Category Archives: Press

South of Africa launches new Soweto TV campaign

South of Africa and renowned local broadcaster, Soweto TV, has once again partnered on an exciting campaign for viewers of this reputable channel. Airing since early October, viewers would have noticed the brand new promo giving viewers the opportunity to save a massive 20% on bookings made directly on the … 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 >

Birdsong Cottages showcased in new music video

Birdsong Cottages was recently honoured to be the backdrop for local South African musician DJ Radix’s brand new music video, titled Malume.  Filmed on site earlier this season, with a host of dancers and crew visiting the property, the music video was released in the first week of July 2017 … 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 >

Abraham Kriel Kinderhuis Kunstefees, Shangri-La

The Abraham Kriel Kinderhuis will be hosting their annual “Kunstefees” at Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa from 2 to 4 June 2017. Join the Food & Wine pairing dinner on Friday night with the singing chef Kevin Leo (cost R250pp) or visit on Saturday for entertainment by SA’s top artists starting … 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 >

We celebrate our first “South of Africa Day”

20 April 2017 marks the celebration of the first “South of Africa Day”.  Brought about to strengthen the bonds of camaraderie and enhance the morale of the South of Africa employees, “South of Africa Day” landed the 20 April slot with a very good reason: it is the birthday of … See more >

Farewell to Kliphuisie

2017 arrived in all its glory just a couple of days ago and with that came a whole new adventure for South of Africa.  The new year also brought new surprises, and it is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our beloved Kliphuisie cottage in Paternoster. This popular … 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 >

What’s new this Christmas at South of Africa?

You will be pleasantly surprised at all the wonderful changes at South of Africa’s hotels and cottages this festive season. If you needed a reason to slam the door behind you and head on out to enjoy your summer vacation, our exciting changes make for the perfect excuse …. not … See more >

Happy Heritage Day & National Braai Day

South of Africa celebrates National Heritage Day and Braai day on 24 September 2016.  Check out the Facebook post video clip commemorating the day on our official Facebook page.

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 >

SiteMinder publishes SOA case study

Global giant SiteMinder, the leading cloud platform for hotels, published a unique case study on South of Africa on their website.  SiteMinder’s unique and award-winning service, which enables online distribution of inventory, has more than 20,000 hotel customers and 400 of the industry’s top connectivity providers as their partners with presence in … 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 >

Important notice to holiday makers

An important announcement in the Tourism Industry has once again brought to light a very important aspect of travelling South of Africa feels is important for all guests and holiday makers to its properties to know. As of 26 May 2014, the Immigration Act 13 of 2002 (the “Act”) has … See more >

Farewell to Oppidraai Paternoster

For the last 6 years the delightful Oppidraai cottages in Paternoster have been home to many families and friends on weekends, school holidays and the festive season.  It is with sadness that we announce that Oppidraai A and B have been sold and that the two cottages that have been … See more >

South of Africa visits Indaba 2016

The international trade show Indaba, held annually in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, once again took place during the Mother’s Day weekend this May.  South of Africa’s Marketing Manager, Egmond du Plessis, attended the Indaba 2016 on behalf of South of Africa. “It is always a treat visiting the Indaba, and Indaba 2016 … 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 >

South of Africa mobi-site launched

Keeping up with the times is vital, especially when your guests are enjoying the benefits of the ever expanding online mobile choices on the market today.  Despite having designed an already user-friendly and eye catching website, South of Africa has just launched its fantastic mobile friendly website.  Linked to both the … See more >

GetIt Joburg North reviews Shangri-La

The following article was published by GetIt Joburg North on 25 Janaury 2016. Welcome to Shangri-La! Feeling burnt out? Want to take a romantic holiday with that special man? Or maybe you just want some solid me-time. Well, welcome to the 4-star Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa, a paradise escape … See more >

Shangri-La featured on Ontbytsake

South Africa’s favourite morning programme, Ontbytsake, will be featuring an insert on Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa on Saturday 28 November 2015. The insert, which showcases the beautiful property and its facilities, also features an exclusive interview with Managing Director, Stef Venter. The programme, which is broadcast on kykNET channel … See more >

Shangri-La: a wonderfully relaxed spot!

