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By @ 01/09/18 in Cape Town, CheckOut, Gay honeymoon, Gay travel, South Africa, Travel

Twelve Apostles Hotel, Cape Town in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineThe luxurious but relaxed Twelve Apostles Hotel, Cape Town, tucked into a lush national park, fronts the South Atlantic Ocean and is near vibrant communities with beautiful wide beaches — including Sandy Beach, the gay nude beach and Clifton 3rd Beach, the gay strand — and scores of cafes, markets and restaurants where you can sip a South African rosé and do some serious people watching. It’s a 15-minute drive from the city center so it would require some planning if gay nightlife is a priority. Twelve Apostles Hotel makes a good base to explore wine country.

Location

Located on a rise southwest of downtown Cape Town overlooking the dramatic swells of the South Atlantic, the hotel is flanked by Table Mountain National Park and the Twelve Apostles mountain range. Facing due west you’re almost guaranteed spectacular sunsets nightly, which you can enjoy with cocktails on the pool-side Azure Deck. The gorgeous hotel is convenient to bustling Camps Bay and Green Point, communities with numerous options for enjoying the delicious farm- and sea-to-table cuisine and wines for which South Africa is known; sunning, swimming and flirting at Clifton 3rd Beach, the gay beach and the nearby gay, nude Sandy Beach; taking in in the beautiful scenery; or frolicking in the chilly water (if you dare).

Downtown Cape Town’s tourist attractions are a little farther away but the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to town center till around 9:30pm. After that it’s an inexpensive Uber ride back to the hotel.The hotel may be better suited to a couple seeking a romantic getaway than gay visitors wishing to experience gay nightlife and meet locals since there are a few logistics involved. Best to enjoy the incredible amenities of the hotel and also the proximity to wine country. We arranged a day-trip visit to Bouchard Finlayson, which is under the same family ownership as Twelve Apostles Hotel. Wine-tinted memories are a tad hazy but the drive was lovely, the vino was flowing and the views were eye-popping on this 308-acre vineyard which also offers beautiful botanist-led nature walks.

Amenities

The Twelve Apostles operates a 16-seat screening room available to guests with a new schedule of complimentary movies each month. There’s a small but very well-equipped gym with several machines and free weights; It’s covered on nearly every surface with mirrors (including the sloped ceilings) so you can snap a few cool pumped-up photos for your, ahem, travel apps. The hotel features several dining and drinking options including a casual pool side open-air cafe, a fine-dining restaurant and a beautiful bar, all taking advantage of the incredible ocean views. We loved just hanging out on the Azure Deck by the pool noshing and sipping the hours away while enjoying the ocean views.

The spa in a lower level is a mix of African and Eastern styles. It’s small but intimate and the salt soak is a great way to detox after a day of all that pool-side wine-sipping. It also offers the Rasul Chamber where couples can rub mud on one another and then shower off (in privacy). There is also a private gazebo overlooking the ocean for couples massage.

Room/Bathroom

There are 55 deluxe guest rooms and 15 luxurious suites overlooking the mountains or the sea. Whichever direction you face, the views are stunning. The light and airy rooms are an eclectic mix of contemporary African and classical European styles (the combination of local and European styles typifying the Red Carnation aesthetic) with the modern amenities you’d expect in an upscale hotel. The bathrooms are modern and spacious and very comfortable. We love the plush bathrobes.

Twelve Apostles Hotel, Cape Town in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Presidential Suite

Gay factor

The hotel is consistently included in lists of best and most romantic hotels in the world. Family-owned luxury brand Red Carnation Hotels purchased the hotel in 2002 and painstakingly restored it and the surrounding gardens. The result is a laid-back luxury, with lots of lovely decorative touches and friendly but relaxed service.

If your  primary goal is nightlife or meeting locals, this hotel may not be the best choice for you. Nightlife is a good drive away and there aren’t that many guys conveniently nearby as you’ll quickly see on Grindr or Scruff. This is a better choice for those seeking to enjoy a romantic getaway, celebrating a milestone with another couple or small group or capping off a fun few days at a hotel closer to the action.

