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The Luxury Hotel Insider: Exclusive luxury hotel deals, features and special rates from the luxury hotel experts at Five Star Alliance.
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.

| By: Rachael Weir

Perched between Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town is a first class luxury destination with a unique history. A popular destination for its golden beaches, water sports, mountaineering, and cycling, the city offers an array of five star hotels, high end spas, nightlife, and fine dining. While just a few miles from the city, travelers will find world-class vineyards with highly-rated restaurants. 

In this edition of Destination Spotlight, we've gathered insider information and recommendations from Luxury Travel Intelligence, a site offering details for the well-informed luxury traveler. They recommend Reverie Social for a unique dining experience, Lew Rood for local concierge services, and NAC Helicopters for private flights over Table Mountain, vineyards, and beaches. Looking for an andrenaline rush? Apex Predators can arrange private cage dives with great white sharks.

Foodies and gourmands have plenty of world-class dining options while visiting Cape Town. "We suggest you go for lunch and enjoy outstanding food with a great selection of the vineyards wines and views over the mountains and vines. Restaurants we recommend for a leisurely lunch include: Rust en Vrede, and in the winery of the same name, the restaurant at Buitenverwachting, the restaurant at Jordans Wine EstatePierneef at La Motte wine estate, Terroir at Kleine Zalze Wine EstateBosjes – a wonderful find, around an hour’s drive from Cape Town, in Slanghoek valley (note that this has become a popular wedding venue so check that it is not closed for an event before you set off)," says Luxury Travel Insider. 

Here are 5 Top Cape Town Luxury Hotels: 

5. 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa

Spa Picnic at 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa

For travelers seeking a location outside of the city, 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa is an award-winning hotel along Cape Town's scenic route. Set between the Table Mountain National Park and the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, the boutique hotel combines African style and classic European comforts. Boasting legendary Atlantic Ocean sunsets, the hotel has a 16-seat private theater, dining at the Azure Restaurant and Cafe Grill, famous Leopard Bar, spa, and shuttle service to the Victoria & Albert Waterfront. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package", "Rack Rates", "Corporate Rates" or "Best Available" rates will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily, a two course lunch per person/per stay, and one afternoon tea per person/per stay.

Book a stay at Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

4. Cape Grace

Cape Grace

On its own private quay in the heart of the city, Cape Grace has French windows in all of the rooms providing views of the harbor, marina, and Table Mountain. Close to the Clock Tower, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, and the Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Grace reflects the city's heritage with hand painted fabrics by local artists, Dutch china, and crystal chandelers. The Bascule whisky, wine, and cocktail bar has the largest selection of whisky in the southern hemisphere, and the spa on the top floor of the hotel provides views over Table Mountain, the marina, and the city. Luxury Travel Intelligence states "Rooftop Terrace rooms offer value for money. They are almost Junior Suites, with large sitting areas, a dressing room and a terrace with some of the best views in the hotel – room 402 in particular."

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include a R700 food and beverage credit per room/per stay and a full breakfast for two daily in Signal Restaurant or through room service. Reservations in a Suite for a minimum of two (2) nights will also receive two 60-minute Signature Spa treatments once per stay. 

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3.One&Only Cape Town

View from the Table Mountain Suite Balcony at One&Only Cape Town

Set between the sandstone cliffs cascading into the waters of two oceans, One&Only Cape Town is an urban chic luxury hotel located in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Showcasing captivating views of Table Mountain, there is a large free form infinity pool surrounded by lounge chairs. Luxury Travel Intelligence states "We like the contemporary African theme with polished floors, stone, wood and lots of glass – double height windows give an impressive view over Table Mountain" and "The Wine Loft has an unusual entrance through a three level glass and steel wall holding over 5000 bottles wine, the majority being South African."

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will also receive one complimentary select menu lunch or dinner for two in Reuben's once during stay (excluding beverages), full breakfast for two daily at Reuben's, and a room category upgrade at check-in (based on availability).

Book a stay at One&Only Cape Town

2. Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Belmond Mount Nelson

Situated a short stroll from Kloof and Long Streets, Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is an iconic pink-clad building surrounded by palm trees. According to Luxury Travel Intelligence, the property is furnished in an elegant and colonial style, "think white suit and panama hat. Highly polished wood floors, traditional carpeting and black and white check floors in conservatory. Pink exterior makes this one of the most recognised hotels in Cape Town." Opened over 100 years ago, the hotel has been the place to stay for politicians and celebrities for decades, and the Planet Bar is popular today with young and affluent Capetonians.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations booked through Five Star Alliance will also include afternoon or evening tea for two once during stay, VIP status, a full breakfast for two daily in the restaurant OR a continental breakfast for two daily through in-room dining, complimentary internet access, and complimentary use of the business center.

