Boutique elegance and character on the Headland


Facilities & services

  • Eleven Suites
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Gym


  • Whale watching
  • Nature trails and beach walks
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Local wine tours
  • Golf
  • Surfing
  • Shark cage diving

Like its siblings of the Royal Portfolio properties (Royal Malewane in the Kruger and La Residence in Franschhoek), Birkenhead House exudes a comfortable chic that is majestically modern yet intimate. Its position on the cliffs of Hermanus looking over Walker Bay confirms it as one of the best places to stay along the Whale Cape.

With only eleven rooms, a fully-equipped spa and an excellent restaurant, the service here is both attentive and personal and a broad range of activities from aromatherapy to shark diving can be arranged.

The interiors are an adroit marriage between traditional French-style furniture offset by antiques, and more clean modern lines using a fresh white and beige palette interspersed with expert use of vibrant colours that complement the views streaming in, and which mostly draws the eyes.

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