I'm always on the lookout for a fantastic seaside experience, so I was thrilled to discover this gem perched high on the Hermanus cliffs. This whale watcher's paradise overlooks Walker's Bay and is a mere hour and a half's drive from Cape Town. Unspoilt natural surroundings and uninterrupted views combine with world-class cuisine and accommodation that manages to be both comfortable and elegant. An ideal family vacation spot, it includes a Spa comprising the tantalisingly named Lavender and Cinnamon Rooms, which left me feeling very calmed and soothed.
And when it comes to filling your belly, only the finest food will do. Expect nothing but delicious when you sit down at the Birkenhead House & Villa restaurant. From homemade breads, ice creams and sorbets to the freshest seafood, it's a truly mouth-watering experience. The chefs are after all award winners. What more could I ask for?