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Paternoster Seaside Cottages

Paternoster Seaside Cottages A large variety of local houses are available on a self-catering basis. Seaside Cottages 1 and 2 are gems, with their welcoming white and blue interiors, en-suite bathrooms, indoor fireplaces, decks and plunge pools right next to the beach. Ideal if you simply want to do your own thing. Rates R1 000-R3 000 (sleeps 2-4).

Oyster Catcher’s Haven

Oyster Catcher’s Haven Oyster Catcher’s Haven is a favourite, tiny retreat, and the spot offers stunning views over secluded Bekbaai. With eclectically furnished, comfy rooms, as well as a welcoming lounge, pool and deck, this intimate spot is great for R&R.

Abalone House

Abalone House A brand-new boutique guesthouse, Abalone House turns all expectations of a typical West Coast experience on their head. The 10-roomed house is decorated in an over-the-top, eclectic and warm style, reflecting the warm and genuine welcome and personal service you’ll receive. From pre-dinner drinks at the cosy bar (with its vast open fireplace) to the library and high tea...

Shelley Point Hotel, Spa & Country

Shelley Point Hotel, Spa & Country Hotel: Comfortable suites ensure a good night’s sleep at the edge of St Helena Bay. All 86 rooms have mini fridges and tea and coffee facilities, private patios and satellite TV. Ground floor studios are decorated in warm ochre tones and upstairs mezzanine rooms are calmly hued in blue. Service at the hotel is top notch. Great views of the golf course and ocean from...

Die Winkel op Paternoster (Oep ve Koep)

Welcome to unassuming, charming and authentic foodie heaven. Chef Kobus van der Merwe has taken over the helm at the shabby chic tea garden at the local general dealer. The tiny daily chalkboard menu offers well-priced dishes, made with care and expertise. Try home-made open lasagne with confit tomatoes and ricotta (made by Kobus) or chicken pie with tangy sambals. If...

Voorstrandt

Expect pretty standard fishy fare at this fisherman’s cottage, although some nice surprises like the fillet keep punters happy. One of the best reasons to go is the stoep: it’s right on the beach, so ideal for lazy sundowners. Open 11am-9pm Mon-Fri; 11am-9.30pm Sat, Sun. Main courses R80.

Paternoster Hotel

Paternoster Hotel Get down with the locals at this popular hangout. While the Panty Bar (just look at the ceiling to understand the name) can get suitably raucous, especially on match days, the outside trestle tables do a roaring trade in cheap and cheerful food. Dig in to hearty portions of crowd-pleasers like schnitzels, burgers and fish-cakes, or simply order a large plate of chips to...

Noisy Oyster

A local favourite, the Noisy Oyster lures the crowds with dependably good food and a convivial atmosphere. Dinners are most appealing when the shell-strung garden is lit up with fairy lights and open fires during colder months. The menu is sexy – no starters and mains here. While seafood dishes like crayfish, stumpnose with crushed potatoes or sardine fillets with Parma...

Gaaitjie Salt Water Restaurant

The newest kid on the Paternoster restaurant block, Gaatjie’s position is simply stunning: right on the beach with endless views over the bay – perfect for sitting on the stoep with a bottle (or two) of wine. The small but select menu is interesting, with the likes of snoek lasagne and spice-roasted lamb salad. But expect city prices and be prepared for a long wait for...

Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach You’ll be forgiven for falling for the sales pitch – at Paradise Beach you really can imagine that you’re somewhere in the Mediterranean, complete with laid-back lodging in whitewashed houses, turquoise water lapping at the shores and perfect golden sunsets. The range of well-appointed, self-catering accommodation options on offer – from tiny studios to bigger villas –...

Nirvana and Larus houseboats

Nirvana and Larus houseboats Step aboard the Nirvana and enjoy all the luxuries of a beachfront villa – while calmly floating on a glistening lagoon. Spend sunny days lounging on the deck, or take the occasional splash by dipping into the mild water. Wintry West Coast nights call for cosy lounging next to the built-in fireplace. Five spacious bedrooms offer comfortable ameni-ties and the best lagoon...

Friday Island

Friday Island With its breezy interior and lagoon views, Friday Island will have you in holiday mode in no time. Sea-facing en-suite rooms (with plenty of outside deck space for stacking surfboards) offer no-fuss comfort at a pocket-pleasing prices. You can also grab a light bite at the water’s edge. Rates R250-R450.

Farmhouse Hotel

Farmhouse Hotel This Langebaan institution has old-world charm aplenty. Budget travellers are catered for with well-priced, cosy travellers’ rooms with all the basic amenities, while lagoon-facing luxury suites offer a more indulgent stay. The established in-house restaurant offers hearty Cape country cooking. Rates R650-R1 920 per room.

Oyster Catcher

Its slightly dreary strip-mall location aside, the Oyster Catcher gives other seafood establishments in Langebaan a serious run for their money. The seafood fare is excellently prepared and served in hearty portions – think catch of the day and grilled calamari. This is one of the only restaurants in the area that offers sushi. Open Season Noon-3pm, 6-10pm Tue-Sun. Winter...

Geelbek

Geelbek Housed in the homestead of the historic Geelbeksfontein farm in the heart of the West Coast National Park, Geelbek continues to impress with unfussy, modern South African country cooking. The deliciously diverse offerings – from bobotie and butternut rotis to ostrich carpaccio and denningvleis – are complemented by an impressive regional wine list. Open 9am-5pm daily....