Just over an hour’s drive out of Cape Town, along the Atlantic coast, lies the stunning seaside town of Hermanus. Beautiful in its own right, it is also famous for being one of the best whale-watching areas in the world and draws nature enthusiasts year after year to bear witness to these great mammals’ playful spectacle. Abalone Guest Lodge is a stone’s throw from the sweeping white beaches of this seaside gem, as well as a short walk from the bustling town. The lodge offers excellent comfort and hospitality in a tastefully decorated, four-star home from home.
Each room at Abalone Lodge boasts original pieces of South African art as well as breathtaking panoramic views of the ocean or mountains. The rooms are spacious and well appointed, each with a private balcony or patio, plus an en suite bathroom.
Guests are invited to treat themselves to one of the specialized treatments offered in the lodge’s luxurious Wellness Centre. Unwind with a Swedish massage, or treat yourself to a rejuvenating facial, the spa’s professional therapists will ensure you leave feeling thoroughly pampered. For the more active guests, Abalone Guest Lodge has a private gym, complete with sauna for some after-workout relaxation.
Hermanus offers holidaymakers a wealth of wonderful activities for a really memorable vacation. Heralded as the “Riviera of the South”, and the center of South Africa’s Whale Route, Hermanus looks out onto the Atlantic ocean; home of the Southern Right whale. During breeding season, the whales can be close to the shore, and there are also numerous boat trips offering whale-watching tours. These are incredibly popular, so booking is essential. If you fancy a more adrenalin-fuelled marine activity, there are a number of shark-diving trips that will take you to Dyer Island, home to the Cape fur seal colony.
Foodies and wine connoisseurs flock to Hermanus as a base to explore the nearby Hemel and Aarde Valley, from which some of South Africa’s most popular wines are produced. There are a number of boutique wine estates in the area such as Bouchard Finlayson and La Vierge, which offer great entertainment as well as fabulous wines.