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  • Nestled in a charming, tranquil traditional fishing village
  • Spectacular natural surroundings to explore
  • Luxurious accommodation and excellent service

Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 14 years and older

15km from Paternoster

 

-32.8045, 17.9012

About

If you are looking for an unspoiled ocean getaway, it doesn't get better than the exclusive Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel, with concierge and porter service, safe parking, and magnificent views. 

The exquisite en-suite rooms and suites are a fusion of beach style and contemporary luxury, with organic lines, hues and textures and an overall feeling of simplicity.

Inspired by the down-to-earth nature of this traditional fishing village, the Boutique Hotel has sourced locally made furniture and fittings, and natural materials like stone and wood. Designed to blur the lines between outdoors and indoors, each has its own terrace or courtyard, with wide doors that open out onto wild landscapes and 8 kilometres of unspoilt beachfront.

The spacious Presidential Suite, with its own private seafront terrace and small splash pool, en-suite bedroom with a large handmade stone bath and shower, lounge, fireplace, dining and relaxation areas and a loft office, is without doubt the most luxurious accommodation in Paternoster.

Paternoster is a seafood and lobster mecca, a gourmet destination for travellers in search of the ultimate meal. Inspired cuisine with a local and organic slant is created daily at the Ocean Lounge, which offers spectacular ocean views and is open daily until 9pm. The legendary Seafood Grill Evening allows guests to travel out to sea and catch their own fish and lobster before being served a mouthwatering seafood buffet. A traditional South African braai is an alternative option.

Get dropped off in the dunes for a very special hike on a Groot Paternoster Nature Reserve Excursion, or have a picnic laid out for you between the rocks on a Cape Columbine Nature Reserve Gourmet Picnic Excursion. Use the time to simply be, relaxing on the sunbeds, or enjoying the heated pool, or if you are feeling more adventurous, set off on an endless beach walk in search of whales and dolphins, hop onto a bicycle for a leisurely ride, or take to the waves on a kayak.

Rates & Summary


2 Nature Suites

Lounge with fireplace
Loft working area
Private terrace
Riverbank setting 
Views of West Coast landscape

3 Ocean Suites

Lounge with fireplace
Private terrace with ocean views

8 Courtyard Rooms

Additional outdoor shower
Private courtyard with deck

Presidential Suite

Stone bath and shower
Lounge with fireplace
Dining and relaxation area
Loft office area
Private seafront terrace with splash pool

All rooms sleep 2 adults

Pricing

Nature & Ocean Suites

  • R 1 650 - R 4 500 per unit

Courtyard Rooms

  • R 1 010 - R 2 500 per unit

Presidential Suite

  • R 2 525 - R 5 200 per unit

Rates vary depending on season
Rooms are rented per unit

Catering

Continental and cooked breakfast included
Seafood grill evening on request
Gourmet picnic on request

Kids

Children 14 years and over are welcome.

  • 14 - 18yrs: R 800 pp for up to 2 children sharing with parents in certain suites that accommodate more than 2 persons 

Why Stay Here?

Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel is tucked away in the quaint fishing village of Paternoster. It is a coastal destination of immeasurable charm. From the moment you arrive at Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel, you will be immersed in a feeling of tranquillity in this remote West Coast fishing village. Expect spectacular nature, long sandy beaches, a vibrant marine life, and unforgettable views of sky, sand and sea.

Summary

  • Nestled in a charming, tranquil traditional fishing village
  • Spectacular natural surroundings to explore
  • Luxurious accommodation and excellent service

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, beach gear, fishing gear, mountain bike, binoculars for birding, whale watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

Tarred roads all the way.

