Abalone House introduces Smart TVs with Netflix & Showmax in all hotel rooms

The 5-star Abalone House in Paternoster is thrilled to announce the latest treat their guests will be spoiled with when staying at the boutique hotel on the West Coast. Following the success of introducing Netflix and Showmax at its sibling 5-star Pool Villas, all hotel rooms on site now also boast this extraordinary digital service.

Netflix and Showmax is now available in all Abalone House hotel bedrooms.

Netflix and Showmax have risen in popularity over the last few years, and with all entertainment heading to these streaming services, Managing Director Stef Venter knew that it was the way to go to bring Abalone House on par with its 5-star industry counterparts. “Our guests expect to experience the best in entertainment when travelling to 5-star properties, and the move to upgrade all of our hotelrooms with Smart TVs was the next stage in giving Abalone House & Spa the edge over its competitors.”

Although the DSTV service has been discontinued at the hotel, the new offering is a welcome replacement with more shows available to guests than ever before; most of which are exclusive to platforms like Netflix.

To book your stay at Abalone House & Spa in Paternoster, and enjoy this new complimentary addition to the hotel rooms, visit www.abalonehouse.co.za or www.soa.travel, or call Abalone House on 022 752 2044 or South of Africa Central Reservations on 014 004 0131.

Abalone Pool Villas receives first Lilizela Tourism Award

At the Western Cape Provincial leg of the Lilizela Tourism Awards, South of Africa’s 5-star property Abalone Pool Villas, walked away with the award for best 5-star Bed & Breakfast establishment in the province.

The awards ceremony, which celebrates the province’s star performers, was held in Cape Town on September 19th, 2018.

The 5-star Abalone House & Spa, as well as the Abalone Pool Villas, both also received a nomination in the category “Lap of Luxury” and received a certificate as finalists.

The national awards ceremony takes place on October 27th at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

Abalone Pool Villas – Decadence for all seasons

Abalone Pool Villa

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 – with butler Xavier Ramsami in attendance to serve a full English or Continental breakfast in suite. Alternatively, breakfast at Reuben’s at Abalone House is offered. The butler service is also available for late afternoon drinks and canapés, as well as for dinner by prior arrangement – both at an additional surcharge.

The two Pool Villas are virtually identical and each sleeps two couples or a family of four. With two spacious and magnificently appointed bedrooms with king beds dressed in fine percale linen, and en suite, both bedrooms lead onto the patio and pool; one of the rooms also has a private balcony with 180 degree sea views all the way to the horizon. But wherever you are in the Pool Villas, the ocean is right outside – just beyond the twinkling rim-flow infinity pool, so uninterrupted sea views are everywhere.

Abalone Pool Villa

The main living area is spacious and beautifully appointed with comfortable couches, while the floor is strewn with Persian carpets. Oversized, colourful Tretchikoff prints add pizzaz to walls. Touches of delft blue and a single red piece can be found in the living area and bedrooms. A coffee pod machine dots each room in the Villa and there is complimentary Wifi throughout.

For winter evenings, there’s a cosy indoor fireplace, along with a Smart TV and Netflix to enjoy – maybe accompanied by a sherry or two. Summertime, the large glass stack doors can be completely folded back to allow indoor-outdoor living around the pool and braai area. There’s also a convenient outdoor shower for washing off beach sand before jumping in the pool.

Abalone Pool Villa

An enticing selection of restaurants are within walking distance of the Villas and serve simple to sensational cuisine, by day and night. However, the fully-equipped and stylish Villa kitchen also encourages easy meal preparation, and the dishwasher does the rest. Both villas are also serviced each morning to keep them pristine and turn downs are done in the evenings – or not, should you request this. There’s plenty of flexibility too around service, to ensure your stay is thoroughly relaxed, enjoyable and luxurious.

Both units have off-road parking, and Villa no 1 has a complimentary lock up garage – with an interleading door into the Villa. A night security guard and watch dog – for additional peace of mind – is also stationed outside the Villas. Before starting his shift, he’ll introduce himself to you, if you’re in.

For more information and reservations regarding this package call Abalone House & Spa at (27) (022) 752 2044; email info@abalonehouse.co.za or visit www.abalonehouse.co.za 

For press assistance contact Karla Nel of Manley Communications on 0861 MANLEY (626 539), email to karla@publicity.co.za or visit the Press Room of Manley Communications at www.manleycommunications.co.za

 

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 will soon withdraw from the public eye only to be reincarnated into the opulant 5-star Abalone Pool Villas; scheduled for opening in late July 2017 just in time for the flower season!

