The Twelve Apostles
The Twelve Apostles, Cape Town, South Africa
The Twelve Apostles enjoys one of the most stunning settings of any hotel on the Cape peninsula. Behind the hotel soar the peaks of the Twelve Apostles, the twelve rocky promontories that form a spine towards Table Mountain, while in front of the hotel are unimpeded views of the ocean, with a small rocky bay directly below the hotel that even has its own shipwreck.
The Twelve Apostles is about 5-10 minutes south of Camps Bay, giving it a rural, secluded location that is still within easy reach of the city, to which the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service. The 70 rooms are decorated along four stylish themes: Marine, using white and blue shades, Safari, decorated with dark woods and African prints, Shell, where crisp white linen is combined with seashell motifs, and Nature, which again uses white linen, but with a floral, English design.
The hotel offers every luxury. The Azure restaurant serves superb food using fresh local ingredients, and offers spectacular views of the ocean and sunsets, as does the Leopard Room bar, while there is also a café for snacks and lighter meals. The award-winning spa is a lovely place to relax and enjoy a treatment or two, or you could enjoy the sunshine by one of the three pools, or take in a movie at the complimentary 16-seat cinema.
The slopes of the Twelve Apostles offer some great walking trails from the hotel, and are well provided with shady spots and hammocks where you can recuperate with a glass of champagne and a specially prepared picnic.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Following a historic route between Pretoria and Cape Town, The Blue Train is one of South Africa’s finest rail journeys. On board, you can experience fine dining, relax in your own private suite and take in mountain views from the Observation Car.
No visit to Cape Town is complete without a tour of the "Mother City". Your tour will include visits to the Castle of Good Hope, the Parliament Buildings and Bo-Kaap, plus of course the iconic Table Mountain.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens occupy a large swathe of beautiful land on the lower slopes of Table Mountain. They house a huge collection of indigenous flora, such as heathery fynbos, flowering proteas and dramatically coloured strelitzias.
As with any major city there are a number of very good museums in Cape Town and you might like to visit some whilst you are here. Some of the ones that we personally recommend are District Six Museum, Gold of Africa Museum, and the Iziko Museums of Cape Town.
The Cape Peninsula is an area of dramatic natural beauty and huge ecological significance, which manages to retain a wild feel despite its huge popularity with visitors. As you drive south from Cape Town, you pass through the exclusive suburbs of Camps Bay and Clifton before continuing onto Hout Bay and through Constantia, where the road meanders behind Table Mountain and down onto the coast.
The beautifully restored carriages of Rovos Rail combine luxury travel with the chance to experience living history.
Guest are taken to the lower terminal for the cable-car up Table Mountain. The cable-car is a very modern affair, and completes a 360º rotation during the ascent, affording you fantastic views over the city.
In the company of Pietman Retief, who is recognised as one of the leading wine experts in the country, you can experience the winelands and the history of the area through his passion.