When baby boomer travelers ask me, “Where is the most luxurious place you’ve ever stayed?” I don’t even have to think about it.  Birkenhead House, on the South African coast, fulfills my luxury expectations with exceptional customer service thrown in for good measure.

On our visit to Hermanus, South Africa, Alan and I discovered the elegant property that flows down an ocean-front hillside, revealing one romantic space after another. A series of courtyards, one with a sparkling fountain, another with a long swimming pool, connects the cream colored buildings ending at a lounge area where glass windows look out onto prime whale watching waters. A patio area with seating for lounging or dining completes the scene.

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