Rates

Rates range from US$600 and up, and include a very good breakfast.  With the U.S. dollar still very strong against the South African rand, with $1 fetching over 14 rands, accommodations, restaurants, wine and activities are a very good value. The hotel offers a range of special offers. https://www.12apostleshotel.com/offers

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By @ 08/11/16 in Gay honeymoon, Gay marriage, Gay travel, Hotels, ManAboutWorld, South Africa, Travel

12 apostles poolWhen trying to decide where to spend your honeymoon, most places make you choose: the cosmopolitan city life or the quiet rural getaway? The sunny beach paradise or the intrepid adventure? Luckily, when you choose South Africa, you can do them all.  And when you go, you stay at the Twelve Apostles Hotel, an intimate five-star property romantically nestled between a breathtaking mountain range and the ocean. Get inspired (and get plannin’) for your upcoming honeymoon in Cape Town or beyond with ManAboutWorld’s FREE guide

Cape Town remains a pioneer in gay hospitality, and the Twelve Apostles furthers that notion with their exquisite honeymoon packages which include personalized embroidered towels, sparkling wine, a rose petal turndown, a sensual couples massage, and a visit to their gorgeous spa.

12 Apostles in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The hotel itself is across the street from Oudekraal Beach, far enough away from Cape Town’s city center to ensure the serenity and peace you and your new hubby desire, but close enough to zip into town for some urban nightlife. It’s also near Camps Bay, a fabulous beach community with gorgeous vistas. The rooms are a mix of African art and modern amenities, a country-chic vibe made tropical with sweeping ocean views. We suggest a romantic dinner for two at one of the hotels haute restaurants, a five-star dining experience that won’t break the bank (remember, the Rand is currently .70 cents on the dollar, making Cape Town’s honeymoon bliss as affordable as it is luxurious.)

12 Apostles in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineIf your lofty honeymoon dreams haven’t been achieved with those sunset beach strolls and romantic dinners, we recommend a scenic drive to the gorgeous town of Stellenbosch, a bucolic wine country getaway, where you’ll swear you’ve been transported to Tuscany. Spend an extra day or two with your husband sipping on local South African wines and noshing on some of the best cuisine in the continent.

For honeymooners who love the intimacy of romantic beach walks, sunset naps, breathtaking excursions into the wild, city life craziness and the respite of wine country heaven, South Africa has it all. And when we want to do South Africa in affordable style and luxury, Twelve Apostles is the only five-star resort we choose.

For affordable luxury, culture and romance in Cape Town and beyond, check out ManAboutWorld’s FREE guide now12 Apostles in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine.

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By @ 12/17/15 in Africa, Asia, Brazil, Gay travel, Myanmar

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If you’re anything like us, your bucket list of places to go never stops growing. It seems every year, a few new places capture your imagination: those photos on Facebook of a remote Caribbean beach or a friend’s trek through Nepal leave your head spinning. The bucket keeps filling, and there’s no end in sight.

Well, we’ve come to make it worse.



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By @ 08/21/15 in Ashton Giese, Gay pride, Gay travel, Gayography LGBT news, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Uganda
Gayography: gay travel news update, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineThis informative gay travel news update is brought to you by ManAboutWorld correspondent Ashton Giese who publishes this indispensable digital gay travel news update weekly: GAYography.
This week’s GAYography brief has some exciting new secret beaches in SE Asia as well as where to go if you want to bare it all this weekend in the Poconos. You can also follow the Atlantis Cruise around the Mediterranean or simply start at the Elixsor party in Mykonos!Plus, with the recent tragedy in Bangkok, be sure to register with the State Department when you travel abroad — especially alone! Check out all the important LGBT news from Uganda to Boston.

An important resource for LGBT travelers, focusing on news, vacation insights, advocacy and current events in major cities around the globe, the GAYography brief publishes every Thursday.

Check out a unique digital gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, iPhones and Android devices. There are several FREE publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, get downloadin’!



