garden route
Western Cape Hotel & Spa Western Cape Hotel & Spa Western Cape Hotel & Spa Western Cape Hotel & Spa Western Cape Hotel & Spa

Children : Yes

Honeymoon : Yes

Prices from £69pp per night

Western Cape Hotel & Spa near Hermanus

Special Offer for the Western Cape Hotel at Hermanus

01 April - 31 August 2009 : Stay 3 nights and get 4th Free

                                       Stay 4 nights and get 5th Free

                                       Stay 5 nights and get 6th Free

                                       Stay 6 nights and get 7th Free

The Western Cape Hotel and Spa is a great hotel to use as a base for whale watching near Hermanus!

The luxury 5 star Western Cape Hotel and Spa near Hermanus boasts a grand championship golf course and is situated on the Arabella Country Estate next to Southern Africa's largest and most beautiful natural lagoon. Only a short drive from the celebrated whale haven of Hermanus, the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, Cape Agulhas - the southern most tip of Africa - the Cape wine route and the renowned Blaauwklippen Wine Farm, makes  the Western Cape Hotel and spa location a fabulous holiday location.

The Western Cape Hotel and Spa offers a safe and secure, unsurpassed luxury lifestyle experience, blending integrally with the protected biosphere environment and showcasing many of Mother Nature's rare and beautiful creature and plant creations.

The host of activities and facilities offered in this unique environment makes The Western Cape Hotel and Spa the ideal stay over venue for business travellers, leisure travellers, and incentive and conference groups. For those who simply wish to relax, de-stress and be pampered in style, the AltiraSPA offers world-class facilities and wellness programmes.

From the moment you enter the Arabella Country Estate premises, you immediately get the feeling that you are about to experience something totally unique. Even the polite efficient security at the gate, impressive as it is, couldn't prepare you for the magnificent sights that you catch glimpses of on your short drive from the main entrance to the hotel. At the impressive hotel entrance, you again notice how efficient and friendly the hotel's staff are.

The short walk from reception to your room is a rather pleasant experience, with views of the lagoon, golf course, pool area, mountain ranges and gardens. The walk also offers a foretaste of what the Laguna Lounge, Cristobal's Cigar Bar and Barnabas' Bar have to offer. Your card key not only offers you exclusive entry into your room, but also activates the lights in the room. So, when you leave your room, you automatically switch the lights off, a great energy saving initiative, which is appropriate in this Biosphere Reserve area. When you open your terrace door, you will notice that the air conditioning automatically switches off and when you close the door, it automatically switches on again.

The rooms too are luxurious and unique to say the least. The tasteful choice of décor clearly communicates a first world influence within a South African coastal African theme.

The Western Cape Hotel & Spa is truly one of the best luxury hotels near Hermanus and are proud to recommend our clients to stay at possibly Hermanus's finest hotel - Western Cape Hotel & Spa.

Western Cape Hotel & Spa Accommodation

The Western Cape hotel & Spa is carefully designed to blend into the natural environment is nestled on cascading banks, flowing towards the estate's spectacular peninsula. All rooms offer tranquil vistas of the water, golf course or mountains. A total of 145 bedrooms offer exceptional accommodation designed to make your stay comfortable, convenient and pleasurable. Spacious, equipped with the latest communications and entertainment systems and modern conveniences, the suites and rooms give the visitor both a luxurious retreat as well as efficient contact with the rest of the world – should you require it.

Room Features

  • Satellite television
  • Telephone and voicemail
  • Individually controlled air-conditioned/heating
  • Mini-bar, tea and coffee-making facilities
  • Furnished balconies with breath-taking views
  • Safe in each bedroom
  • Hairdryer in bathrooms
  • Make-up mirror & bathrobe
  • ISDN lines for computer and fax machines
  • Ports for fax and modem facilities
  • Golf umbrella
  • Fireplace (in 5th-floor suites)
  • TV in bathroom (suites only)

Deluxe Rooms

These rooms face north instead of South, thus they offer grand views of the pool, gardens and distant mountain ranges, with glimpses of the golf course. All rooms have furnished balconies.

Deluxe Suites

Eight of the suites are pool facing, with views of the mountain ranges in the background, while the other four are slightly smaller with fireplaces on the top floor and sweeping views of the golf course and lagoon.

2 Presidential Suites

Luxurious and exclusive with personal butler.

