This time of year heralds winter in South Africa, which is
exceptionally special, with opportunities to spot dolphins and whales, enjoy
warming curries and hike through beautiful landscapes. From delicious wine
dinners and revitalising spa treatments to unique events and experiences, The
Red Carnation Hotel Collection has plenty to discover this winter…
The Twelve Apostles
Hotel and Spa
In Cape Town, Table Mountain’s ‘tablecloth’—a duvet of clouds that swathes the plateau—forms due to the milder temperatures. From The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, head up to Maclear’s Beacon, Table Mountain’s highest point, and witness the leading edge of the tablecloth surge towards you before sweeping down the escarpment. It’s one of the most memorable views you’ll ever have of the mountain.
In terms of wildlife spotting, little beats the drama of whales breaching as they migrate past the shores near The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. Watch from the warmth of Azure Restaurant next to a cosy fireplace, where Executive Chef Christo Pretorius serves exceptional tasting menus inspired by the earth and the sea.
On 28 June, The Twelve Apostles is hosting a superb wine dinner in partnership with the Neethlingshof Estate, a member of the Biodiversity & Wine initiative. A deliciously warming three-course curry special can also be enjoyed throughout winter, including sparkling wine, famous prawn dahl and a complimentary shuttle to and from dinner from the Waterfront or Camps Bay.
For the ultimate winter experience, sink into plush seats in The Twelve Apostles’ private cinema and enjoy a delicious assortment of treats, including popcorn, hot chocolate, milkshakes and candy, or indulge in a revitalising treatment at the award-winning spa – in wintertime, we especially love the Hot Lava Shell massage, using the self-heating technology of the tiger shell.
The Oyster Box
During the winter season, The Oyster Box overlooking Umhlanga Rocks takes on a dramatic edge with its iconic lighthouse set against swirling seas and moody skies.
From mid-May to mid-September, humpback and southern right whales can be spotted migrating along the coastline of KwaZulu-Natal, as well as dolphins dipping in and out of the waves. For prime dolphin and whale-watching opportunities, secure a table at The Ocean Terrace, which offers a spectacular curry buffet alongside a menu of salads, sushi, wood-fired pizzas and juicy burgers.
Throughout June, Slow Down Saturdays at The Ocean Terrace invite guests to appreciate the view while feasting on slow-roasted pulled lamb and slow-cooked pork ribs, served with apple slaw, dipping sauce and home-fried potatoes.
June also sees the elegant Grill Room transformed into a Great Gatsby ballroom for a thrilling roaring twenties-themed evening, while whisky aficionados can enjoy an exclusive Glenmorangie Paired Dinner on 14th June, with five courses matched with exceptional whiskies.