The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. #Explore12A Instaleap.

Twelve Apostles. – It only happens every 4 years and should never go by without us marking the occasion, in this case with a first ever guided #Instaleap to #Explore12A at the Twelve Apostles Hotel by invitation of Five Star PR. One that allowed us to experience the hotel and its surroundings with visits to many of the stunning photo vantage points with stops along the way, not to mention an endless array of delicious eat treats.

Joining a small group of media with a brief that walking shoes were needed, we met for coffee and pastries in the Leopard Bar of the hotel at 09h00 for a welcome by Assistant GM Gavin Ferreira before our guides Masood Sadulla, Head Concierge and Prince Chirwa, Guest Experiences Manager walked us through the hotel and out into the gardens for our overview, one that would deliver discoveries that spoke to all of the senses.

The award-winning Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is part of the family-run Red Carnation Hotel Collection and situated on Cape Town’s scenic drive that runs along the Atlantic seaboard. A 5-star 70 room boutique hotel flanked by the majestic Table Mountain National Park and the Twelve Apostles mountain range, it is further enhanced by the holistic spa, private cinema, breathtaking views and Azure Restaurant and The Leopard Bar.

Part of the service includes wine, craft beer and cider tasting in the evenings. Eight private picnic spots scattered in the mountain which can be booked for meals by resident guests and the public, a complimentary shuttle between the hotel and V&A Waterfront, bicycles on loan and an exercise buddy.

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The lucky group at one of our vantage point stops.

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Prince Chirwa, jumping into Leap Year.

Beyond the morning’s enjoyment, I was lucky enough to be invited to spend the night there. Upgraded to the most spacious and stylishly decorated Mountain Facing Suite with views across the fynbos and up the slopes, I settled in to the comfort of the lush decor and spoils, with dinner on the deck as the sun set and some time stargazing from my room’s verandah

When choosing one of the 55 deluxe guest rooms and 15 luxurious suites, the hardest part is deciding whether to overlook the mountains or the sea. Whichever direction you decide to face, the views are stunning.

Interior decor is light, airy and peaceful with rooms decorated in a mix of contemporary African style, classic European comfort and effortless, up-to-the-minute technology. Cool colours and rich fabrics bring elegance and wilderness serenity. Here you want for nothing with every room offering 24-hour room service, individual air conditioning, entertainment centres with DVD, and plush bathrobes and slippers. Also the environmentally friendly B|Africa bath products.

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My room with it’s views towards the mountains.

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The Leopard Bar.

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Breakfast is a decadent affair and as much tim as possible should be allowed for it.

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The invitation to the guided #Instaleap, with a little piece of sea side and fynbos delivered to my room in preparation for the day.

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The wedding gazebo on the lawns with the mountains and ocean as witness. The hotel is doing about 80 weddings a year with all needs catered for from romantic proposal – Masoods specialty, weddings and even elope packages personally designed to suit your preference. Sweet romance is in the air and the chefs are always at hand to provide the delicious food to match the celebration.

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Picnic spots on the slopes of the mountain above the hotel. There are 8 spots where the chef will set up a meal for you with these unrivalled Cape Town views. Outside living gets a new perspective here and I feel that this is a must for locals and visitors alike.

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At every stop this is the kind of offering left for us to savour and taste. A moveable feast of a breakfast turned brunch and lunch.

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Girls on an exploratory mission, capturing the memories and the pics.

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When staying, this is the man to ensure your experience is of the best it can be.

Cape Town has an incredible amount on offer and there are many accommodation options, but here is a heart that runs from the family owned philosophy right through to the management and staff that look after you. The rather remote sense of location also places you right up close to nature, with the towering mountain peaks and restless ocean right there, yet Camps Bay and city are easily accessible at just a few kilometres away.

The two pools and renowned Spa which is open form 8am to 8pm daily, will provide a good reprieve from your touring days. Also see the fly-in lunch options available with NAC Helicopters. The optimum opulent experience.

What a special way to spend a Monday morning, thank you to all at 12 Apostles Hotel and Five Star PR for the gift of a stay and morning spent exploring your beautiful property. It’s always a treat to experience the varied ingenious ways that properties are introduced to us and this was certainly one of the most stylish and fun ways to learn and appreciate more about of the 12 Apostles!

One delightful surprise after another. Did I mention we even had a foot massage and glass of bubbly at the one stop …

Remember when you visit to share your experience and tag #Explore12A.

The hotel has provided further details on of the walk here.

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Framed by 12 Apostles. This pic off their Instagram account of my happiness x.

Have a look at their calendar of events and specials here. For more visit the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa website and connect with them on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter.

See here for more of my posts from the – 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa.

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The passage way to my room. Such a fun carpet and the natural lighting makes such a difference and enhances the viewing of the art that is found throughout.

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