I was torn between Cape Grace and the Twelve Apostles for our 5-night stay in Cape Town. I was concerned by some negative reviews of the TA, particularly the location of the hotel on the road, but my agent had recently been there, and she loved it, so we decided to give it a try. I'm very glad we did so! We really enjoyed the fact that it was out of town but still only a 5-10 minute ride away to all the restaurants, shops, and activities of bustling Cape Town. It was like an oasis.
This is a gorgeous property. The all-white building straddles the sea and the wildflower-strewn foothills of the Twelve Apostles and Table Mountains with Lion's Head in the distance. Outdoor spa rooms are thatched huts with all glass walls that are scattered up the slopes. The welcoming staff were friendly and professional and immensely helpful. Our room was impeccable. Seaside luxe, decorated in whites and blues. Very roomy with a great bed. From the lovely balcony, our room had a great view of the sea, the Twelve Apostles mountain range, and the bluest sky I think I have ever seen.
One morning I walked on the trails around the hotel. Walking on those mountain paths filled with flowers, looking out at the sea, Camps Bay, and Table mountain was extraordinary. Our other favorite spot was the Leopard Bar. Decorated with gorgeous paintings and drawings of leopards, with comfortable couches, a lovely bar, and excellent service, it was a great place to hang out after a day of exploring. One night we were too tired to go out, so we stayed in and dined at the hotel restaurant, Azur. We had heard negative things about it, but our food was excellent. The menu included durban curries, and traditional Cape Malay cuisine. No, it didn't measure up to some of the other restaurants we visited, including Opal Lounge (my favorite) and La Colombe, but it was a nice change and perfectly fine.
If you visit the spa, definitely get an outdoor treatment room/hut. The downstairs spa and treatment rooms are rather dark and unappeaing. I had a pedicure that was conducted lying down and was very uncomfortable, and the treatment provider was not friendly. But my husband had an excellent massage at the outside huts, although he said it was rather warm.
For weeks prior to our arrival, I had worked with the concierge in email to make dinner reservations for each night at various restaurants around town. They had our confirmation for each dinner waiting upon our arrival, and thereafter a car was provided each night, without prompting, to take us to our destination. They posted our mail, provided us without asking with snacks when we had to take a very early transport one morning to go white shark diving in Gaansbai, and when they learned it was my birthday, again without asking, they brought to our room a delicious chocolate and raspberry cake.
We did stop in at the Cape Grace one day after our trip to Robben Island. It's a lovely hotel, but the location didn't appeal to me at all. The V&A waterfront is great for a one day trip, but I wouldn't want to stay down there. Granted, the Twelve Apostles is not on the water, although the hotel is perfectly situated so that most of the views make it appear so, and there is a busy road in front of it, but it's hardly noticeable. I would definitely stay again. Cape Town is an extraordinary city and the surrounding area stunning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled between the staggering 12 Apostles Mountain Range and the Atlantic Ocean, the uniquely located and luxurious Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa offers the ultimate escape to relax and be pampered, while indulging in stunning beauty, discreet service and extraordinary charm. Within 10 minutes of the best beaches and 15 minutes from the waterfront. A proud member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The 12 Apostles Hotel And Spa
- The Twelve Apostles Hotel Camps Bay
- Twelve Apostles Hotel
- The Twelve Apostles Hotel And Spa Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa