Birkenhead House sets the standard for luxury hotels in Hermanus. With its exhilarating cliff-top position overlooking the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay, Birkenhead House provides luxury accommodation for those seeking time out to relax and recharge body and mind. Watch surfers carving through the waves and, for several months each year, witness Southern Right and Humpback Whales breaching just metres from the shore.
The hotel’s contemporary décor is an artful mix of beach-house and quirky opulence. The all-inclusive rate means that guests never need to leave the comfort of Birkenhead House, where all meals and drinks are included.
For the more adventurous, Hermanus offers activities aplenty including whale watching, shark cage diving, golf, horse riding on the beach, hiking, surfing, mussel picking and even wine tasting. The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is just a short drive away and is one of South Africa’s premier wine routes.
The 11 rooms at Birkenhead House are individually decorated by the stylish wand of owner Liz Biden. The rooms are located in three different houses which make up Birkenhead House. Please note that while we will do our best to accommodate your room preference we can only guarantee a room category and not a specific room.
Beautifully designed sea-facing rooms in the front house with generous balconies. There is a seating area, mini-bar, flat screen TV and air-con. The bathrooms have a bath and shower.
These air-conditioned rooms are located on the side of the hotel and offer majestic mountain and sea views. There is a seating area, mini-bar, flat screen TV and air-con. The bathrooms have a bath and shower.
Offering a view of the pool and central courtyard from the patio, with partial sea-views, these well-appointed, 42m² room have a king-size bed, air-con and a flat-screen TV. private bathroom is fitted with an opulent bathtub and beautiful shower.
Standard rooms have a balcony with mountain views and are located in the back house. These air-conditioned and luxurious rooms have a seating area, mini-bar and flat-screen. The private bathroom is fitted with a bath and shower.
Delicious, coastal-inspired cuisine made using fresh seafood and flavourful ingredients from the local shoreline makes for an unforgettable dining experience for guests staying at Birkenhead House. Every meal is accompanied by expansive sea views overlooking the Atlantic ocean.
On offer are homemade breads, ice creams and sorbets, as well as delicacies such as tempura strawberries. Fresh local seafood includes Cape Salmon, Kingklip, Hake, Marlin, Red Roman and Kabeljou as well as crayfish, prawns and mussels picked fresh from the rocks below the hotel.
Soups are a delicious hearty option, with flavours as unusual and exotic as vanilla and butternut. Only the freshest ingredients are used for lavish meals served in your choice of setting: overlooking the ocean; next to our dual level pool; in our glass fronted dining area or simply enjoyed in the privacy of your suite.
Menus and meals can be designed to meet guests’ individual palates and dietary requirements.
Pathways along the cliff edge allow you to explore this wild and beautiful Cape coastline, while the beaches themselves are pristine, safe and easily accessible. Along Hermanus’s famous cliff path you will find numerous information boards about the abundant marine life. The information focuses mainly on the Marine 5 – whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins.
Hermanus is renowned as the best place for land-based whale watching in the world. And Birkenhead House is privileged to enjoy the best vantage point in Hermanus – standing proud on the clifftop above Voelklip beach. From the main deck at Birkenhead House you’ll see pods of dolphins splashing playfully past the front deck as well as Southern Right and Humpback Whales. On rare occasions you might even see a Bryde’s Whale. There is a telescope in the main sitting room as well as numerous sets of binoculars for our guests to get a good look at these fascinating and calming creatures.
The best time for whale watching is from July to December but the optimum time seems to change a little each year.