We always enjoy receiving feedback from our guests, but once so often something special comes along, and an inspired guest sends us a piece of their thoughts on paper.   Jon Quirk, recent guest at Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa outside Bela Bela and Modimolle, sent us this lovely prose about … See more >

Shangri-La wins 2 prestigious Lilizela Tourism Awards

Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa received two prestigious provincial Lilizela Tourism Awards on 24 September at the Tzaneen Country Lodge.  These Awards recognise and reward tourism players and businesses who work passionately and with pride to deliver a world class product and service and whose delivery grows South Africa’s global … See more >

The Secret to Shangri-La

South Africa, Limpopo; If the rat-race is wearing you out and you need a break not too far away from the city, possibly with the kids in tow, then Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa (a mere hour outside Johannesburg and 14km from Modimolle) has everything you need and much more. … See more >

Happy Heritage Day and National Braai Day

From all of us at South of Africa, we wish all our guests, families and friends a happy Heritage Day and a tasty Braai Day!  A beautiful post on Facebook by our favourite chef, Reuben Riffel, sums up this celebration on 24 September 2015: “Today we get to reflect on … See more >

Birdsong Cottages on prestigious list of hidden gems

“12 Hidden Places to get off the Grid in South Africa” reads the title of a much talked about article that showcases 12 of South Africa’s hidden gems.  Our very own Birdsong Cottages made this prestigious list, which also includes properties in the Karoo, West Coast and Wild Coast.  The … See more >

Elephant Springs & Shangri-La adverts on ANN7

Africa News Network7 (ANN7) is South Africa’s newest 24-hour news channel focusing on constructive, nation-building stories in the interests of building a culture of unity and pride in SA. The Elephant Springs Hotel & Cabanas in Bela Bela and Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa has partnered with this leading news channel … See more >

Bid Huisie & Kliphuisie receive make overs

The delightful Bid Huisie cottage in Prince Albert and the charming Kliphuisie cottage in Paternoster have both been treated to a make over.  Led by South of Africa projects manager, Mr Johan Esterhuizen, and Managing Director Mr Stef Venter, the projects took place during the middle of June 2015. Bid … See more >

South of Africa launches great competition with Modi Mall

You can win one of five great holidays at select South of Africa properties when you make any purchase at the Modi Mall in Modimolle, write your name and number on the back of the till slip, and deposit your slip in to the provided entry boxes located around the mall. … 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 >

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 >

Month of Love Newsletter out now!

South of Africa’s Check out our Month of Love newsletter is out and on its way to your inbox now. The Valentines themed newsletter is filled with a selection of romantic stay over packages, intimate Valentines Day dinners, as well as news about our recent guest review awards and our Last … See more >

Trip Advisor

Shangri-La wins second Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice Award

The 4-star Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa is extremely proud of its latest achievement:  receiving their second Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice Award for South Africa’s top 25 bargain hotels. Shangri-La has, in the past 3 years, already received two Certificate of Excellence Awards from Trip Advisor (for both 2013 and … 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 >

And the winner is….

Congratulations to Martie Schoeman who has won a 2 night stay at the beautiful Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa in our recent “My Three Friends” competition. We have had a tremendous response and look forward to sharing our news, specials and more with all our friends who joined our mailing list in … 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 >

Koi Pond Venue opens at Birdsong Cottages

The addition of the brand new Koi Pond Venue at Birdsong Cottages is taking this beautiful property to new heights.  Serving as both a restaurant &bar and wedding reception venue or function venue, the delightful Koi Pond Venue is named after its striking feature – the indoor Koi Pond. Seating … 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 >

Shangri-La celebrates its 24th birthday

On Mother’s Day Shangri-La Country Hotel near Bela Bela celebrated its 24th birthday!  The hotel opened its doors to the public on Mother’s Day 1990, and has gone through various transformations, face lifts and renovations throughout the years, to give you the welcoming haven it is today. “We’re extremely chuffed,” … 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 >

