Looking for a deluxe getaway? Enjoy a beach side break in a villa designed with luxury and comfort in mind.
Located in the pretty fishing village of Paternoster, Abalone House’s beautiful Pool Villas epitomise a level of luxury that is just right. Echoing the vibrancy of Abalone House — the boutique hotel characterised by its eclectic décor and decadent touches —the villas offer guests the chance to really unwind in absolute comfort. Located within walking distance from the beach, and with easy access to all of the town’s most charming spots, the villas serve as a great base to explore. But, with the beautiful interiors and sea views, you may be hard-pressed to actually leave the premises.
The two pool villas each sleep two couples or a family of four and come with two beautiful bedrooms, one of which has a private balcony looking over the sea. Both bedrooms lead out onto a patio and rim-flow infinity pool — the perfect setting for morning coffee, or sundowners with a view.
When it comes to décor, the villa interiors have been beautifully designed — striking artworks adorn the walls, there are touches of delft blue throughout, and Persian rugs brighten up the living room. Perfect for chilly weekends, the main living area has comfortable couches, and a fireplace to get cosy next to —what better way to spend a chilly evening?
For something extra special, Abalone Pool Villas offers a butler service — butler Xavier Ramsani is available to serve a full English or continental breakfast in the villa, as well as late afternoon drinks and canapés, and dinner by special arrangement.
Leigh Longden, Abalone House’s General Manager, is exceptionally helpful and goes above and beyond in making sure your stay is near perfect. Her knowledge of the area and personable approach invaluably adds to the charm of the experience.
A little indulgence
For ultimate relaxation, take a stroll to the Healing Earth Spa, which offers a range of African-inspired therapies. The space has four treatment rooms, one of which is customised for couples. The spa uses indigenous ingredients in their treatments, such as marula, Kalahari melon, and a vinotherapy range made with the Pinotage grape. Exfoliate and hydrate your skin with a polishing body ritual with African ginger or Mongongo nut, try an anti-ageing baobab facial, or indulge in a ritual treatment with healing African potato.
If you’ve worked up an appetite after a day of relaxing or exploring the area, pop into the on-site restaurant, Reuben’s, for dinner. Everything on the menu is made with the best local ingredients, and guests are treated to innovative flavour combinations all very much inspired by the unique atmosphere of the village.
Start with options like chilli salt squid served with a crisp paper vegetable salad and lime mayo; or crispy hake on pineapple-sultana chutney with an English spinach salad, miso and truffle dressing. For mains, go meat-free with a wholesome open lasagne, field mushrooms, feta, ratatouille, butternut, honey thyme cream and pine nut granola; or a vegetable curry with poppadoms and tomato salsa. Or, if you’re keen to try some local seafood for which the area is known, opt for the grilled line fish with herb crushed potatoes, beurre blanc and tomato ragout. Meat lovers will enjoy options like slow braised oxtail, crisp pork belly, and peppered springbok steak.
Each dish has a suggested wine pairing, so you’ll get to try a nice range of local options but be sure to leave space for dessert. Expect options like lemon cheesecake with berry coulis and mint sorbet; rooibos poached pear and apple, honeycomb ice cream and grapefruit custard; and a local cheese selection served with preserves and a glass of Cape port.
Winter special: Abalone Pool Villas
Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and delicious canapés upon arrival; treatments or products from the Healing Earth spa to the value of R500; a breakfast at the restaurant, or have it served in the villa, and a 3-course dinner at Reuben’s, or a West Coast Fish Braai in the comfort of the villa.
Cost is R9,995.00 for the 2-night stay for 4 adults sharing in the Abalone Pool Villa 2, and R10,995.00 for the 2-night stay for 4 adults sharing in the Abalone Pool Villa 1, which offers a larger living area and kitchen as well as a private garage for 1 vehicle.