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Whale Week at The Marine

15 August 2019

— by Malu Lambert —

Hermanus comes to bustling life during the annual Hermanus Whale Festival, occurring during the optimal time to sight and celebrate the Southern Right Whales who make a yearly pilgrimage to the waters of Walker Bay in the Western Cape’s Overberg region. For 2019, The Marine will amplify these festivities by launching the first of a new annual series of exciting events grouped under the umbrella of “Whale Week”.

The Marine hotel is one of South Africa’s most spectacular seaside hotels and is one of three prestigious hotels forming part of The Liz McGrath Collection. Located on Hermanus’ famous Cliff Path with its breathtaking views, this five-star luxury hotel is the ultimate location for whale watching during whale season – often directly from the comfort of the sea-view bedrooms.

Running from Monday 23 September 2019 to Saturday 28 September 2019, the Whale Week daily events – including talks, a movie screening and exhibition – are open to the public to attend. Bookings are essential as there is limited space available for all of the events. The week’s activities will be officially launched to the public by the Hermanus Whale Crier, Thembinkosi ‘Bravo‘ Sabazile, and the Executive Mayor of Overstrand, Dudley Coetzee, who will cut the ribbon on the hotel’s new Whale Bell, which whale-watchers can sound to alert others to a sighting.

Two of the events will feature a special Mini High Tea which includes a selection of finger sandwiches: Smoked salmon & cream cheese; Cucumber; Chicken mayo Sweet selection: Mini strawberry lamingtons; Mini carrot cupcakes; Mini fruit pavlova; Mini Scones; Chocolate brownie squares; Mini Apple Crumbles; Turkish delight. Bookings for the Mini High Tea and all other food and beverage offers are essential.

The Sun Lounge & Bar at The Marine is having a Hendricks and Wixworth Gintails special running for the entire Whale Season, including Whale Week, which range between R65 and R70 per cocktail.

The Marine’s ‘Whale Week’ will culminate in a pop-up fine dining experience prepared by Greenhouse restaurant, currently ranked sixth best restaurant in South Africa. The dinner will showcase the sensational talents of Chef, Farrel Hirsch, who will be in Hermanus for one night only. Hirsch is based at Greenhouse, located at the Cellars-Hohenort hotel in Constantia, Cape Town.

Diarise for Whale Week now! The details for the events are as follows:

Monday 23 September 2019

EVENT 1: The Whale Crier Talk
Complimentary

The official Whale Crier of Hermanus gives a presentation and demonstration of how to blow a kelp horn, used to alert festival goers to whale sightings.

  • Date: Monday 23 September 2019
  • Time: 15h00
  • Venue: The Pavilion at The Marine
  • Bookings are essential to guarantee a spot for this event, space is limited.
  • Scones & Tea available for R50 per person. Bookings essential.

EVENT 2: Whale Bell Ribbon Cutting
Complimentary

Mayor of Overstrand cuts the ribbon to launch the Whale Bell and officially kicks off Whale Week at The Marine Hotel.

  • Date: Monday 23 September 2019
  • Time: 16h00
  • Venue: Outside The Sun Lounge at The Marine, on the greens in front of the hotel.
  • No booking required.

To book for any or all these events, please contact: bookings@themarine.co.za or call 028 313 1000

Tuesday 24 September 2019

EVENT 3: Marine Biologist Dr Els Vermeulen Talk
Complimentary

A talk by Marine Biologist, Els Vermeulen about marine life, conservation and the ‘Adopt a Whale’ programme.

  • Date: Tuesday 24 September 2019
  • Time: 15h00
  • Venue: The Pavilion at The Marine
  • Bookings are essential to guarantee a spot for this event, space is limited.
  • Mini High Tea available for R100 per person. Bookings essential.

To book for any or all these events, please contact: bookings@themarine.co.za or call 028 313 1000

Wednesday 25 September 2019

EVENT 4: Free Divers Keri Muller, Helen Walne & Lisa Beasley Talk and Exhibition – Complimentary

  • Date: Wednesday 25 September 2019
  • Time: 15h00
  • Venue: The Pavilion at The Marine
  • Canapés and wine with Creation Wines will be served after the talk, R 95 per person. Bookings essential
  • Bookings are essential to guarantee a spot for this event, space is limited.

To book for any or all these events, please contact: bookings@themarine.co.za or call 028 313 1000

Thursday, 26 September 2019

EVENT 5: Mini High Tea and Complimentary G&T’s with Hendricks Gin

  • Date: Thursday 26 September 2019
  • Time: 16h00-18h00
  • Venue: The Pavilion at The Marine
  • Mini High Tea available for R100 per person. Includes a complimentary G&T by Hendricks Gin
  • Bookings are essential to guarantee a spot for this event, space is limited.

To book for any or all these events, please contact: bookings@themarine.co.za or call 028 313 1000

Friday, 27 September 2019

EVENT 6: Screening of Tidal Documentary | Hermanus Whale Festival Event
Complimentary

  • Date: Friday 27 September 2019
  • Time: 18h30
  • Venue: Pool Courtyard & Terrace Room
  • Bookings are essential to guarantee a spot for this event, space is limited.
  • Canapés and wine with Creation Wines will be served after the screening, R 95 per person. Bookings essential

To book for any or all these events, please contact: bookings@themarine.co.za or call 028 313 1000

Saturday, 28 September 2019

EVENT 7: Greenhouse pop-up restaurant with Chef Farrel Hirsch | Hermanus Whale Festival Event

Greenhouse award-wining restaurant at The Cellars-Hohenort in Constantia, will be hosting an exceptional pop-up at The Marine with a Tasting Menu including wine paring featuring award-winning Hemel-en-Aarde vineyards; Creation, Bouchard Finlayson, & Hamilton Russell Vineyards.

  • Date: Saturday 28 September 2019
  • Time: 18h30
  • Venue: The Pavilion at The Marine
  • Bookings are essential to guarantee a spot for this event, space is limited.
  • Price: R 975 per person. Includes 7-course tasting menu with wine pairing
  • Each guest will also receive a Molton Brown gift.

To book for any or all the above events, please contact: bookings@themarine.co.za or call 028 313 1000

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