Photo sessions at SOA’s portfolio

The past two weeks South of Africa’s guests might have seen scurrying in certain corners of our properties, and the odd flash of a camera light.  As recently reported on Facebook, we’ve been extremely busy with a photo session at each of our seventeen establishments, taking photographs of a variety … See more >

Bela Bela & Modimolle road access restored after severe floods

Our hearts go out to all of our tourism friends who have suffered because of the tragic floods in the Bela Bela and Modimolle area.  South of Africa, who also has 4 establishments in the immediate area including the Shangri-La Country Hotel and Elephant Springs Hotel, wishes to express its … See more >

Sonstraal School representatives and children with Shangri-La Management

Shangri-La’s Wine Tasting Dinners helps worthy cause

The award winning Shangri-La Country Hotel just outside Modimolle holds their monthly wine tasting dinners on the first Saturday of each month.  Already established as a culinary destination of choice in 2013, for both local and national visitors, Shangri-La’s first wine pairing dinner of the year was held on the 1st of … See more >

Shangri-La wins Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Award

It is easy to see why visitors to this earthly paradise choose Shangri-La as one of the top 25 hotels in South Africa.  Renowned for offering visitors a view of past guests’ experiences, Trip Advisor announced its “Travelers’ Choice Awards” for 2014 this past week.  Shangri-La, who received their first … 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 >

Rest in peace Madiba

It is with a great sadness in our hearts that we say goodbye to Tata Madiba, Mr Nelson Mandela.  Regarded as the father of our nation, and held in high esteem by all at South of Africa, our entire family is mourning the loss of this great leader. As a symbol … See more >

The “SOA” Road Trip – Part 2, Seaside Cottage

Following the recent publication of the “SOA” Road Trip by travel journalist Erik Brits, we are proud to publish the second extract. PART 2 – SEASIDE COTTAGE Having been spoilt rotten by our first night’s luxury at Abalone House, we felt that we needed to experience the seaside village feeling … 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 >

Paternoster’s Abalone House and Spa now in a class of its own

Renowned five-star boutique guesthouse, Abalone House has crossed the threshold into the international hospitality arena. A coveted and highly-acclaimed Reuben’s restaurant along with an esteemed Healing Earth Spa opened today –  elevating Abalone House to new heights of luxury, decadence and service. The finest local cuisine and spa products are … See more >

Big excitement with Reuben’s at Abalone House

The opening of Reuben’s at Abalone House in Paternoster on 1 October 2013 has already created a social media frenzy.  In time for the opening, the esteemed Chef, Reuben Riffel, ventured to Paternoster for the official photo shoot of his new restaurant at Abalone House. Photographer Adam Letch, world renowned … See more >

Bravo! episode filmed at Abalone House

The team behind the famed kykNET programme “Bravo!” recently filmed an episode of this beloved Afrikaans TV show at Abalone House in Paternoster on the West Coast. Presenter Hannes van Wyk named the stay of the Homebrew Films team a memorable experience. Filming took place on Monday 12 August 2013. … See more >

Bid Huisie featured in Kulula.com inflight magazine

Bid Huisie, the quaint self-catering cottage in the beautiful gem Prince Albert, is currently featured in the August edition of Kulula.com’s inflight magazine Khuluma.  The flattering article features Bid Huisie in the Sleep Guide, but also focusses on Prince Albert’s activities and businesses.  The article names Prince Albert the “Gateway … See more >

Tuine & Tossels features Shangri-La’s gardens

Local television show Tuine & Tossels featured the lush gardens of Shangri-La Country Hotel outside Modimolle in their 26 June 2013 broadcast. Presenter David Viljoen interviewed our beloved Magogo, Mrs Anndeline Jansen van Vuuren, mother of owner Johan Jansen van Vuuren. The feature focussed on the beautiful setting of Shangri-La, … 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 >