Category Archives: Abalone House

Year End Function options for everyone

  It’s time to toast to 2017 BOOK YOUR YEAR END FUNCTION AT SELECT VENUES South of Africa offers a variety of venues for your Year End Function. Whether you’re looking for a budget friendly self-catered boma with views of the bushveld or a 5 star exclusive deck with superb seaviews … See more >

Abalone Pool Villas – Decadence for all seasons

South Africa, Paternoster; PATERNOSTER’S FIRST BUTLER SERVICE is now available at Abalone House’s two newly revamped Pool Villas, situated in the heart of the historic West Coast fishing village. Echoing the vibrant decadence of boutique Abalone House & Spa, the Pool Villas epitomize the finest self-catering accommodation in the village … See more >

Abalone House wins Platinum at Diners Club Wine List Awards

The Abalone House & Spa in Paternoster once again received high honours for their Wine List at the 2017 Diners Club Wine List Awards.  The boutique hotel’s Reuben’s Restaurant was awarded platinum at a gala event in Cape Town on Wednesday 26 July 2017.  Restaurant Manager, Raymond, and Hotel Manager, … See more >

The Abalone Pool Villas in Paternoster opens

There has never been a better time to visit Paternoster than now.  South of Africa is proud to announce the official opening of their brand new Abalone Pool Villas in the heart of the West Coast fishing village on 17 July 2017. Previously trading as the Seaside Cottages, the renovated … See more >

Vote for us in the Lilizela Tourism Awards

The Lilizela Tourism Awards is synonymous with Shangri-La and Abalone House, both having been nominated in various categories throughout the years, with Shangri-La winning in select categories the past 2 consecutive years. For the 2017 awards, both Shangri-La and Abalone House have been entered into the following categories, and past … See more >

Farewell Seaside Cottages, Hello Abalone Pool Villas

With winter on the doorstep of the West Coast, Paternoster is about to embrace another season of indoor indulgence.  Winter is also the season when the lifecycle ends of many flora that adorn our coast line – only to be reborn when Spring arrives.  South of Africa’s two Seaside Cottages … See more >

SOA’s Long Weekend Sale NOW ON

You only have two weeks to take advantage of our early bird long weekend sale.  There are three exciting long weekends just around the corner, including Easter!!  You’ve earned a break and we know it.  Don’t delay and decide at the last minute to look for availability when everything is … See more >

Our top 10 highlights of 2016

2016 has been a magnificent year for South of Africa. We’ve taken stock of the past 365 days (sorry, 366 days!) and here are our top 10 highlights from 2016: 1. Rebranding Funky Stay Our little hotel just 4kms outside of Modimolle was rebranded in May of this year. After … See more >

Shangri-La wins at provincial 2016 Lilizela Tourism Awards

Hot on the heels of the announcement of the 2016 Provincial  Lilizela Tourism Awards comes the news of Shangri-La’s big win.   Alongside its fellow nominated sibiling (the 5-star Abalone House & Spa received one nomination in the category Visitor Experience, Lap of Luxury) the 4-star Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa received two nominations, … See more >

Spring Sundays

SOA’s Spring Sundays in September

South of Africa presents another enticing promotion just in time for Spring 2016!  Guests who book select roomtypes at any of South of Africa’s hotels and cottages for stay-over on any Sunday during September, will pay unprecedented rates that will not be repeated. Here’s how it works: • If you are … See more >

The countdown to Spring has begun…

Spring is but a month away and as winter comes to a close, South of Africa is preparing for a magnificent season of rebirth and rejuvenation. From the blooming of the West Coast flowers to the perfect venues for celebrating a fantastic work year, South of Africa has everything you need and … See more >

SOA’s Christmas In July Sale

Christmas came early this year with South of Africa’s first-of-a-kind Christmas In July Sale!!!  On Monday 25 July 2016 guests were given the chance to book select room types on each establishment’s official Booking Button page at never-to-be-repeated prices for stays between 1 and 31 August 2016.  The Christmas In July Sale … See more >

Year End Functions 2016

South of Africa has announced a series of Year End Function packages at six of its properties, ranging from the luxurious 5-star Abalone House in Paternoster to the self-catering bush venue Birdsong Cottages outside Modimolle. The Year End Function packages range from a venue-only option to an all inclusive 24-hour … See more >

