Paternoster in the Western Cape is one of the oldest fishing villages in South Africa. While the fishing industry is still thriving this historic village has also become a favourite destination for tourists from around the world. This is due to its beautiful white sandy beaches, its array of marine wildlife and other great beachside activities.

With its boom in tourism, there are many guesthouses and accommodation in Paternoster in the Western Cape. This vast selection can make it difficult to choose which one is right for you. That is why we have put together this list of our favourite ones, to help you plan your perfect beach vacation.


Strandloper ocean boutique hotel is one of two hotels in Paternoster. This hotel strives to bring you as close to the ocean as possible with an open design that makes you feel outside at all times. The suites have a natural modern aesthetic thanks to wooden floors and handmade stone baths and vanities.

The hotel has 16 suites available with various layouts, from their beachside ocean suites to their more intimate courtyard rooms. All of their suites have ensuite bathrooms and private outdoor showers. They also all have complimentary Wi-Fi, Netflix, satellite TV, and tea/coffee-making facilities. These accommodations have everything you need to enjoy a relaxing seaside retreat.

The Strandloper truly sets itself apart from other Paternoster accommodations with its wide range of activities and amenities. The Leeto restaurant serves fresh local contemporary cuisine for all meals of the day. Their wellness centre offers a number of spa treatments to help you unwind and relax. They also offer a number of activities including a guided coastal bush hike, kayaking, beach buggy dune tours, beach picnics and more. With so much to offer it is easy to see why the Strandloper hotel is first on our list.


Gelukkie is a small self-catering accommodation in Paternoster. Located just before the central entrance to Paternoster, this property has two cottages tucked away in the fynbos. These cottages have a rustic aesthetic that helps you unwind and escape from the stresses of modern life.

Both of these spacious cottages, Klein Gelukkie and Nog ‘n Gelukkie have a well-equipped kitchen and a lounge with a fireplace making them ideal for a winter getaway. They each have a king-sized bed allowing them to host two guests each, with an ensuite bathroom with shower. There are beautifully landscaped private gardens that include a braai, and a day bed.

Gelukkie is the perfect accommodation for anyone wanting time to themselves. The spacious cottages are perfect for curling up with a good book, or just lazing the day away. It is also only a 5-minute drive away from the beach should you want to enjoy the ocean. While further from the beach than most Paternoster accommodations it provides unsurpassed privacy. It is undoubtedly the best of all accommodation in Paternoster for a romantic getaway.

Abalone Hotel

The second of the two hotels in Paternoster, the Abalone Hotel offers luxurious five-star accommodations for an opulent seaside retreat. Being a mere 200m away from the ocean and boasting direct beach access you will never be far from frolicking in the Atlantic.

The bright guest rooms are arranged around the hotel’s beautiful central courtyard and each has an ocean-inspired contemporary aesthetic. All guest rooms have a separate seating area to relax the day away and an ensuite bathroom with a shower. The hotel also offers a variety of beachside villas each with a private pool overlooking the ocean. These villas are the finest self-catering accommodation in Paternoster Western Cape. 

There is no shortage of amenities at this hotel with its heated pool and a variety of spa treatments in its Wellness suite where you can be truly pampered. Additionally for the foodies, the Blues restaurant which is in-house at the Abalone will satisfy any craving. Alternatively, the hotel is neighboured by the famous Wolfgat restaurant which was voted the number one restaurant in Africa. This hotel truly offers the most luxurious ocean getaway in the area.

Sugar Shack

Last on our list of accommodation in Paternoster is the Sugar Shack. This self-catering guesthouse incorporates the ocean into its design and aesthetic wherever possible. With seashells hanging on the light fixtures to a driftwood framed mirror, this fisherman cottage-styled accommodation will bring you closer to the ocean than ever before.

The cottage has 3 double bedrooms with 3 bathrooms, two with showers and one with a Victorian-style bath. There is a fully-equipped open-plan kitchen with a dishwasher. A dining and lounge area with a fireplace that leads onto a covered veranda with built-in braai. Best of all it has a sun deck above the veranda with a breathtaking sea vista view.

The amenities at Sugar Shack include DSTV, a DVD player, and a Wi-Fi connection. They also supply board games that can help keep the family entertained. The cottage is very close to the beach, so you can enjoy a long day on the beach and easily return home. It is important to note that the Sugar Shack is strictly non-smoking.

These are our picks for the best accommodation in Paternoster. So if you want to see why this historic fishing village is making waves in the tourism industry, or you just want to enjoy the waves of the Atlantic. Be sure to stay at one of these accommodations for an ocean getaway that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

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