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.

Two South of Africa hotels win TripAdvisor Awards

In what has become a global platform for guests to review their hotel and restaurant experiences, TripAdvisor has been awarding establishments worldwide based on guest feedback for over a decade. South of Africa is proud to announce that two of their hotels, namely the 5-star Abalone House & Spa and the 4-star Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa, are recipients of the 2019 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

This makes Abalone House’s 8th consecutive win since receiving its first award in 2012, and also makes it Shangri-La’s fifth award, having received this honour for 4 years in a row from 2012 – 2016. 

The interiors of the main building at Shangri-La

“It is a welcome return for Shangri-La,” says Managing Director Stef Venter, “considering the tremendous changes we have brought about at the hotel these past two years.” Shangri-La’s hotel rooms are currently being renovated following the completion of its main building and bar earlier this year. “It shows that our guests appreciate what we’ve done to enhance their experience; and it has taken Shangri-La to a new level of decadence.”

The iconic façade of Abalone House & Spa

Team Abalone House is just as thrilled with its award, and General Manager Dirk Jansen said that “despite our remote location on the West Coast, guests still take the 90 minute journey from Cape Town for a getaway of luxury and spoils. We love taking care of our guests and every review we receive on TripAdvisor is both heart-warming and inspiring to the entire team here in Paternoster.”

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.

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.

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.