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1. Taj Cape Town

Presidential Suite Bath at Taj Cape Town

Providing a prime location at the entrance of the pedestrian precint of St. George's Mall, Taj Cape Town offers the award-winning Jiva Grande Spa. There are two on-site dining experiences including Bombay Brasserie serving fine Indian Cuisine, and Mint with a relaxed environment. Blending history and modernity, luxury rooms are set within the heritage and contemporary wings, offering city or Table Mountain views.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" will also include also receive full breakfast for two daily, a 1 and 1/2 hour city walking tour with a professional guide, a wine tasting for two in the Wine Gallery once during stay, a Cape Gin experience per guest per guest/per stay, and complimentary internet.

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| By: Rachael Weir
Flanked by the Victoria & Albert Waterfront and Table Mountain, the One&Only Cape Town is an ultra-luxurious resort in the heart of the city. Offering a relaxing oasis overlooking the marina, the property has a full-service spa situated on its own island with thermal suites, Global-fusion cuisine including African, Dutch, British, and Japanese-Peruvian flavors, plus a temperature-controlled infinity-edge pool with sweeping views. There's also a KidsOnly program with supervised activities, and the property provides unique offsite excursions to nearby vineyards with the hotel's own sommelier, as well as trips to local beaches and botanical gardens.

For the ultimate experience, the One&Only Cape Town Presidential Suite features a Chef's Kitchen with private entrance, and gym with massage bed. There are two bedrooms with King size beds, including a Master Suite with his-and-hers steam showers and oversized stone bathtub with Table Mountain views, extensive walk-in closets, and separate guest bathroom. Continue reading below the photo.

Master Suite in the Presidential Suite at the One&Only Cape Town

Master suite bathtub in the Presidential Suite at the One&Only Cape Town

There are large terraces, a 12-seat dining room for entertaining or boardroom style meetings, a second lounge with a large desk and workspaces, plus a multimedia entertainment system throughout the suite with 42-inch flat-screen TVs in the bedrooms, offices, and lounge areas. Continue reading below photo.

Living Room in the Presidential Suite at One&Only Cape Town
Guests of the Presidential Suite also receive 24-hour butler service, packing/unpacking services, a private wine tasting with the sommelier, garment pressing, pillow and aromatherapy scent menus, 30-minute personal training session, and luxury sedan airport transfers.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Set along Cape Town's scenic route, the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, is located in Camps Bay, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and perched between the Twelve Apostles mountain range and Table Mountain National Park. Within easy reach of the Cape Winelands, the luxury boutique hotel combines African style with classic European comforts, Blue Flag Beaches, afternoon tea service, private cinema, outdoor pool, children's activities, spa, and mountain biking. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive full breakfast daily, a two-course lunch per person once during their stay, one afternoon tea per person once during the stay, and VIP status. Guests booking a suite and staying a minimum of three nights also receive two complimentary spa treatments. Also, subject to availability at the time of check in/departure, an upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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Conservatory at the Twelve Apostles Resort and Spa, Cape Town, South Africa.

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| By: Five Star Alliance

The  heated outdoor pool at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve overlooks the tranquil Homestead patio, with views of the staggering rock formations. On cooler days splashing around in the warm water is the perfect way to work off some energy in the heart of winter.

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| By: Five Star Alliance

The Oasis Pool at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel one of the largest heated pools in South Africa, is ideal for families.
Poolside service is available from October to April. 

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| By: Five Star Alliance

The perfect hideaway for a gourmet dining experience, Towers Restaurant at African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa
s divided into three sections that include a romantic private dining area. Expect an intercontinental fusion of flavors
and a carefully-planned menu that balances every taste and seduces every sense. 

African Pride Crystal Towers

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| By: Five Star Alliance

Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa features a stunning Presidential Suite. Its sublime master bathroom with shower and antique marble bath has amazing views of Twelve Apostles mountain range and the majestic Table Mountain National Park

Twelve Apostles

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| By: Five Star Alliance

Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa offers guests the opportunity to enjoy a mountain picnic. Poised above the Atlantic Ocean, the 5-star boutique hotel is flanked by Table Mountain National Park, a World Heritage Site, and the Twelve Apostles mountain range.

Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

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| By: Five Star Alliance

African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa is a first-class culmination of
exceptionally detailed design, a spectacular location, and a top rate management
and service team. The hotel’s intimate ambience and five star amenities epitomise a
lavish lifestyle that lets guests live the Crystal Life. From the rooftop pool’s underwater
music, the in-room ascending flat screen TVs and the distinctive boardroom wall decor
to the South African themed bar lounges, the delight is in the detail.

African Pride Crystal Towers

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| By: Five Star Alliance

Arabella Hotel & Spa rests in the heart of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Hugged by the Rooisands Nature Reserve, the Bot River Lagoon and Kogelberg Mountains, every room leads to a private terrace or balcony overlooking pristine grounds, swimming pool, mountain views or lagoon waters. Leisure facilities include a heated indoor hydro pool, sauna, and an award-winning spa.

Arabella Hotel & Spa

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