Category Archives: Facilities

The Spa at Abalone House reopens in time for summer

The Cape West Coast with its bracing ocean, windswept beaches, endless views and dramatic sunsets is the perfect summer destination. Summer days through to the evenings finds the picture-perfect fishing village of Paternoster transforming into a landscape of breathtaking beauty. The Abalone House & Pool Villas, one and a half … 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 >

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 >

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 >

Bird(song) home to 120 confirmed bird species

The delightful Birdsong Cottages received its name in the early nineties, when owner Johan Jansen van Vuuren heard the song of the prolific birdlife.  Today, the 7 Birdsong Cottages are named after species that were found on site – the Franklin (the correct name is Francolin), Guineafowl, Kingfisher, Flycatcher, Sunbird … See more >

Shangri-La's Zen Garden at Sunset

The SOA Road Trip: Shangri-La Part 2

The second part to the Shangri-La blog by Erik Brits features the delightful Zen Garden! THE BLOG – Part 2 (by Erik Brits) I’m currently committing a horrific injustice. I’m sitting in a Zen garden, frantically sending emails and writing blogs. Someone should whack me on the head with a … See more >


The SOA Road Trip: Shangri-La Part 1

Another splendid blog by Erik Brits about his experience at South of Africa’s Limpopo portfolio as part of the SOA Road Trip.  The blog is written in two parts, with Part 1 below, and Part 2 published tomorrow. THE BLOG – Part 1 (by Erik Brits): There is a certain romanticization of … See more >

Shangri-La plants 50 indigenous trees

Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa outside Bela Bela and Modimolle recently took another step towards becoming an even “greener” hotel.  The initiative to plant 50 indigenous trees on site has been met favourably by both the community and environmentalists. With Shangri-La’s superb tropical gardens receiving acclaim from guests and visitors alike, the hotel has been … 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 >

Shangri-La joins fine dining giant Chaîne des Rôtisseurs

The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is an international gastronomic society devoted to promoting fine dining and preserving the camaraderie and pleasures of the table with a strong commitment to the power of taste. Shangri-La Country Hotel, located between Bela Bela and Modimolle in the Limpopo Province, has recently joined this pristine membership boasting … 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 >

The incident with the pond at Shangri-La

Following Dr Bruce Copley’s recent AAHA course at Shangri-La this past spring, we received a heart-warming letter from one of the delegates, Mr Kgosi Dintlhoane. Take a moment to read of his experience with our pond. The Pond, by Kgosi Dintlhoane The message was very simple really, “Take note of … See more >

Going Green at Modimolle Funky Stay

Modimolle Funky Stay is well known for its vibrant colours and unique style.  Our favourite colour though, is green! The road side sign welcoming guests to Modimolle Funky Stay has received “green treatment” with the installation of a solar panel and LED power saving lights, with an automated day / … See more >

Taking care of our animals at Birdsong Cottages

Because of the superb bushveld location of Birdsong Cottages, a variety of wildlife is found on the premises.  The well being of our animals is a very high priority for South of Africa, and we have taken advantage of the generous assistance of farmers and nature lovers in our immediate surroundings. Birdsong … 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 >

New Wedding Reception venue coming to Birdsong

There is a number of exciting additions coming to Birdsong Cottages in the next year.  Having recently launched the cosy Edwin Cameron Boma at Birdsong Cottages, the news of more developments therefore comes as no surprise. A brand new Wedding Reception venue is currently being created at Birdsong, which is … 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 >

Shangri-La’s new “Labyrinth of Appreciation”

Created as a living tribute to the generous support of Dr Bruce Copley for his on going life-changing contribution to all at Shangri-La Country Hotel since 1991, the Labyrinth of Appreciation was opened by owner Johan Jansen van Vuuren on 13 September 2013 in the presence of Dr Bruce Copley … See more >

Brand new Boma at Birdsong Cottages

Birdsong Cottages is proud to present its brand new Boma.  This fantastic new venue in the heart of the bush has been declared open by the owners of South of Africa this past weekend and christened the “Edwin Cameron Boma” in honour of Justice Edwin Cameron, the Constitutional Court justice and life … 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 >