The land the units were built on was purchased in 2004.  Building commenced in early 2007 and the two holiday units were opened to the public later that year to great applause.  The Seaside Cottages had been particularly popular with holiday makers who relished the spectacular sea views and infinity pools which had become its iconic trademark.  Apart from the 180 degree views of the Atlantic, guests also benefitted from its proximity to the beach and town center.  Travellers who venture to this cosy fishing village longed for more sophistication, and the units’ association with its nearby 5-star sibling, the Abalone House & Spa, brought forth the next step in its evolution.

The enticing new offering, inspired by the Abalone House brand’s success story, will see the closure of the Seaside Cottages on 31 May 2017.  When it reopens in Spring, departing is proverbial cocoon, the transformation into the Abalone Pool Villas will surprise and delight all future guests.  Guests will enjoy the Pool Villas’ association with Abalone House even more! The hotel, which opened a Reuben’s restaurant and Healing Earth Spa in 2013, has become a sought after destination in the Western Cape; setting the benchmark of what getaways on the West Coast must be.  The Abalone Pool Villas are set to take this decadence to the next step.

The two newly refurbished and well-appointed Abalone Pool Villas will be a unique interpretation of what Abalone House is famed for.  This includes the Tretchikoff prints which will, like Abalone House, also adorn the walls of the Abalone Pool Villas, adding to their mystique.  The additional charm of the units’ location on the hill offers a dreamy element of surprise:  the large glass doors which open up onto vistas of a deep blue, and often turquoise, ocean.

The Abalone Pool Villas are most importantly family-friendly.  This makes these units the perfect escape-to destination any time of the year for families with teenagers or groups of friends.  The Abalone Pool Villas will also include a unique breakfast delivered to the units daily from the Reuben’s Restaurant, enhancing the familiarity with Abalone-brand and making it the most desired West Coast experience.

Guests who wish to be pampered in the splendour of the Abalone Pool Villas need not wait long as bookings will open in late June / early July 2017 on the Abalone House website www.abalonehouse.co.za.  In the interim, a celebration sale to mark the end of the Seaside Cottages is now on.  Book your favourite Seaside Cottage online today at www.seasidecottage.co.za for the month of May at only R999 per unit per night.

Paternoster Yoga Retreats

Yoga teachers Justine, Ros and Karen

Yoga teachers Justine, Ros and Karen

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 House & Spa and the Paternoster Cottages are proud to present the Yoga Retreats this October. Facilitated by Yoga Teachers Rosalind Langer and Karen Venter, the 2 night getaway is an enticing programme of early morning and late afternoon yoga sessions at a nearby venue with wonderful sea views, and is inclusive of breakfast. Guests are given the choice of booking an all-inclusive luxury package at the 5-star boutique hotel Abalone House & Spa, or a self-catering stay at select family-friendly cottages. These units form part of the Paternoster Cottages portfolio managed by Abalone House & Spa.

Yoga Retreat Date:

  • 23 October (arrival) – 25 October 2015 (departure) – accommodation available at Paternoster Cottages and Abalone House & Spa

The Yoga classes are presented at the Oppidraai B cottage and consist of 2 morning Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga classes (inclusive of pranayama techniques) and 2 evening Restorative Yoga classes (both concluded with a Guided Relaxation). The classes are held on Friday evening, Saturday morning and evening, and Sunday morning.

SELF-CATERING PACKAGE AT PATERNOSTER COTTAGES

The Paternoster Cottages are proud to offer select accommodation during the upcoming Yoga Retreat.  Turn your Yoga Retreat into a family getaway and choose from 3 family-friendly options.  Guests that wish to join the Yoga Retreat, which is inclusive of breakfast (early morning breakfast on site before the class and late-morning brunch at Abalone House & Spa after the class), pay only R1290 per person to participate.  This rate is only applicable to guests that stay in the Paternoster Cottages.

Prices:

Seaside Cottages

These 2 sea-facing units each have 2 bedrooms, a private infinity pool and exquisite sea views of the Atlantic.  Ideal for 2 couples or families with older children (the second bedroom is accessible from the pool-side patio), the Seaside Cottages are the perfect destination when bringing the family with.

Pay only R1500 per night per unit excluding the Yoga Retreat participation fee.

Kliphuisie

The cosy 1-bedroom cottage is perfect for a cultural Paternoster experience, and sleeps 2 guests.

