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G E TAWAY

D I D YO U K N OW ? Paternoster is about 160km or a 90 minute drive from Cape Town up the Cape West Coast. It’s a sophisticated getaway sanctuary noted for its selection of good restaurants.

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eighten your spa experience by bedding down and using the weekend to relax even more deeply. I always feel that it’s such a treat after a massage or spa treatment not to have to drive anywhere but to be able to extend the relaxing effect further throughout the day. That’s why a spa weekend makes so much sense. Heading out to Paternoster, a sleepy beach town on the Cape West Coast, is an ultimate treat. Kilometres of uninteruppted white beach front welcomes long beach walks and time to get lost in your day dreams. Visually, Paternoster has so much charm, whitewashed fisherman type cottages with blue shutters and fishing boats are the backdrop against the turquoise sea water. This tiny town is a sprinkle of houses set along the beach with some notably good restaurants. Abalone House and Spa is a boutique hotel with charm enough to inspire a new novel or a movie plot. It has a lived-in feel with quirky collectibles and eclectic decadence. It’s the perfect place to ignite your imagination while relaxing your body. Cape Town interior designer David Strauss used inspiration from Vladimir Tretchikoff to create a sense of bohemian grandiosity. I loved being there and felt I could spend a whole day in the library lounge soaking up the atmosphere and paging through old classical books. Attached to the hotel is a Healing Earth Spa which I was really excited to experience. I had been using a product from Healing Earth which had the most wonderful and penetrating aroma and I was certain the products would enhance my treatment experience. Healing Earth Spas always seem to have beautifully crafted and transformative spa experiences. As founder Elisabeth Brandt says: “We have a nurturing, conscious approach to beauty based upon love for oneself, one’s fellow human beings and the earth we live on.”

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