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The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa 4.5

Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape

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Pros

  • Secluded property set in a 1920s gabled farmhouse with views of the mountains and ocean 
  • Guest rooms have balconies and casually elegant decor
  • Two pools on the property, including one that faces the sea 
  • Spa with hydrotherapy pools and mountaintop gazebo treatment rooms
  • 16-seat cinema and DVD movie library on-site
  • Restaurant with superb wine list and weekly wine tastings; plus a casual 24-hour cafe
  • Bar specializing in cognac and port, and serving afternoon tea
  • Free shuttle service to popular areas
  • Helicopter rides to the waterfront (for a fee)
  • Free breakfast and Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Wedding parties can crowd the property
  • No direct beach access 

Bottom Line

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is a 70-room luxury property with incredible views of both the Atlantic Ocean and its namesake mountain range. While set in a 1920s-era gabled farmhouse on a secluded stretch of Victoria Road, the property is within a short drive of central Cape Town and beaches. Guest rooms have balconies and are nicely decorated with understated colors and patterns. There are two restaurants, including one with a lauded wine list, and a bar with plenty of cognacs and ports. The hotel also has two pools, including one with ocean views, a spa with mountaintop gazebo treatment rooms, and a small theater showing classic and new movies. 

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Scene

Classic and elegant, with a mix of casual and formal  

Set inside a 1929 gabled farmhouse renovated and added to over the years, the hotel has a classic look that allows the surrounding natural scenery to shine. A red-brick driveway at the entranceway overlooks the ocean, which is also visible from a small rectangular pool surrounded by blue-striped lounge chairs. The lobby is perhaps the most classically decorated space, with blue floral-patterned chairs, royal blue carpeting, blue porcelain vases, and round pillars. Elsewhere, at the Azure Restaurant and Cafe Grill, shades of blue, pale teal, and white, along with paintings of seashells and ocean ephemera, create a casual beach-appropriate vibe. The Leopard Bar is a warmer and richer space, with saturated colors, touches of gold and brass, and heavy wood chairs at the dark-wood bar. Guests range from couples to families, who are made to feel pampered from start to finish here, starting with sparkling wine on arrival and daily tea with pastries.

Location

Between the ocean and the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, 15 minutes from Cape Town

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is set on a quiet, somewhat secluded road along the Atlantic coast, about a five-minute drive from Camps Bay Beach and 15 to 20 minutes from the center of Cape Town. The hotel runs a free shuttle bus to popular area locations, including the V&A Waterfront, about 20 minutes away. The airport is within a half hour's drive. 

Rooms

Bright and luxurious, with balconies and entertainment centers

Guest rooms are clean and bright, with modern furnishings and an effortlessly put-together style: Some are all white and creamy beige, while others have multicolored striped carpeting, bold murals, and breezy floral wallpaper. All rooms have balconies, 24-hour room service, and entertainment centers with flat-screen TVs and DVD players, and include access to the movie theater's DVD library. Turndown service, pillow and soap menus, and coffee- and tea-making facilities are nice extras. Some rooms face the mountains, while others face the sea, and suites with one and two bedrooms are available. The Presidential Suite offers panoramic views from a wraparound terrace, as well as a collection of artwork from South African masters, and personal butler service. 

Features

Private cinema; spa with gazebo treatment rooms; two restaurants and a bar

Guests can dine at the more formal Azure, which serves locally sourced meat and seafood, and has a lauded wine list. The 24-hour Cafe Grill is a more casual option, serving California-style cuisine such as salads and burgers. The Leopard Bar hosts live entertainment from Monday through Saturday, and has a long list of cognacs and ports on offer. The bar also hosts Tea by the Sea, a daily afternoon tea with pastries, tea, and coffee. 

The spa is a grotto-like space with hydrotherapy pools, flotation tanks, and a health bar, as well as mountaintop gazebo treatment rooms with glass walls. A small gym is on-site, but guests may want to take advantage of free passes to a nearby fitness center for more options as far as equipment. The 16-seat cinema shows classics and newer films, with meals available. Other highlights include twice-weekly wine tastings and helicopter flights to the waterfront (for a fee). Wi-Fi and breakfast are included. 

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Address

Victoria Road, Camps Bay 8000, South Africa

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