Perched on its own promontory overlooking Walter Bay, the setting for Birkenhead House alone will leave you breathless. The location is ideal for seaside pleasures: watch the waves crash from your balcony, and perhaps even glimpse a mother Right Whale and her calf breaching the white-caps (from May to December). The beach, it seems, forever beckons; you can stroll along one of the two beaches here, and perhaps enjoy sundowner drinks and seafood barbeques under the star-specked night sky. Relax in the bi-level swimming pool or infinity pool, soaking in panoramic views of the Hermanus coast. Perfectly situated between the mountains and the ocean, the hotel provides an unparalleled variety of opportunities for exploration. Hermanus offers several options of walking trails, all of which feature spectacular views of the craggy coastline or the beautiful fynbos-covered mountains. Explore Fernkloof Nature Reserve, a part of the Cape Floral Kingdom that boasts sweeping views of scenic Walker Bay. In one of the 11 unique suites back at the hotel, you are ensconced in elegance: Chandeliers. Fresh roses. Ostrich-feather lampshades and zebra-print upholstery, Victorian bathtubs and original artwork. The cuisine is a top-notch conflagration of African, French and Italian styles, and can be enjoyed anywhere you wish.