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West Coast

Flex the body, still the mind and enhance wellbeing at one of the upcoming seaside Yoga Retreats at the 5-star Abalone House & Spa in Paternoster on the beautiful Cape West Coast.

In Spring the West Coast comes alive with flowers. There are many places along the West Coast to enjoy the Spring flowers – and we’ve visited a few lately – but be sure to see the wild veld flowers in the Darling area on your next West Coast getaway. The roadsides burst into colour and reserves are decked out … Continue reading “West Coast Spring Flower Magic: All the Glory of the Wild Veld Flowers at Darling”

Placid estuary, stilted water birds, bunches of bokkoms and homegrown boat cruises – these and cheery, unpretentious small-town living are what the coastal town of Velddrif on the Cape’s West Coast are all about. Set on the estuary where the Berg River flows into St. Helena Bay, the town is an inviting habitat for birds, … Continue reading “Boats, Bokkoms and Good Cheer – On Tap at Velddrif on the Cape’s West Coast”

The beauty of the West Coast National Park on the Cape’s West Coast is almost astounding. Feast on sights of rock-studded shorelines, sand dunes white as milk, the bright turquoise waters of the Langebaan Lagoon, and majestic carpets of flowers in springtime. As if this were not enough, the park will also delight you with sightings of many … Continue reading “Put Some Spring in Your Step. Head for the Flowers and the West Coast National Park”

Capetonians, when you find yourselves due for a top-up of nature and nurture, here are some great getaways ex Cape Town. They are not a major trek away, yet offer a delicious sense of having traded the city snarl for the exquisite pleasure of being somewhere a little off the beaten track. Whether you head for the beachy … Continue reading “A Top-Up of Nature & Nurture: Getaways Off the Beaten Track in the Western Cape”

Soak up the best of Paternoster at the gorgeous Abalone House, sitting pretty beside the ocean in the delightful fishermans-village that holds good as one of the great charm-spots of the West Coast . It’s a sublime, boutique-style overnight stay, where you can take afternoon-tea-by-the-sea, and fine dine in a wonderfully cosy setting. 

Flowers and fossils, braais and bokkoms, theatre and thingimijigs – the West Coast of the Western Cape is a scenic bonanza and has an array of things to see and do. It’s a wonderful area to explore, for visitors and South Africans alike. One of the major drawcards of the West Coast is that there are still … Continue reading “West is Best: Things to Do on the West Coast”

Think West Coast and notice how braais and bokkoms scurrel for top seed along with flowers and whales. Recently, braai’s on the West Coast have gathered an extra bit of glitz at Abalone House, sitting pretty beside the sea in small-town Paternoster. There, they’ve been re-invented as sumptuous, five-star fireside feasts.

Celebrate our gorgeous coastlines by experiencing them afresh. Pack up the family and head for one these awesome coastal spots in the Western Cape:

We stood there, utterly incredulous, our breath catching at the sheer wonder of it all – the veld at Darling on the West Coast in its fantastic Spring glory. We were at Waylands, one of Darling’s flower reserves that is open to the public for viewing of the wild flowers in Spring.

Quite a lot, actually, and it comes beautifully parcelled as a unique experience at gorgeous Abalone House Boutique Guesthouse. During the last three weekends of May, Abalone House’s Saffron Restaurant will be offering brandy-tasting evenings by Blaauwklippen and Laborie vineyards. This comes paired with an exquisite 5-course menu, priced at only R250.00 per person.

 The West Coast National Park is a place of exceptional beauty. Rugged, rock-studded shorelines, snow-white dunes, the turquoise waters of the Langebaan Lagoon, lots of coastal fynbos and densely-woven carpets of pretty flowers in springtime – the park has an abundance of scenery, and is home to scores of birds and animals. 

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