Boutique hotels and lodges in the region vary from those with stunning Ocean views to those with a mountain or vineyard outlook. Whichever view you choose, expect a warm welcome from owner-managers as you venture a little off the well beaten tourist track. Your stay will also assist with much needed social upliftment in the area.
A short distance from Hermanus, Schulphoek benefits from uninterrupted sea views enabling guests to whale-watch from their own ‘home from home’. Your hosts place great importance on the good food and wine served at a convivial central table before you retire to your suite.
This charming guest house, featuring authentic country style, is situated on a historic farm near Swellendam in the Klein Karoo. Well located to break your journey from the Cape to Garden Route, we recommend pre-booking the excellent dinner enjoyed in the atmospheric candle-lit dining room.
South Africa’s premier marina and flora destination is set among the fynbos and ancient milkwood trees with breathtaking views of Walker Bay, frequented by hundreds of whales in Season. Activities include guided walks and horse rides before returning to your luxurious but cosy suite.
In a tranquil setting encompassing vineyards and river frontage close to Stanford, Blue Gum offers a delightful base from which to explore the region and see whales in Season. Accommodation ranges from country style mountain-facing suites to those with a contemporary design offering valley views.
Arniston is famous for the historic, white-washed fisherman’s cottages offered shelter by the stunning dunes. Today it is still a working port, with the hotel at its centre, recently refurbished to create a delightful base from which to explore the local nature and coastal reserves.