The suites are designed in a manner that ensures absolute luxury and comfort. The dining area, the lounge, the bedroom, the large terrace and the bathroom all have sweeping views of the golf course and the lagoon.

The main entrance to the suite is through a double door into the entrance lobby. The lobby offers access to the guest toilet and the lounge area. In the comfortable well-appointed lounge there is a double sleeper couch, four comfortable armchairs, coffee tables, a large TV with all the facilities as well as a gas fireplace.

The dining area has a large dining table that seats up to ten people. The kitchenette, which services the dining area, has a separate entrance to the suite, borders the dining area and has all the modern facilities. A private study with access through the lounge enables the guest to work uninterrupted in a pleasant environment.

The bedroom has all the comforts including a seating area, a four-poster bed, large TV and a walk-in dressing room. The large well appointed bathroom has its own sauna, large vanity area with a double basin, make up mirror, TV, shower, Jacuzzi and a separate toilet area. Here one can relax in the bath, look across the lagoon or look up at the stars.

The large terrace area is the ideal spot to enjoy breakfast, a sundowner, or simply bask in the sun. There is also an interleading door from the dining area to the next suite, which could be used for additional guests or bodyguards. The Presidential suites also have a personal and exclusive 24-hour butler service at the guest's beck and call.

2 Accessible Suites

These rooms are wheelchair-friendly.

Western Cape Hotel & Spa Fine Dining

Première Restaurant offers the finest dining experience imaginable, the quality of the food, the presentation, the service and the location of the restaurant itself are without equal.The restaurant was recently voted one of the Top 100 Restaurants by Diners Club.It also recently hosted the members of the International Chaine des Rotisseurs. Open for dinner only.

Laguna Lounge

Relax in comfort in front of the wood fire or on the terrace. Watch the flamingos glide across the lagoon, enjoy a game of chess or backgammon, or simply relax with a good book from the well-stocked library.

Whatever you choose to do, do so in style.

Jamani Restaurant

Reflect on the magnificent mountain views or simply watch as the chef prepares your food in full view. Is the kitchen in the restaurant, or is the restaurant in the kitchen? - you choose which suites you - from the buffet too, if you like.Great for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Barnabas Bar

Barnabas stares at you from every bottle of Paulaner beer. Here it is you who can stare at the view across magnificent pools and landscaped gardens to the mountains beyond, while you sip your freshly brewed Paulaner or any other drink you may fancy.

Relax next to the spacious bar, at the table, or on the sheltered terrace outside.

Laughing waters pool bar

Listen to the sound of the laughing waters - cascading waterfalls in the ideal wind sheltered setting. Walk across water, between two magnificent pools. This idyllic setting's for those who wish to relax and unwind. After a while you'll find that you too will laugh with the water - you'll see

Cigar Bar

Lose yourself in the luxurious comfort of a large leather couch or chair. Let your mind glide across the shimmering water with the flamingos, whilst you enjoy a cigar of your choice.

On a warm day you can relax on the terrace or if the weather dictates, in front of a wood fire - here you will learn to experience the good things in life.

Room Service

Room service is available 24 hours per day.

Western Cape Hotel & Spa

Cradled in the heart of the Western Cape Hotel, situated on the Arabella Country estate near Hermanus, is the AltiraSPA. This is a modern, integrated facility, designed to the highest international standards in order to meet the growing need for "wellness” solutions to the demands made on body and mind by 21st century living. We recognise that today people want to do more with their lives than merely cope with the overwhelming cost of ever-mounting stress, that people are seeking new and effective ways of taking control of their lives, preventing disease, and enhancing their health.

More and more twentieth century illnesses have been shown to be related to the smoking, drinking, eating and hurrying behaviours of people. Furthermore, it is possible that more than 70% of all medical complaints are stress-related, most of which could be prevented by changes in lifestyle and adopting health-promoting behaviours, rather than attempting to operate, medicate or radiate away the effects of unhealthy living.

The Western Cape Hotel & Spa's primary objective is to orchestrate physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual components to produce a sense of total well-being. To achieve this objective we offer a wide range of interesting, exciting and even exotic experiences that fall into a number of distinct categories. "Internal" arts such as meditation and yoga allow one to access their "inner wisdom", to better integrate mind and body.