Pay only R499 per night excluding the Yoga Retreat participation fee.

Oppidraai A

The 3-bedroom Oppidraai A is perfect for 3 couples or families with small children.  Located right next to the Oppidraai B, where the Yoga classes are held, makes Oppidraai A the ideal choice for guests that wish to enjoy the comforts of home.

Pay only R899 per night excluding the Yoga Retreat participation fee.

ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGE AT ABALONE HOUSE & SPA

Abalone House & Spa offers a fabulous and luxurious all-inclusive Yoga Retreat, inclusive of breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner.

Included in the package:

  • Luxury accommodation
  • Early morning breakfast consisting of cereal bars, fresh fruits, tea / coffee / juices
  • Healthy buffet brunch
  • Light snacks for afternoon tea
  • 2-course dinner
  • 2 morning (Sat & Sun) and 2 evening (Fri & Sat) Yoga Classes presented at Oppidraai B

Pay only R1965 per person per night (single or sharing accommodation). A partners-only rate of R790pn inclusive of breakfast is available for partners that do not wish to join the Yoga Retreat. Minimum two night stay applies.

OUTSIDE GUESTS

Outside guests that wish to join pay only R1650 per person including the breakfasts on both days.

EXCLUSIVE YOGA RETREAT OFFER FROM HEALING EARTH SPA

The onsite Healing Earth Spa offers 4 calm treatment rooms, one customized for couples. With its selection of calming treatments, booking a full body massage or experiencing the magic of the exquisite Salt Room, the Spa is the ideal spoil during your Yoga Retreat. View the spa menu at www.abalonehouse.co.za.

The Healing Earth Spa at Abalone House is offering an exclusive deal to all guests attending the retreat: Book any 1-hour treatment during the September or October Yoga retreats and receive a complimentary Shea Body Butter valued at R200. Call 022 752 2044 to book.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

A minimum occupancy is required for the Yoga Retreats to be presented. Booking deadlines for the retreats are 14 days prior to the getaway and should the minimum occupancy not be met, guests will be informed of the cancellation and offered alternate retreats that are available. Subject to availability. Minimum two night stay. For bookings, call 022 752 2044 or e-mail info@abalonehouse.co.za.

ABOUT THE YOGA TEACHERS

Justine Barnes
“Yoga gives me the space and clarity I need during challenging times. I try and move through these times as elegantly as possible, and yoga helps me do this!” Justine found yoga in the nineties and having been a dancer for 10 years she was already aware of the beauty of the mind, body connection, but had a yearning to take it to a deeper level. In the beginning she practiced yoga on and off for many years and every time she went back to it, it felt like home.  Now, every day, Justine looks forward to her time on the mat. She did her teachers training with Jacqueline Ivory at Jai Yoga and is a qualified Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga teacher. Justine also has experience in teaching yoga nidra, pregnancy yoga and kid’s yoga. For her yoga is a never-ending journey, there is always more to learn, and she keeps inspired by attending workshops from yogis around the world. Her workshops have been with Sharon Gannon and David Life (Jivamukti), Michael Gannon, Patrick Creelman, Ana Forrest and many more. “The only way to inspire others to practice yoga, is to feel it yourself, and the only way that you can feel it, is to practice it. Yoga is 99% practice, 1% theory!”

Rosalind Langer
Ros came to yoga whilst living on the island of Antigua. Yoga teachers were few and far between, and those that did come to the island, never stayed very long. She began practicing using a dvd: The Primary Series: John Scott. Since then Ros has practiced daily, reading about yoga with an intense hunger, and following her passion. Having been a high school English teacher for 20 years, the ‘teaching’ aspect came quite naturally to her.  In 2012 she did a 7 day workshop with John Scott at Purple Valley in India, and later completed his Teacher Training in Cornwall in January 2013.  “Yoga is my life. My mat is my home. Yoga has become entwined in the very nerve centre of my being. It is my guard: it protects me, fulfils me and is my constant companion. I feel blessed to be able to share this love with others. My Yoga journey never ends. Each student has been a gift that has deepened my love and appreciation of Ashtanga Yoga. I have seen in my self and many others the transformative power of breath, movement and awareness”.

