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  • Exclusive-use villa offers total privacy for up to 12 people
  • Enjoys  a beautiful setting on the rocky seashore
  • A luxurious base for a whale watching getaway and for exploring the Overberg

Villa del Faro

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Hermanus


-34.4137, 19.2505


With waves crashing virtually right on its doorstep, Villa del Faro is a fantastic option for groups who want to enjoy a luxurious seaside holiday while feeling as private and independent as they are at home. Available only for exclusive use, the Moroccan-style villa can accommodate 8 adults, with extra beds available for children. The four bedrooms have a homely but luxurious feel and all contain King-size beds which can be converted to twins.

The spacious master bedroom offers a flat screen television, private entrance and a walk-in closet. The en-suite bath is complemented by an outdoor shower which allows the unique opportunity to refresh while looking straight out to the heaving sea and onwards to the mountains. Wonderful sea views can be savoured from the comfort of the bed, while a child sleeping on the window bed will be lulled asleep by the waves.

Sea views can also be enjoyed from the luxury double room, which has an en-suite shower. Couples with two children can all stay together in the family room, which has two window beds and a private bathroom with shower.

The comfy standard room with en-suite shower does not offer a view of the sea, but this is a small compromise when considering that most of the villa’s living areas have ocean vistas.

Allowing plenty of space in which to relax and entertain, these living areas include a spacious open-plan dining room/lounge with a large flat-screen television, leading out onto the terrace, where the ocean is a few metres away. The second lounge is a cosy retreat for reading or afternoon tea, and leads out onto a lovely outdoor dining area with barbeque facilities, again with the sea in touching distance.

Guests will not be left wanting when it comes to self-catering facilities, as the villa’s spacious kitchen is fitted with an oven, stove tops, microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge/freezer, coffee maker, crockery and cutlery and a small pantry. 

After waking up to the spectacular sight of the sun rising over the sea, you may not feel in the mood to cook breakfast, and if this is the case, a filling breakfast can be arranged at additional cost.

During the day, guests staying at the villa between June and December may be privileged enough to witness whales swimming right past the house, creating a memory which will linger forever. The villa is within walking distance of Hermanus’s other famous whale watching spots, most notably the spectacular cliff path, while the town’s restaurants, historical attractions and quaint shops are an easy stroll away. 

The shoreline on the villa’s doorstep is a wonderful place to explore the rock pools and enjoy a dip in the semi-private tidal pool, while guests are optimally positioned for visits to the vast range of attractions in the Western Cape.

Rates & Summary


Must be booked for exclusive use
Sleeps 10 - 12 guests in four bedrooms
Sea and garden views
Lounge and dining room
Terrace with sea views

Master bedroom

Sleeps 2 adults in King-size/twin beds
1 child in window bed
En-suite bath

Luxury bedroom

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower

Standard Room

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower

Family Room

Sleeps 2 adults in King-size/twin beds
2 children in window beds
Bathroom with shower
Garden views


  • Low Season (1 May – 31 Aug '15) 
    R 6 000 per night exclusive use
  • High Season (1 Sep '15 – 28 Feb '16) 
    R 8 750 per night exclusive use

Minimum stay: 2 nights during week,
3 nights at weekend, 14 nights from 
10 Dec '15 to 10 Jan '16


The villa is well-equipped for self-catering
Breakfast at additional cost


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Villa del Faro is a self-catering seaside villa overlooking the famous Walker Bay in Hermanus, and offers comfortable accommodation and elegant living spaces for groups of up to 12 people. The villa’s prime location on a rocky sea shore allows guests to enjoy beautiful ocean views, whale watching and easy beach access. Spacious and luxurious, this exclusive use house is a perfect place to spend an idyllic private holiday with family or friends.


  • Exclusive-use villa offers total privacy for up to 12 people
  • Enjoys  a beautiful setting on the rocky seashore
  • A luxurious base for a whale watching getaway and for exploring the Overberg


Since it is available only for exclusive-use, the villa is ideal for long private stays.

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

  • Whale watching
  • Fishing
  • Nearby: beaches, 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

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Fan included
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service laundry available
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast by arrangement
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Stove
  • Fridge and freezer
  • Basic cleaning materials


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

Leisure Amenities

  • No swimming pool
  • Satellite television

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 500m
  • Nearest fuel within 1km


  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted





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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