Need to know
11 luxury suites.
11am but flexible depending on how busy it is. Check-in: 2pm.
Double rooms from $421.19 (ZAR5,789), excluding tax at 14 per cent.
Rates include transfers to/from Hermanus, breakfast, lunch, dinner in the communal dining room, drinks.
As well as Hermanus' poster activity – whale watching – you can arrange a huge variety of activities around Birkenhead House, including scuba trips, shark diving, quad biking, coastal kayaking, surfing, para gliding, golf, and wine tasting.
At the hotel
Three pools, spa, gym, free WiFi throughout, off-street parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player and library, complimentary minibar.
Our favourite rooms
All rooms are individually decorated, and all are luxurious. One room has an Oriental feel with Chinese yellow-silk chairs and black-lacquer wardrobes. Rooms 1 and 2 are sea-facing (1 is more spacious). Rooms 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 have balconies, as does Room 8 (albeit small) and Room 6 has a wrap-around balcony with mountain views. Rooms 3, 4, 6, 7 and 9 have sea views (6 and 10 have balconies, 9 has three). Room 5 has a plunge pool and a freestanding bath tub, but no sea view. 8 has a four-poster and a sea-view, but only just.
Boutique beach essentials, and binoculars for whale- and dolphin-watching.
No pets. No smoking in the hotel, but a smoking area is provided.
No children under 10, unless the entire property is booked for an exclusive stay. An extra bed for a third person can be added to rooms 2 and 4 through 9 at R1750 a night for an additional fee.
The hotel recycles all paper, glass and metal and creates its own compost from a wormery. All food is sourced locally, seasonally and organically.