My sister stayed at Abalone House in December 2011. She raved so much that when the first opportunity came to stay there - albeit it nearly a year later - I grabbed it.
My friend and I went for just two nights. Had never visited Paternoster before and what a lovely little pretty unspoilt fishing village it is, with two fab galleries, a few little shops, some great restaurants and little else.
Abalone House was a treat. Pretty camp in decor, with large Tretchikoffs (prints?) all over, the staff was friendly and the food EXCEPTIONAL! Deon, formerly a lecturer from a hotel school in Cape Town, is the new chef and the memory of the crayfish - in lime, coriander and ginger and a little butter - will linger forever.
Breakfasts too, were great and although the high tea - included in the accomodation price - did not include sandwiches, it was delicious too, with the most stunning homemade iced teas.
I hope to be back. And will certainly prioritise it for when I want a restful, relaxing break with outstanding food. And good alcohol too. Still trying to locate a store with the great brandy we had in the bar at Abalone House.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Abalone House & Spa offers five star luxuries with serious seaside appeal, where extravagance and guest comforts take precedence. Feast at the bistro-style Reuben's at Abalone House, celebrity chef Reuben Riffel's West Coast offering that elevates this Paternoster destination to a new level of luxury escapism. The Healing Earth Spa offers ancient African traditions of healing and energy where pampering and rejuvenation await. Echoing the vibrant decadence of boutique Abalone House & Spa, is the Abalone Pool Villas which epitomize the finest self-catering accommodation in the village – with a butler in attendance to serve a full English or Continental breakfast in suite. The two Pool Villas are virtually identical and each sleeps two couples or a family of four. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Abalone House Hotel Paternoster