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  • Superb central location for all town's conveniences
  • Luxurious self-catering suites offer privacy, convenience and elegance
  • Makes a great base for a relaxed Overberg coast holiday

The Whale Coast All Suite Hotel

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Hermanus


-34.4167, 19.2428


Combining the elegance of a modern hotel with the privacy of self-catering, the Whale Coast is a perfect destination for those who want to explore Hermanus from the luxury of amply-equipped apartments. A short walk from the majority of the town’s attractions, including the Old Harbour, Cliff Path and numerous shops, bistros and restaurants, the apartments are separated into living areas on the lower level and bedrooms on the upper level.

With three sizes to choose from, varying from one-bedroom two sleeper apartments to spacious three-bedroom, six sleeper apartments, most travellers will find something to suit their needs. The apartments are decorated in a sophisticated modern style complemented by colourful artwork, and are all equipped with hairdryers, surround sound satellite televisions, safes, CD/DVD players, hairdryers and wireless internet.

The huge kitchens have attractive granite finishes, and amenities such as a dishwasher, fridge, freezer, oven, stove and top-class modern appliances ensure that self-catering can be carried out smoothly. Meals can be taken in the open-plan living area or outside on the balcony, where guests can enjoy lovely views of the Overberg mountains. On warm days, there is no better place to sip sundowners and have a merry braai using the built-in facilities.

The views are even better from the upstairs bedrooms, where guests can sink into beds fitted with the highest quality linen. The main bedrooms have full en-suite bathrooms, and in all the bathrooms complimentary Aloe Vera products allow for plenty of pampering. A new addition to the hotel, the stylish Old Harbour Café offers some delicious breakfasts to start the day, and visitors will be charmed by wallpapers and placemats displaying historical photos highlighting the town’s origins.

After breakfast, guests can pay a deposit for a beach towel, grab a complimentary bottle of water and head down to the beach for a day of fun in the sun, or walk along the ocean-side cliff paths, where from June to December whales can be viewed at extremely close quarters.

Apart from the excellent eateries and interesting shops within walking distance of the hotel, there is a variety of historical attractions that can be easily explored.

Those staying for a longer period of time can discover everything that the Overberg region has to offer, which includes a good mix of sea- and land-based adventures, wine routes, golf courses, and spectacular scenery.

Since the hotel is situated in front of a shopping mall, guests will find everything they need right on their doorstep, while appreciating the convenience of 24 hour reception and exceptionally helpful service.

Rates & Summary

3 one-bedroom apartments

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Kitchen and dining area
Furnished balcony with braai facilities
Mountain views

5 two-bedroom apartments

Each sleeps 4 in 2 King-size/twin bedrooms
Main bedroom with en-suite bath and shower
Second bedroom with en-suite shower
Kitchen and dining area
Furnished balcony with braai facilities
Mountain views

6 three-bedroom apartments

Each sleeps 6 in three King-size/twin bedrooms
Main bedroom has en-suite bath and shower
Other bedrooms share a bathroom with shower
Kitchen and dining area
Main bedroom has furnished balcony with braai
Mountain views


  • 1-bedroom apartment: from R 2 296 
  • 2-bedroom apartment: from R 2 600
  • 3-bedroom apartment: from R 2 904




Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Located in front of a shopping mall in the centre of Hermanus, the Whale Coast Hotel offers a wide range of well-equipped apartments accommodating everyone from couples to large groups. Guests can enjoy mountain views and easy access to the town’s attractions. Centrally situated for an exploration of Hermanus, the split-level apartments are stylishly decorated and state-of-the art, allowing for a luxurious, private self-catering stay. Guests can start off their day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel’s charming Old Harbour Café, where the decorations pay tribute to the rich history of the town.


  • Superb central location for all town's conveniences
  • Luxurious self-catering suites offer privacy, convenience and elegance
  • Makes a great base for a relaxed Overberg coast holiday

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 hotel are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Old Harbour Café
  • Easy beach access
  • 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

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

Catering & Kitchen

  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Gas stove
  • Fridge and freezer


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

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • No swimming pool
  • Satellite television

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 500m
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • No shuttle service available


  • 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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