Address Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape, 7200, South Africa +27 (0)21 794 5535

Establishment Description

The Marine is one of the southern hemisphere´s most spectacular seaside Relais & Châteaux properties. Perched on the cliffs, overlooking Hermanus´ Walker Bay, The Marine boasts 40 individually decorated bedrooms and suites. This unforgettable property overlooks South Africa´s most pristine whale sanctuary, and it is just a stone´s throw from one of the greatest densities of the endangered Great White Shark, and selection of fynbos species in the Cape. The Marine offers guests the unique opportunity to experience the finest land-based whale watching in the world. From June to September guests are able to view these majestic creatures from the comfort of their beautiful sea view room. The attention to detail is apparent in every aspect of this remarkable owner managed property - from the personal service to the exceptional cuisine which is overseen by The Collection by Liz McGrath´s Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef, Peter Tempelhoff, the perfect-for-sundowners Sun Lounge and the in-house Carchele Beauty Spa. Each piece of The Marine story adds another element to an unforgettable stay


The Marine boasts 40 individually decorated bedrooms and suites.

Area activities

On Site facilities -Carchele Spa, Conferencing Facilities, The Collection Boutique, Solar Heated Swimming Pool, Tidal Pool, Internet Lounge with business facilities offering Complimentary high speed wireless internet access.

Check in times

Check In:
Check-in time is from 14h00. A guaranteed check-in prior to 14h00 can be pre-registered from the night before for an additional charge equal to one night’s accommodation

Check out:
Check-out time is at 11h00. Any requests for a late departure are subject to availability and may be subject to a late departure fee of 50% of the applicable room rate. Late departures after 18h00 are subject to a charge of one additional night’s accommodation.

Children Policy

We welcome children of all ages. Children under the age of 3 can be accommodated across all room categories in a camper cot with their parents. One child up to 14 years of age can be accommodated in their parent’s room, with an extra bed,  charged at R950.00 per night, when booking selected Luxury double rooms and guaranteed when booking Suites or Premier Suites

Deposit Terms

A 50% deposit is required to confirm a reservation. On-line reservations to be paid immediately with credit card when making a reservation. When paying your deposit by EFT (Electronic fund transfer) the deposit is required within 4 days of confirmation.
All reservations must be guaranteed by a valid credit card.
The balance to be paid 6 weeks prior to arrival.

Cancellation Terms

All cancellations must be received and acknowledged by our Sales Office in writing.

Summer – All reservations cancelled 30 days or less prior to arrival, the Company will be liable for full payment of the confirmed nights

Winter – All reservations cancelled 14 days or less prior to arrival, the Company will be liable for full payment of the confirmed nights
In the event of an early departure or no show, the Company will be liable for all the nights confirmed.

Travel Insurance

We suggest that guests are covered by travel insurance in the event of an unforeseen cancellation.

Room Types & Descriptions

‘’That special something... no two Marine Double Rooms are the same! ‘’
The gorgeous Double Rooms offer the same exceptional décor and uncompromising style found throughout The Marine. A selection offer their own private balconies. In addition to the views the Double Rooms all feature an en-suite bathroom, under floor heating, air-conditioning throughout and other luxury amenities you´ve come to expect from The Collection by Liz McGrath properties. A Double Room at The Marine is the elegant choice for the discerning guest.

‘’That special something ... Luxury Double Rooms with mountain views!’’
The Marine has three special Luxury Double Rooms, two that offer mountain views from a shared patio and a third with step out balcony with a view of Hermanus. Each Luxury Double Room features a sitting area, an en-suite bathroom, under floor heating and air-conditioning throughout. If you are looking for a room that makes you feel instantly at home The Luxury Double is the perfect room for you.

‘’That special something ... Luxury Double Rooms boasting sea views!’’
The Luxury Double with Sea View Rooms boast panoramic vistas of the breathtaking bay; ensuring that you are able to get that much needed closer look, when the impressive pods of whales and dolphins swim by. Each Luxury Double Room features a sitting area, an en-suite bathroom, under floor heating and air-conditioning throughout. If you are looking for a room that makes you feel instantly at home The Luxury Double is the perfect room for you.

‘’That special something ... The Suites are an excellent combination of luxury and comfort!’’
Each Suite, at The Marine, is individually and tastefully decorated in the style you´ve come to expect from The Collection by Liz McGrath. All the décor draws its inspiration from the beautiful ocean surroundings. Four of the five Suites offer wonderful sea views, while the most spacious Suite showcases a side-sea view. Each Suite boasts a spacious separate lounge area, an en-suite bathroom, under floor heating and air-conditioning throughout. If you´re looking to experience true luxury during your stay at The Marine, the first step is a Suite.

‘’That special something ... The Premier Suites create the perfect seaside escape!’’
They are the very best home away from home! The Marine offers eight individually decorated Premier Suites. All Premier Suites boast varied views of the ocean. Two of the Premier Suites offer balconies, five are spread out over split-levels, two feature a cosy working fireplace and - the largest of the Premier Suites - enjoys a Georgian style bay window that amplifies the sublime surrounding Walker Bay seascape. Each of the Premier Suites showcase a separate lounge, a private flat screen television, satellite TV, a beautifully appointed bedroom, an en-suite bathroom, under floor heating and air-conditioning throughout. If you´re searching for: A suite where the décor is luxurious and at the same time incredibly comfortable. A suite with all the amenities you´d expect from a Relais & Châteaux property. A suite that you´ll never want to leave.


