Trip Advisor 2014 Winners Abalone House & Shangri-La

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The Shangri-La team

“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 the 3rd for Abalone House) honours hotels that have received a constant stream of positive scores with a rating of 4 out of 5 and higher.  “We’re thrilled,” says Managing Director Johan Jansen van Vuuren.  “When Abalone House received its first award in 2011, I was delighted.  Then it happened again, and Shangri-La joined in the celebration.  To receive it yet again is a true honour and a reflection of the hard work and effort we have put in to our guest satisfaction and customer service.  It’s remarkable and we are so grateful that our guests made this happen!”

According to Guest Relations Manager, Mr Egmond du Plessis, the amount of guest reviews have increased tremendously during the past year.  “The most popular platform for our group is Trip Advisor, and South of Africa takes pride in responding to each of our guests reviews as within 24 – 48 hours.  We value our guests feedback and use this as a tool to ensure that our customer service is of the highest standard,” says Du Plessis.

Apart from Shangri-La and Abalone House, newcomers to Trip Advisor include Birdsong Cottages and Modimolle Funky Stay, who both also average a 4 out of 5 rating so far.  “We’re putting in a lot of effort to also achieve these awards,” says General Manager Joseph Mabote of the properties.

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.

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.