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

 

 

 

A wonderful winter awaits on the West Coast

Abalone House in WinterSouth Africa, Paternoster, April 2014; The seaside is always a perfect getaway, whatever the weather, and this winter sees Abalone House and Spa in the charming coastal village of Paternoster on the Cape West Coast, providing the most indulgent winter comforts for its guests.

There are few things more invigorating than a brisk walk on the beach on a cold winter’s day. And even better is returning to the cosiest of spaces. And that is what makes Abalone House and Spa’s winter indulgent package a must.  The intimate space of the 10-suite guesthouse is all about cosy comfort. Rooms are decorated in earthy tones with ethnic elements and splashes of bright colour with the signature Tretchikoff prints dotted about. With vast king-sized beds, under-floor heating and luxurious mohair blankets, it’ll be difficult to tear yourself away from your room, especially with its iPod docking station, flat-screen TV, CD and DVD player and cappuccino machine. The library is well stocked with books and DVDs so there are plenty of excuses to enjoy cocooning in your room.

Once you do tear yourself away from the creature comforts of your room, head to the spa for some much-needed relaxation therapy. The locally produced Healing Earth products’ Earth Soul range uses quality indigenous ingredients. Think marula, Kalahari melon and mongongo nut used in oils, balms and scrubs. Spa experiences are tailor-made to invigorate, relax or de-stress. The spa space has a whitewashed beach house feel with fresh flowers and candles adding a luxurious touch.

On to the evening and Abalone House and Spa’s African Lounge is the best spot to enjoy a pre-dinner drink next to the roaring oversized fireplace. The in-house Reuben’s restaurant is perfect for delicious meals, from breakfast to lunches and dinners. High-back armchairs in deep reds, wooden ceiling beams, chandeliers and Persian carpets set the scene for an intimate and delicious dinner. If it’s a sunny afternoon, the place to be is on the brand new deck: bask in the winter sun while drinking in the fresh sea air and glorious sea views.

Making the most of the West Coast setting as well as Reuben Riffel’s love of aromatic spicing, starters are a choice of hearty bouillabaisse or Malay fish cakes. Signature pork belly with pomme purée or tandoori baked linefish with coconut rice will have diners torn for choice while sublime desserts of traditional malva pudding or cinnamon ice cream with Amarula anglaise and apricots are a perfect sweet ending.

But the pampering doesn’t end here, as the Bath Butler Service will finish off a perfect day. Head back to your suite for a heavenly Healing Earth bath ritual prepared for you with salts, bath milk or oils with heavenly aromatherapy properties. Snuggle up in a cosy bath robe, grab a fluffy towel from the heated towel rail and sink back into blissful relaxation before a good night’s rest.

Indeed, there are few places that will be as special this winter as Abalone House and Spa. The winter indulgence package costs R1395 per person sharing per night (minimum of a 2 night stay) and includes the following: accommodation, breakfast, a two-course dinner at Reuben’s, a one-hour spa treatment as well as a bath butler service each day. Valid from 1 May to 31 August 2014.

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

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.

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.