Abalone House receives 2016 Diners Club Wine List Award

Abalone House & Spa in Paternoster has just been announced as a Diners Club 2016 Wine List Award Winner.  Abalone House has been invited to collect this prestigious award at the grand ceremony to be held at the One & Only at the V&A Waterfront on 29 July 2016. This … See more >

Healing Earth at Abalone House named Africa’s most luxurious Spa

In the wake of its recent success as Winner of the prestigious 2016 World Luxury Spa Award, the Healing Earth Spa at Abalone House is delighted to announce having been selected amongst a host of global competitors to be awarded the additional accolade of 2016 Continent Luxury Spa Award as … See more >

Trip Advisor awards for Abalone House and Shangri-La

The South of Africa properties Abalone House & Spa and Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa were both awarded with the prestigious Trip Advisor Award of Excellence 2016.  “This is a fantastic achievement,” says Managing Director, Stef Venter.  “Guest feedback is of the utmost important to us, and we take note … See more >

Lilizela Tourism Awards 2016

South of Africa’s first 5-star and 4-star establishments, Abalone House & Spa in Paternoster, and Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa in Modimolle, are entrants in the  Lilizela Tourism Awards 2016 in the categories Service Excellence and Visitor Experience (each with select sub-categories). Guests are all invited to vote for these two … See more >

Four SOA properties receive 2015 Booking.com Awards

We’re extremely proud of our 4 properties who received the prestigious Booking.com awards for great customer service.  Congratulations are in order for Abalone House & Spa, Paternoster Cottages, Bid Huisie and Modimolle Funky Stay!  Both Abalone House and Bid Huisie received these awards last year, which makes it their second consecutive … See more >

Abalone House & Shangri-La awarded TGCSA star-grading

The luxurious boutique hotel in Paternoster, Abalone House & Spa, and the delightful garden paradise outside Bela Bela and Modimolle, Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa, have again been awarded their respective star-grading from the TGCSA (Tourism Grading Council of South Africa) this past month. Abalone House & Spa, a 5-star establishment … See more >

Healing Earth introduces new high performance Facial Care range

Abalone House & Spa is thrilled to announce the new Healing Earth “Big 5” collection of High Performance facial care products, which have been researched and developed by top experts in the industry to express exceptional results. The exciting range includes: • A firming and rejuvenating TRI-ENZYME PEPTIDE POLISH • A preparing … See more >

Paternoster Yoga Retreats

Revitalize your soul!  Following the recent success of the first Yoga Retreat hosted by Abalone House & Spa in August, the excitement is growing with the announcement of  additional accommodation at the Paternoster Cottages during the October 2015 Yoga Retreat. Experience the West Coast in a way you never have. Abalone … See more >

Double the fun as Abalone House celebrates its second birthday with Reuben’s and Healing Earth

Many a parent can share stories of “the terrible two’s”, a time when toddlers brought the house down!  At Abalone House and Spa in Paternoster, the upcoming second birthday of its Reuben’s Restaurant and Healing Earth Spa is a celebration worth bringing down the house – and changing the mystic … See more >

Spring

Have a “blooming” good time at Abalone House & Spa this Spring

In Spring, living is easy on the West Coast; and nowhere else is this more apparent than when the icy winter shakes off her coat to reveal a heavenly sight of bright spring flowers. The arrival of these colourful blankets that cover the surrounding fields signal the arrival of spring … See more >

South African Brandy rocks with style on the Cape West Coast

South Africa, Paternoster; THE West Coast and brandy are not exactly unacquainted; in fact, they go together like Paternoster and crayfish. What the West Coast hasn’t experienced to any significant extent, however, is a combination of fine brandy, local food and sumptuous living. And who better to present this glorious … See more >

Let’s take a “Selfie” promotion

Get a complimentary glass of house wine / local beer or soft drink / milk shake with the SELFIE promotion this Easter at our participating Restaurants. Take a picture of yourself (and your partner!) with your dinner, tag the name of the hotel that you are at and upload it … See more >

Spend Mother’s Day with South of Africa

Planning your special Mother’s Day getaway is a great excuse to book the fantastic overnight packages running for the entire month of May at Elephant Springs Hotel and Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa in the Waterberg. If you want to treat mom to a decadent outing, why not indulge in the mouth … See more >

