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.”

And the winner is….

j09Congratulations to Martie Schoeman who has won a 2 night stay at the beautiful Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa in our recent “My Three Friends” competition.

We have had a tremendous response and look forward to sharing our news, specials and more with all our friends who joined our mailing list in this competition.

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Shangri-La opens its brand new Spa

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The renowned Waberberg Country Hotel, Shangri-La, has crossed the threshold into the international hospitality arena. In response to the high demand from its loyal patronage of the past 24 years, the romantic Country Hotel in the heart of the bushveld has opened its very own Spa!  The long awaited move now elevates Shangri-La to new heights of decadence and service in an atmosphere of pure relaxation and sensual enjoyment.

Located at Shangri-La’s iconic sparkling pool, the new Spa forms part of the relaxation area.  “We have created a whole new space for our guests to enjoy the comforts of our well known destination,” says owner Johan Jansen van Vuuren, who has recently also opened a similar concept at the 5-star Abalone House & Spa in Paternoster.  “We have long been wanting to offer this service to our guests, and have the past 2 years been able to provide a mobile spa service with a local entrepreneur, however, the feedback has been extremely positive and the demand for a permanent offering high.  It was logical to take the next step.”

Elegant simplicity is what guests can expect from the upcoming Spa, which opened its doors on 1 July 2014 at Shangri-La.  The Spa offers two calm treatment rooms – one customized for couples. The services that guests can expect will range from a variety of massages and skin and body care treatments.  An enticing menu of face and body treatments is available to guests, and the beautifully soothing surroundings will ensure a deeply enjoyable experience.

The Country Hotel recently won its second consecutive Trip Advisor Award of Excellence 2014, which follows its first Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Award 2014 for top 25 Bargain Hotels in South Africa.  Shangri-La Country Hotel also boasts a Diner’s Club award winning wine list and has been hosting its popular monthly Food & Wine Pairing dinners to rave reviews this past year (read more about the next even further down).

Special Opening package:
To celebrate the launch of the new Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa, the hotel offers an exclusive package to guests, inclusive of a Herbal-heated Hot Stone massage, 2 nights’ comfortable overnight accommodation with sparkling wine in the room on arrival, a 3-course dinner at the Heritage Restaurant and scrumptious full English breakfast in the Bellows Restaurant.  Both venues boast a fireplace which adds to the charm during winter.  Guests also receive a delightful bouquet of flowers and a special gift!  The package is valid from 1 July 2014 – 30 September 2014 for only R995.00 per person per night. Minimum two night stay.  Bookings essential.  Call 087 820 5999 or 014 718 1600 (direct).

Shangri-La celebrates its 24th birthday

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Shangri-La guests can enjoy this spectacular offer this May when booking their stay at this beautiful country hotel outside Bela Bela.

On Mother’s Day Shangri-La Country Hotel near Bela Bela celebrated its 24th birthday!  The hotel opened its doors to the public on Mother’s Day 1990, and has gone through various transformations, face lifts and renovations throughout the years, to give you the welcoming haven it is today.

“We’re extremely chuffed,” says General Manager Ken Strydom, grinning from ear to ear.  “Shangri-La has been in the industry for quite some time, and despite reinventing ourselves, we still offer our guests the same quality experience as when we opened in the early nineties.  This has been our magical recipe that lets our guests return year after year.”

The celebrations went hand in hand with the annual Mother’s Day luncheon, which is not only popular amongst travellers, but also locals.  Says Strydom, “Our wine tasting evenings have proven to be a hit with local guests who yearn for a unique destination to enjoy exceptional cuisine.  Shangri-La has become this venue, and we look forward to hosting more events to cater for our local clientele and visitors from outside the Waterberg.”

One such event is the upcoming Beer Tasting dinner that will take place on 20 September 2014.  See the events page for more information.