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Abalone House & Spa in Paternoster

December 10, 2019


Paternoster is one of the oldest fishing villages on the Cape’s sparkly West Coast, 145km north of Cape Town and home to fewer than 2000 folk. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long – more than 20 years! – to get back here and I’m already plotting a longer visit. My all-too-brief staycation was at the award winning Abalone House & Spa, a stylish 5 star boutique hotel in Kriedoring Street overlooking the ocean. I instantly loved it!

The lounge, all charm, comfort and colour


The airy dining area

The interior is light and bright, popping with gorgeous Tretchikoff palettes that cocoon you the moment you step through the door.  The artists bold prints are a constant throughout the property and the colour dynamic is a winner.  There are vintage collectibles and quirky tsatskes everywhere – memorabilia, trinkets, books and special things we love to have around us. Abalone House is a delight and it feels like home.

The spa lobby

Part of South of Africa (SOA) hotels and guesthouses, Abalone House reflects the Groups quest to provide distinctive experiences to guests, in all of the establishments positioned in two of South Africa’s prime tourism destinations: Limpopo and the Western Cape.

My suite, #7, with its private patio frequented by twittering birds was all charm and comfort, subtly luxurious, somewhere to slip away from the world for a while. And the hospitality is top notch too. Thank you Dirk & Co for staycation. Next time I’ll linger longer…

breakfasts are a delish affair!


PS- I was in Paternoster to experience ‘Two Brothers From Another Sea’, a unique culinary colab between award winning chefs Kobus van der Merwe of Wolfgat fame and Willem Hiele of the restaurant of the same name in Koksijde, Belgium, conceptualised by Belgian Alexandra Swenden assisted by Tamsin Snyman.

ABALONE HOUSE | 022 752 2044 | 014 004 0131

Pic by Allison Foat

Images courtesy Abalone House

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