Whale watching in South Africa with Mantis' luxury hotels
Every year, from July to November, South Africa’s coastline offers unparalleled opportunities to see whales, one of nature’s greatest animals, as they migrate to the shallow waters of the Western Cape to nurse their young. During this time at least 37 different species of whale and dolphin can be seen, including the Southern Right and the Humpback, as well as a host of other marine life.
The close proximity with which the whales pass the shore means that these incredible creatures can be surveyed from the comfort of land as well as by boat. Mantis, a collection of privately owned boutique hotels and eco escapes, has two exclusive beachfront properties ideally situated and suited for anyone wishing to combine the excitement of whale watching with a luxurious stay in South Africa.
Views Boutique Hotel & Spa is a contemporary styled hotel situated along South Africa’s famed Garden Route, 20 minutes from George Airport, and the only luxury hotel offering accommodation high over the spectacular coastline. As its name suggests, its eighteen 5 star suites give stunning views of the Indian Ocean, whilst the spa provides a range of facilities and treatments (including a herbal sauna, hydrotherapy bath, massage and skincare therapies) for those in need of a therapeutic break.
For guests desiring a more active stay, famous golf courses, challenging scuba sites, fishing, canoeing, mountain biking, ‘kloofing’ and hiking are also all on offer. For those wishing to get out on the water to get close to the whales, Knysna (40 minute drive) is the base for a number of boat operators. However guests choose to spend their day, they can unwind with a delicious meal at the hotel’s restaurant, enjoying yet more stunning views.
Located 450km further east along the coast, Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve provides a similarly exquisite backdrop quite simply perfect for any couple seeking a romantic getaway. Guests choosing to stay in any of the ten spacious suites not only have views of the Indian Ocean, but are also located within the resort’s game reserve, just a few minute’s drive away from sighting rhino, giraffe and other animals. Port Alfred is just a ten minute drive away, where guests can make use of two licensed operators offering whale watching excursions.
Aside from the wildlife, Oceana is equipped with all the other amenities one might desire from such an ultra-exclusive resort, including a sauna, spa, gym and wonderful restaurant serving locally harvested or caught produce.
Stay at Views Boutique Hotel & Spa from R1280 (£101) per night in a mountain-facing suite based on two people sharing, including breakfast, internet access, access to the gym, sauna and hydrotherapy pool and VAT. email: info[at]viewshotel.co.za.
Or stay at Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve from R8000 (£630) per night in a private suite based on two people sharing with ocean views, including all meals, selected onsite activities, beverages and VAT. email: reservations[at]oceanareserve.com.
For more information, visit mantiscollection.com.