Built on the site of the Birkenhead Hotel, Birkenhead House is a Hermanus hotel situated in an enviable location; atop the rugged cliffs of the Cape Coast, with dazzling ocean views and easy access to the beach. The original hotel was named after a ship carrying British troops that sank in Walker Bay in 1852. As such, Birkenhead House is steeped in historical significance, and a beautiful reminder of the many lives lost.

As a Hermanus hotel, Birkenhead House is the epitome of contemporary beach house chic: modern, stylish and visually stunning. The ambience is laidback, easy-going and fun. The eleven suites are luxuriously appointed ensuring maximum comfort and indulgence, and the food is of a top-notch, international standard.


Aside from Hermanus whale watching, a myriad of activities is possible on both land and sea, making this an extremely popular destination for a beach holiday in South Africa. To plan your perfect Hermanus activities, visit the hotel’s front desk.

Embark on an unforgettable voyage around Dyer Island – the breeding ground of Jackass Penguins and home to approximately 50 000 Cape Fur Seals. Lose yourself in the beauty of the lush mountain trails and walks, study indigenous birdlife or experience the adventure of deep-sea fishing.

Inquisitive travellers can venture out to the charming village of Stanford, local wine farms and townships, while others can relax with a round of golf, yoga or a leisurely bike ride.

For those who crave a more adrenalin-filled experience during their South African beach holiday, shark cage diving is available, as well as quad-biking, riding, sea-kayaking and scuba diving.


At Birkenhead House, world-class cuisine is a given. In true fusion fashion, the food is a subtle mixture of modern African Cuisine, Cape seafood, and traditional French techniques with strong Asian and Italian influences.

On offer are homemade breads, ice creams and sorbets, as well as delicacies such as tempura strawberries and fresh local fish and Cape seafood ranging from Marlin, Red Roman and Kabeljou to crayfish and mussels will delight your taste buds. Soups are a delicious hearty option, with flavours as unusual and exotic as vanilla and butternut. Only the freshest ingredients are used for lavish meals served in your choice of setting: overlooking the ocean; next to our dual level pool; in our glass fronted dining area or simply enjoy dining in the privacy of your suite.

Menus and meals can be designed to meet guests’ individual palates and requirements.


Indulge your senses with a range of spa treatments at Birkenhead House in Hermanus. With a medley of massage, aromatherapy and reflexology treatments, there is no more relaxing way to round off a leisurely day.

This Hermanus spa offers two treatment rooms and a comprehensive menu to choose from. Delivered by a network of highly qualified therapists, the wide range of therapies include body exfoliations, massages, body wraps, as well as beauty and grooming treatments. When the weather is fine, massages and other spa treatments can also be enjoyed in the open air, overlooking the ocean.