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.

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SOA Road Trip Part 3 – Bid Huisie

Following our first two blog posts of Blogger Erik Brits, the next stop on his South of Africa Road Trip took him to Bid Huisie in the Karoo.  Here is his experience of our hidden gem in the town of Prince Albert.

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Philosophising in Prince Albert

You often hear the term “a little village in the middle of nowhere” in conversation, and most of us have our own interpretation of this. In your mind’s eye do you see the vast open spaces of the Karoo, and suddenly three windmills and a post office appear? Or do you envisage hectares of rugged Zululand bush, opening up suddenly onto a thick-beamed wooden lodge overlooking a waterhole? These, and all sorts of other philosophical questions, were what I reflected on while spending the night in my idea of nothing and nowhere.

You see, Prince Albert might technically be quite easy to get to these days, but cradled in the Swartberg mountains as it is, you certainly wouldn’t guess it – especially if your chosen route was the Swartberg Pass (and it should be… it really should be!)

Depending on how recently it has been graded, the pass will be a slow but steady drive, or a bumpy slippery affair, but with the sweeping views, and the often incredible winds at the top, it is guaranteed to feel like an adventure of note. After an hour or so, you will finally come to your first sign of civilisation, and suddenly Prince Albert will pop up. The town itself is wonderfully charming, with a wealth of heritage remaining, and a strong inclination towards the artistic, as most of the Karoo tends to have.

I spent a wonderful night at Bid Huisie, a beautifully preserved small old church – now a two bedroom self catering cottage owned and managed by South of Africa. The cottage was well positioned just off the golden mile (the stretch of the main road where everything happens, quite literally), and captured the old-world charm of the village perfectly. How appropriate, then, to spend an evening in the prayer house reflecting on life, love and everything.

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Stay tuned for the next part of our SOA Road Trip.

Rest in peace Madiba

0mandelaIt is with a great sadness in our hearts that we say goodbye to Tata Madiba, Mr Nelson Mandela.  Regarded as the father of our nation, and held in high esteem by all at South of Africa, our entire family is mourning the loss of this great leader.

As a symbol of our respect, all flags are flying half-mast.  Old President Mandela played a major role in the development of our country, and he will be sadly missed by all.  Elephant Springs Hotel recently received a visit from Mr Mandla Mandela, grandson of the beloved icon.

Rest in peace Nelson Mandela.  With love, from all at South of Africa.

Breast Cancer Awareness

Pink_Lunch_Invite_FinalMonda PR, Publicity and Events will paint the town pink for the tenth time in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness for Reach for Recovery.   The now famous ‘Pink Lunch’ will take place at the Bay Hotel in Cape Town.

Enjoy an event in “10 Shades of Pink” Gatsby Style in their Rotunda Venue where the beautiful and vivacious Miss Natalie Becker, will act as Master of Ceremonies.  During a 3 course lunch, guest will be entertained by top musicians and the day will be rounded off with a traditionally exciting auction by Ariella Kuper from Clear Asset.

South of Africa are thrilled to be part of this stunning initiative and have donated a 2 night stay for 2 at our luxurious Paternoster Seaside Cottages.   Be part of this special day and support this worthy cause by securing your reservation now!   Contact Nina on 072 822 5518 or email at nina@ninamonda.com