Healing Earth Spa at Abalone House receive 2016 World Luxury Spa Nomination

Since opening its doors in October 2013, the Healing Earth Spa at Abalone House in Paternoster has become synonymous with the 5-star luxuries and pampering guests have come to expect from this West Coast boutique hotel. The Healing Earth Spa at Abalone House has been nominated for the 2016 World … See more >

Great Easter Deals from South of Africa

The upcoming Easter Holidays are already on everybody’s lips!  Why not take advantage of South of Africa’s superb destinations with these fantastic Easter Specials, ranging from a 2 night stay at select Limpopo properties (including great Family Packages at the 4-star Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa) to an unbeatable Bed … See more >

winter

Abalone House offers restorative hideaway this winter

South Africa, Paternoster; The Cape West Coast with its bracing ocean, windswept beaches, endless views and dramatic sunsets is the perfect destination, summer or winter. In the colder months there are few things more alluring than huddling up next to a fire and feasting on sumptuous food. Abalone House, a five-star … See more >

Booking.Com Guest Review Awards

It is not only the entertainment industry that makes the news this awards season, but also the hospitality industry.  2015 kicked off with the Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Awards announcements, and now we are also thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2014 Booking.Com Guest Review Awards.  South of Africa … See more >

New Year’s Eve celebrations with South of Africa

If you’re looking for an event of note to join, why not book your tickets for the New Year’s Eve West Coast Braai at Abalone House & Spa in Paternoster or the Avatar / Toga Dress Up New Year’s Bash at Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa in Modimolle. Visit the … See more >

Paternoster Seafood Festival

Paternoster Seafood Festival

If you haven’t attended last year’s successful event, make sure to attend the second coming of the Paternoster Seafood Festival on 29 November 2014 in the West Coast village of Paternoster.  This year’s event is set to be a promising occasion with entertainment, food and arts and crafts galore.  Come … See more >

Competition time with Reuben’s at Abalone House

Have you dined at Reuben’s at Abalone House? We’d love to hear your feedback! Share yours by reviewing your visit on the Abalone House Facebook page until 15 November 2014 and you’ll be entered in the lucky draw to win a luxurious night’s stay for two on 16 December 2014 … See more >

Top Billing

Top Billing explores Paternoster

South African glamour television show Top Billing recently filmed an insert for their show on 23 October 2014 at Abalone House & Spa in Paternoster.  The insert, which focusses on beautiful Paternoster, included scenes where presenter Lorna indulged at both the Reuben’s Restaurant and Healing Earth Spa, also interviewing Abalone … See more >

Abalone House receives Diamond Diners Club Wine List Award

General Manager Leigh Longden of Abalone House & Spa in Paternoster received an award at the Diners Club Wine List awards 2014 in Cape Town this week.  The 5-star boutique hotel was honoured with the highest achievement – receiving the Diamond Wine Award!  

Lilizela Tourism Awards

Abalone House honoured at Lilizela Tourism Awards

The second Lilizela Tourism Awards took place in Cape Town on September 11th and the Western Cape ceremony was an affair not to miss. Abalone House & Spa, our first 5 star establishment, received a prestigious certificate as one of 25 finalists in the Western Cape with over 200 entries.  The Lilizela … See more >

Step into Spring at Abalone House & Spa

South Africa, Paternoster; SPRING is undoubtedly here, and nowhere is it more apparent than on the Cape West Coast where winter has shaken off her coat to reveal a heavenly sight of bright spring flowers. At Abalone House and Spa, situated in the picture-perfect fishing village of Paternoster, spring is … See more >

Keeping Paternoster clean

With the recent arrival of the beautiful flowers, Abalone House & Spa has taken it upon themselves to tackle littering.  An initiative of General Manager Leigh Longden, and Front Office Manager Ryno Summers, the approach has been taken to clean up the surrounding areas on a regular basis. “We can’t … See more >

Flower Season commences on the West Coast

South Africa’s West Coast is a popular tourist destination during the months of August and September, when the beautiful flowers bloom and cover the country side with blankets of colour. Paternoster, home to the luxurious Abalone House & Spa, the exquisite Seaside Cottages, the flamboyant Oppidraai and the rustic Kliphuisie, is … See more >

