Escape to the 12 Apostles for a Luxurious Winter Staycation

Words: Julie Velosa

With most luxury hotels, a great location is a prerequisite but every now and again you come across one that is truly exceptional. The 12 Apostles is one of those places.

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Located in a standalone spot along the coastline of the Atlantic between Camps Bay and Llandudno. It is the only establishment to be found along this strip of the coastal road and looks set to stay that way, with the surroundings being part of the Table Mountain National Park reserve.

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The hotel is literally built into the rockface of the mountain, and because of this position, it has 180-degree views of the Atlantic, that become 360-degree views when you include the mountains behind. It really is breathtaking.

Luxurious Rooms

There are both sea facing and mountain facing rooms and all are elegantly appointed. The room we stayed in was decorated in a soft sea greens and whites, giving it an immediately calming feel.

Contemporary sea elements, multiple layers of textures and well-placed mirrors giving a sense of space and serene luxury.

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This room, in particular, is cleverly designed in that the bedroom is slightly elevated, with the lounge and relaxation areas being a level down, affording a view of the azure Atlantic from every angle.

Outside on the patio are private sun loungers, which are great if you don’t feel like sunning yourself at the pool area. We grabbed books and a glass of wine and enjoyed the view and the unseasonally sunny autumn weather.

12 Apostles
12 Apostles

Every single element that can contribute to your comfort has been thought of. Plush linens, a pillow menu – yes, you can choose your pillow preference (foam, feather etc), plus an incredibly spacious bathroom with every amenity you could need.

The bathroom had the clever addition of a specific soft blue nighttime light, which means you can find your way around without being blinded by full light in the middle of the night. Genius.12 apostles

Afternoon Tea – Don’t mind if we do…

If you are so inclined, you can book in for afternoon tea, which is offered in the Leopard Bar. At first, the bar may feel like an unusual spot for tea, however, when you’re seated, you’ll understand why it’s such a great choice.


There is a 1930s colonial island vibe about the space and it fits the theme of an indulgent afternoon tea… to a tee. Woven leaf-shaped fans swing lazily back and forth in unison; dark wood furnishings, chintz upholstery and rich leathers are set against fabulous leaf print wallpaper. Combine this with endless ocean views and you have a unique setting for a relaxing afternoon.

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12 Apostles

An opulent offering of Tea by the Sea is presented on a tiered cake stand; delicious chocolate brownies, chocolate mousse, finger sandwiches, scones with fresh cream and the most decadent cheese scones, to name just a few of the tasty items. You can enjoy Nigiro loose leaf teas, as well as coffees… perhaps even a glass (or bottle) of your favourite MCC.

The hotel also offers a divine Vegan High Tea (prior booking is required) with a selection of plant-based treats and sweets such as a Valrhona Manjari Choc & Hazelnut Slice, Coconut Panna Cotta, vegan scones with jam and a Banana & Walnut Loaf.

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12 Apostles

Also look out for fun offerings such as the Gin and Bare It gin and canapé tasting and the Pursuit of Hoppiness craft beer and canapé tasting. There is definitely plenty to keep you busy!

Stylish Wining and Dining

Aside from the Leopard Bar, there is Azure Restaurant, the hotel’s main dining are, as well as The Café Grill pool bar. We dined at Azure the night we stayed and absolutely loved our meal.

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There were a couple of standouts but the Popcorn ‘Mielie Pap’ starter was absolutely exceptional. The menu description had me at butter poached prawns, but then exceeded expectations by serving them on top of a bed of buttery mielie meal, coconut and corn custard and a prawn bisque that I could have drunk right out of the jug. One of the tastiest things I have eaten in a while.

The sustainable line fish with cauliflower purée, miso creme fraîche and roast fish veloute was another incredibly tasty dish.

The restaurants at the 12 Apostles have an astonishing selection of wines that will have you perusing for ages. They include an amazing choice from Bouchard Finlayson, another property in the Red Carnation group, which the hotel belongs to. Sommelier, Gregory Mutambe, is incredibly knowledgeable and is on hand to help you choose – this is especially helpful for out of town travellers, as there are so many great local wines to choose from and whittling them down can be tough.

The Spa at the 12 Apostles

The spa at the 12 Apostles is another must-do if time allows. Making use of the hotel’s unique mountain positioning, the indoor pools (using treated non-potable water currently) are almost carved out of the mountainside and will leave you feeling like you are lazing about in an underground cavern.

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Thoughtful touches, like being able to choose your preferred style of music for your treatment and stunning outdoor gazebos overlooking the ocean for treatments (weather permitting), make it really unique.

We booked in for a couple’s massage and enjoyed a superlative treatment from both of our therapists, leaving us utterly relaxed and rejuvenated.

Breakfast with a View

If you’re feeling energetic, you can pop on your trainers and take a pre-brekkie walk from your room up the mountain. As the hotel backs directly onto it, you can head straight out and enjoy the amazing biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom.

You’ll be able to take in the beauty of the sea and mountains while getting lungfuls of fresh air – that should work up your appetite.

There will be no judgement, of course, if you decide to rather sleep in and roll out at a leisurely time for coffee and croissants.

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A delectable breakfast buffet, as well as a full cooked menu, is available at Azure Restaurant. The view is again, absolutely mesmerising, and you can take it all in while you enjoy a mimosa and eggs Benedict.

Unmatched Service

Amazing location and great food and wine aside, the one area that can really set properties apart is service and at the 12 Apostles, you will experience the very finest. No job is too much trouble for the team, from parking your car when you arrive to ensuring that you get the best night’s rest possible with the right pillow choice. Everyone we encountered was helpful, friendly and went out of their way to make us feel really welcomed and relaxed.

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This is not a hotel to rest on the laurels of its unique location, they offer all sorts of activities geared for every traveller. From a private cinema, where you can catch a movie in uber comfort, to picnics amongst the flora of the area – all you need to do is decide what you’re in the mood for. If your mood is to do as little as possible, then kick back, grab a cocktail and do just that.

The 12 Apostles is offering two amazing winter staycation specials!


There is no better way to enjoy a perfect night out than a romantic gourmet dinner for two, before snuggling up for a cosy movie night in our private cinema, complete with popcorn and treats, and making a night of it by staying overnight in the luxury of your hotel room. After a good night’s rest, sit down to our legendary English breakfast and return home after what can only be described as the ultimate night out!

Package includes:

>> Luxurious accommodation
>> Full English breakfast, including freshly harvested oysters and sparkling wine
>> Three-course dinner from our choice select menu in the Azure Restaurant or The Café Grill
>> Use of the 16-seater in-house cinema, enjoyed with popcorn and candy – served to you without missing a frame

12 Apostles – Overnight Dinner and a Movie 2018


Slip away for two nights of bliss to hibernate, rejuvenate and relax in luxury. Indulge in delicious cuisine, be pampered in the tranquil spa and allow us to take care of your every need. This is the easiest and most relaxing winter break you will ever have!

Package includes:

>> Luxurious accommodation
>> Full English breakfast, including freshly harvested oysters and sparkling wine
>> A 40-minute head and shoulder massage per person, per stay
>> One-hour session in the temperature controlled plunge pools and salt water floatation pool at The Spa at The Twelve Apostles
>> Three-course dinner from our choice select menu in the Azure Restaurant or The Café Grill, once during your stay
>> Use of the 16-seater in-house cinema, enjoyed with popcorn and candy – served to you without missing a frame
>> A selection of board games to play in The Leopard Bar beside the fireplace, protected from the winter chill

12 Apostles Hotel – Hibernate to Rejuvenate 2018

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