The Marine, Hermanus
Perched on top of the cliffs at Hermanus, The Marine has one of the southern hemisphere's most spectacular seascapes
As with the sister properties of The Collection - namely the The Cellars-Hohenort and The Plettenberg - the world class quality that has become the hallmark of Liz McGrath is apparent in The Marine.
The Marine has 42 individually decorated bedrooms and suites, each with its own private facilities. Commanding views extend across Walker Bay or over the beautiful internal courtyard, finely manicured gardens and the Overberg Mountains. Accommodation consists of twin, double, luxury double rooms and premier suites. These standard twin and double-bedded rooms offer the same exceptional style in décor as is found in the suites and luxury double rooms. None of these rooms offer a full sea view, although a number offer a partial sea view. Fourteen of the rooms include a balcony, these varying in size. All the rooms are magnificently and uniquely decorated in superb fabrics of floral and heavy silks. Eight magnificently and individually decorated suites all have varied views of the sea. The biggest of these suites features a large Georgian-style bay window, and is on two levels, which includes a spacious seating area downstairs with picture windows overlooking Walker Bay.
Two of these suites have balconies, whilst five occupy a split-level and two have a working fireplace.
The sparkling, heated courtyard pool might beckon, perfect for catching some African sun or sip a glass of local wine in The Sun Lounge with nothing between you and the South Pole, other than 3,000 miles of ocean. Hermanus offers some of the best land-based whale watching in the world and at The Marine you don't even have to get out of bed to experience these amazing creatures!
The view of the sea from The Pavilion restaurant is exceptional and adds another dimension to the dining experience. During the months of June to December diners can view the whales from their table. It serves an array of the highest quality dishes with hints of the Mediterranean and the East that highlight the creative talents of a superb culinary team. The magnificent wall and ceiling lamps in this elegant restaurant are the originals which once graced the Bathing Pavilion at Muizenberg.
The Seafood at the Marine restaurant is modern yet has a relaxed feel to it. The new floating glass wall panel with a wave design and beautiful lighting is a key feature. The restaurant is warm, sophisticated, personalized and inviting. Subtle warm lighting, bold graphic pots, black and white photography, floating bulkhead, wave designed glass screen and glass sculpture all add up to a visual aperitif to the impending culinary feast. The style is informal and busy, with the emphasis on the freshness of the fish from Walker Bay and friendly service. The open kitchen, with its young talented chefs, provides diners with a close-up view of the frenetic activity.
You might wish to relax from time to time and the Carchele Beauty Spa is an experience not to be missed. A comprehensive list of treatments promises an experience that soothes the body, mind and spirit to leave one feeling refreshed and revitalised. Facilities include a steam room and a dynamic hydro bath table for mud and gel body wrap treatments including Vicci shower.