When money’s no object: destinations to spoil mom

“Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times”

Three of the ultimate luxurious destinations to whisk mom away to via Travelstart

Cape Town – The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Camps Bay

As the namesake of the mountain range that forms its inspirational backdrop, The 12 Apostles Hotel overlooks the Atlantic from its enviable oceanfront position on the scenic Victoria Road stretch between Camps Bay and Llandudno. The hotel itself is far enough away from Cape Town’s buzzing streets that you’re able to mollify in secluded exquisiteness, but close enough that you’ll never feel left out of the glittering options Africa’s ‘Riviera city’ is home to. With an award-winning spa, a well-equipped fitness centre and two swimming pools that seem to blend into the sea just beyond, The Twelve Apostles doesn’t disappoint in the luxury stakes and has been rewarded accordingly judging by its trophy cabinet bursting with accolades from the likes of TripAdvisor, Condé Nast and more.

KwaZulu-Natal – &Beyond Phinda Forest Lodge

Situated in an award-winning game reserve in the northeastern reaches of Natal, &Beyond Phinda Forest Lodge offers environmentally conscious safarigoers unmatched luxury in the bush with a strong focus on conservation and community involvement. Phinda Private Game Reserve has built a reputation as one of the best game viewing destinations in South Africa and the Phinda Forest Lodge is arguably the star of its 6 primary accommodation options. &-Beyond Phinda Forest Lodge features 16 “Zulu Zen” stilted suites, each with its own personal bar and private plunge pool.

North West Province – Morukuru Family, Madikwe

Morukuru Family in Madikwe Game Reserve offers a malaria-free bushveld experience. Comprising River House, Farm House and Owners House, the surrounding veld is known for its packs of Wild Dog. The Morukuru game lodge is the recipient of a 2011 World Luxury Hotel award; not surprising when you consider the Villas operate on an exclusive use basis, meaning you have the entire property to yourself, with personal staff to attend to your every whim. Even more wonderful are the utterly private safaris – your personal guide teams with a gifted Shangaan tracker to bring you the very best game viewing experience – including sightings of the Big 5.

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