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Named one of Tripbase's Best Luxury Travel Blogs for 2011, below are Five Star Alliance's newest articles featuring exclusive information on luxury hotels worldwide including special offers and deals at the world's best hotels.

Image of the Day: Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

September 23, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa offers 3 Mountain Facing and 9 Sea Facing one-bedroom suites and naturally all come with inspiring views.  

Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa 

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: Honorable Mention Bushman's Kloof Wilderness Reserve

December 29, 2012
By: K. Clare Johnson

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! But there were a few more hotels we absolutely had to mention. Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Here are a few fun facts about Bushman's Kloof Wilderness Reserve:

-Bushmans Kloof has been consistently lauded for its outstanding dedication to the preservation of the 7500 hectare reserve. It is a sanctuary for many species of endangered flora and fauna.

-The organic garden provides the kitchens with fresh, robust produce.

-The award-winning state-of-the-art spa offers unique facilities such as the Crystal Steam Room and Riverside Gazebo.

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: Honorable Mention The Table Bay at The Waterfront

December 28, 2012
By: Jordan Schultz

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! But there were a few more hotels we absolutely had to mention. Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels.


Here are a few fun facts about The Table Bay at The Waterfront

-The Table Bay at The Waterfront is found between Robben Island and Table Mountain right off the beautiful Atlantic Ocean in Cape Town.

-This hotel features 311 rooms (18 are superior suites) all with spectacular views of both Table Mountain and the harbour or the Atlantic Ocean and Robben Island.


-Enjoy the spa facility, fine dining, fitness center, and their outdoor pool on site or discover adventure off site like biking, boating, gambling, fishing-ocean, golfing, sailing, jet skiing, shopping, water skiing, windsurfing. The concierge will be of assistance to make these exciting new plans for you.


-At this hotel you get a combination of everything from going down to the beach for a relaxing day or the mountains for some adventure, and you can also enjoy the city for some shopping or culture (all are just a short drive away).



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Your Questions Answered: Deals at the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

September 19, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

Question: I’m hoping to stay at the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town from October 29th – November 5th. What are the details of the One More Night 4 for 3 deal?

Answer: The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa does have availability for your dates of travel, and it has a ‘Leading One More Night 4 for 3’ package available for various room types. The nightly rate shown has already discounted the free night into the price breakdown. To make a reservation at any of the room options, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room option, and fill in the booking form.  Please be advised that the rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.

Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Ellerman House Cape Town

March 30, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

The Ellerman House Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for ambiance and design. This luxury hotel is one of the world’s most exclusive and private retreats. Its perfect position sweeping over the lively city of Cape Town and the sparkling Atlantic Ocean has earned it the status of a historical landmark. This boutique hotel only has 9 rooms and 2 suites, all beautifully decorated with eloquence and style. What makes this hotel stand out from the rest is its phenomenal wine cellar of 17,000 bottles of South African wine as well as its world famous art collection. Add this hotel to your bucket list and be sure to check it out when visiting Cape Town!

B(eyond) Africa: Red Carnation from London to Cape Town

January 24, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

The Red Carnation Hotel collection is widely regarded as one of the best international collections of independent and boutique hotels.  From the currently hotly-contested 41 Hotel to the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town, expect to see big things from these hotels this year.  The Twelve Apostles is opening up their newly redesigned spa alongside a series of deluxe beauty products fashioned from African plant extracts such as avocado butter and Ximenia kernel oil.  Look forward to being treated with crystal-infused body oils or a fynbos sugar scrub or other highlights of the B|Africa series at any of Red Carnation's African locations, from the Twelve Apostles to Bushman's Kloof or Durban's The Oyster Box.  The Oyster Box was itself named the Best Luxury Wellness Spa South Africa at the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2011.  Capped by an iconic lighthouse and heaping helpings of colonial charm, the Oyster Box is one of South Africa's very best luxury hotels.  

