A Sea­side Stay

Premier Magazine (South AFrica) - - Contents - Text: Paula Ra­bel­ing Im­ages © Abalone House

Im­merse your­self in the tran­quil­lity of a quaint, ocean-side town and en­joy the ul­ti­mate in ex­clu­siv­ity with a stay at lux­u­ri­ous self-cater­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion – where you can truly sit back and re­lax in pri­vacy and space, while en­joy­ing sea views.

One of the old­est fishing vil­lages on the West Coast, just a 90-minute drive from Cape Town, is Pater­nos­ter. This charm­ing town fea­tures cosy cafés, both fine din­ing and homely res­tau­rants, hik­ing trails, a na­ture park, and many kilo­me­tres of un­spoiled beaches. Driv­ing into Pater­nos­ter, there is a San­torini-like aes­thetic thanks to the white walls of the small build­ings with its blue ac­cents, mir­ror­ing the ocean, which many still rely on for their liveli­hood.

Adding to this pic­turesque holiday set­ting is Abalone Pool Vil­las; the two vil­las are ad­di­tions to the renowned Abalone House, which has been bowl­ing guests over with im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice and gor­geous ac­com­mo­da­tion for years – and Abalone Pool Vil­las are no dif­fer­ent. Abalone Pool Vil­las

The two vil­las each sleep up to four

peo­ple – ideal for two cou­ples or a fam­ily – and mix the pri­vacy of self-cater­ing with the lux­ury of a five-star ho­tel. The bo­hemian-style of the in­te­rior sees hues of reds and blues span­ning the spa­cious, open plan lounge, din­ing area, and kitchen, with prints of artist Vladimir Tretchikoff’s fa­mous works adorn­ing the walls.

The bed­rooms of­fer plush beds and en suite bath­rooms. The large kitchen has all the ne­ces­si­ties to cre­ate your own feasts to en­joy around the din­ing ta­ble.

Cof­fee pod ma­chines are placed around the house – in­clud­ing the bed­rooms and kitchen so that your caf­feine fix is never out of reach – and Wi-fi is avail­able. The In­ter­net ser­vice per­fectly com­ple­ments the Smart TV in the lounge, so guests are able to gather in the lounge, cosy up on the com­fort­able couches, and have a movie night. For those cold evenings, a fire can be lit in the fire­place.

How­ever, the best fea­ture of an Abalone Pool Villa is the view. From the lounge, step­ping out onto the spa­cious pa­tio, over the in­fin­ity pool, the ocean spreads out into

From the lounge, step­ping out onto the spa­cious pa­tio, over the in­fin­ity pool, the ocean spreads out into the horizon.

the horizon. With the drink of your choice in hand, there is no bet­ter place to wind down the day. Wher­ever you are in the villa, the ocean is al­ways within eye­sight.

But­ler Ser­vice

One of the most stand­out fea­tures of a stay at one of the Abalone Pool Vil­las is the but­ler ser­vice – the first in Pater­nos­ter.

If you pre­fer to re­lax in the morn­ing and en­joy a con­ti­nen­tal or full English break­fast in the com­fort of your villa, the but­ler at the villa will be happy to ar­range a feast for you to wake up to. The break­fast spread is sure to im­press, so, if a guest wishes, the but­ler ser­vice is also avail­able for late af­ter­noon drinks and canapés (an ideal way to end off a glo­ri­ous day by the sea) as well as for din­ner by prior ar­range­ment.

Reuben’s Restau­rant

When in Pater­nos­ter, and es­pe­cially if you are staying in one of the Abalone House ac­com­mo­da­tions, you can­not miss out on a meal at the fa­mous Reuben’s Restau­rant.

Cel­e­brated South African chef, Reuben Rif­fel, added his fine din­ing stamp to the culi­nary scene of Pater­nos­ter with Reuben’s Restau­rant be­com­ing the on­site restau­rant of Abalone House in 2013. Break­fast, lunch, and af­ter­noon tea can be savoured at the restau­rant. Din­ner is a mem­o­rable oc­ca­sion, with the com­pact menu of scrump­tious South African favourites paired with ei­ther cock­tails, wine, French cham­pagne, or one of the brandies or whiskies from the ex­ten­sive list. Rif­fel and his team at his Pater­nos­ter es­tab­lish­ment choose the best lo­cal in­gre­di­ents to cre­ate dishes that pay trib­ute to tra­di­tional flavours. Some din­ner op­tions in­clude dou­ble-baked snoek souf­flé with salted apri­cots, roasted pork belly with chilli-lime and ginger caramel, as well as malva pud­ding with but­ter­milk sher­bet and Amarula custard.

Re­lax­ing sea­side at­mos­phere, com­fort­able pri­vate ac­com­mo­da­tion, lux­u­ri­ous fa­cil­i­ties, exclusive but­ler ser­vice, and the ul­ti­mate in fine din­ing – the per­fect fea­tures to cre­ate one mem­o­rable holiday.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www. abalonepoolvil­las.co.za.

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