Conference & Function venue at The Marine Hermanus

The Marine Hotel Hermanus


The iconic Marine Hotel in Hermanus is launching a brand-new Conference and Function venue in July (2023). With awe-inspiring views of Walker Bay and exemplary service, the versatile new event space at the Marine boasts beautiful natural daylight to make the most of its unique setting, and complement its world-class offerings.

The light and airy event space is perfectly suited to corporate events and executive strategy meetings and getaways. It also lends itself to hosting intimate, exclusive weddings and other private events and celebrations. Half- and full-day conference packages are available for groups of up to 60 delegates, promising excellent value with the inclusion of audio-visual and conference equipment suitable for in-person and hybrid events. 

Head chef Oelof Vorster is set to take conference breaks to another level with tailor-made offerings to suit the requirements of every individual event. Adjacent to the new venue, a dedicated restaurant will cater for meetings, conferences and events exclusively, seating up to 48 guests for meals or cocktails. The Pavilion Restaurant is also available for conference dining when booking the hotel on an exclusive-use basis, seating up to 80 diners.

Michel Bouic, GM of The Marine says that The Liz McGrath Collection has paid heed to the requirements of the growing business community of Hermanus and the greater Overberg region for a world-class meeting venue that offers excellent value, with warm hospitality and service to match. ‘The venue is however also designed as an attractive option for executive meetings and smaller conferences from Cape Town and upcountry. Within 100kms from Cape Town Airport, we present a unique out of office work environment in this magnificent seaside setting on the famous Hermanus cliff path. At The Marine, conference breaks can be truly memorable as there are few places where one can breathe the champagne air and stretch your legs while watching dolphins and whales frolic offshore as you gather your thoughts for the next work session.

As a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, we take pride in our accommodation that is spacious and luxurious, offering delegates a choice of 40 hotel rooms and suites to choose from, some with sea views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.’

Less than 90 minutes from Cape Town, the seaside town of Hermanus offers a host of exciting experiences. For downtime and out of conference excursions, the area boasts a great variety of activities and attractions, from cold water swimming in the Marine tidal pool, to wine tasting in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley, and sightseeing boat cruises, to name but a few. ‘At The Marine we promise successful conferencing with a good dose of Vitamin Sea – a holistic experience set to stimulate the senses and sharpen the mind’, Bouic concluded.

Conference 7 Function venue at The Marine Hermanus
Conference 7 Function venue at The Marine Hermanus

Michel Bouic is the new General Manager of The Marine Hotel – Hermanus

It was a true honour and definitely a remarkable  pleasure to meet Michel Bouic. You know that warm feeling you get when you meet someone who is grand without being ‘precious’. Michel has a lot to be proud of in his career! Do not let his youthful appearance fool you. He emits the sort of self confidence that is not intimidating, it is simply easy,  welcoming and lovely. 

I especially love his approach to excellence, staff, locals and eco-environment.  Some examples to help you see the heart of the man. One of the first things he implemented was to improve staff lunches. In December alone, he arranged for 900kg of wet waste to be used as pig food, rather than to just dump it. This is very impressive. He is passionately immersing himself into a new life in Hermanus and holds Hermanus locals in high regard. We can expect his support and participation from a soulful place. 

Congratulations to the Liz McGrath group. You appointed a rising star winner! 

Born as a blue-eyed French Mauritian, with a chef as a father, his passion for food and the hospitality industry sprouted very early in his life.

Over more than fifteen years, Michel studied at the International Hotel School and spent the first two years of his career as Hospitality Trainee at the renowned The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa in Cape Town. He completed his training at Bushmans Kloof and was appointed as Assistant Front Office Manager. 

Appointed as the General Manager at The Marine Hotel in 2022, Michel is sure to keep up the high standards which recently earned the establishment the placement as one of the top 15 hotels in all of Southern Africa. Earning an impressive 13th place in the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler’s 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards

Thank you Janie van der Spuy of Five Star PR for the invitation and thank you to all involved at The Marine for excellent food and wonderful service. 

Michel Bouic GM at The Marine

Michel sharing tips on how to photopraph food.

Celebrating Spring with Afternoon Tea!

The Marine Hotel in Hermanus will celebrate the arrival of Spring with the launch of a brand-new Afternoon Tea offering to be served in the elegant Pavilion restaurant overlooking the ocean. ‘The Marine Afternoon Tea by the Sea’ is available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 14h00 and 17h00 at R295 per person, and reservations are essential.  

