We found this B&B when we decided to stay in De Kelders (just north of Gansbaai) on a whim one afternoon after hours of whale watching off the cliffs in Hermanus and the terrace of the 'Coffee on the Rocks' in De Kelders.
The owner, Gideon, lives just across the street and made quite an effort to be present as much as possible, so although you technically don't stay at somebody's house, you still get much attention as well as good advice and we really enjoyed that.
This B&B is literally on the rocks overlooking Walker Bay and we stayed in mid-October, so in the middle of a fantastic whale watching season. You cannot be closer to the bay than here and the views of the common deck (used for sundowners and breakfast and whenever you want to use it) are just awe-inspiring. You see the entire bay all the way round to Pringle Bay and we saw at least a dozen of whales at any given time.
The rooms are furnished with taste and attention and lots of effort has been put into being modern and very comfortable. All rooms are equipped with a Nespresso coffee maker (wow!) as well as yoga mats (nice! I assume they have classes there or just want to give you the chance to practice on the deck overlooking the water - what a lovely gesture!), refrigerator, minibar, lots of wine to chose from, TV, DStV etc. and all seemed to have a balcony facing the water as well as private patio furniture/sun-chairs. There is also a plunge pool on a lower deck, still overlooking the bay, which also has a few sun-loungers. The Cliff Lodge is right on the water front with direct access to the cliff path running along that stretch of the coast, so you can go walking along the cliffs any time you like - we observed whales before dinner and breakfast right in front of the lodge, although you could have seen them also from the patio or your private balcony (just a little bit more set back :-)
The common room is equipped with an honesty bar, lots of interesting books and CDs.
We really enjoyed the attention and effort to assist us in our stay. We also very much enjoyed the buffet-style breakfast. In addition you can also choose a hot breakfast, which was delicious and we particularly like to mention the effort put into serving very fresh and high quality foods, like a fresh squeezed juice, organic muesli and different types of really good breads and cheeses. You could not want for more, especially when you add the ocean view!
Thank you, Gideon, Jill, Nico and the rest of the team, for a lovely stay! We will be back next whale watching season!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on the cliffs, right above the sea with breathtaking views across Walker Bay, Cliff Lodge is 35km from Hermanus and 5km from Gansbaai, in the tranquil village of De Kelders. Luxurious, individually decorated bedrooms open onto outside sea view patios. Rooms range from standard side rooms to a spacious sea front room, a luxurious penthouse suite, and a sea front cottage. Our comfortable guest lounge has tea and coffee making facilities, a well-stocked honesty bar and a library of books about the area. The all-weather conservatory and sea front deck have spectacular 180-degree ocean and mountain views. This is the perfect spot to sample the local Overberg wines or enjoy our excellent coffee, while watching whales or the spectacular sun sets over Walker Bay. Our swimming pool has the perfect location, right on the cliff top overlooking the sea, and the beaches of the Walker Bay Nature Reserve are a short walk from Cliff Lodge. ... more less
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