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By @ 08/18/15 in Africa, Dion Van Aardt, Gay travel, Kenya, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Treehouse and site of first date in Kenya, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Site of first date in Kenya!

How far would YOU go to impress a guy on your first date? In Kenya, when you meet a man you like, you take him on a safari. It’s a sure and fast way to really get to know someone. The pressures and intensity of long, dusty roads and roughing it in the Kenya bush with little in the way of daily luxuries brings out the very best or worst in a person.

I decided to take Karl to a tree house I had heard about some years ago. With the car full of supplies, and a rough hand-drawn map, we set off towards the Galana Conservancy which runs along the edge of the Tsavo East National Park

It was a very hot cloudy day and we soon found ourselves in the middle of a rain storm which turned the red, dusty

Karl on his first date in Kenya, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Karl. He braved a rushing, crocodile-infested river and stayed for the date, so I guess he was impressed.

road to mud. I decided then that I had better give Karl another option for the night, seeing as we did not know for sure if the tree house was waterproof let alone still in existence; and on top of this we had the Galana River to cross, which in this rain I had a feeling might be tricky. I asked him if he would like to abandon our original plan and instead head to Bigi’s Camp in Tsavo for a guaranteed soft bed and hot shower. It’s unusual to find someone who is willing to go along with me on an adventure, but to my delight, Karl insisted that we had to carry on and find this tree house.

This article by Dion van Aardt was originally published in the May issue of ManAboutWorld magazine. Click “read more” below to continue and to plan your own impressive first date.



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By @ 08/04/15 in Africa, Ashton Giese, Gay travel, Gayography LGBT news, ManAboutWorld, Travel
The president in Africa and being gay in Ethiopia, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

President Obama in Africa

This informative gay travel news update is brought to you by toManAboutWorld correspondent Ashton Giese who recently celebrated a successful first year of the indispensable Geography which talks about being Gay in Ethiopia and more.

In this week’s gay travel news brief, check out details on what it’s like to be gay in Ethiopia —where President Obama just visited. Who would have imagined just a few years ago that an African-American President would speak out for LGBT rights in Africa?

Meanwhile Russia has fined a children’s LGBT site and plans to ban gay-themed emojis.Whether you’re off to Vietnam or Vancouver for Pride — or maybe just down south to Charleston — you’ll be able to don your Boy Scout uniform since leaders as well as scouts can now be out and proud (though locales have discretion relating to openly gay leaders).

Get all the details for LGBT travel in this week’s GAYography brief.

This gay travel news column is brought to you by Ashton Giese, gay travel magazine ManAboutWorld correspondent and editor of the GAYography newsbrief.

Please check our one-of-a-kind digital gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, iPhones and Android devices. There are a few FREE publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!



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By @ 07/07/15 in Africa, Dion Van Aardt, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel

 

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A bromantic treehouse

When you meet a man you like, you take him on a Kenyan safari. It’s a sure and fast way to really get to know someone. The pressures and intensity of long, dusty roads and roughing it in the African bush with little in the way of daily luxuries brings out the very best or worst in a person.

I decided to take Karl to a tree house I had heard about some years ago. With the car full of supplies, and a rough hand-drawn map, we set off towards the Galana Conservancy which runs along the edge of the Tsavo East National Park.

It was a very hot cloudy day and we soon found ourselves in the middle of a rain storm which

Gay African Treehouse Safari as seeing ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine turned the red, dusty road to mud. I decided then that I had better give Karl another option for the night, seeing as we did not know for sure if the tree house was waterproof let alone still in existence; and on top of this we had the Galana River to cross, which in this rain I had a feeling might be tricky. I asked him if he would like to abandon our original plan and instead head to Bigi’s Camp in Tsavo for a guaranteed soft bed and hot shower. It’s unusual to find someone who is willing to go along with me on an adventure, but to my delight, Karl insisted that we had to carry on and find this tree house.

This piece was originally published in the May 2015 issue of ManAbout world as: “The Adventure: Looking for a tree house (and love) in the Galana Conservancy on the eastern border of Tsavo East National Park, Kenya” We subtitled it: How far would YOU go to impress a guy on your first date? It was written by ManAboutWorld correspondents Dion van Aardt 

Wait did someone say “man-eating crocodiles”?! Click read more to continue the adventure. 



