Shangri-La wins Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Award

sltripadvisorIt 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 “Award Of Excellence” from Trip Advisor in May 2013, is proud to be recognized in as the country’s top 25 bargain destinations in this year’s Travelers’ Choice selection.

Guests wanting to escape the madness of modern life knows why Shangri-La’s name (described in British author James Hilton’s 1933 novel Lost Horizon) is so fitting. Lush tropical gardens, a trickling waterfall and leafy stone pathways blend with luxurious pampering in 49 en-suite rooms to offer a delightful sense of tranquillity.  In the open veld bordering this tranquil country hideaway hotel, wild monkeys and baboons play in the trees, while laid-back resident ducks and tame cats amble around.

For couples, friends, families and small groups that enjoy peaceful natural surroundings, finding your own piece of paradise at Shangri-La is just an hour’s drive from Gauteng!

ROMANTIC PACKAGE

To celebrate the fantastic Trip Advisor Award, Shangri-La is offering a “Love & Romance Package” in time for Valentines Day!

Spend two nights during the weekends of January, February and March at the only hotspot recommended by Cupid and receive breakfast on both mornings as well as your choice of one dinner for 2 people on either the Friday or Saturday evening.  Guest are treated to a bottle of sparkling wine and a small gift for your loved one on arrival.

Pay only R2640 for 2 people for a 2 night stay.  Offer valid 20th Jan 2014 – 31st March 2014. Excludes public holidays and long weekends.

For reservations, call 087 820 5999 or e-mail bookings@southofafrica.com.

VALENTINES DINNER

Apart from winning several Diners Club Winelist Awards, Shangri-La is famous for its unique take on South African cuisine.  Probably most notable for its much-talked about Butternut soup, which has been a family recipe first offered to guests when the hotel opened 23 years ago, this favourite amongst Shangri-La guests is included in the Valentines Dinner menu. Spoil your beloved with a romantic candle lit dinner at Shangri-La Country Hotel this Valentines Day, Friday 14 February 2014.  Pay only R195 per person for the delectable 5 course dinner menu, which features a selection of traditional South African dishes with a modern twist.  Reservations are essential.  Call 014 718 1600 to book your table.

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.

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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 2013. What a proud moment.

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2) OUR NEW WEBSITE

In July 2013, our entire portfolio was treated to a brand new website, which offered the world our services through a beautiful and user-friendly platform. Book online, view our establishments and more at www.southofafrica.com.

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3) REUBEN’S RESTAURANT

Abalone House in Paternoster opened the doors to Reuben Riffel’s fourth restaurant in October. Critics have already raved about the fantastic menu and the taste of the West Coast.

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4) HEALING EARTH SPA

Yet another new addition to Abalone House is the new Healing Earth Spa, which also opened in October. We converted the Pasella cottage into this unique offering that enhances the experience of our 5-star guest house.

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5) OWLS COTTAGES JOIN BIRDSONG’S COLLECTION

The two Owls Cottages joined Birdsong’s collection of self-catering cottages in April, with private pool and fantastic location. These cosy cabins are perfect for 2, 4 or 6.

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6) TRIP ADVISOR AWARDS

In May Shangri-La Country Hotel and Abalone House & Spa both received the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. It was Abalone House’s second consecutive award and Shangri-La’s first.

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7) NEW BOMA AT BIRDSONG

In August the Edwin Cameron Boma was opened at Birdsong Cottages. The venue seats 30 people and is perfect for friends and family gatherings, and also as a breakaway venue for conferences.

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8) ROTARY CHRISTMAS MARKET AT ELEPHANT SPRINGS

Elephant Springs was honoured to be chosen as the venue for the annual Rotary Christmas Market in Bela Bela (currently underway). Support this worthy cause!

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9) DECK AT ABALONE HOUSE

In December Abalone House’s new Reuben’s Restaurant was extended with a fantastic deck that also allows dining outside with a marvellous view of the Atlantic Ocean. Book your table now!

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10) LABYRINTH AT SHANGRI-LA

September saw the opening of the Labyrinth of Appreciation. Created as a living tribute in honour of Dr Bruce Copley at Shangri-La for his continuous generous support and life-changing contribution to South of Africa.

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11) DINERS CLUB WINE LIST AWARDS 2013

Shangri-La Country Hotel and Abalone House & Spa were awarded their third consecutive Diners Club 2013 Winelist Awards in July.

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12) TELEVISION BROADCASTS

Shangri-La Country Hotel and Abalone House & Spa both appeared in television broadcasts in programmes such as Kollig, Bravo, Tuine & Tossels and much more. Be sure to catch us on these season re-runs.

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13) TRAINING PROGRAMME

South of Africa is proud of its training programme in association with Sondela, which begun in June this year. Intensive training in all areas is on going and will continue well into 2014. Just another example of investing in our staff’s future.

What a year! Thank you to all for their support this past year.

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.