 Prepared by Head Chef Oelof Vorster and Executive Sous Chef Lesley Corneilse who heads up the Pastry division, the decadent feast starts with a complimentary glass of Villiera Brut Rosé to accompany the savoury selection. These include dainty, crustless Finger sandwiches, handmade Chicken and mushroom empanada and Confit lamb shoulder croquette with herb aioli. Vegetarian options are available with prior notification.  

 No Afternoon Tea is complete without freshly baked Scones, and here at The Marine the tradition continues, served with whipped cream, preserves and Boerenkaas. 

 The delightful afternoon treat may be enjoyed with freshly ground coffee, or a pot of Dilmah tea, ranging from a choice between Supreme Ceylon, Single Estate Darjeeling, Rose with French Vanilla, and Natural Infusion of Blueberry & Clove, and Green Tea with Jasmine Flowers or Pure Chamomile Flowers.  

 The indulgent sweet selection offers Macaroons and Choux puff with Chantilly and chocolate glaze that steal the show, presented on elegant cake stands and served on Jenna Clifford’s delicate Green Floral crockery by Lavish’d. The classic French cake Gâteau Opéra, with crème anglaise, Italian meringue, butter cream, ganache and Joconde sponge is another highlight of the Afternoon Tea, as well as a picture-perfect Raspberry Pavlova. 

My expialidocius afternoon tea experience at The Marine.

The Marine in Hermanus is now offering “Tea by the Sea”!

Enjoy a decadent Afternoon Tea by the Sea featuring savoury treats, including an array of sweet delights. Served Thursday to Saturday between 14h00 and 17h00 in the Sun Lounge & Bar.

Initiated by the lovely acting General Manager, Joanne Scott. Prepared by Head Chef Oelof Voster and Executive Sous Chef Lesley Corneilse, who heads up the Pastry division.

Price: R 295 per person, including tea or coffee.

The setting is opulent and calming. The service is friendly and elegantly engaging but not intrusive. The trays are filled with ample delights to satisfy both your savoury and sweet tooth. I had the Dilmah Darjeeling and highly recommend this experience! I do suggest that you also order a bottle of MCC or the magnificent Fynbos Cuvée which consists of a glass of MCC and a tot of fynbos gin. After which you can soak up the beautiful views, atmosphere and ambience with your tea or coffee until you are fit to drive! (Unless of course, you are on such a high that you can just lift off and fly home! : )

Main Rd, Hermanus, 7200, South Africa | +27 (0) 28 313 1000

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About The Marine

The Marine, a member of The Liz McGrath Collection, is one of South Africa’s most spectacular seaside hotels. Located on Hermanus’ famous cliff path, overlooking the breathtaking Walker Bay, the Small Luxury Hotels of the World property offers visitors the unique opportunity to experience the finest land-based whale watching in the world from June to November each year. Guests are even able to view these majestic creatures from the comfort of their own sea view room. The Overberg region is also a must for adventure sport seekers, offering a host of activities – including hiking, mountain biking and marine sports.

Back at the hotel, guests can indulge in exceptional culinary delights created by Executive Chef Rudi Blaauw : from breakfast at the 1920’s-style Pavilion restaurant, to lunch and dinner at Origins at The Marine, as well as High Tea and sundowners in the Sun Lounge & Bar.

The 40 elegantly appointed rooms and suites include 10 Luxury Doubles with Sea View and 10 Premier Suites – both categories are perfectly positioned for watching pods of dolphins and whales as they swim in the bay below. Guests may take a refreshing dip in The Marine’s pool, located in the hotel’s tranquil courtyard, or in the Tidal Pool, which can be accessed from the cliff path.


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The Marine Hotel in Hermanus has been a must-visit since the early nineteen hundreds as the oldest hotel and the second oldest building in Hermanus. (More about the History of The Marine Hotel)

Hermanus is a magnificent getaway town. Just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town, this bustling seaside village/city is known for its breathtaking scenery, art scene, great restaurants and, of course, excellent whale sightings in season. More than a day-trip is definitely recommended and if you’re looking for an uber-sumptuous, luxury experience and accommodation, The Marine Hotel Hermanus should be your first choice. 

The hotel is located at the top of the cliffs on the famous Cliff Path overlooking Walker Bay and thus offers brilliant sea and mountain views.

In season you might even spot whales from the comfort of your own lush bed while your senses will be soothed by the crashing waves against the backdrop of magnificent sunsets as the fresh and renowned champagne air breezes through the open windows. Snuggle up in a lavish robe with a glass of complimentary wine in hand and marvel at the rising moon, casting a path of light across the Atlantic Ocean. Look at some of the spectacular offers at The Marine Hotel.


+27 (0) 21 794 5535


+27 (0) 28 313 1000
Main Road, Hermanus, 7200,
Overberg, Western Cape, South Africa

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