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Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa | Cape Town

The intimate Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is ideal if you're looking for a romantic yet fun hotel with a distinctly glamourous feel to it. Five minutes drive from Camps Bay and sandwiched between the 12 Apostles mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean, it has enough on offer to keep you happily ensconced there all day with the top-of-the-range Spa, a breath-taking garden magically perched above the ocean, walking trails up the mountain complete with picnic spots, two heated outdoor pools and Jacuzzis.

The Twelve Apostles offers a choice of dining options. The Azure Restaurant on the first floor gives you the option of dining on the terrace with its seductive sea-views and magnificent sunsets. It offers an innovative Fynbos-inspired tasting menu amidst other dishes including Cape fusion dishes. The chef also identifies healthy eating options on the menu. The Leopard cocktail bar and lounge is a great place to relax before dinner or enjoy your pre-dinner drinks on the terrace overlooking 'The View'. Live entertainment ensures a good vibe. In contrast the Cafe Grill overlooking the gardens is perfect for a light lunch or tea.

The rooms and suites have all the amenities that you would expect from a five star hotel; the 70 luxurious air-conditioned rooms each have television, telephone, DVD player and minibar, international adaptors, complimentary high speed internet connection, air-conditioning, electronic safe and are located in four different wings and the 'skylighted' interlinking corridors are bright and refreshing. The classic rooms (33m²) offer an outlook patio overlooking the indigenous garden (no views). Mountain facing rooms are the same size and overlook the Twelve Apostles Mountain range. Luxury rooms (40m²) have partial sea and mountain views whilst the Superior Sea facing Suites (55m²) are split-level open plan design with a sunken lounge area and a full sea view.

There's lots of unique features at the Twelve Apostles Hotel which we really like such as the 16-seater private movie theatre, complete with milkshakes and popcorn machine on hand; the massage pavilion in the garden for alfresco massage and beauty treatments, the extensive DVD library to choose from, even beach bags in the room ready for use …

The outside gardens of the 12 Apostles are indigenous fynbos mountain gardens with a two heated swimming pools, one overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and a heated rock swimming pool in the garden with cascading fountain. There are a couple of walking trails set out in their mountain reserve with picnic tables and hammocks en route.

The award winning Sanctuary Spa at the Twelve Apostles Hotel is one of the best in Cape Town and is justifiably popular with hotel guests. It offers the full range of treatments including hydrotherapy options with additional facilities such as a brine pool, various Jacuzzis, a rasoul chamber, sauna and steam rooms. It is complemented by a fitness room.

Complimentary shuttles are offered to the V&A Waterfront and Camps Bay on a regular basis from 8am to 9pm. Alternatively why not enjoy a wonderful helicopter ride into Cape Town which is available at very reasonable cost?

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3 Nights

Bed and Breakfast

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5 Star

Hotel

Spoken Languages: Afrikaans, Dutch, English, French, German, Xhosa

No. Rooms: 70

Special Interests: Beach / Coastal, Birding, Golf, Gourmet, Hiking, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Wine

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Simbavati Cederberg Ridge | Clanwilliam

Cederberg Ridge is a luxurious wilderness lodge offering delicious food, hospitality and adventure. The lodge overlooks the panorama of the Cederberg Mountains with its unique raw, rugged beauty. But this stylish ‘away-from-it-all’ retreat is within easy reach of Cape Town and the Winelands (2½ hours scenic drive) and only 5km from Clanwilliam. 

It offers the authentic ambience of a modern African farmhouse with much use of wood, natural materials and earthy tones. Yet the striking steel windows bring a contemporary touch. 
There are 9 spacious rooms and suites, each with air-conditioning, full bathroom, and private terrace. Add in the restaurant with a view, large swimming pool, and indigenous gardens flowing into the veld, and you’ll find that Cederberg Ridge offers tranquillity and style in the midst of wilderness.

Witness the natural beauty and hidden gems of the Cederberg through various excursions on offer – both for the active and the more laid-back. Take in the mountain views while walking or mountain biking. Learn about the rock art, history and rural culture. Explore the Cederberg, visit a rooibos tea farm or enjoy lunch at an alfresco beach restaurant on the West Coast. In summer, boating on the dam is perfect for the hot sunny days.  

