“A luxurious, quirky hotel with an outstanding restaurant, overlooking the sea in a charming fishing village”
The 10 suites are calm spaces, all slightly different. Brightly striped mohair blankets add colour to crisp, white linens on comfy kingsize beds, and each room has a piece of antique furniture - perhaps a dressing table or armoire - and a kitsch-but-cool reproduction of a Tretchikoff print. All the mod cons are in place, and nice touches include a selection of CDs and DVDs, baths as well as showers, under-tile heating, and a dash of whimsy from rubber ducks or frogs.
It's worth upgrading to a Luxury Superior Suite for a private patio/courtyard, especially if you get one with a sea view; #5 and 7 are the quietest. The ultimate room is the Superior Seaview Suite; you can watch the sun set from your private balcony. Note, all rooms on the ground floor open directly onto the sheltered pool courtyard.
Since Reuben's opened, Paternoster has become a magnet for foodies. There are a clutch of excellent local restaurants (reception can advise), but Reuben's is still the best, so be sure to book ahead for lunches and dinners. The imaginative menu uses local ingredients and West Coast specialities, adapting to what’s available seasonally. We loved the linefish (kingklip) with summer salsa and spicy tomato sauce, and were blown away by the tender beef fillet with butternut puree. But our standout dish was dessert: a dark chocolate pavé with ginger mousse and strawberry and mint granita - we were really impressed by how well the unusual flavours worked together (as you'd expect from a Masterchef South Africa judge).
Breakfast is a more casual affair - a hearty buffet of pastries, fruits, yoghurts and cereals. If you're here for a special occasion, Abalone House can set up a romantic beachnic for you in a secluded corner of the beach, complete with champagne.