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Abalone House

Set amongst the whitewashed houses, fishing boats and the long, unspoiled beaches of the West Coast town of Paternoster, Abalone House is the perfect weekend getaway spot. Its Tretchikoff-inspired interiors are both decadent and sophisticated and sport a mix of oversized antiques evocative of another time and place. There are 10 plush rooms cleverly built around an intimate courtyard below and several strategically placed bonsais throughout the hotel invite the outdoors in and are an immediate reference to the ample indigenous greenery outside. Food wise, Chef Darren Stewart and his team do a great job at keeping the menu interesting and original. Think carrot and saffron soup, perfectly seared fillet, strangely intriguing blackcurrant and liquorice spheres and even chocolate risotto for dessert. Add to this an extensive wine list and you’re ready for a serious bout of indulgence – best ended at their Africa Bar’s cosy fireplace. Spend a day or two at Abalone House and it’s easy to see why their resident ducks Thanksgiving and Christmas don’t seem to have a care in the world. For reservations or to take a peek inside this luxurious getaway please visit their website here. Kim Grové