The Twelve Apostles
As Spa hotels in Cape Town go, it hardly gets any whiter, sleeker and more immaculate than The Apostles. The only building along the gorgeous coastal road that connects the beach enclaves of Camps Bay and Llandudno (and running along the base of the mountain range known as Twelve Apostles), this establishment grew out of an original 1920s Herbert Baker-inspired house, known as ‘The White House’. There’s little left of this other than the double-gabled façade but the hotel – now comprising 70 guestrooms – remains gleaming white, as it still serves as a navigational landmark. Aiming for old world luxury, the hotel was recently given a thorough make-over, and rooms and public spaces are looking a lot more lavish, with fabric wallpapers and white marble floors, and agreeable clutter from huge vases filled with proteas; jars of sweets and marshmallows; and walls covered with prints, paintings and etchings. Behind the hotel, pathways lead to the Table Mountain reserve, and there are gazebos and hammock for you to stretch out on amongst the trees. The Sanctuary Spa is cut into the surrounding rocks and offers hot and cold plunge pools, a Rasul chamber, a hydrotherapy bath, and various fynbos-infused treatments – a combination that recently lead to it being named Leading Spa Resort in Africa.