- The South African: Hermanus, Western Cape named world’s best whale-watching spot
News hot off the press has reached the Robin’s Nest this morning that we have been awarded the 2019 Best Value Establishment Award in Hermanus from the South African hotel and guest house booking website Afristay!
This is a new award for the Robin’s Nest, one which we are so proud to receive. The Robin’s Nest now features highly in the top 30 best places to stay in Hermanus, and within the top 5 best places to stay in Onrus.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Robin’s Nest in the near future.
Jan & Leonie de Beer
The Hemel and Aarde Valley is well known for its high-quality wineries in stunning and picturesque locations. With fantastic vineyards like Creation Wines, Newton Johnson, Ataraxia and Sumaridge a short drive from the Robin’s Nest, you may be interested to learn that something new has been brewing closer to home.
About 30 yards from the Robin’s Nest Guest House is the Hemel and Aarde Village, with the exceedingly well established Hermanuspietersfontein Winery and Whalehaven Wines, a newcomer has recently opened for business, one which has traded those grapes for grains.
The Hemel and Aarde Brewery serves locally crafted beer, serving the Hermanus Lager and the richer Pale Ale straight from the tap. Now everyone knows that when you’re enjoying a few cold ones, you need to also snack. The Hermanus Brewery caters for its patrons extremely well, with an attached restaurant serving delightful food, a great place to stop and while away an afternoon.
If you don’t want to sit inside, or you’re bringing a whole gang, the brewery has an assortment of smaller, more intimate tables inside or long benches outside – so it really does suit a gathering of any size.
And because you’re just around the corner from the Robin’s Nest, you don’t need to drive and can walk back very easily. We recommend visiting this lovely addition to the Hemel and Aarde Village while you’re staying at the Robin’s Nest.
If you would like further information, feel free to ask us when you arrive. You can also Visit Hermanus Brewery through their website.
Good evening from a very beautiful Hermanus. We just recently read some news from one of our favourite magazines thesouthafrican.com…
Apparently Hermanus has now been named the World’s best Whale Watching spot, and while we are not surprised, we are certainly proud to share this fantastic news about our local community.
The article reports that the London Telegraph Newspaper has previously named Cape Town as the world’s best city, and now their roving travel reporter Nick Frost has described why he thinks Hermanus deserves the top spot for watching these magnificent and majestic jewels of the sea.
If you have a spare five minutes, you should certainly read the article, which names 10 of the best places in the world to spot Whales:
The Robin’s Nest Guest House is ideally located if you’re interested in Whale Watching, and there are lots of exceptional spots a short drive away from our front door.
Our team are pleased to be able to book a number of options for our guests, whether you’re looking to see the Whales from the Ocean, or from land. The Whales tend to be in town from as early as June until as late as December.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Robin’s Nest in the very near future,
Leonie & Jan de Beer
We are delighted to announce that the Robin’s Nest has been selected to receive the HotelsCombined Recognition of Excellence for the service that we provided our guests throughout 2018.
They asked 58 of our customers about their opinions while staying at the Robin’s Nest, taking into account their opinions and views posted on a variety of different websites, including TripAdvisor and Booking.com.
We are pleased to say that our customers that have kindly taken their time to review the Robin’s Nest Guest House with an average score of 9 out of 10.
We would like to thank all of our guests that took part in enabling this wonderful Recognition of Excellence to take place for us, we are extremely grateful and we hope to see you all again soon, hopefully in the not too distant future.
With best wishes,
Leonie & Jan de Beer
The Tourism Council of South Africa has recently re-graded the Robin’s Nest Self Catering Guest House as a 4 star property. Needless to say we are absolutely thrilled with this news and we would like to thank everyone who has supported us.
Don’t forget, you can find us on TripAdvisor – If you have stayed with us, we would welcome your review.
Jan & Leonie de Beer
Hermanus is reputed throughout the world as a destination for tourists of all sorts, but it is not just humans who regularly visit these beautiful shores of the Western Cape in South Africa.
We are of course referring to our friends from the ocean, dolphins and whales. Perhaps one of the best way to see these majestic sea mammals is from their natural environment, the ocean itself.
Our tourism partners at Walker Bay Adventures have recently reported some simply breathtaking sightings of dolphins just off the coast, from the comfort of their wonderful Sea Kayaks.
If you have a love of outdoor pursuits and fancy taking a Sea Kayak Tour of Hermanus, then ask us about Walker Bay Adventures when you check-in to the Robin’s Nest.
Need a reservation? Check Availability here!
Here at the Robin’s Nest Self Catering Guest House, we are excited see the Hermanus FynArts Festival return from Friday 5th June to Tuesday 15th June 2015. Perhaps one of the most widely anticipated events in this beautifully picturesque area of the Western Cape, South Africa, the Hermanus FynArts Festival boasts ten solid days of South African arts and cultural events.
From fine arts demonstrations and workshops, zto live performances, exhibitions, demonstrations and illustrated talks, there is definitely something for everyone, with events appealing to all ages, including child friendly and family oriented activities.
If you enjoy sculptures, then we recommend that you visit the Sculptures on the Cliffs exhibition, which is open for visitors throughout the entire festival and is located at Gearing’s Point on Marine Drive in Hermanus. View the beautiful sculptures set against the breathtaking Hermanus landscape – surely one of the highlights of this festival.
With lunchtime and evening performances, there is a wide range of music to enjoy, the festival will be showcasing some brilliant local talent, and a few from further afield. From Italian Opera and Classic Cello, there will be something to suit everyone.
For the duration of the Hermanus FynArts Festival, we are running a special offer for our guests. Each room will be available for R550 per night. Enter voucher FYNARTS15 when you make your reservation.
In our picturesque corner of the Western Cape, we are blessed with the beauty and majesty of the Mountains, the Valleys and a number of stunning local beaches. Of these beaches, one particular favourite is the Blue Flag ‘Grotto Beach’, which is reputed throughout the region as one of the best places to relax beside with the Ocean on one side, and the majesty of the Onrus Mountains in the background.
We cannot recommend this beach enough to our customers, the beach is over 18 kilometres long and is the perfect location to enjoy beach games, swimming, bodyboarding, surfing and long leisurely walks with unending scenery. But don’t just take our word for it; here are a selection of photographs that we have taken for you to browse.
The Robin’s Nest Self Catering Guest House is a fantastic place to do a spot of Bird Watching. With hundreds of local species flying around the premises, you will be able to see everything from the chirpy Cape Robin, the namesake of the Robin’s Nest, to Guinea Fowl, Kingfishers and Herons.
While you are staying at the Robin’s Nest, see if you can spot the infamous Cape Robin or Cosypha Caffra (approximately 18cm in length). You will see many of the cheerful and curious little birds in the garden.
If allowed they will come to within a meter of you. Distinguished by white eyebrows, orange upper breast and greyish underparts; in flight showing orange tail-feathers and back. Adolescent Robins have pale a orange breast that is spotted black. They have a pleasant and continuing song, each passage starting on the same note and with the phrase “Jan-Frederick” often repeated. It also jerks its tail up when alert.
We would be interested to hear about the types of birds that you have seen on your visit to the Robin’s Nest. Please feel free to email us your photos or post them to our Trip Advisor page.