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The Twelve Apostles - No 1 Luxury Hotel & Spa in Cape Town Reveals New Look


The iconic five-star Twelve Apostles Luxury Hotel and Spa, Cape Town, consistently wins more than its fair share of awards but this only encourages the owners to make even greater efforts. Recently voted the No. 1 City Hotel and No. 1 Hotel Spa in Africa and the Middle East in Travel + Leisure’s 2009 World’s Best Awards, and gaining an impressive score of 94.2 in the Condé Nast Traveler magazine 2009 Readers’ Choice Awards, this fine hotel has now been further enhanced with an extensive multi-million Rand structural and interior design refurbishment.

Founder and President Beatrice Tollman and her daughter Toni, inspired by the panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and towering peaks of the Twelve Apostles Mountains, have created a fresh and calming design scheme that artfully combines sophistication with simplicity and comfort with elegance.

The glorious seclusion of the surroundings has been used to great effect with the natural feel and character of the environment echoed throughout the bespoke designer bedrooms, lobby, corridors, 24-hour Café and one-of-a-kind Presidential Suite. The ambience has been achieved with light, warm fabrics; natural wood shutters in the bedrooms; plus various designs and colours of Bodrum marble and Thassos beige and white marble to create a delightfully decadent feeling in all the custom-built bathrooms. For convenience a pale blue LED night light provides subtle illumination.

Each en suite bedroom has been uniquely designed and decorated to suit every palate, using luxurious fabrics and scrumptious colour hues, personally chosen antiques, and custom furniture completing each room. White hardwood plantation shutters adorn the windows, which lead out to private balconies overlooking the Atlantic Ocean or the famous fynbos vegetation nestling below Cape Town’s magnificent Twelve Apostles Mountain range. Beds are the ultimate in luxury, complete with 400 thread count sheets allowing guests the most perfect night's sleep.

Skilled craftsmen, from the local area and further afield, provide a number of the more unusual items, such as mud chandeliers made from recycled clay as well as candy stripe wool carpets to emphasise the relaxed beach feel of Cape Town. A host of other thoughtful details have been added to meet every conceivable need: latest technology flat screen TVs in all rooms, iPod docking stations and wi-fi for sheer business convenience, all discreetly in evidence. Walls are adorned with impressive art purchased from local artists and antique houses round the world. The extensive grounds, already boasting a superb selection of sculptures, have become a showcase for the work of the most talented local artists.

Clive Bennett, Managing Director of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection in South Africa, comments that, “Excellence is the result of constant innovation and we are keen to take our already luxurious offering to an entirely new level. Discerning guests are constantly looking for a once in a lifetime experience with fresh pleasures and we’re confident that this stunning refurbishment will launch an entirely new era in the hotel’s illustrious history. Our staff pride themselves on providing the ultimate in customer service and can’t wait to perform on what they see as a magnificent new stage.”

The hotel’s already excellent green credentials have also been further enhanced with a redesigned kitchen. Under the direction of Executive Chef Roberto Carvalho, the kitchen has been transformed to create a world class environment that goes hand in hand with world class cuisine.

These improvements include a customised air extraction system. Installed by WSP consulting engineers, it uses a UV filtering system to remove all odours and turn all grease not caught by the filters into ozone for an environmentally friendly waste product. The new Capturejet Halton canopy, locally manufactured by AMMS, is a first for South Africa. It provides a healthy, fresh environment and ensures comfortable working temperatures throughout the year.

The level of investment and the sheer attention to detail clearly demonstrates why Red Carnation Hotels are so respected the world over. Nothing stands in the way of their passionate commitment to offer guests an experience unmatched throughout the entire hospitality industry.

For more information and/or reservations, contact The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa on (+27) (21) 437 9000, email or visit .

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2009 and 2008: Azure Restaurant wine list awarded Diners Club South Africa's
highest award - the Diamond Award

2009: Voted "Number One Hotel Spa in Africa and the Middle East" in
Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards Readers' Survey

2009: Voted within the "Top 15 Best Hotels in the World" in
Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards Readers' Survey

2009: Number Six in the Condé Nast Traveler Magazine 2009
Readers' Choice Awards, category Africa

2009: Voted to the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List: 95.8 ranking for rooms
and 96.0 ranking for food making it first in the whole of Africa and the Middle East

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RED CARNATION is a boutique collection of 5 and 4 star family run hotels

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