Whale Rock Lodge

Hermanus, Garden Route

The hotel

The stage for one of the globe’s greatest wildlife scenes, Hermanus is pure paradise during whale watching season – and this authentic seaside villa puts you just moments from the magic. Sitting a block from the sea, right by the New Harbour cruise dock, and at the start of the Cliff Path, the route curves along the coast with prime viewing spots. But it’s not all about whales here, and the thatched Whale Rock Luxury Lodge also puts you close to the heart of Hermanus, with its popular shopping and dining venues, and features glorious gardens, two swimming pools, personalised service, and a boutique hotel feel, thanks to it having just 17 elegant bedrooms and suites.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Internet Access

Where is it

Located at the Westcliff end of Hermanus, town centre is a 5-minute drive away. Close to the New Harbour.

Hotel information

18 rooms and suites divided over 3 buildings. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom with separate bath and shower, satellite TV, WiFi access, hairdryer and safe. Cosy Deluxe Rooms have a thatched roof, private patio and 1 king-size bed, or twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults. 

Garden Deluxe Rooms have a semi-private patio or courtyard terrace and 1 king-size bed, or twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Garden Suites have an open lounge area, private terrace and direct access to the swimming pool, one of the suites has a fireplace. Suites have 1 king-size bed, or twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Sea View Suites are located on the 1st floor, with 1 king-size bed, or twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Breakfast room. Honesty bar. Lounge/reception area with library. 2 salt water swimming pools. Complimentary WiFi.

2 nights. 

* Denotes local charge.

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Sep 25, 2020 Elk3621

There are many things to fall in love with at Whale Rock Luxury Lodge. Let me name a few so you don't dip out at all! Attention to detail is important to me as is quality. You will find both at this location. On arrival we were met heartily at reception and after freshening up with the luxurious Theravine products, I slipped into my crisp white… Read more
There are many things to fall in love with at Whale Rock Luxury Lodge. Let me name a few so you don't dip out at all! Attention to detail is important to me as is quality. You will find both at this location. On arrival we were met heartily at reception and after freshening up with the luxurious Theravine products, I slipped into my crisp white towelling gown. I then made myself a cup of tea and nibbled on the delicious chocolate rounds at the bottom of the bed. These were not your average cooking chocolate variety but filled with candied orange peel and roasted coffee beans. So good, we stocked up in the village later! The breakfasts are out of this world. Tailor made to suit your every whim. Be warned though, there is a draw back to staying at the villa.... you don't want to leave your room! We braced the sea air eventually and walked the Cliff Path and then couldn't wait to spend the afternoons sipping coffee round the pool or beneath the feathers of the down duvet. If you are in need of a treat, this is the place to check into. Read less
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Aug 23, 2020 christyc549

What an amazing place! We stayed in the villa with some friends. Home from dinner the fireplace was roaring. Cappuccinos served at breakfast. Fantastic decorated with great eye for detail and needs for any guests
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Apr 5, 2020 jjsbrown Milford on Sea, United Kingdom

We have visited Whale Rock 3 times and enjoyed it's comfortable rooms, friendly staff, excellent breakfasts and lovely swimming pool. For the older customer it is quite a long, but very pleasant, walk from central Hermanus. The area is very quiet. Excellent stay.
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Mar 23, 2020 Richtershuyz Pretoria, South Africa

Whale Rock luxury lodge is amazing! The staff at Whale Rock made our stay perfect! Thank you to Melanie, Victor and Vaughn. Victor from Check-in to check-out, you made sure all our needs were taken care of. Thank you to a superb team. This gem is so luxurious you have to pinch yourself to stop yourself from enjoying all the little touches,… Read more
Whale Rock luxury lodge is amazing! The staff at Whale Rock made our stay perfect! Thank you to Melanie, Victor and Vaughn. Victor from Check-in to check-out, you made sure all our needs were taken care of. Thank you to a superb team. This gem is so luxurious you have to pinch yourself to stop yourself from enjoying all the little touches, homely feeling and luxurious stay. Thank you Again! I will highly recommend this holiday destination to all my international guests. Kind Regards. Joos and Cindy Agenbag. Read less
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Mar 11, 2020 26barryl Christchurch, New Zealand

I was fortunate to find this delightful place last year and my return visit was just as good. The rooms and facilities are excellent, the welcome warm and the overall experience is beyond reproach. They even put up with the vicissitudes of power cuts on a daily basis caused by the continued incompetence of Eskom with quick response with a… Read more
I was fortunate to find this delightful place last year and my return visit was just as good. The rooms and facilities are excellent, the welcome warm and the overall experience is beyond reproach. They even put up with the vicissitudes of power cuts on a daily basis caused by the continued incompetence of Eskom with quick response with a generator and a smile. I will be back Read less