A luxurious, peaceful escape that offers exceptional cuisine and personalised service nestled outside the serene town of Hermanus, just a scenic 90 – minute drive from Cape Town.
The Thatch House is an exclusive boutique hotel that offers respite from everyday life, in an exquisite natural setting overlooking the Hermanus Lagoon. Guests here are treated not only to the expansive views over the water and the ancient Cape Fold Mountains, but to impeccable service and distinctive fine fare.
In addition to boundless views and luxurious comforts, The Thatch House offers a number of facilities to its guests including a games and TV room, floodlit tennis court, chipping and putting green, swimming pool, children’s play areas and non-motorised water sports. Boat excursions are available at an additional cost.
Offering a refined sense of home, our boutique hotel has six large luxurious suites, in – and outdoor living areas, and lovingly-manicured sprawling gardens that are coupled with our renowned service and facilities. With relaxation a priority for guests, our team is on-hand to assist with even the smallest of arrangements.
Our food and wine experience is both personal and sophisticated, with a strong emphasis on dishes that are delicious, fresh and healthy. Our chefs use only fresh seasonal ingredients, preparing unique dishes that speak to the terroir of our surrounds.
Over two hectares of gardens fan out from The Thatch House, offering guests the opportunity to disconnect from their busy lives and reconnect with their family and friends during their stay.
Whether it’s reading a book on one of our pool loungers, or kayaking across the tranquil lagoon on a double kayak with your partner, there is plenty on offer for every type of traveller at our exceptional hotel.
The largest of our suites, the Waterfall Suite welcomes its guests through its own private entrance hall, here they will discover a private 131 m² / 1410 ft² suite situated on the upper floor of The Thatch House. The deep greens and blacks of this suite, king size bed and twinkling chandeliers lend themselves to romantic appeal, but the suite is also a favourite for families travelling together that require two separate bedrooms and bathrooms. Sweeping lagoon views from the 50m² private terrace draw guests out onto their personal outdoor area.
With doors that open to reveal sweeping lagoon views, our 117m² / 1260 ft² Flamingo Suite exudes a spirit of Royalty with its deep tones of purple and pink. This ground floor suite leads into the hotel’s gardens, here guests can enjoy the distinct flora of Hermanus.
The Pincushion Suite has a refined style through its textures of mustard, midnight black and grey tones. This ground-level suite opens onto a 50m² / 538 ft² private patio overlooking the Hermanus Lagoon and leads out onto manicured gardens. The 130m² / 1400 ft² suite accommodates up to four guests in adjoining rooms with twin beds in the second bedroom. The Pincushion Suite is therefore an ideal choice for families too.
Situated on the upper floor of the hotel, the Lagoon Suite’s wide double doors create a light, airy and bright space, perfect for a spot to kick back and soak up the afternoon sun. A 50m² / 538 ft² terrace leads off the suite, offering a private outdoor space to enjoy morning coffee or afternoon sundowners overlooking the Lagoon.
Situated on the ground level of The Thatch House, our 62m² / 667 ft² Fern Suite juxtaposes layers of textures and colours, offering a raw and refined cocoon perfect for a romantic stay. With sensational mountain views and access to the garden from its own private patio, the Fern Suite has a king size bed and a lounge area with queen size sleeper couch. This suite can be also booked by families with young children.
Situated on ground level, the 62m² / 667 ft² Milkwood Suite celebrates pattern and colour, creating a private and romantic suite ideal for couples. This suite has views over the ancient Cape Fold Mountains and access to the manicured gardens by way of its own private patio. The Milkwood Suite incorporates a king size bed and a comfortable lounge area.
Situated just 90 minutes from Cape Town, Hermanus is a coastal town that offers a rich tapestry of local art, fine dining, exceptional wine farms and beautiful surrounds. It is most famed for its seasonal whale watching opportunities, whether from land or sea. The town itself offers a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Rich marine life, strings of white, sandy beaches and outdoor activities such as golf, hiking and adventure sports make Hermanus more than just a stopover, but a destination in itself. Hermanus enjoys a moderate climate throughout the year, with activities for all seasons available to guests.
A spectacular display of nature, whale watching in Hermanus’ Walker Bay is just one of the reasons to explore the area from land, by boat, or from the air via a scenic flight. A little more than 15 years ago, a large section of the bay was declared a whale sanctuary to keep boats away from the Southern Right whales that come here annually to breed. A walk along the famous cliff paths will reward you with some of the best land-based whale watching in the world.
Hermanus offers a long and varied coastline with beaches that range from secluded coves, perfect for sunbathing, to the 18-kilometre-long Blue Flag Grotto Beach. Here, you can sunbathe, swim or walk along the swatches of fine white sand.
Hermanus Golf Course, situated between mountain and sea, must be one of the most beautiful courses in the country and the resident baboon troop add a unique wildlife experience to the game! There is a sea or mountain view from every hole and the rich fynbos – from wetlands to mountain and coastal fynbos species – is spectacular.
Meander along the R320 to explore the Hermanus Wine Route of the Hemel-en-Aarde (meaning heaven and earth) Valley. This is one of the most spectacular wine routes that winds up towards the top of the valley. Travellers can stop along at various vineyards and discover some of the best chardonnays, pinot noirs, pinotage, sauvignon blancs and shiraz wines in the country.
For almost a century, Hermanus has been a magnet for artists and writers drawn by its light, clarity of air, moody sea and many-hued mountains. You’ll find lots of works by local artists in the galleries that dot the town. Ask us for more information about our art route map.
Get up close to the resident Great White Sharks from the safety of a shark cage diving boat. The boats depart from Kleinbaai just beyond Gansbaai (operators in Hermanus, or from Gansbaai, will transport clients to the quayside). Set aside a full morning or afternoon for this adrenaline-filled adventure.