Back at the lodge, you can relax around the pool, have a pampering spa treatment, or enjoy story-telling at the fire-pit whilst gazing at the stars. 
 

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3 Nights

Full Board Plus - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Fast Facts

4 Star

Lodge

Spoken Languages: Afrikaans, English

No. Rooms: 11

Special Interests: Adventure, Beach / Coastal, Birding, Cycling, Flora, Gourmet, Hiking, History & Culture, Indigenous Culture / Art, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wine

Mont Rochelle Hotel | Franschhoek

Mont Rochelle Hotel lies at the top of the Franschhoek valley, with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding hills and vineyards. This elegant thatched hotel, (formerly known as La Couronne), has 22 rooms and suites ranging in size and style, but each is individually decorated with air-conditioning, television, bathrobes and underfloor heating. The Shiraz and Merlot rooms have courtyard or valley views whilst the Cabernet rooms have valley views and private terraces. The Pinotage suites have valley views from the bedroom and a lounge area. The Reserve and Cap Classique suites have private terraces or gardens with plunge pools and King-size beds. Relax by the pool, unwind in the sauna or enjoy gentle country pursuits such as walking in the vineyards or trout fishing in one of the nearby dams. The centre of the picturesque village of Franschhoek, with its art galleries, bistros and interesting boutique shops, is but a short stroll away. TGCSA 5 star hotel.

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2 Nights

Bed and Breakfast

Fast Facts

5 Star

Hotel

Spoken Languages: Afrikaans, English

No. Rooms: 26

Special Interests: Cycling, Flora, Golf, Gourmet, Hiking, History & Culture, Indigenous Culture / Art, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Shopping, Wine

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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Forest Lodge | Whale Coast

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, located amidst the spectacular fynbos and ancient dunes of the Southern Coast, is a multi-award winning gem. Overlooking Walker Bay, it's a nature-lovers paradise - all but the most committed urbanite will enjoy the inclusive activities: guided fynbos 4x4 drives, milkwood forest walks, horse riding, beach pincics and guided land-based whale-watching as well as the optional activities of boat-based whale watching and shark cage diving. A dedicated team including marine biologists and conservationists help you to appreciate what makes this area so special.

Other excursions (at extra cost) include guided wine tours around the excellent Hermanus wine estates, aerial flights over the Ocean and visits to their community garden project to see sustainable tourism in action.

Grootbos consists of two lodges, the original family-friendly Garden Lodge and the new contemporary Grootbos Forest Lodge.

Grootbos Forest Lodge is an architectural masterpiece of sophisticated contemporary design, with 16 luxury suites nestled in a 1,500-year old Milkwood Forest, with glorious views of the Atlantic Ocean.
The rather extravagant main lodge offers glass walls which embrace and accentuate the ocean and fynbos views. It comprises a restaurant, bar and gallery area. Wooden fireplaces and subtle lighting enhance the warm, romantic ambience. Outside is a deck and stylish rimflow pool with stunning panoramic ocean views.
Each of the 16 freestanding suites at Grootbos Forest Lodge is stylishly furnished to provide a blend of aesthetic beauty and supreme comfort.

Each has a separate lounge, full bathroom, filter coffee machines and minibar. Cosy fireplaces, romantic canopy beds and spacious bathrooms make this an idyllic hide-away for all romantics. All have private wooden decks with panoramic sea or mountain views, and some have a small plunge pool. Here one wakes in luxury to the blissful sight and sound of birds singing and waves crashing in your own backyard.
Daily fresh fruit baskets, under floor heating and heated towel rails add to the elegant extravagance.

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3 Nights

Full Board Plus - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Fast Facts

5 Star

Lodge

Spoken Languages: Afrikaans, English, German, Xhosa

No. Rooms: 16

Special Interests: Adventure, Beach / Coastal, Birding, Cycling, Fishing, Flora, Gourmet, Hiking, History & Culture, Indigenous Culture / Art, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine

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