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.

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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.

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.