As for the Twelve Apostles, you can enjoy its 55 rooms and 14 suites in any of four secluded wings, connected by open walkways and featuring gorgeous mountain and sea views.  Rooms especially for the business traveler help pull you away from the astounding vistas by offering special lighting in a generous work space and, as it almost goes without saying these days, high speed internet access.  Regardless of what brings you to Cape Town, Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is certainly a great place to stay.  And you keep on the lookout for more from Red Carnation Hotels; I know I'm excited to see what they come up with next.

The Top 20 Hotels in 2011: #15 The Mount Nelson Hotel

December 17, 2011
By: Oksana Balytsky

In the final days of 2011, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 20 Luxury Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, as decided by our guests.

In the #15 spot we have the Mount Nelson Hotel, set at the foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa.

Quick facts about the Mount Nelson Hotel:

- The most iconic luxury hotel situated within a beautiful garden estate in the heart of Cape Town.

- Located in an urban sanctuary with a romantic heritage, distinctive style, and a commitment to excellent service.

- Small meeting rooms which can accommodate 15, 45, and 60 people.

- Nine acres of enclosed gardens, babysitting services, and various child-friendly tours.

- Located in the midst of wine country, providing guests with ample opportunities to partake in wine tours.

View photos, learn more about the hotel, and check availability at the Mount Nelson Hotel.

Be sure to keep up with our countdown! In case you missed it, here is our #16 featured hotel, the Auberge du Soleil.

New Wedding Venues Added to the One and Only Cape Town Resort

November 2, 2011
By: Oksana Balytsky

Located in the heart of one of the most fascinating cities, the One and Only Cape Town is nestled between the scenic sandstone cliffs. This urban chic waterfront resort is surrounded by beauty and offers incredible views of Table Mountain and private Spa Island. Aside from being in an incredible city with incredible landscapes, this resort has recently added new wedding venues and packages, making it a perfect location to tie the knot.

The One and Only Cape Town is adding a 76-foot motor yacht and a beautiful new Ballroom to its extensive venue list for weddings and engagements. The ivory tones and 6 handmade crystal chandeliers add to the Ballroom’s sophistication and elegance. The Ballroom measures 2,314 square feet and has 648 square feet of outdoor space, making it suitable for a wedding with 50–140 guests.

If a wedding in a grand Ballroom is not quite your cup of tea, consider exploring the option of enjoying intimate moments on the Sherilyn, a luxury motor yacht. This luxurious yacht is available for sunset wedding photographs, wedding ceremonies, and even grand gesture proposals. It can accommodate up to 20 guests, and its qualified team can assist with making arrangements to create the perfect ambiance.

For those unable to choose between the Ballroom and the Sherilyn, the Ballroom Package is available, which provides exclusive access to the yacht for post-ceremony drinks.

We hope this gives you some inspiration and ideas for planning your wedding, and we hope you are able to find the perfect location with the right amenities for your special day.

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See "The Big 5" in Cape Town with Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

May 5, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape TownIt's autumn in South Africa, and the days are filled with brilliant sunshine. The off-season is a great time to visit Cape Town for whale-watching and hiking in beautiful surroundings: with Table Mountain National Park on one side and the Atlantic on the other. Indeed, the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa has one of the most majestic settings on earth. The award-winning hotel has devised a special seasonal package for guests to discover the handful of "must-see" attractions in Cape Town, popularly referred to as "The Big 5". Here's what's included in the Cape Town Big Five package:

* Three nights in the luxury accommodation of your choice

* Daily Azure Breakfast for two

* A complimentary drink on arrival

* Plus one choice from this list of Big 5 half day tours, each for two people: Transfer to the Victoria & Alfred waterfront, followed by a trip to Robben Island; Tickets to ride the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, with a Fynbos Picnic and all transfers; Tour of Stellenbosch Winelands to see some of the country’s most highly regarded vineyards; Tour of mountainous Cape Point with spectacular ocean views on all sides; Tour of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.

Or, instead of a half day tour, you can take a spectacular helicopter flip to the Victoria & Alfred waterfront. Priced from R3133 per room per night (incl. VAT) based on two adults sharing a room. Minimum three-night stay applies. Additional nights are priced at the Best Available Rate. This offer is valid until December 19, 2011.