Category Archives: West Coast

Get 30% off your Summer

We know how important your Festive Season Getaway is to you and your loved ones. Enjoy our Early Bird promotion & save when you book direct.  Take advantage of our brand new Early Bird promotion at participating properties if you book on our official website before 31 August 2018. Get 30% off … 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 a select categories throughout the years, with Shangri-La winning awards in both 2015 and 2016. For the 2018 awards, all of South of Africa’s hotels and cottages have been entered into a variety of categories, and past guests … See more >

South of Africa celebrates SOA Day with exciting news

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, BELA BELA, 20 APRIL 2018.  The popular hotel chain South of Africa that boasts hotels, cottages and villas in some of South Africa’s most popular yet unexploited destinations, celebrates their second annual SOA Day with exciting news.  SOA (an abbreviation of South of Africa) is celebrated on 20 … 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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 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 >

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 >

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!  

Paternoster Cottages new website launched

Our delightful selection of Paternoster Cottages has just launched its own website.  Consisting of 5 self-catering units, including the two Seaside Cottages, Oppidraai A & B, as well as Kliphuisie, the Paternoster Cottages also celebrates the launch of www.paternostercottages.com with two fantastic packages. The West Coast Family Package is the … See more >

Paternoster accommodation for December

December holiday accommodation at Paternoster Cottages

Still struggling to find the perfect self-catering cottage in Paternoster for the upcoming December holidays? No need to look any further.  Make your choice from South of Africa’s unique selection of 2, 4 and 6-sleeper cottages in Paternoster on the beautiful West Coast.  Whether you prefer the cultural experience of … 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 >

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 >