Ocean Eleven at the coast of Hermanus
Ocean Eleven: Our full report
Ocean Eleven – you'll occasionally see it written as “Ocean 11" – is situated in the residential area of the small coastal town of Hermanus, only short distance from the centre of town. Nestled between the Overberg mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, Hermanus is a very scenic spot to spend a couple of days. Being right on the cliffs overlooking Walker Bay, this unpretentious luxury guesthouse offers stunning views and a good chance to watch whales (in season) from the veranda or even the comfort of your own room.The original colonial architecture of Ocean Eleven's main house - floor to ceiling windows, high ceilings, and teak floors – were all retained when it was converted into a guesthouse. These features are found throughout the building and even where there have been extensions they have tried to keep the style very similar.
The lounge at Ocean Eleven has a large fireplace, dark wood furniture and floral sofas and wicker chairs to relax in. Next door to this is a breakfast conservatory which has old teak floors and tall windows looking out over the pool and ocean beyond. With its white-washed walls and white wicker chairs it is a beautifully light spot to have breakfast and admire the scenery.
Outside there is a lovely pool with comfy loungers which afford sweeping views across Walker Bay.
Ocean Eleven has ten lovely, en suite bedrooms. All are sea facing and have large French doors that lead out onto either the garden or the pool, making them bright and airy. The combination of contemporary as well as dark wood furniture, a neutral colour scheme and crisp, white linens all add to the modern colonial feel. All have a sitting area which looks out over the ocean, and each room is provided with ceiling fans, wall heaters, mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities, satellite TV, hairdryer, dressing gown and slippers.
There are three standard rooms, all of which are situated on the ground floor. Two of these are in the converted main house and therefore have all the original features. They lead out onto their own small section of garden which has two lounging chairs with foot stools and stunning views across the bay. The third room has French doors that open out onto the pool deck. These three rooms have a shower but no bath.
The five deluxe rooms at Ocean Eleven are all slightly different, are a bit larger than the standard rooms, and have a bath and shower. Three of them are by the pool, the two upstairs have a balcony and the third one downstairs has a veranda on the pool deck. The two other deluxe rooms are garden rooms, one upstairs with a private balcony overlooking the garden and ocean and the fifth is downstairs with a walk-in dressing room and its own small section of garden.
Finally, two large suites can be found in the loft of the old house, both having air-conditioning and a bath and shower. The honeymoon suite has a bath with a view over the bay and the second suite can take a third person on the sleeper couch.
There is a lovely pool at Ocean Eleven with loungers which afford sweeping vies across Walker Bay – you'll get the feeling of this from our satellite map of Ocean Eleven!
Although no activities are offered directly by Ocean Eleven the staff here a very helpful and are more then happy to book any of the activities available around Hermanus for you.
Hermanus is world renowned for its fantastic land-based whale-watching. From Ocean Eleven you can directly access the cliff paths that run in front of the lodge and all the way along the cliffs to the centre of Hermanus. From here, between June and November, you will hopefully be able to see Southern Right whales frolicking in the sheltered bays.
You can also go on whale watching boat trips to get a closer view of these gentle giants, do sea-kayaking, and even go shark-cage diving to get up close and personal with great white sharks! There are also some lovely beaches nearby.
Our view, this small, luxury guesthouse offers a warm, friendly atmosphere in a modern colonial setting, and stunning views! We had a super stay here in August 2008 and recently visited in November 2011.
Ideal length of stay: 2 to 3 nights
Directions: Coming from Cape Town on the you will pass over Sir Lowry`s Pass, pass Grabouw and then pass over the Houw Hoek Pass. As you come down this pass Botriver will be on you left hand side and shortly after you will see a turn off to Hermanus R43 to your left. Take this off ramp and carry on along the R43. You will pass the turn offs for Kleinmond, Fisherhaven, Hawston, Vermont, Onrus and Sandbaai. After the Sandbaai traffic lights you will pass through more sets of lights. After approximately 500m turn right into Albertyn Road. Follow this until the end where you will hit a T - Junction. Turn right into Westcliff Road and Ocean Eleven is the big grey house on the left hand side of the road (after about 50m).
Accessible by: Self-drive
Owner: Werner and Simone Hennis
Staff: Lodge Manager: Zeldra Clarkson
Food & drink
Usual board basis: B&B
Food quality: When we visited last Breakfast was a self-service buffet, offering a wonderful choice of cereals, fruit, meats, cheese, pastries etc. There was also a choice of hot breakfasts available which you order from your friendly waitress.
There is a choice of restaurants in Hermanus for lunch and evening meals. Ocean Eleven are very happy to make reservations on your behalf.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor Dining
Drinks included: Fruit juice, tea and coffee are included with breakfast. Tea and coffee are available in your room and well as complimentary sherry and brandy.
Further dining info: No
Beach holidays: A very luxury accommodation located close to a great beach. Enjoy the friendly and warm farmhouse atmosphere and stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean. Sunbathe on the beach or at the pool or make it one of your best beach holidays and try to spot some whales.See more ideas for Beach holidays in South Africa
Photography holidays: With Hermanus being a top destination for viewing water-based wildlife – Southern Right whales, Humpback whales, dolphins, Great White sharks, African penguins and dolphins – the opportunities for photographing some of these creatures at relatively close quarters are very good. Whale-watching is from June to October.See more ideas for Photography holidays in South Africa
Wildlife safaris: Hermanus is one of the best places on the world to watch whales, either from the shore or by boat. The Southern Right whale can usually be seen between June and October. Humpback whales, African penguins, dolphins, Great White sharks and Cape fur seals can also be viewed here.See more ideas for Wildlife safaris in South Africa
Property’s age restrictions: Children aged 12 years and over are welcome at Ocean Eleven.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Communications: Ocean Eleven provide direct dial phones in each room and there is also full mobile phone reception here.
TV & radio: Sat. TV in rooms.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: No
Medical care: There are doctors and a hospital in Hermanus.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Security measures: Ocean Eleven have one security guard on duty between 6pm and 6am.
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: Extra Charge
Money: Ocean Eleven do not change money.
Accepted payment on location: Ocean Eleven accept Visa card, Mastercard, Amex and debit cards.