Ocean Eleven

Ocean Eleven: Our full report

Rooms
12 rooms including the apartment
Traveller's rating
Excellent (92%) From 30 reviews
Children
Best for 12+
Open
All year

Ocean Eleven – you'll occasionally see it written as “Ocean 11" – is situated in a quiet residential area of the small coastal town of Hermanus. Nestled between the Overberg mountains and the Indian Ocean, Hermanus is a very scenic spot to spend a couple of days. Being right on the cliffs overlooking Walker Bay, this unpretentious, very comfortable guesthouse offers stunning views as well as a good chance to watch whales (from June to November) from the veranda, the cliff top or even from 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 main house and even where there have been extensions built they have tried to keep the original style.

The lounge at Ocean Eleven has a large fireplace, a few pieces of antique furniture, bright floral sofas and chairs to relax in and admire the sea views.

Leading from the lounge is the breakfast room which has dark teak floors and tall windows looking out over the pool and ocean beyond. It has windows on two sides and with its white walls, white wicker chairs and white tablecloths, it is a beautifully light spot to have breakfast and admire the scenery.

Breakfast is a buffet displayed in a room beside the breakfast room serving a selection of fresh fruit platters, homemade bread and pastries, a selection of cereals, cold meats and cheeses, yoghurts and fresh fruit. A cooked breakfast is also available to order including a choice of sweet or savoury pancakes.

Doors from the breakfast room lead onto the pool deck with comfy loungers which afford sweeping views towards Hermanus and across Walker Bay.

Large pieces of local artwork adorn the walls at Ocean Eleven – from the main areas to the bedrooms.

Ocean Eleven has ten lovely, en suite bedrooms as well as a two bedroomed apartment. The rooms are light and airy and most are sea facing with large French doors that lead out onto either a balcony, the garden or the pool. 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 at Ocean Eleven, all of which are situated on the ground floor. Two of these are in the converted main house with all the original features. They lead out onto their own small section of garden, which has two lounge chairs with foot stools and stunning views across the bay. The third room is in the newer extension beside the pool, and has French doors that open out onto the pool deck – making it not very private. 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 beside the pool - the two upstairs have a balcony and the third one downstairs with doors leading onto the pool deck and is not very private. 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.

There are two large suites which can be found in the loft of the old house and both having air-conditioning and a bath and separate 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.

Finally there is also an apartment situated beside the main house. It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms (one en-suite) and an open plan dining, small equipped kitchen lounge and lounge with French doors leading out onto a small private garden with sea views. The smaller bedroom is not en-suite and has twin ¾ beds and the larger room is ensuite with a large kingsize bed and built-in cupboards. This room has doors leading out onto a paved courtyard to the side of the building. These bedrooms are not seafacing. This apartment is ideal for a family travelling together.

There is a lovely pool at Ocean Eleven with loungers uninterrupted views across Walker Bay – you'll get the feeling of this from our satellite map of Ocean Eleven!

Although no activities are offered directly from Ocean Eleven the staff here a very helpful and are more then happy to book any of the activities available around Hermanus for you. In the reception office there are a wide selection of brochures and flyers on interesting things to do and in the area.

Hermanus is world renowned for its fantastic land-based whale-watching. From Ocean Eleven you can walk directly onto 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 directly in front of you.

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.

Hermanus also has its own wine route which guests can visit and enjoy some locally grown wines. Some of these wine farms also have a restaurant – making it a good spot to stop for lunch.

Our view

This small, owner-run Cape Cod-style guesthouse offers a warm, friendly atmosphere in a modern colonial setting, with stunning views!

Geographics

Location: Hermanus, South Africa

Ideal length of stay: 2 to 3 nights is recommended to explore Hermanus and its environs

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

Key personnel

Owner: Werner and Simone Hennis

Staff: Lodge Manager: Zeldra Clarkson

Food & drink

Usual board basis: B&B

Food quality: When we last visited in May 2015 breakfast was a buffet displayed in a room beside the breakfast room serving a selection of fresh fruit platters, homemade bread and pastries, a selection of cereals, cold meats and cheeses, yoghurts and fresh fruit. A cooked breakfast is also available to order including a choice of sweet or savoury pancakes.

There is a wide choice of restaurants in Hermanus for lunch and evening meals and the Ocean Eleven staff 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

Special interests

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.

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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.

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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.

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Children

Attitude towards children: Children aged 12 years and over are welcome at Ocean Eleven.

Property’s age restrictions: Children aged 12 years and over are welcome at Ocean Eleven, however they can be more flexible in low season and accept younger children on request.

Special activities & services: There are no special activities and services for children

Equipment: No equipment is provided for children

Infrastructure

Power supply: Mains Electricity

Communications: Ocean Eleven has direct dial phones in each room and there is also full mobile phone reception here.

TV & radio: TV with limited satellite channels are available in the rooms.

Water supply: Mains

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: No

Medical care: There are doctors and a hospital in Hermanus.

Dangerous animals: Low Risk

Security measures: Ocean Eleven has a security guard on duty between 6pm and 6am. There are also security beams at the front of the property.

Fire safety: Fire extinguishers are dotted around the property.

Extras

Disabled access: On Request

Laundry facilities: Laundry is available at an extra charge, from ZAR5 per item (about 30 pence) for a shirt, blouse or underwear to ZAR21 per item (just over £1) for skirts, jumpers and trousers.

Money: Ocean Eleven does not change money as there are lots of banks and cash point machines in the area. There are electronic safes in the rooms.

Accepted payment on location: Ocean Eleven accept Visa card, Mastercard, Amex and Diners Club cards as well as South African rands cash.