Birkenhead House South Africa
119 11th St, Hermanus, 7200
The Royal Portfolio
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
Shane Brummer, is the laid back, hospitable and incredibly well-liked General Manager of Birkenhead House. Shane was one of the first employees of The Royal Portfolio and has been with Birkenhead House since its inception. Shane loves surfing, and often offers to accompany guests on surfs in front of Birkenhead House.
A 5-star luxury boutique beach hotel, and a proud member of The Royal Portfolio.
The hotel undergoes soft refurbishments every year and the spa is set to increase in size in 2019.
History & Story
Birkenhead House was the second addition to The Royal Portfolio and added a unique coastal experience to the circuit of luxury travel experiences. Birkenhead House sets the standard for luxury hotels in Hermanus. With its exhilarating cliff-top position overlooking the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay, Birkenhead House provides luxury accommodation for those seeking an extraordinary coastal experience. The original building was beach home to the current owners of The Royal Portfolio for over 25 years before being converted into the hotel.
A new bar was designed and built in 2018. Designer and owner – Liz Biden.
Date added extensions
Main Strengths, Special Touch
As with each of The Royal Portfolio’s properties, Birkenhead House’s strength lies in its passionate and expert staff and the personalised experience they can offer each guest. Over and above this, Birkenhead House’s unique strengths are its unbeatable seaside location, intimate nature, and fully board offering.
The coastal town of Hermanus, South Africa. A 90 minute drive from Cape Town city centre and from Cape Town airport.
Key sites/activities in the area
• Whale watching
• Shark cage diving
• Wine tasting
Hermanus is renowned as the best land-based whale watching destination in the world. Whales can be seen from June to November from the hotel, on a board or from a light aircraft, with the best months being September and October. The town of Hermanus used to be known as the town with Champagne air due to the fresh sea air and fragrant fynbos growing along the coastline.
No children under the age of 10 allowed.
•Number of Luxury rooms:
There are 4 categories of room type at Birkenhead House made up of 2 x Deluxe Superior Rooms, 4 x Superior Rooms, 3 x Luxury Rooms and 2 Standard Rooms. Each room is unique in its size, view, layout and colour palette. They’re each equipped with air-conditioning, minibar and hot beverage making facilities, underfloor heating, a television and wifi.
• Number of rooms, (keys) in all: 11
Restaurants & Bars
• At Birkenhead House in Hermanus, world-class cuisine is served in a spectacular setting. Executive Chef Oliver Coetzee grew up in South Africa’s Western Cape where the cuisine has a strong Malay influence. He’s also had a long-time passion for Asian flavours. The culmination of these influences with the abundance of fresh, local seafood makes for a truly tantalising menu.
• Menus and meals can be designed to meet guests’ individual palates and dietary requirements.
The beverages from the bar are all included and the property has a wide variety of wines from the local region which is world renowned for the quality of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. There is a select list of wines at a surcharge.
Unwind in fine style with our range of spa treatments at Birkenhead House. With a medley of massage, aromatherapy and reflexology treatments, there is no more relaxing way to round off a leisurely day in Hermanus. The 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.
Corporate & Celebration Events
The setting of Birkenhead House makes for a perfect celebratory venue. The hotel hosts several small weddings across the year with a capacity of 22 people.
Extra Notable Features
Hotel and restaurant Awards
• Condé Nast Traveler, Readers’ Choice Awards 2018: #5 Top Hotel in Africa
• Condé Nast Traveler, Readers’ Choice Awards 2018: #17 Top Hotel in the World
• Andrew Harper’s Top 100 Hideaways in the World 2017
• Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2017: #3 Top Hotels in Africa
• World Travel Awards: South Africa’s Leading Beach Hotel 2017
• Travel+Leisure Top 5 Hotel Resorts in Africa 2017
Number of employees