Stayed 3 nights (1st, 2nd & 3rd Nov) as our last stop en-route to CT. After our experience of Periwinkle Guest Lodge in Plett, we were really rather looking forward to this place, especially as we'd also heard whales were around - took 3 minutes from being in our Room (No 1 - their Honeymoon suite - no it wasn't) to see our first. This place is stunning - perfectly located on a rocky promontory overlooking Walker Bay, with a bush (many of which in flower)strewn headland directly in front of their own walled garden (gated-access). We spent some hours just watching the whales, seals, penguins mucking about in the waves - we also did the Whale Boat trip, but would say - only do that, if you are majorly keen and it is very calm. South Atlantic waves can cut up rough in minutes. Weather was gorgeous, but breezy, so we saw a lot from shore. Breakfast (on deck in the morning sun) and service was exemplary - Dinner is n/a, so we went into Town, where a myriad of options exist - cabs booked by Staff. Drove here from Wilderness through the Little Karoo, down R.62, R.324, Swellendam, then N2 to Hermanus. Stunning scenery and vistas (flowers) etc, but allow loads of time, then it's at its best. Drive to CT down R,44 was excellent too and Penguins at Betty's Bay are better than at Simon's Town. We did encounter a gentleman with a penchant for sitting exposed whilst out on the rocks infront of female Whale Watchers !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Abalone Lodge, situated on the magnificent ocean front of Hermanus. Abalone Guest Lodge offers luxury accommodation for travel, business or leisure. Abalone Guest Lodge has direct access to the well-known Scenic Cliff Path that makes Hermanus the Land Base Whale Watching Capital of the World. Abalone Guest Lodge is situated on Siever’s Point, a landmark seafront position midway between the town centre and the beautiful Blue Flag beaches of Hermanus. Facilities such as sauna, treatment room and gym for your comfort. We look forward to welcoming you to our tastefully decorated en-suite accommodation that offers you every luxury as well as unrivalled views of the ocean and the mountains. ... more less
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