balconies. From here (in season), awestruck guests can watch the magnificent whales swimming in the bay.


  • Three-story guesthouse on the rocks offers superb sea views
  • Rooms offer elegant comfort and the chance to see whales right from bed
  • A great location for exploring the Overberg

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird/whale watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the villa are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

Nearby: beaches, whale watching, shark-cage diving, sea kayaking, kite surfing, river and lagoon cruises, nature reserves, horse riding, hiking, abseiling, paragliding, quad biking,  golf, wine route, shopping, museum.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Air conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Limited firewood provided
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe





Western Cape


The Overberg is a region that’s easy on the senses and pleasing to the eye. Its landscape is a tapestry of colours and meandering patterns, both natural and manmade. 

The region forms a relatively small part of the Western Cape; it is mostly rural, and is blessed with stunning scenery and unique highlights. Its largest town, Hermanus, is said to provide the best land-based whale watching in the world. It also has exquisite beaches, including the blue flag Grotto Beach, and the nearby Hemel-en-Aarde Valley epitomises the majestic beauty of the region.

Across Walker Bay, the towns of Gansbaai and Kleinbaai are best known for shark cage diving to see great whites at the hotspot near Dyer Island.

L’Agulhas stands at the southernmost point on the African continent, and is the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

The Overberg fauna and flora is protected in the Bontebok National Park, and its nature reserves include De Hoop, De Mond, Salmons Dam, Marloth, and the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Staying with wildlife, the penguin colony at Stony Point in Betty’s Bay is also a tourist favourite.

Swellendam and the small mission towns of Genadendal and Elim are amongst the Overberg’s historic icons. Others that are popular with visitors are Greyton, Stanford, and Napier.

In summer the farmlands are dominated by shimmering shades of brown, the fields stripped of their winter crops and the bare earth ploughed into meandering combed patterns dotted with tightly compressed wheels of straw awaiting collection. Labourers’ cottages hunker down beneath old blue gums and on a cold day smoke drifts from their chimneys.

Throughout the year the early morning and late afternoon sun accentuates the sensual curves of the ridges wreathed in fynbos. When the winter rains return, the undulating, sometimes tiered fields shrug off their brown and slip into the vibrant greens of wheat, barley, and oats, and the brilliant yellow of the iconic canola. On still, sultry mornings, blue cranes, South Africa’s national bird, float overhead craaaaaaking as they go.

The coastline is punctuated by long sweeping bays and rocky outcrops that fringe the southern boundary of this landscape. Here one can spend hours sitting on the white sand, being mesmerised by the eternal activity of the sea.

Add to this a scattering of charming inland villages; locally produced beer, cheese, and wine; lighthouses, bird watching, and wonderful food, and it becomes evident why one needs plenty of time here.

Look out for

Southern-most tip of Africa - at L’Agulhas, which is also the official meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. 

Shark cage diving - near Gansbaai there are several operators who do trips daily out to the Great Whites’ favourite hunting grounds near Dyer Island. 

Whale watching - the Overberg offers great land-based and boat-based whale watching (best between July and November). 

Beaches - the Overberg beaches are amongst the finest in South Africa. They include the longest beach in the southern hemisphere - at 14km - which curves along the coast at Struisbaai. 

Swellendam - is the third-oldest magisterial district in South Africa. At the base of the Langeberg Mountains on the N2 highway the town has an array of historic buildings including the Drostdy Museum.

Hermanus - On the coast in the west of the region. It is the largest town in the Overberg and popular with visitors all year round. It’s especially well known for its superb land-based whale watching.

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley - near Hermanus - this scenic area produces a range of wines and is known for its Pinot Noir.

Bontebok National Park - The smallest of South Africa’s National Parks, it not only protects the fauna within its boundaries but also endangered flora in the fynbos biome. In addition to the bontebok, the park is also home to Cape mountain zebra, red hartebeest, grey rhebuck, and Cape grysbok as well as 200 bird species. There are hiking and mountain-biking trails and fishing and swimming in the Breede River. The accommodation and campsite are situated at Lang Elsie’s Kraal amongst a riverine thicket of trees and aloes near the banks of the Breede River. This consists of 10 self-catering chalets with wheel chair access, and caravan and camping sites. There are also picnic spots with braai and ablution facilities for day visitors.

De Hoop Nature Reserve - Each year between June and November whales return to the rugged coastline of this 34 000 hectare reserve near Bredasdorp to breed. During this time the marine reserve supports 40% of the world’s Southern Right whale population. Although these may be the drawcard for many visitors there is much more in the line of nature-based activities for the visitor. Lowland fynbos is the dominant vegetation throughout the reserve and this supports bontebok, Cape mountain zebra, grey rhebuck, eland, and baboon, as well as many smaller mammals. It’s a great destination for ‘twitchers’, with the De Hoop vlei attracting a large number of water birds and pushing the recorded species to an impressive total of 260. Besides being able to walk anywhere in the reserve there are several day hikes and the popular 5-day whale trail. Accommodation options are varied from cottages and rondawels to restored houses and neat camping and caravan sites amongst the milkwood trees. Most accommodation is around what is known as Die Opstal near the fresh water vlei and park reception.

Wines - The region has some top class wineries that offer tasting and sales.

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