and Abalone House and Spa in Paternoster, on the West Coast, a two hour drive from Cape Town, South Africa is no different.
The intimate property only has ten suites meaning guests will never feel crowded. It also lends itself as an intimate wedding venue with great offers for the couple and guests. Honeymoon couples can request the exclusive use of the rooftop jacuzzi with sea views for some romantic alone time.
The hotel is unashamedly opulent with every corner designed to delight and pamper guests. Iconic painter Tretchikoff is a theme with vibrant prints of his paintings dominating the communal areas as well as individual suites. Lush furnishings including well preserved antiques and treasured memorabilia from the owner’s personal collection create the welcoming public spaces. The cosy library stocked with books in multiple languages features as well as recent DVDs features crystal chandeliers, modern furnishings, wooden ceilings and old silverware. It is the perfect place for an afternoon sherry or cocktail.
When food is especially important to the experience then the inhouse restaurant offering has no choice but to offer sumptuous feasting. From the breakfast spread featuring a continental menu, hot meals and the all important mimosa and bloody mary options nothing is lacking. Lunch and dinner can be enjoyed in the Persian carpeted dining room or open deck depending on the weather. As Abalone House is on the coast seafood is a natural offering. Aside from sourcing sustainable local products the head chef also has a kitchen garden to grow vegetables and herbs. For connoisseurs there is also a food and brandy pairing menu showcasing the best brandy from the region.
When it comes to downtime, there are many deluxe options. An easy win is a refreshing dip in one of the two courtyard pools overhung by local birds nests. For a more relaxing option there is a spa offering couples massages, beauty treatments and therapeutic body care.
While the hotel is filled with reasons to never leave the nearby town offers a deluge of delights. Paternoster is a well known fishing town which has grown to be an artistic community and foodie hub so there is much to explore. Whether a honeymoon couple is looking for lush surroundings, quality food or relaxing massages the Abalone House has it. For those wanting to start the marriage process in a sumptuous manner there can be no better place than this tranquil haven on the coast.
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