Karen Venter
“Yoga has given me the skills to learn to de-stress and find more freedom in my body, my mind and my life” I found yoga in 2007 where it immediately had a profound effect on my life and I knew then that I had started on a lifelong journey of transformation. I developed a new found respect for my body, my mind and my health. Having been working in the corporate world for a few years, yoga couldn’t have come at a better time! Naturally the call to teach began knocking on my door and I finally took the plunge. I completed my teachers training with Jacqueline Ivory in 2011. In 2013 I travelled to Miami to study under Kino Macgregor and Tim Feldmann and will once again be travelling to study under their guidance in 2015. Being able to share what I have learnt brings me great joy.

Abalone House offers restorative hideaway this winter

winterSouth 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 boutique hotel in the picture-perfect fisherman’s village of Paternoster, one and a half hours’ drive from Cape Town, is the ideal place to recharge this winter.

Boasting a fantastic winter spa special in conjunction with the Healing Earth Spa on the premises, visitors will be pampered from start to finish: accommodation, meals and a two-and-a-half hour spa treatment, employing the healing properties of massage and aromatherapy, are included.

Upon entering the Healing Earth spa, visitors are immediately transported to a serene space… whitewashed floors and wooden loungers echo the seaside setting, while Nguni hides and boldly patterned scatter cushions add an eclectic African touch. Treatment rooms are calm, quiet and wonderfully cosy.

Guests can choose from a coffee, cinnamon and orange body energiser treatment that will leave them feeling rejuvenated, or an African ginger slimming body treatment to get rid of toxins. Healing Earth products boast natural, locally sourced ingredients of the highest quality and offer a holistic approach to spa experiences.

Both treatments start off with a herbal tea to calm and focus the mind, in preparation for the therapeutic actions to follow. Heading off to the treatment room, guests will first experience dry body brushing. This invigorating technique increases lymphatic circulation and stimulates the skin to improve absorption of aromatherapy actives in the body polish. Then a full body scrub will improve circulation and remove dead skin cells, as well as increasing penetration of active ingredients.

This is followed by a soothing bath with energizing salt crystals that contain minerals to replenish the immune system. Next, surrender to a body wrap to drain excess fluid from the body. The coffee, cinnamon and orange body wrap uses the toning and draining elements from cinnamon, orange and coffee extracts, to assist in toning and brightening the skin and improving circulation. The African ginger body wrap tones specific areas and improves skin texture. After a shower, a heavenly full body massage follows with coffee, cinnamon and orange essential oils or an African ginger aromatherapy blend. These oils penetrate the blood stream and lymphatic systems by using a combination of Swedish massage and pressure points to leave you feeling lighter and relaxed. The treatment is finished with an application of corrective cream to targeted areas.

After such a blissful treat, the options are vast: relax in your luxurious suite, enjoy a gentle stroll on the beach, or simply relax by the fire or on the roof deck on a clear day.

Accommodation in one of the luxurious guest suites at Abalone House is included and ticks all the boxes: modern amenities, top quality linens, eclectic décor and sumptuous gourmet meals at Reuben’s – it simply is the perfect pamper package.

The package includes two night’s accommodation at the 5-star Abalone House hotel, one 2.5 hour spa treatment (as described above) per person at the Healing Earth spa, breakfast on both mornings and a 2-course dinner at the highly-acclaimed Reuben’s on both evenings. Cost is R1 945 per person sharing per night and is valid from 1 May to 31 August 2015.

In addition, for those who have limited time but still want a pampering treat, try the Lunchtime Indulgence. This includes a two-course meal at Reuben’s plus a 30 minute Healing Earth spa treatment (choose between a manicure, pedicure or facial) at R395 per person. What’s more, if you book a table for 6 guests, you pay for only 5. This is ideal for a group of girlfriends or even if you’re celebrating a special occasion with friends and family.

For more information on seasonal specials and to book, call Abalone House and Spa direct on (27) (022) 752 2044; email info@abalonehouse.co.za or visit www.abalonehouse.co.za  Alternatively, contact South of Africa’s central reservations line on 087 820 5999.

For press assistance contact Ian Manley of Manley Communications on 0861 MANLEY (626 539), email to premierbrands@publicity.co.za  or visit the Press Room of Manley Communications at www.manleycommunications.co.za

 

 

 

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 House General Manager, Leigh Longden.

This is the second time that Abalone House has been honoured with a visit from the SABC3 programme Top Billing.  The West Coast insert aired on 23 October 2014 at 8:30 on SABC3.  See our Facebook page for a glamorous gallery of the feature.

Flower Season commences on the West Coast

blogflowersSouth 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 also blessed with this fantastic display of beauty.