The Pavilion at The Marine creates an elegant and engaging dining experience. The Pavilion offers views of the awe-inspiring Walker Bay. This view, complimented by the contemporary décor, adds an additional dimension to this unique dining experience. Together these elements, combined with a unique and well-stocked floating wine cellar, create the ideal platform for the constantly evolving cuisine. Here The Marine chefs create modern fare that is influenced by local and international cuisine trends and the seasons. The menu - designed by The Collection´s award-winning Executive Chef Peter Tempelhoff and Head Chef Delia Harbottle - places significant emphasis on fresh produce from local green-friendly suppliers, and this gives The Pavilion at The Marine the ability to showcase an unforgettable taste of Walker Bay and the Overberg Region. Charming service and an award-winning wine list ensure that The Pavilion continually delights guests from around the world. From breakfasts to out-of-this-world-delicious dinners, The Pavilion is the dining experience you can´t afford to miss. The Pavilion is open for dinner five nights a week (Tuesday to Saturday) and with the possibility of spotting a whale from your table - from June to December - breakfast is a great idea any day of the week.
The must-try-dish - off the incredible SeaFood menu - is the Rich Man´s fish and chips, with tomato salsa, paired with a glass of white wine from the Walker Bay area. Delectable! Inspired by Mrs. McGrath´s visit to the Harrods´ seafood counter, SeaFood at The Marine is a must-try whether you´re staying at The Marine or just visiting Hermanus. Offering diners a contemporary and relaxed environment, with an emphasis on fresh fish, SeaFood showcases a sustainable taste of the Walker Bay region. SeaFood´s modern and inviting design and décor help create a setting that is warm, sophisticated, personalized and inviting. While the interesting open kitchen gives guests a close-up view of the activity in the kitchen, ensuring an unforgettably interactive experience. SeaFood at The Marine is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.
The Sun Lounge is The Marine´s in-house bar, which is open to both residents and non-residents. Here the warm and inviting décor creates an incredibly comfortable setting that does not detract from the unforgettable views of Walker Bay. The overall atmosphere that the elegant design, décor and setting create is one of relaxed sophistication. During the day The Sun Lounge is a relaxed space to meet for casual drinks or afternoon tea. When night falls, it becomes a superb location to enjoy the finest selection of delectable cocktails, award-winning South African wines and sublime Champagne.

CSI Profiles

Pavilion at The Marine
Seafood at The Marine

Food Philosophy

Currently, Peter holds the position of Executive Chef in the ‘The Collection by Liz McGrath’. He continues to explore, understand and re-imagine what South African food can be by investigating local flavour through ingredients specific to his locale. In his words, all he has to do now is “keep innovating, keep coming up with new things, new dishes, new flavours, and always keep stretching the boundary.“

Chef's Profile

Peter Tempelhoff resizedThere’s a rumour that gets traded behind passes, in back-alleys of restaurants, and at early morning fish-markets that Chef Peter Tempelhoff emerged into this world with his tiny fingers gripping a wooden spoon. He was, it seems, born to cook.

Rumours aside, after Peter Tempelhoff had grown and finished his schooling, he started a degree economics. Before it was too late he realized a life as a desk-jockey would be a nightmare, and disappeared into a forest to cut down some trees for a while. Emerging from the forest he still wasn’t sure what he should do with his life.  So, he took an aptitude test. The result was unsurprising: CHEF. The gods were shouting, “cook Peter, you need to cook.”

Heeding the call, Peter enrolled at Cape Town’s Institute of Culinary Arts in 1996. He finished top of his class and was awarded a bursary to study at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. The gods – and the aptitude test – were right.  

Moving to London, Peter worked at a series of increasingly prestigous restaurants. First at Quo Vadis with Marco Pierre White for a year; then two years at his first Michelin starred restaurant, Hambleton Hall, with mentor and friend Aaron Patterson; and at Giorgio Locatelli’s one Michelin starred restaurant, Zafferano.

Peter was earning his souffles, cutting his tomatoes and climbing the kitchen ladder. In 2005 he neared the top rungs when he accepted the the position of Executive Chef at Automat in Mayfair. It quickly became the place to eat and be seen at in London. Serving simple, fresh and fine foods, Peter and the restaurant were honoured with the ‘Top Table in London in 2005’ and nominated for ‘Restaurant of the Year 2005’ by Harpers and Queens Restaurant Awards.

Peter returned to live under the African sun, and dived headfirst into the faux-french village of Franschhoek, accepting the position of Executive Chef at the award winning Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate. Under the gaze of the Dassenberg Mountains, and the Huguenot Monument he was named the ‘Sunday Times Chef of the Year 2007’ and the ‘Franschhoek Life Chef 2007’, while the restuarnt featured in Eat Out’s Top 10 Restaurants in South Africa.

In January 2008, looking for bigger challenges and even more work, Peter accepted the position to oversee the five Relais Châteaux restaurants within ‘The Collection by Liz McGrath’.

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1.From Cape Town International Airport, follow the N2 (east) in the direction of Somerset West.
2.Proceed along the N2 all the way over Sir Lowrey`s Pass, through the Elgin/Grabouw fruit-growing area and down Houwhoek Pass.
3.Soon after reaching the bottom of Houwhoek Pass you will encounter the Hermanus / Botriver / R43 turnoff to the left.
4.Take this turnoff and continue along the R43 all the way to Hermanus.
5.Once in Hermanus, proceed along Main Road / R43, At the 1st traffic circle keep left on the R43 towards Stanford (past Standard Bank) At the next traffic circle keep right on the R43 towards Stanford.
6.A short distance along at the last traffic circle keep right into the Main Road and the Hotel is on the left hand side. Turn left here into the parking area of the hotel.

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Cape Town International

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