The Marine Hotel in Hermanus is set to launch the first of a new annual series of events that celebrate the Southern Right whales’ yearly pilgrimage to the waters of Walker Bay. ‘Whale Week’ will run from Monday 23 to Saturday 28 September, offering daily events that include talks, a movie screening and an exhibition that will be open to members of the public. Bookings are essential as there is limited space available for all of the events. 

The Marine Hotel is one of South Africa’s most spectacular seaside hotels and is one of three prestigious hotels forming part of The Liz McGrath Collection. Located on Hermanus’ famous Cliff Path with breathtaking views, this five-star luxury hotel is the ultimate location for whale watching during whale season – often directly from the comfort of the sea-view bedrooms.

The Whale Week’s activities will be officially launched by the Hermanus Whale Crier, Thembinkosi ‘Bravo’ Sabazile, and the Executive Mayor of Overstrand, Dudley Coetzee, who will cut the ribbon on the hotel’s new Whale Bell, which whale-watchers can sound to alert others to a sighting. Two of the events will feature a special Mini High Tea which includes a selection of finger sandwiches and sweet treats such as mini strawberry lamingtons, carrot cupcakes, fruit pavlova scones, chocolate brownie squares and Turkish delight. Bookings for the Mini High Tea and all other food and beverage offers are essential.

The Sun Lounge bar at The Marine is having a Hendricks and Wixworth Gintails special running for the entire Whale Season, including Whale Week. The festivities will culminate in a pop-up fine dining experience prepared by Greenhouse restaurant, currently ranked sixth best restaurant in South Africa. The dinner will showcase the sensational talents of Chef Farrel Hirsch, who will be in Hermanus for one night only. Hirsch is based at Greenhouse, located at the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel in Constantia. 

The Marine is sponsoring a Whale Festival Eco-Marine Tent during the upcoming Whale Festival (27 – 29 September) and two of the events happening during Whale Week at The Marine are featured on the 2019 Whale Festival calendar.

Whale Week programme:

Monday 23 September – The Whale Crier Talk

A presentation by the official Whale Crier of Hermanus, who will also demonstrate how to blow a kelp horn, used to alert festivalgoers to whale sightings.

The Pavilion at The Marine, 15:00 Complimentary. Tea and scones available at R50 pp.

Monday 23 September – Whale Bell Ribbon Cutting 

The Mayor of the Overstrand cuts the ribbon to launch the Whale Bell and officially launches Whale Week.

16:00 Outside The Sun Lounge at The Marine, on the greens in front of the hotel Complimentary. No booking required.

Tuesday 24 September – Talk by Marine Biologist, Dr Els Vermeulen 

Els Vermeulen will talk about marine life, conservation and the ‘Adopt a Whale’ programme.  

15:00 The Pavilion at The Marine Complimentary but booking essential. Mini High Tea available for R100 pp.

Wednesday 25 September – Free Divers Keri Muller, Helen Walne & Lisa Beasley Talk and Exhibition

A discussion between three free divers about their love for the ocean and an exhibition of their underwater photography. 

15:00 The Pavilion at The Marine Complimentary but booking essential. Canapés and Creation wines will be served after the talk at R 95 pp. 

Thursday 26 September – Mini High Tea

16:00 – 18:00 The Pavilion at The Marine Mini High Tea at R100 pp includes a complimentary G&T by Hendricks Gin. Booking essential. 

Friday 27 September – Screening of Tidal Documentary

18:30 Pool Courtyard & Terrace Room Complimentary but booking essential. Canapés and Creation wines will be served after the screening at R95 pp.

Saturday 28 September – Greenhouse pop-up restaurant with Chef Farrel Hirsch

The award-winning Greenhouse restaurant at Cellars-Hohenort in Constantia will be hosting a pop-up at The Marine with a tasting menu paired with premium wines from Creation, Bouchard Finlayson and Hamilton Russell Vineyards. 

18:30 The Pavilion at The Marine R975 pp. Booking essential. Each guest will receive a Molton Brown gift. 

To book for any or all the above events, please contact or call 028 313 1000.

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