Hayden Quinn at Abalone House & Spa

Paternoster’s luxurious 5-star destination in Paternoster, Abalone House & Spa, was the featured location in last night’s Hayden Quinn South Africa episode.  Broadcast on SABC 3 at 21:30, the weekly show cdelicious cuisine, incredible local ds unique and diverse cultures. Rugged foodie and MasterChef Australia contestant Hayden Quinn travelled across our … See more >

Abalone House & Spa joins the pride

Abalone House & Spa is proud to be associated with a fantastic initiative in support of SA’s Wildlife.  The One&Only Cape Town is set to host a charity auction dinner in conjunction with the Forever Wild Lion programme of the Wilderness Foundation on September 18th. The gala charity auction takes … See more >

Trip Advisor 2014 Winners Abalone House & Shangri-La

“We’ve done it again!” exclaims General Managers Ken Strydom from Shangri-La Country Hotel in Modimolle, and Leigh Longden from Abalone House & Spa in Paternoster.  The two hotels have both been awarded with yet another Trip Advisor Award of Excellence for 2014. The award (being the 2nd for Shangri-La and … See more >

Nominate Reuben’s at Abalone House for Eat Out’s Top 500 Restaurants

Eat Out, South Africa’s best restaurant guide, is calling on all food lovers to nominate their favourite restaurants to be considered for the 2015 edition of Eat Out magazine. Nominated restaurants will be rated by Eat Out’s editorial panel of food industry experts to determine the Eat Out 500, the … See more >

Win an unforgettable winter stay at Abalone House worth over R2,500!

Cosy up at the luxurious 5-star Abalone House & Spa in Paternoster this winter.  Leave the daily routine behind and escape to never-ending ocean views, crackling fireplaces, hearty cuisine at Reuben Riffel’s signature in-house restaurant and the cosy comforts of luxurious accommodation, all included in this year’s unbeatable Winter Indulgence … See more >

Abalone House in Winter

A wonderful winter awaits on the West Coast

South Africa, Paternoster, April 2014; The seaside is always a perfect getaway, whatever the weather, and this winter sees Abalone House and Spa in the charming coastal village of Paternoster on the Cape West Coast, providing the most indulgent winter comforts for its guests. There are few things more invigorating … See more >

Month of Love Packages

We are proud to announce our superb Month of Love Packages for our Valentines- themed  celebrations this February. Make your choice from our romantic secluded destination Shangri-La Country Hotel in Modimolle, the luxurious 5-star Abalone House & Spa in Paternoster, or the comfortable Elephant Springs Hotel in Bela Bela.  Each … See more >

Our 13 highlights of 2013

Today there are only 13 days left before 2013 is over. We reminisce about the year gone by by sharing our 13 highlights of 2013. 1) NEW SOA LOGO We launched the brand new logo of South of Africa, alongside its new slogan, at this year’s Indaba in Durban, May … See more >

Spend Christmas & New Year at Abalone House

If you are planning to spend Christmas in Paternoster, join us for our exquisite Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Lunch.  Chef Aviv Liebenberg has conjured up a mouth-watering menu that celebrates the festive season in a tantalizing way.  Pay only R550 per person for the Dinner or Lunch. If you wish … See more >

“Kollig” features Reuben at Abalone House

Sensational Afrikaans television programme “Kollig” featured celebrity chef Reuben Riffel in a lengthy interview on the kykNET & kie channel in their episode broadcast on 15 October 2013 at 21:00. Reuben was interviewed on site at Abalone House, and discussed his decision on launching his brand new restaurant here, spoke … See more >

Photo Erik Brits

The “SOA” Road Trip – Part 1, Abalone House

During the next couple of weeks South of Africa will be publishing reviews by Capetonian travel journalist Erik Brits, who recently went on South of Africa’s first “Road Trip” to experience everything we have to offer.  Erik journeyed from the elite 5-star Abalone House in Paternoster, Western Cape, all the way … See more >

Abalone House announces the development of a “Healing Earth Spa”

South Africa, Paternoster, April 2013; SET to open in time for South Africa’s spring; the 5-star Abalone House Boutique Guesthouse in Paternoster on the West Coast is to launch a Healing Earth Spa by September. The range of products and treatments are both revolutionary and unique, from crystal and scent … See more >