Monday, September 21, 2015

The 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town

Although our arrival had been greeted by cloudless skies the day before,
I awoke to grey, overcast conditions.

This was the view that kept me from focusing on the work at hand...
The constantly changing vista was hypnotic.

Despite the weather, there was breakfast to look forward to!
The Azure living up to its name.

The decor is understated opulence.
Old school hotel dining experience

THIS is the way to start a week...
Oysters for breakfast...there was champagne on offer as well.

Poached eggs are the bane of both the home cook
and the professional chef.
Everyone has their idea of what a perfectly poached egg SHOULD be.
According to my wife, this one was perfect!

My omelette was exactly as ordered and I "spiced" it up
with some bacon, potatoes and baked beans.

William, our waiter, could not have been more helpful if he tried.
Like all the staff that we interacted with, he was friendly and helpful.
The 12 Apostles has certainly got their guests' best interests at heart
when it comes to training staff.
Well done to all concerned.

Some of the lobby staff take a moment off to pose.
Note the smiles!

Fynbos and the sea
Could I want anything more?

My wife casting an eye towards the rather chilly Atlantic Ocean.

Aside from the main heated pool near the Spa,
this rock pool did look inviting

The Leopard bar...themed with more leopard paintings and sketches
than I could count.
THIS is where the rugby action happens.
And speaking of art. 
The hotel boasts on of the finest collections 
of original works by South African artists 
that I have seen outside of a gallery.
Displayed for all to enjoy, these works add to the ambiance
of the "guest experience"
It certainly makes "12" a "home-away-from-home".

The irony of the juxtaposition of the pastries RIGHT outside the door
to the Fitness Centre had escaped the organizer of the conference taking
place on the same floor...

The small but beautifully appointed boardroom/conference venue.
For some reason it reminded me of a ship's cabin

The Conservatory...
A great place to chill and watch the ocean

There are hiking trails that climb up the mountain from behind the hotel.
This is the start of one of those...

The Spa at The 12 Apostles is like no other I have been in.
Because of its location,it gives guests the feeling of being in a subterranean setting.

This is the relaxation/tranquility room.
 Spacious and feel almost Mediterranean.

*BIG SURPRISE*
The hotel is pet friendly!
This is Obi and his owners enjoying a breakfast together.
Before the "bunny-huggers" complain...
The menu was created by Executive Chef, Christo Pretorius
with assistance from the Panorama Veterinary Clinic and Specialist Centre.
They have special menus for dogs(Bark-a-licious) 
and for cats( Purrfect Choice)
The former features meat, while the latter favours fish!
Dishes range in price from R65-R105.

This stunning hotel certainly lives up to the legendary reputation
that it is has built up over the years.
The well deserved accolades are testament to the consistent service excellence 
and value for money packages that are on offer

While in Cape Town, I will be using a vehicle supplied by this comapny.
This is the "team" that I dealt with at Cape Town International Airport.
Good service and friendly smiles...
Europcar, the official car rental supplier
to "Travel & Things"

A motto I like to live by.
My bank manager is not always happy about this though...

         

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