An important part of Western Cape Hotel & Spa's offering is a range of therapies that incorporate the healing power of "touch" that facilitate relaxation, disease prevention and general health. Massage, in particular, addresses the two most common debilitating effects of modern life -- the underuse and overuse of our bodies. As a guest you will also be able to profit from a wide variety other spa services, including therapeutic, regenerative and luxurious facial & body treatments. All treatments are specially designed and offered by our professionally trained team of therapists.

Through the hi-tech fitness centre, activity room, lap pool and various outdoor activities, we encourage and promote an active lifestyle. Our Bademeisters will ensure that you get the most out of your spa experience and, in addition, offer health & fitness testing and personal training.

AltiraSPA has recently been included in Bernard Burt's "100 Best Spas of the World".


Western Cape Hotel 'African Rainforest Experience'

Western Cape Hotel and Spa has recently unveiled The African Rainforest Experience - a world first sensory water and steam treatment developed in South Africa using African products and inspired by African rains.

The African Rainforest Experience combines free-flowing water, enveloping mist and a variety of African colours and fragrances to create a treatment that stimulates all the senses. The result is a 15-step experience comprising therapeutic showers, scrubs and steam treatments. All the consumables and fragrances are locally sourced from the Stellenbosch-produced wellness and beauty range, TheraVINE. These will also be used at the group’s other spa.

“The new spa at the Western Cape Hotel is truly exceptional and is set to influence world spa trends” says Lynda Killick , customer services manager of Design Holidays.

Western Cape Hotel & Spa guests will be greeted at the entrance and carefully guided through the two-hour process by a qualified therapist - taking away any nervousness about how properly to use the fifteen steps to wellbeing. Each stage is experienced individually so the feeling is one of restorative solitude which maximises privacy; everyone is asked to wear cotton sarongs; the lights are dimmed and the air is misty with scented sprays from the ceiling showers; the floor is ‘quartz carpet’ – a specially designed covering that is not slippery when wet and feels warm to the feet.

The Western Cape Hotel & Spa has recently increased the number of treatment rooms in the Body & Skincare Centre from eight to eighteen in order to meet the rapidly increasing demand for this type of spa service. This has also enabled them to offer a wider variety of specialised treatments. The hydrotherapy tub and hydrothermal capsule are two unique features of the Body & Skincare Centre. You can work out in our state-of-the-art fitness centre or enjoy a swim in the heated lap pool.

You may also choose to relax and de-stress in the hydro pool complex or Hammam Centre. The later facility, in particular, provides a unique, self-nurturing opportunity where you can enhance your wellness experience by selectively indulging in the Rassoul, Turkish steam room, brine pool (with under-water music!), Swedish sauna, plunge pool, sensation showers, Jacuzzi and Bellavista winter garden.

Arabella Golf Course

The theme at the Arabella golf course is balance. Challenging enough to bring you back for more, enjoyable enough to make you not want to leave. The design challenge was headed by the renowned architect Peter Matkovich. His undoubted success has resulted in a course that complements the environment without disappointing the golfer, whether expert or amateur.

The course was awarded the Golf Digest award for the best new course in South Africa in 1999. In 2002, the course was rated number 9 in South Africa by Golf Digest and number 5 in 2003.

Arabella Golf Club was awarded the Compleat Golfer Five Star award in 2003.The course is 6381 metres in length and has a SAGU rating of 72. It borders the largest natural lagoon in Southern Africa, and the 9th, 17th and 18th run parallel to the lagoon.Choosing a signature hole proves to be an extremely difficult task as all of the holes are well designed with spectacular views.Golf carts, pull carts and caddies are available. Please ensure that you book these facilities prior to play.

Western Cape Hotel & Spa Corporate

Fully equipped conference facilities in comfortable, air-conditioned surrounds are available in a 256-seater main banqueting venue, which can be divided into three separate rooms seating 64/64/128 persons each.

With the natural beauty of the estate, the banqueting facilities have magnificent views and open up onto large terraces. In addition there are 5 breakaway rooms situated in the Business Centre suitable for meetings of smaller conference groups. The facilities and modern equipment (including ISDN lines) offered by the hotel provide for a professional conference facility. Theme evenings and special services for incentive groups are offered.


Take the N2 from Cape Town over Sir Lowry's Pass, turn on to the R43 to Hermanus, right at the R44 to Kleinmond and turn into Arabella Country Estate. Or take the spectacularly scenic coastal route (off the N2 from Cape Town) from Gordon's Bay, passing through Betty's Bay and Kleinmond.

ˆ Top of page