Hermanus, Western Cape
Cradled amid the hills of the Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven and Earth) valley,
Bouchard Finlayson is widely acclaimed as one of South Africa’s leading boutique wine cellars.
With a terroir defined by both ancient soils and a cool maritime climate, the vineyards of Bouchard Finlayson are famous for producing award-winning
Pinot Noir, elegant Chardonnay and terroir-driven Sauvignon Blanc, while inspired blends showcase the depth of skill and innovation in our winemaking team.
The Bouchard Finlayson cellar is conveniently located a scenic 90 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, close to the world-famous whale-watching centre of Hermanus.
Led by General Manager Michael Nel, with 18 years of service and now Managing Director of Southern Africa, The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa is a family of passionate people, deeply committed to giving the very best in all we do. We are proud to be a part of the family-owned and run Red Carnation Hotel Collection, and our warm, inclusive ethos, embraces every aspect of our guests’ experience.
With the dramatic Table Mountain National Park and Lions Head towering behind, and the endless Atlantic ocean rolling away in front, this exclusive, tranquil location is on one of the world’s most celebrated scenic routes. Ideally located for Camps Bay Beaches and just 15 minutes from the V&A Waterfront, yet directly on the mountain, guests can step out onto our flora and fynbos-framed trails to explore and enjoy this staggeringly beautiful setting.
No request is too large, and no detail is too small. Every member of our team is empowered to make a genuine difference to every guest’s experience through generous hospitality and passionate service. We believe in creating thoughtful ‘tiny noticeable touches’ for our guests, from unique and authentic local experiences, special activities for our younger guests, to taking care of our V.I.Ps (Very Important Pets). In partnership with our local Tribe Coffee, our knowledgeable ‘coffee artists’ prepare, decorate and serve the perfect cup.
Our restaurants are consistently rated amongst Cape Town’s best, from the refined and special retreat of Azure Restaurant, to the laid-back charm of The Café Grill, famous for Sushi By The Sea. Executive Chef Christo Pretorius uses only the finest, sustainable and organic ingredients, accompanied by hand-crafted wines from sister vineyard Bouchard Finlayson. Guests can choose from fresh local oysters, inspired international cuisine, or indulge in one of Beatrice Tollman’s much-loved signature dishes.
The end of each day is a celebration at The Twelve Apostles, as locals and guests watch the spectacular sun set in our chic Leopard Bar. Sushi is served alongside delicious sundowner cocktails, with live music accompanying the spectacular views of Lion’s Head and Table Mountain. The Leopard Bar is also a great spot to enjoy 'Tea by the Sea', a delicious afternoon tea with all the trimmings.
Filled with natural light, our individually-designed rooms always keep guests’ comfort in mind, using carefully chosen pieces and a calm palette that reflects the wide-reaching views over the surrounding ocean and dramatic mountain. The entire hotel proudly showcases some of the finest South African artists, revealing the country’s extraordinary talent, whether old or new.
Our award-winning spa is built into the mountain, with outdoor gazebos offering awe-inspiring ocean views. Our therapists guide our guests on a relaxing, restorative and regenerative journey, inspired by Africa’s most nurturing natural ingredients. Relax in the infinity pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean or gaze at the mountain from the rock pool and heated Jacuzzi. A tanning deck in the Fynbos gardens is ideal for lazy days.
We are proud to have long-standing relationships with some of Cape Town’s most significant personalities and offer a range of uplifting experiences. Just a few examples: an unforgettable helicopter trip with Christo Brand, Nelson Mandela’s warder and close friend, who can tell Madiba’s story like no one else; paddling with penguins on an exclusive kayak tour; or foraging for botanicals to craft a bespoke G&T with our mixologist.
The spectacular views of the ocean and mountains provide the perfect backdrop for any celebration, from intimate gatherings and wedding ceremonies in the Fynbos garden gazebo, to champagne and canapés enjoyed on the Azure Terrace. The magnificent Atlantic Terrace Marquee is the ultimate wedding venue, where salty breezes and astonishing sunsets spill directly into the main seating area, as guests enjoy a delicious menu, created by Executive Chef Cristo Pretorius.
We strive to safeguard our fragile mountain ecosystem, while supporting local communities and causes, offering opportunities to those in need; one of our doormen, for example, is a township graduate from the Amy Biehl Foundation. From assisting charities such as Pack for a Purpose, to working with Winnow Solutions to reduce food waste and continuing to phase out single-use plastics, we are deeply committed to our legacy.