Twelve Apostles in Cape Town to Open Sanctuary Spa

12th Aug 2003

As the chic Sanctuary Spa adds a final sparkle to an already established African jewel, visitors to The Twelve Apostles Hotel in Cape Town are soon to discover a new era of relaxation and leisure. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and The Twelve Apostles mountain range, this uniquely beautiful spa built in a picturesque grotto, naturally embraces the healing energies of earth, air and water. Adding to this inspirational environment, the spa also presents sublime treatments, Cape Townå‘s only Rasul Chamber, and an exquisite interior that blends Eastern spirit with a perfectly tranquil environment to ensure the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation.

Located on acres of pristine land just outside the bustling city of Cape Town, the Sanctuary Spa will become a haven for city-worn souls, day revellers, and those seeking a luxurious spa getaway. Brian Brennan, Projects Director of Red Carnation Hotels together with Toni Tollman, have expertly used the water element as the dominant feature in the spa, creating an ambience of natural harmony with soothing earth tones and raw materials of stone and wood to. They have also designed certain free-flowing spaces to fall in line with the sanctuary-sense of the spa. In the upper Sanctuary relaxation area, for example, an outside waterfall, safeguarded on either side by magnificent statues of Buddha, brings the surrounding natural environment inside.

Inside the focal point is an impressive indoor Hydropool, flanked by a Brine Pool and Cold Plunge Pool. Elegantly flowing outwards from this area is the spa’s Health Bar and pool area. Dark mahogany wooden tables and units, which add richness and warmth to the area, are the masterpieces of Cape Town’s hip new furniture designer, Gregg Mellor.
All seven treatment rooms in the spa are equipped with light therapy and heated massage beds that assist in generating a warm, soothing atmosphere, while the resin floors bring harmony from the rocks to the treatment areas, creating a sleek transfer from the water element to the calm and seclusion of the treatment rooms.

Certain rooms are to be adapted to include hydrotherapy and tanning treatments, and two inter-connecting rooms enable couples to share treatments together. To offer the best of both indoor and outdoor spa experiences, the Sanctuary Spa provides secluded gazebos giving guests the opportunity to enjoy outdoor therapies that are enhanced by the elements of sea, air and the natural aromas of the surrounding Fynbos vegetation.
In between treatments guests can laze next to the indigenous Fynbos gardens on comfortable chaise lounges or simply soak up the pleasures of the heated waters of the mountain salt-water pool. Ultimately, the ideal of witnessing one of the world’s most spectacular sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean while experiencing a massage mixed with the South African spa culture is really what captures the essence and uniqueness of The Sanctuary Spa.

Founder of the Image Institute, Alison Rightford, has provided the essential ingredients needed to restore the entire being and make every visit to The Sanctuary Spa a restful and invigorating experience. She has created a superior range of treatments and products, which use the benefits of exclusively prepared indigenous products and oils from the Cape’s purest plant extracts, together with the new Clarins new international spa range. Consequently, this destination has been given international recognition by Clarins, which has chosen the Sanctuary Spa to be first destination spa on the African coast to specialise in this new range.


Located at Oudekraal Bay, The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa is a luxury hotel consisting of seventy bedrooms and suites, two acclaimed restaurants and conference facilities. The property is the African jewel in the crown of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection and a member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World. Condé Nast Traveler - USA, has placed the Twelve Apostles Hotel in Cape Town on the 2003 Hot List as one of the ‘80 Top New Hotels’ in the world, while Travel & Leisure Magazine has listed the property on its ‘15 to Watch’ 2003 list in the World’s Best Awards.

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