As a finale to our recent trip to South Africa, my daughter and I drove to Hermanus to see the Southern Right Whales who come there from September - November. For three days, we stayed at 138 Marine and we had a wonderful time.
Jena and Louis could not have been more genial or welcoming. The house itself is immaculate and faces the ocean across a small, lightly-traveled road, so you really can't be any closer without getting your feet wet!
Our room (The Coral Room) was spacious and beautifully decorated and guests even have a sitting room with a small fridge and kitchenette on the second floor, where most of the rooms are. Breakfast was served each morning on an innovative dining table which could be reconfigured into individual tables for 2, 4, 6, etc.
138 Marine is actually in Sandbaai, about 2 miles from downtown Hermanus, but it's easy to get to town. Jena has helpful maps showing good whale-watching areas, good parking places and good routes back to Capetown. She also maintains a file of local restaurants with menus and recommendations.
We highly recommend 138 Marine. If you stay there, you won't want to leave!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 138 Marine Beachfront Guesthouse, is a National WINNER of SOUTH AFRICAN TOURISM AWARDS (2010; 2011; 2013). Enjoy magnificent views of the whales and stunning African sunsets over the ocean from the comfort of your bedroom or the lounges. The six luxurious designer suites are individually fitted with all modern comforts, meeting international standards. This is the perfect romantic getaway, close to two popular golf courses, and at the gateway of the Hermanus Wine Route. ... more less
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