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Incredible Things to do in Hermanus, South Africa

Growing up near Cape Town I know the Overberg well having spent countless weekends exploring the mountains and ocean of this beautiful area located between Cape Town and The Garden Route. Our recent weekend breakaway was a perfect combination of fun, action and relaxing at the Arabella Hotel & Spa on the Bot River near Kleinmond. We were on a mission, to have a strongweekend; enjoy the luxury of this beautiful 5 Star hotel, but also  really use their adventure desk to help us maximize the adventure in the spectacular surroundings.

Arabella Hotel and Spa

We were not only looking for luxury, we wanted adventure! This was the perfect location for a StrongWeekend; for us this meant a breakaway from everyday life enjoying time together being active and having fun in nature. At the Arabella Hotel and Spa relaxing was easy, an amazing place to empower you physically and emotionally. The spectacular location in the mountains, close to the ocean is wonderful for a romantic weekend, enjoy the beautiful surroundings and getting spoiled at the luxurious spa.

swimming pool at Arabella
Our breakfast view over the beautiful swimming pool at Arabella Hotel.

Our stay at this luxurious hotel was wondrous from start to end.  Arabella Hotel & Spa is part of the African Pride Hotels – the premium  5-star Luxury Collection hotels under the  Protea Hotels by Marriott brand. The high standard of service, accommodation and luxury was everything we expected from this award winning hotel.

Fun things to do! Spa and Estate Activities

It was a great weekend, we used to our time here to the maximum. Being situated at a beautiful location in the heart of the Kogelberg Biosphere, close to Hermanus there are innumerable activities in and around The Arabella Hotel for every taste.

Explore the estate on a nine-bot (segway) was an awesome way to take in the beautiful suroundings! The hotel nine-bot operators take you on an hour long tour, racing along the Bot river estuary on these modern little two wheel platforms amid the rich bird life and Fynbos of the reserve.

On-site activities

  • tennis courts
  • a fully equipped fitness center
  • multiple swimming pools
  • One of the best golf courses in South Africa.
  • Putt putt
  • bike rental
  • lagoon kayaking (guided)
Zipping around the estate by segway.
Zipping around the estate by Nine-Bot was awesome fun!

The Golf Course

‘Arabella Golf Course, a world-class course, built to be played and designed to be seen.’ We are not golfers, but went on a golf cart tour around the course and man it is beautiful! This stunning course surrounded by the magnificent Kogelberg mountain range and Bot River Lagoon is consistently ranked top 10 in South Africa and we could see why! Many celebrities have played here from Samuel L Jackson to Gary Player.

For rates, info and bookings on the Arabella Golf Course.

If you want to learn how to play or want some pro lessons phone the hotel in advance to make a booking with a pro.

Arabella golf course stingy nomads
The stunning Arabella golf course is one of the best in South Africa.

Arabella Spa

Starting our day by training together in the fully equipped gym and ending it in the sauna and super relaxing hydro-pool was definitely a highlight of the weekend! We are not spa experts, but could see the team here is dedicated to pampering the body and cleansing the mind. This award winning spa gets a thumbs up from Stingy Nomads.

Complementary use for guests

  • Heated indoor hydro-pool
  • Outdoor lap pool
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Fitness center
Arabella hotel fitness center stingy nomads
We started our day by training together in the fully equipped fitness center.

Want to be pampered?

There is a unique selection of treatments on offer, from classic beauty treatments such as pedicures and facials through to the unique African Rainforest Experience or enjoy a soothing couples massage.

Arabella hotel spa
We ended our day relaxing in the beautiful Arabella spa.

Things to do in Hermanus

The location of the estate near the mountain and the ocean in a premium wine area lends itself to a plethora of exciting activities around Arabella. The hotel has an adventure desk set up to organize these activities for guests and transport can be arranged.

Our quadbiking adventure in the Hemel en Aarde Valley was really something special. It was Alya’s first time on one of these four wheel beasts and after a couple of minutes the smile on her face looked like it was there to stay! Quad biking through the vineyards, the Fernkloof Nature Reserve and up hill to a breath-taking look-out point of the bay was exhilarating!

Arabella quad bike activity stingy nomads
Alya loved exploring the wonderful Hemel en Aarde valley by quad bike!

Do not miss the opportunity to go wine tasting when you are in the Hemel en Aarde Valley! The area is home to some world famous wine estates producing the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines in South Africa. We did a self-drive wine tour in the beautiful valley. There are many excellent farms located on the R320 winding through this wine route. Our favorites were Bouchard Finalayson, Hamilton Russel and Ataraxia, you are guaranteed to go home with a couple of bottles of excellent wine! The hotel can organize a wine tour or on site tasting. Combine these two activities to do a guided wine tour on quad bikes!

There is a huge variety of other activities that the adventure desk can organize for you when staying in the hotel; ziplining, horse riding, an eco bay cruise, paintball, sea kayaking, whale watching, sandboarding, shark cage diving and a visit to Aquila game reserve.

arabella wine tasting
Doing a self drive wine tasting in the Hemel en Aarde valley from Arabella Hotel.

Arabella Hotel – our room

Our room was perfect for relaxing after a busy day on the estate! Spacious, with a nice balcony and great view of the golf course and the mountains, it was close to the spa which was good when walking back to our room wearing gowns. Good quality wifi made keeping an eye on our blog easy. Our favorite thing about the room was our super comfortable bed, no better way to end an amazing day!

Arabella hotel and spa room
We loved our spacious room with excellent views over the golf course and mountains.

Food and Beverage Facilities

 The Arabella Hotel and Spa has a variety of bars and restaurants catering for every pallet with great views of the cascading swimming pool and stunning golf course. We loved the chocolate cake served by the Lagoona Lounge when we had an afternoon coffee break!

Dinner and breakfast served at the Jamani Restaurant is top quality cuisine served in a relaxed restaurant with great views. For dinner you have a choice of the varied buffet of excellent South African cuisine and the elegant a la carte menu for an upmarket dining experience. We enjoyed some great wines made in the area with dinner. Breakfast is always my favorite meal staying at hotels and the Jamani breakfast buffet did not disappoint. The selection was great and I loved enjoying another cup of coffee on the balcony with the fantastic view of the pool.

Our breakaway weekend at Arabella was excellent; adventure, fun, beautiful cuisine and some pampering.

For more information or to book your weekend, a spa treatment or a round of golf at one of South Africa’s top hotels see Arabella Hotel and Spa.

This post was sponsored by African Pride Hotels all opinions are our own.

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