Ok, it wasn't exactly JUST to stay at the property, however, as soon as I confirmed my second trip, I made sure that a 2-night stay in Hermanus at this property was reserved. Nothing but amazing things to say about Pelagus House & the attached sister property called Nautilus House!
My first trip to Hermanus, my travel buddy arranged a reservation for us to stay in the Pelagus House-- he requested a room with two single beds. When we arrived at the address, it was very easy to find, even for two Americans ;) Very well situated between the ocean and town. We were greeted at the gate by Anneline and parked in the secure parking area (free!). After unloading the car, we were shown the room which was very nice; when we were shown the room, I would have been quite content, however, Anneline offered us a free upgrade since no one was staying in the 2-bedroom suite during our stay (YES!!) The suite is beautiful-- a HUGE outdoor terrace off the living room and bedroom with two Miami-style round bed-chairs and an additional smaller terrace with a small patio set off the living room. The service is impeccable-- from the daily room cleaning to a delicious customizable continental breakfast, they have got their hospitality down to a fine art. Mara and Anneline are not only two of the sweetest mother-daughter property managers I've ever met, but also the most helpful-- they will suggest and arrange dinner bookings and coordinate activities should you so desire. We had been wrongly advised by the concierge in Cape Town that our safari in Albertinia was only about an hour and a half from Hermanus-- when we realized it was actually more like 3 hours away, Mara quickly took control of the situation and started making calls to find any animal-related activities we could do on such short notice and the last day of our visit to South Africa. After a few calls, she was able to arrange a cheetah preserve and winery tour combo outing with Percy Tours. We would have been so disappointed if we would have had to spend our last day in this amazing country without ever getting to see any animals so she did us a HUUUUUGE favor by taking care of us!
My second stay in Hermanus was in the Nautilus House-- I wanted to change things up a bit since I was with my boyfriend this time and wanted to see if I would like the Nautilus House as much as the Pelagus and guess what? I certainly did!! The two houses are on the same property; they are separated only by the beautiful pool and hot tub (which I've never seen anyone but myself and my companions use). Nautilus has a slightly different ambiance-- it has crisp white rooms with thatched roof ceilings for a more authentic South African feel unlike the more "modern" feel of Pelagus. Both very nice and comfortable, just a different feel. The bathrooms in both houses are 100% top-of-the-line modernized into a very clean, sterile, spa-like environment. My ONLY complaint is that there are no convenient power outlets in the Nautilus House-- there is one behind the mini-fridge but it's kinda hard to get to without pulling it out of the TV cabinet. But hey, if all I have to complain about for the entire duration of BOTH separate stays is a crummy outlet for my own vanity purposes, I'd say that's a VERY GOOD thing :) Mara said on our last day upon check-out, "I sure hope the balcony door wasn't too much of an inconvenience for you (it most certainly wasn't a problem-- it was just a little stiff due to the cooler temperature)-- next time you come back to Hermanus, we'll comp you a free night." Oh my goodness, could these women be any more accommodating?!? Of course I'm definitely going to take her up on the offer-- I'll still pay for another 2-night stay though. It is some of the best money I've ever spent on impeccable accommodation and service.
Thank you again Mara and Anneline! Breandan, Jacque, and I are your guests for life!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT AS OF 1 MARCH 2014 Pelagus Guest House is situated in Hermanus, South Africa - a picturesque little town, world renowned for its beauty, whales and champagne air. Our guest house offers you accommodation in Hermanus that has all the elements necessary for a stay that is truly special. Our position, our style and our dedication to the highest standards ensure that the accommodation we provide meets your expectations. A spectacular view of the ocean and the sound of waves greet you on arrival at Pelagus Guest House; you'll awake to the smell of a fresh sea breeze and seaside sounds every morning and you'll be able to relax on the patio and enjoy the vista of Walker Bay whenever it pleases you. ... more less
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