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 hours’ drive from Cape Town, is the ideal place to celebrate the arrival of this festive season.

Spoil yourself and your significant this festive season with a relaxing massage or pampering body treatment at Abalone House & Pool Villas’s new and improved Spa this festive season. Upon entering the Spa at Abalone House, visitors are immediately transported to a brand new serene space echoing the eclectic and charming indoor spaces of both Abalone House and its nearby sibling Abalone Pool Villas.  Pairing the whitewashed floors with deep blue walls replicates the seaside setting, while the bold statement created by the prints of renowned artist Tretchikoff elevates the newly revamped space to another level of enchantment.

The theme is carried through in the calm treatment rooms, quiet and wonderfully cozy.  The introduction of world class Africology products and treatments at the Spa at Abalone House reinforces the 5-star boutique hotel’s status as the West Coast’s most sought after destination.  Guest satisfaction is taken to the next level as guests of the Abalone Pool Villas now also have the choice of booking a treatment in the comfort of their own Villa courtesy of the Spa’s exclusive mobile service.  This Christmas, treat yourself and your loved ones with a unique relaxing and tranquil seaside experience at The Spa at Abalone House.

For bookings, call 022 752 2044 or e-mail spa@abalonehouse.co.za.

Photo sessions at SOA’s portfolio

Abalone House's new deck leading from Reuben's RestaurantThe past two weeks South of Africa’s guests might have seen scurrying in certain corners of our properties, and the odd flash of a camera light.  As recently reported on Facebook, we’ve been extremely busy with a photo session at each of our seventeen establishments, taking photographs of a variety of new, changed and upgraded rooms, venues and surroundings.

According to owner Johan Jansen van Vuuren, “we’ve listened to our guests’ comments and feedback.  The purpose of the shoot is to not only showcase our hotels and self-catering cottages, but also give the viewer the impression of what a getaway, conference and even wedding could be like here.”

Photographer Gareth Williams is behind the lens, and his fresh approach to South of Africa’s “Smörgåsbord” makes for an inviting image that draws the viewer in.  Williams first worked on South of Africa’s property Bid Huisie in Prince Albert, and ventured to Paternoster this past March to continue the photography of Abalone House & Spa, Oppidraai, Kliphuisie and the Seaside Cottages.  More photography followed at the Limpopo portfolio.

The new photographs will be published here on South of Africa’s official website, as well as on Facebook.  The first images of Abalone House’s new deck has already been published to rave reviews.

For more information about Gareth Williams Photography, visit http://garethphoto.wordpress.com.

“Kollig” features Reuben at Abalone House

kollig2Sensational 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 about the new menu, and also about his new book “BRAAI, Reuben on fire” (published by Quivertree Publications).

The feature also included a behind-the-scenes look at the photo shoot for the new restaurant, location shots of the beautiful Paternoster, and also showcased the luxurious 5-star Abalone House where the new Reuben’s have opened.

You can view the You Tube clip here.

New Wedding Reception venue coming to Birdsong

devbsThere 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 within close proximity to the glorious stone chapel on site.  Guests who have visited Birdsong in the past, may have noticed the “Koi Dam” in the covered building near Flycatcher and the Sunbird Cottage.  The “Koi Dam” is an old undercover swimming pool which have been turned into an aquatic home for our beloved fish friends.   This venue has been in development for the past year, with the first stages of renovations already completed.

Phase two has now commenced with reinforced steel frames, which will carry the exquisite wooden deck with a marvellous view of the surrounds.  The “Koi Dam” will be the main feature of this unique Wedding Reception venue.  A bar, seating area, and industrial kitchen on the lower level beneath the deck, will all be valuable additions to this fantastic venue.

Johan Esterhuizen, Project Manager, revealed the artist impression of the venue today and said that he is looking forward to adding more charm to the already beautiful wedding destination in the heart of the Waterberg.

The venue will also be ideal as a breakaway room for conferences.  A new conference venue is also in development near the swimming pool.  The development and progress of the Wedding Reception venue will be featured on our Facebook pages in the coming months.  Don’t forget to like both the Birdsong Cottages and South of Africa pages when you visit Facebook again.

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

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Big excitement with Reuben’s at Abalone House

reubensatahThe 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 for his superb attention to detail and his magnificent creative eye, was in charge of the shoot.  During the photo shoot, two additional TV interviews were done with Chef Reuben Riffel.  A behind the scenes look at the photo shoot is one of the features.  More news on the TV interviews to follow soon.

Reuben’s at Abalone House is officially open 1 October 2013.  Call today to reserve your table.  Phone 022 752 2044.