Vic­to­ria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - TRAVEL - 12apos­ Words As­pa­sia Kar­ras

The ho­tel

This is one of the world’s most beau­ti­ful stretches of coast­line. It is also one of the most treach­er­ous and you have to con­sciously make a decision when driv­ing out along the At­lantic Seaboard not to get car­ried away. ‘No, no,’ you ar­gue with your­self. ‘I will not stare out to sea too much, I will just drive.’ The only rea­son­able thing to do is to take up res­i­dence in the most beau­ti­ful spot of all – The Twelve Apos­tles, perched as it is be­tween ocean and moun­tain, and at­tempt to do no driv­ing at all. Be­cause of the dan­ger and all that. Also be­cause, once there, you re­ally can­not bring your­self to go any­where else. There is the charm­ing clubby at­mos­phere in all the pub­lic rooms. There is the view. There is the per­fectly cal­i­brated ser­vice cul­ture of the Red Car­na­tion group that is friendly, at re­mem­ber­ing ev­ery guest’s name. There is the view. There is the clas­sic Bea Toll­man There is the room with pil­low choices to be made. There is the view. There are cock­tails to be had in the af­ter­noon. There is the view. And more cock­tails and more view and, best of all, it is safe.

The spa

The fo­cus here is on holis­tic prin­ci­ples, com­bin­ing an­cient wis­dom with mod­ern ex­per­tise and staff who go the ex­tra mile. The spa is a cave-like sanc­tu­ary, carved out for the sole pur­pose of your own well­be­ing.

The treat­ment

The Jet Lag treat­ment com­prises a 60-minute Swedish mas­sage, us­ing B-Africa Re­vi­talise Gel on the neck, shoul­ders and to im­prove cir­cu­la­tion. The gel is packed with nat­u­ral ex­tracts to soothe tired mus­cles and im­prove skin tex­ture. Price: R725

THIS PAGE The Twelve Apos­tles Ho­tel and Spa, one of the most beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tions in the coun­try, is set on a na­ture re­serve, over­look­ing the At­lantic Ocean

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