The first flowers are already in bloom and our guests have been thrilled by this special surprise.  Enjoy the splendour of nature this Flower Season when you venture to Paternoster along the flower route. Visit our Specials Page for our fantastic overnight offers and add-on packages.

Picnics amidst the flowers is highly recommended when visiting Abalone House or our self-catering cottages in Paternoster – enquire now to book your unforgettable experience this Flower Season.

For more information, please call us on 022 752 2044.

Month of Love Packages

valentinesWe 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 hotel offers its own unique pamper package valid for the month of February.

Visit our “Specials” page for more information on each individual package or call our Central Reservations office on 087 820 5999.

Spend Christmas & New Year at Abalone House

photo 4If 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 to enter 2014 with Abalone House & Spa, why not join us for our New Year’s festivities on 31 December 2013.  Say farewell to 2013 and celebrate the start of new year with a superb meal at Reuben’s.  Pay only R650 per person for the New Year’s Eve Dinner.

Book today by calling 022 752 2044.

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

Seaside Cottages 14Following 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 as well, and moved to Seaside Cottage (also owned and managed by South of Africa).

Seaside Cottage holds more true to the theme of a fisherman’s cottage, and being self catering you are also isolated from other guests. Although the couch was more than comfortable, the new ambiance inspired us to sample more of the area, so we checked out the Columbine lighthouse and the magnificent rock structures of Tietiesbaai.

That evening we snuggled up under all the provided blankets, but I must say that if it had been summer we might have spent the entire day in the pool – look at that view!

**  For more photographs, view Nightjar Travel’s Instagram feed here.

“Kollig” features Reuben at Abalone House

kollig2Sensational 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 about the new menu, and also about his new book “BRAAI, Reuben on fire” (published by Quivertree Publications).

The feature also included a behind-the-scenes look at the photo shoot for the new restaurant, location shots of the beautiful Paternoster, and also showcased the luxurious 5-star Abalone House where the new Reuben’s have opened.

You can view the You Tube clip here.

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 to the unique Birdsong Cottages in Modimolle, Limpopo.

Photo Erik BritsThe journey started in Paternoster, and we are thrilled to share the experience with you as through the eyes of our guests.

PART 1 – ABALONE HOUSE

We decided to switch off from the buzz of the city for a bit – and there’s no better place than a little seaside village for that!

We were staying at Abalone House in Paternoster.  With the sunset we had on our first night away from the deck, it was clear that we were in for a treat.

Photo by Erik BritsMost of the guest rooms are in private enclaves on the upper level, and the deck outside the rooms has a gorgeous view.

Abalone House is the kind of place where you come to spend a weekend in your robe and slippers, enjoying the seaside atmosphere and your luxurious surroundings (5 stars well earned), with the occasional stroll down to the beach.

To top it all off, the cosy guest library and bar area has a hidden doorway – to the wine cellar!  We couldn’t resist the mystery!

* (Reuben’s at Abalone House and the Healing Earth Spa was still under construction at the time of the review)

**  For more photographs, view Nightjar Travel’s Instagram feed here.

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

reubens1Renowned 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 now showcased in an atmosphere of pure relaxation and sensual enjoyment.

Reuben Riffel is a celebrated household name in South Africa and is renowned for his culinary prowess. He chooses the best local ingredients, treats them respectfully and prepares them beautifully to create unique taste sensations. Double-baked snoek soufflé with salted apricots, roasted pork belly with chilli-lime and ginger caramel, malva pudding with buttermilk sherbet and Amarula custard hint at the unique cuisine that awaits diners at Reuben’s Abalone House.

“I have always loved Paternoster, since I first visited as a child of 14,” says Reuben. “The place still fascinates me and keeps drawing me back. There’s a unique atmosphere there that is relaxed and special, so I am delighted to have the opportunity to open a Reuben’s restaurant and explore the local ingredients, cook them simply and serve flavoursome food. The menu will be ever changing, though we will certainly keep the signature dishes.”

Tasked with opening Reuben’s at Abalone House, chef Aviv Liebenberg has worked at all three of Reuben’s other restaurants – located in Franschhoek, Robertson and at the five-star resort One&Only Cape Town. He says: “I understand Reuben’s concept well, so I am able to implement it easily in the restaurant. His food has a fresh country feel and is plated beautifully. There’s nothing fussy about Reuben’s cuisine. We prefer to use just a few ingredients simply and well.”

Elegant simplicity is also found in the Healing Earth Spa at Abalone House, which offers African inspired therapies and products in four calm treatment rooms – one customized for couples. This premium organic spa brand believes in ancient African traditions of healing and energy to bring about both health and relaxation. Founder Elisabeth Brandt says: “We have a nurturing, conscious approach to beauty based upon love for oneself, one’s fellow human beings and the earth we live on.”

Abalone House’s Healing Earth Spa will offer unique signature treatments available exclusively to guests with a menu that is a  first for Africa.

The unique Healing Earth products include the Earth Soul range, which uses indigenous ingredients such as Marula and Kalahari Melon, and the Pinotage Grape range – a vinotherapy range with powerful anti-oxidant qualities that is also thoroughly South African.  An enticing menu of face and body treatments is available to guests, and the beautifully soothing surroundings will ensure a deeply enjoyable experience.

Abalone House and Spa, including Reuben’s, is owned and managed by South of Africa, and is their first five-star establishment listing. The company prides itself in offering distinctive and personalized guest experiences across its 18 properties located in Limpopo and the Western Cape.

Special Opening packages:
In celebration of summer and the opening of Reuben’s and their Healing Earth Spa, Abalone House has enticing packages for guests to experience both the new spa and Reuben’s. Mid-week packages are R1595 per person sharing per night, and weekend packages are R1950 per person sharing per night. Packages include accommodation, breakfast, afternoon tea, a one-hour spa treatment and a three-course dinner at Reuben’s at Abalone House. Valid from 1 October 2013 – 30 April 2014.

For more information on specials and reservations, call Abalone House and Spa on (27) (022) 752 2044; email info@abalonehouse.co.za or visit www.abalonehouse.co.za

For press assistance contact Ian Manley of Manley Communications on 0861 MANLEY (626 539), email to premierbrands@publicity.co.za or visit the Press Room of Manley Communications at www.manleycommunications.co.za.

Big excitement with Reuben’s at Abalone House

reubensatahThe 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 for his superb attention to detail and his magnificent creative eye, was in charge of the shoot.  During the photo shoot, two additional TV interviews were done with Chef Reuben Riffel.  A behind the scenes look at the photo shoot is one of the features.  More news on the TV interviews to follow soon.

Reuben’s at Abalone House is officially open 1 October 2013.  Call today to reserve your table.  Phone 022 752 2044.

Wedding Expo Exhibition

blogexpoSouth of Africa exhibited at the Wedding Expo held at The Dome, Northgate, Johannesburg, during 24 & 25 August 2013.  Our representatives introduced all of our magnificent wedding and honeymoon facilities in both the Limpopo Province and Western Cape.

South of Africa’s superb corner stand was busier than ever, boasting our new branding, logo and marketing material.  Thank you to all who visited our stand.

Bravo! episode filmed at Abalone House

Bravo! kykNET Henre Pretorius Hannes van Wyk Tracey Lange March 2012The 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.

The show was broadcast on kykNET, DSTV channel 144, on Thursday 22 August at 19:30.

Flower Season Update

flowers2The latest West Coast Flower Report supplied by West Coast Tourism has caused a renewed interest in the Flower Season in Paternoster.  There are two locations in Paternoster ideal for viewing the flowers, being the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve and Pelgrumsrust (on the road between Paternoster & Vredenburg).

The types of flowers identified are various types of Mesembryanthemaceae,  Reënblommetjie, Kattekruid, Pietsnot, Koggelmandervoet, Suring / Sorrel,  Rooi Malva, Klein Steenbokbos, Bokmaellie, Bobbejaantou, Strand Salie, Namaqua Kool, Bietou, Spekbos, Sjielingbos, Cape Weed, Romulea Barkerae, Paternoster Froetang (endemic to limestone ridges in area),  Candles / Kersies (Parasite), Goue Sterretjie, Steek Groenbasbossie, Varkblom / Arum, Groen Agertjie, Piempiempie and the Poproos.

There are large patches  of flowers in these areas, with few of some and plenty of others.  It is recommended that visitors walk to see the flowers.  Guests are discouraged to drive as some flowers are only 3mm big!

Acceptable rainfall figures were recorded that predicts a good flower season for Spring 2013.  Paternoster is currently experiencing low temperatures during the day as well as over night and it is also fortunate to have up to 2 to 3 days of showers which is a sustainable attribute to ensure a good flower season.

Book your room at Abalone House and the Paternoster Seaside Cottages now to experience the beauty of Spring surrounding our luxurious establishments.