Farewell Johan

Johan Jansen van VuurenIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of South of Africa’s founder, Mr Johan Jansen van Vuuren, who passed away on 28 March at the age of 58.

Leaving behind a legacy and a rich history with South of Africa, his extraordinary passion for tourism and his love of people will be fondly remembered by those who have known him both professionally and personally.

Mr Jansen van Vuuren retired in 2016, leaving South of Africa in the hands of the strong team he had nurtured for many years – led by his esteemed life partner Mr Stef Venter.

He spent his last years living out his dreams, still actively involved in the wildlife trade and working with his beloved mother, Mrs Anndeline Jansen van Vuuren, taking care of the gardens at Shangri-La and continuing this at his home at Birdsong in Modimolle.

His infectious appetite for life along with his revered high standards and distinguished grace will be sorely missed and kept alive in the spirit of his memory.

Memorial services will be held at Shangri-La for Mr Jansen van Vuuren on 6 April at 11am and at Abalone House in Paternoster on 12 April at 11am.  All are welcome to attend.

Rest in peace

SOA’s Christmas In July Sale

soa website icon newsChristmas came early this year with South of Africa’s first-of-a-kind Christmas In July Sale!!!  On Monday 25 July 2016 guests were given the chance to book select room types on each establishment’s official Booking Button page at never-to-be-repeated prices for stays between 1 and 31 August 2016.  The Christmas In July Sale lasted for 1 hour only and took place between 10am and 11am CAT.

Access to the sale was via the official Booking Button page of each hotel’s website and visitors were required to enter the promocode XMAS in the Promotional Code block at the top right hand corner of the page to qualify for the special advertised rates on select room types.

According to SOA’s Marketing Manager, Egmond du Plessis, the sale was preceded with heavy online marketing which had an overwhelmingly positive response from past guests and fans of their social media pages.  Keeping the sale limited to online reservations was according to Du Plessis not just a strategic move, but also for customers’ convenience.  “Booking online has become the norm,” says Du Plessis, “and our guests know what they want.  Since or connection to SiteMinder’s Booking Button, guests can now also take advantage of special rates through our promocode system and they can conveniently book on their cellphones, desktops and other mobile devices anywhere they have an internet connection.”  Further feedback states that the sale was received very well and some rooms were sold out in minutes.  “Will we offer another online sale like this?  We just might!” says Du Plessis, smiling.

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.

Spend Christmas & New Year at Abalone House

photo 4If you are planning to spend Christmas in Paternoster, join us for our exquisite Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Lunch.  Chef Aviv Liebenberg has conjured up a mouth-watering menu that celebrates the festive season in a tantalizing way.  Pay only R550 per person for the Dinner or Lunch.

If you wish to enter 2014 with Abalone House & Spa, why not join us for our New Year’s festivities on 31 December 2013.  Say farewell to 2013 and celebrate the start of new year with a superb meal at Reuben’s.  Pay only R650 per person for the New Year’s Eve Dinner.

Book today by calling 022 752 2044.

Naughty November Deals

The Elephant Springs Hotel in Bela Bela and Shangri-La Country Hotel outside Modimolle both offer Naughty November deals this month for spirited holiday makers!

Elephant Springs Hotel offers 2 specials to choose from – the Out & About package which includes access to the Forever Resorts Warmbaths, or the Stay In package which lets you choose how to spend your days in bustling Bela Bela.

Shangri-La Country Hotel offers a romantic experience for the happy couple which includes a tantalizing “Afro-Disiac” dinner.

For more information on the specials, visit the Specials page and call Central Reservations 087 820 5974 to book.

Shangri-La’s Heritage Restaurant participating in Restaurant Week 2013

sldin01Shangri-La Country Hotel’s Heritage Restaurant has joined the annual international event Restaurant Week South Africa.

Restaurant Week South Africa will be held nationwide for the first time, after it has been successfully organized in cities like New York, London and Shanghai. The official partners are American Express, SAfm, Peroni, Good Fellas, Master Menus and SO WIFI. The South African Chefs Association is the charity partner and part of the revenue will be donated to their World Chefs Tour Against Hunger fund.

Restaurant Week is a set 2-course lunch menu and / or 3-course dinner menu offered by partners who participate.  Restaurant Week takes place 24 October to 3 November 2013.  For further information, rates and menus, visit www.restaurantweek.co.za.  You can also view the Heritage Restaurant’s page here.  Read the official press release here.