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By @ 03/16/15 in Africa, Dion Van Aardt, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine welcome's Kenya-based Dion as newest cordespondent

Dion Van Aardt on the beach near his guesthouse

Dion comes from a long line of Nomadic misfits and is the 13th generation of his family to be born in Africa.

He lives on Lamu Island, Kenya, running Kizingo, a small unconventional beach resort. When Dion isn’t at Kizingo,  he spends his time in Harare, Zimbabwe and loves to travel as much as possible.

Dion has visited a number of countries around the world, and believes that the only way to truly travel is to connect with the

Africa as seen by ManAboutWorld's correspondent Dion Van Aardt

Africa as seen by ManAboutWorld’s correspondent Dion Van Aardt

locals that call the place you visit home. Dion has managed to find some very interesting jobs whilst adventuring around the world, including tractor driving (very badly) in Suffolk, UK and offering his free, unskilled services as a chainsaw operator in upstate New York in exchange for the use of an apartment in Manhattan.

He is proud of the fact he is the owner of one of the few ‘out’ Kenyan businesses but hopes that he will not have to be proud of this fact forever!

Follow Dion on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and Kizingo on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

 

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By @ 08/01/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, South Africa, Travel

 

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In Cape Town, The Ellerman House is a classic Edwardian house refurbished to the highest aesthetic standards, sexy and elegant, and surrounded by nature and ocean. This hotel is all romance and sophistication with none of the pretense. A lovely staff will help you with everything, from serving you breakfast on your terrace overlooking Bantry Bay, to offering suggestions that allow you to enjoy the city. The hotel also has a wonderful private art gallery. This remains one of our favorite hotels of all time.

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By @ 07/09/14 in Africa, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, South Africa, Travel

dl5Our June issue included a story about an unforgettable and romantic journey aboard Rovos Rail in South Africa and we just can’t get enough of that beautiful, vast continent.

So let’s go back! Lesbian-owned and run Wild Rainbow African Safaris (by the fabulous Jody Cole) is marking its 10th anniversary with a new line up of customized, guided safaris for 2015, including a Mt. Kilimanjaro climb; a safari in Tanzania; a canoeing and walking safari in Zimbabwe; a gorilla safari in Rwanda; a diverse South African walking safari; and much more. For a full lineup and to learn more about the company visit their website.

 

 

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By @ 02/25/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Robert Sharp, South Africa, Travel
Watch out below!

Watch out below!

We wrap up each issue with a section we call “Parting Shots” — images taken by our Global Correspondents around a theme, which was “modes of transport” this month.

In the words of our Correspondent Robert Sharp,

The world’s tallest bungee on the Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa was so epic that my shrieks could be heard from the viewing platform half a mile away!

Click here for more information about Out-Adventures‘ global gay tours. Click here to claim your free issue to ManAboutWorld to see other Parting Shots and read our other coverage including South Florida (Ft Lauderdale, Key West, Palm Beach, Miami), Berlin, Burlington (VT), Vienna and more.

 

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By @ 11/13/12 in Africa, Gay travel, JuanCarlos Medina Gedler, ManAboutWorld, Marrakech, Morocco, Parting Shots, Travel

We received some amazing images for our Parting Shots section in the magazine (that’s the last section of ManAboutWorld featuring photos our readers send us based on a theme).

The theme was “Markets.”

The image above was sent to us by JuanCarlos Medina Gedler, a tireless curious world travel/documentary photographer (as well as one of our correspondents).

This Moroccan image of spices for sale in the medina were taken in Marrakech.  Other images (not shown here) portray many other goods such as hats and clothing laid out on the ground just outside walls of the souk by the merchants that can not afford to have an establishment inside the Medina at the souk. Also you can see many colorful fruit and vegetable carts around Marrakech pulled by donkeys.

Keep checking back this month for the stories behind the Parting Shots.

 

 

 

 

 

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