Driving down the coastal road between Cape Town and the Garden Route, several gracious seaside towns line the way. One of these charming places is De Kelders, located at about half an hour from Hermanus, close to Gaansbai.
Walker Bay and De Kelters share a world-wide reputation for their superb chances of watching whales from the shore. From June through to November, watch the gentle giants from the comfort of your terrace or on a stroll along the picturesque coastal walking trail.
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rocky cliffs offer a natural vantage point and are just perfect for spotting the big mammals. On this stretch of the coast, the whales come so close to the shore that every lump on their peculiar heads is discernible and you might even be showered by the spout.
In this wonderful area, residing above a small, sand-beach bay, the luxurious Crayfish Lodge is located. The small boutique hotel is run by a friendly couple from Munich, Rainhard and Sandra. The Crayfish Lodge is their lifelong dream realised – fact that is apparent in every detail throughout the entire complex.
A design based on a successful mix of a luxurious ambience and unconditional cosiness, the interior is complemented by careful details with no artificial excessiveness spoiling the atmosphere. The Crayfish Lodge is an architectural masterpiece: light floods the rooms which radiate an airy style.
Next to the stylish ambience, the Crayfish Lodge infused by the welcoming and relaxed mood the owners Rainhard and Sandra spread. Their guest’s contentment is their ambition.
The Crayfish’s facilities include a generous lounge, a spacious veranda with a view of the ocean and a pool-terrace, perfect for enjoying a dip and a sunbath. In the winter months, the pool is heated so you can go for a swim all year round.
The mild summer nights are dedicated to barbeque parties on the terrace, the enticing smell of the sizzling meat wafting through the air. Usually the lodge does not offer lunch or dinner but exception are made on the guests’ request. In the vicinity of the hotel a large range of excellent restaurants offer their mouth-watering delicacies.
It will be a pleasure for Sandra and Rainhard to make a reservation for you and organise the transfer. The Crayfish’s bar is a highlight: in addition to a first-rate selection of wines, the bar offers draught beer, a rare case in South Africa.
Incidentally, the Crayfish Lodge was awarded four stars by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA), nevertheless the room facilities exceed the comfort of many five star hotels –the Crayfish Lodge is a true insider’s tip. Come and experience the Crayfish with Intosol … you will not be disappointed!
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