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Overlooking the enthralling waters of the Atlantic Ocean and its grounds abutting the slopes of the Twelve Apostles mountain range, The Twelve Apostles Hotel is a Cape Town bucket list item based on its location alone, but this certainly isn’t the only reason you should stop by this award-winning hotel.
Driving from Cape Town’s City Bowl and along it’s Atlantic Seaboard, the hotel stands out like a sprawling Parthenon against the imposing mountain range which forms its backdrop. All white, with columns and a geometric aesthetic to boot, this seaside retreat seems a world away from the bustle of the city, despite its convenient proximity to the trendy suburb of Camps Bay.
The Spa at the Twelve Apostles Hotel is legendary and if you haven’t been yourself, chances are you’ve heard of it. After a short drive up the hotel’s winding driveway, its entranceway is decidedly deceiving: two very simple glass doors and a sign indicating you’re in the right place.
Upon entering, it’s clear that all the magic really does happen behind closed doors, as the room you enter into is just the reception and a long passageway extending in the direction of the mountain behind the hotel takes you into a serenely lit, subdued, and peaceful oasis.
A delectable array of nourishing treats are on offer at the health bar, from crunchies and freshly-cut fruit to other finger foods and fruit juices. This is the waiting room, and you’d be hard-pressed to actually want to leave.
The plush seating area is as comfortable as it looks, as you relax for a moment before your treatment starts, leaving you the perfect amount of time to grab a bite to eat or glass of water. The mesmerising mural running the length of the seating alcove depicts an enchanting scene of life beneath the ocean and on our shores, perfectly mirroring the dual space which the Twelve Apostles Hotel occupies.
A passageway leads off to seven treatment rooms in the one direction, while a staircase descends into the grotto below, complete with hydrotherapy pools, a tranquillity lounge for relaxation between, before, or after treatments, a nail bar, and a Rasul chamber and rain shower for patrons to make use of. The pièce de résistance? Two mountain gazebos perfect for outdoor massages, overlooking, and being serenaded by, the sounds of the ocean.
When I looked at their Spa Treatment menu beforehand, I was floored by the number of treatments on offer. Would it be the Aromatherapy Massage? Or the Himalayan Salt Stone Massage? In the end, I went with the B | Harmonised treatment, perfectly designed to target areas of the body that hold tension and stress. My spa therapist chatted to me about the treatment beforehand, explaining what it involved and asking me about my medical history and asking if I had any injuries she should know about.
Then, the magic began with a foot scrub (diligently washed away with towels rather than water because of Cape Town’s water crisis) and a full body massage that lasted an hour but which could have gone on longer as far as I was concerned. I came out of my treatment with a slow start after I’d dozed off under the skilful hands of my therapist.
Will I be back? Most definitely.
Any regrets? Only that I’d stayed longer.
If you’d like to stay at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and indulge in its spa treatments, simply send us a message and we’ll point you in the right direction with a no-obligation quote.
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Jozi-born, Knysna local, and recovering yachtie, Melanie decided that she missed being land-based after 18 months sailing the seas. Now that she lives in the most beautiful city in Africa (she is adamant about this fact), you will find her trying out new things around Cape Town, dreaming about her next holiday, and using Wikipedia to enhance her skills as an encyclopaedia of useless information.
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