Activities & Attractions

  • Beach walks
  • Hiking trails
  • Fishing
  • Sea kayaking
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Wellness suite
  • Gourmet picnic excursion 
  • Nature reserve excursion
  • Catching crayfish with local fishermen
  • Whale watching - Jul to Dec
  • Spring flowers - Aug to Oct

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Limited firewood provided
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • Designated smoking areas

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Solar and electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Heated swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Babysitting available
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe
  • 24 hour security

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Cape West Coast

Western Cape

About

This exquisite, isolated stretch of land along the west coast of South Africa is one of its richest and most prized natural areas. Breathtaking mountain ranges are constant travelling companions along the Winelands and West Coast routes. The magnificent, brooding peaks, crags and unusual rock formations and caverns were canvases for the San and Khoi people, who left lyrical rock paintings documenting their lives and spiritual experiences of the land.

The mountains now attract rock-climbers and hikers. The west coast’s cold, nutrient-rich Benguela current ensures that its Atlantic waters are teeming with marine life and its shores, although seemingly dry and grey out of flower season, nurture an incredible diversity of plant and animal life.

Unesco has deemed the Cape Floristic Region an area of such incredible biodiversity that the Cape Biosphere Reserve has been formed to protect the land from Milnerton to Velddrif.

The West Coast route encompasses both inland and seaside villages. Travelling north from Cape Town through inland towns such as Darling, Riebeeck Kasteel, Porterville, Piketberg, Citrusdal, Clanwilliam and Wupperthal leads past a series of mountain ranges and wilderness areas, including the Grootwinterhoek, Koue Bokkeveld, and the well-loved Cederberg. The route winds through vineyards, wheat fields, olive, citrus and dairy farms, and friendly towns that have a pastoral serenity.

After good winter rains, flower-lovers make pilgrimages to the west coast in spring (August to September) to enjoy the Cape floral region’s colourful splendour, which reaches its full brilliance in Namaqualand in the Northern Cape. Darling, Porterville, Clanwilliam and Hopefield are especially well known for their flowers and flower festivals.

Once sated with the marvels of the Cederberg, tourists can meander down the coast through fishing villages such as Strandfontein, Lamberts Bay, Eland’s Bay, Velddrif, Paternoster, Langebaan and Yzerfontein.

In the 1600s, Jan Van Riebeeck rejected the west coast as unsuitable for settlement because of the lack of fresh water and the area remained relatively undeveloped. However, in the past 15 years, fresh water supply has been ensured and tourism has boomed. Paternoster has maintained the aesthetic appearance and atmosphere of a fishing village, with whitewashed cottages and fishing boats strewn across its beaches, and is particularly popular with tourists as a result. 

The west coast paints olfactory pictures as compelling as its beautiful scenery. Inland areas can be startlingly fragrant, with orange blossom, rooibos, fynbos and buchu, whereas the fecund, fishy, kelpy marine smells of the coastline are quintessential to the Cape.

Then there is the mouth-watering aroma of west coast rock lobster (crayfish or kreef) on the braai (barbeque) … and the stench of Cape gannet guano at Lambert’s Bay’s Bird Island. All the senses seem heightened in response to this area, perhaps because of its ancient wilderness. 

The coastal towns have a much-vaunted Mediterranean feel and moderate temperatures that attract holiday makers and retirees. With blazing blue skies above, white sandy beaches underfoot and azure seas, you can feel as if you have been catapulted onto a brilliant Greek isle. 

However, the west coast is different from the warm, easy going east coast, and can whip up a howling, biting wind, or set in with miserable rain and austere, desolate greyness.

Shell middens and Stone Age artefacts dotted along the coastline suggest that the west coast’s sea and mountains sustained early human life as long as 700 000 years ago and later supported the San and Khoi people. The Khoi began herding sheep two millennia ago and were well-established herdsman by the time the Dutch settlers arrived in the 17th century, leading to disputes over territory. 

The Portuguese navigator, Vasco da Gama, is said to be the first recorded European to arrive on South African shores, near the Berg River mouth, in a bay he named Bahai da Santa Elena after the mother of Emperor Constantine the Great.The west coast is well-known for its shipwrecks, with Paternoster (“Our Father”) said to reference the prayers of Portuguese sailors.

The west coast has drawn waves of fortune-seekers over the years, with fishing, farming, whaling, guano, forestry and diamonds being among the major drawcards, but some of the area’s greatest assets have been nearly exhausted by human demand, leaving a number of conservation concerns, such as the scarcity of the renosterbos (Swartveld) and the near eradication of endemic Clanwilliam cedars. 

After years of exploitation, the Cederberg Wilderness Area now protects these rare and endemic species as well as the Cape leopard, snow protea and the red and yellow Disa uniflora. Dainty antelope species roam the reserves, as well as baboon, tortoise, caracal, mongoose and bat-eared fox. Sunbirds and sugarbirds thrive on the fynbos. 

Southern right whales enter the west coast’s sheltered bays from July to October in order to calve and can often be seen quite close to the shore. Endemic Haviside’s dolphins also roam the waters, as do dusky dolphins, great white sharks, penguins and Cape fur seals. The wetlands and estuaries in the region are a bird-watcher’s paradise, with tens of thousands of birds, including (in summer) northern hemisphere waders.

Look out for

Cape Flower Route – geologically, the region has remained relatively unchanged for five-million years, resulting in its unique fynbos and astonishing plant variety. 

The 71 000-hectare Cederberg Wilderness Area encompasses famous rock formations (Maltese Cross; Wolfberg Arch and Wolfberg Cracks), caverns with fine rock art sites (Town Hall/Stadsaal Caves) and peaks (the tallest of which is the Sneeuberg at 2 028 metres). Streams, waterfalls and ravines and the amazing plants and animal diversity attract bird-watchers, nature-lovers and hikers who revel in the 254 kilometres of trails. 

Langebaan Lagoon is the centre of West Coast National Park, known for abundant birdlife, beaches, the Postberg Flower Reserve (open from August to September) and Buffelsfontein Game Reserve, with resident black and blue wildebeest, bontebok and eland. Near Kraal Bay are the “footprints of Eve” - early hominid footprints preserved in the sandstone. 

Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, known to Paternoster locals as “Tietiesbaai”, has the last manual lighthouse in South Africa. 

The West Coast Fossil Park between Langebaan and Velddrif yielded a fossilised skull dating back to the Stone Age and showcases the ancient prehistory of area, including extinct animal fossils of toothy bears and tigers. Tours, mountain-bike trails, flower walks and coffee are available.

San Rock Art sites are a testament to the rich spiritual and community relationships of the San and Khoi and quirkily detail the creatures they encountered (even white settlers and ships).  The Cederberg region has more than 2 500 sites. 

Quaint villages - neat, charming Clanwilliam is famed for bouldering, flowers and Rooibos tea. Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout (South African satirist Pieter Dirk Uys) has made a cabaret theatre out of the old Darling station, called Evita se Perron (Evita’s Platform). Riebeeck Kasteel is known for olives, wine, eateries, pastoral friendliness and vibey food, arts and culture festivals. Citrusdal’s hot springs are an amazing natural phenomenon.

Wine – the Olifants River, Swartland and Darling Wine Routes lead oenophiles through amazing scenery to excellent local cellars.

Birdwatching - Langebaan Lagoon; Verlorenvlei (Elands Bay); Berg River Estuary and Rocherpan Nature Reserve (near Velddrif). Bird Island Nature Reserve (Lambert’s Bay), a 19 000-strong Cape gannet colony. 

Activities -  angling, diving, sailing; windsurfing at Saldanha and Langebaan Lagoon; surfing at Eland’s Bay; canoeing on the Berg River; paragliding and hang-gliding at Porterville; Langebaan Country Estate’s scenic 18-hole links-type golf course,designed by Gary Player.

Hikes and walks – numerous trails available, with attractions specific to every area, whether crayfish, rock art or flowers. 

Seafood - West Coast villages offer delectable culinary experiences in unique settings, traditional South African dishes and unsurpassed seafood, such as seasonal crayfish, snoek and bokkoms (dried salted fish). 

Music Festivals - The Rittelfees (Vredendal) and Rocking the Daisies (Cloof Wine Estate, Darling) draw tens of thousands of visitors in October.

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