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April 17, 2013

Splurge in style at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

Lady Gaga brought 80 pieces of luggage with her. I only brought one, but then I wasn’t staying in the Presidential Suite.

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa offers great sunset views. All photos by Kate Turkington

Not that it mattered, because the service with a smile and superb style is given to all guests at the multi-award-winning The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa at Oudekraal in Cape Town.

Wait for that rich aunt to leave you a legacy or when you win the lotto (because this gorgeous hotel doesn’t come cheap), but it is worth every penny, so splurge.

Stay for a night (the food in the Azure restaurant is really memorable – try the Prawn Stroganoff or owner Bea Tollman’s best cheesecake in the world), take Mom for Mothers’ Day lunch, Dad for a men’s executive grooming package, or the boy or girlfriend for drinks at the Leopard Bar overlooking the ocean. On May 13, World Cocktail Day, you can sample two exotic cocktails for the price of one in the same bar, or if you’re on the wagon, just sip dark hot chocolate with a hint of orange blossom.

Another great view from the hotel

In August there’s a Pink High Tea (not high camp) to celebrate Women’s Month, and every Saturday there’s live jazz at lunchtime.

I enjoyed the eclectic selection of artwork packing the walls, the lovely views of the Atlantic and the iconic Twelve Apostles mountain range, the always-on-hand and helpful, but unobtrusive and friendly staff, and the understated luxury.

What were less appealing were floor-length, wrap-around, reveal-all mirrors in my room – especially after the cheesecake ...

The Presidential Suite bed. Sweet dreams!

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