The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa
Victoria Rd. Cape Town
With its holistic spa and natural setting this luxury hotel is made for tranquil escapes.
The Cape Peninsula region this hotel calls home begs for exploration, from leisurely walks and picnics in adjacent Table Mountain National Park to whale-watching excursions along the country's famous Whale Route ... or "sightseeing" from the comfort of the hotel's Leopard Bar or Azure Restaurant, overlooking the Karbonkelberg Marine Reserve. As for what to eat while viewing, Azure specializes in locally sourced produce and ingredients, while the bar serves cocktails as well as the signature "Tea by the Sea."
The 70 upscale guest rooms and suites pamper with a long list of thoughtful features that includes stunning ocean and mountain views, sophisticated Africa-meets-Europe décor, pillow menus and gourmet breakfast (included in the rates along with evening wine tasting). Luxurious massages, facials, body treatments, hydrotherapy pools and traditional Arabic cleansing showers are among the many offerings at the spa, which is, for many, the hotel's biggest draw. The property can cater to meetings and events for up to 90, and its garden and terrace make a beautiful setting for small to mid-size weddings. A 16-seat cinema schedules five movies a day with a monthly changing calendar.