Cape Town’s five-star Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa has introduced a truly unique option for companies wanting to show their appreciation at the end of the year by treating their staff to a celestial ‘Astronomy Gastronomy’ stargazing package.
The package includes a three-course sunset dinner in the light and airy Café Grill before the group embarks on a starry journey to the hotel’s spectacular outdoor events space, ‘The Kraal’, accompanied by the astronomy experts of Over the Moon Tours. The package is available at R475 per person plus a R6000 venue hire fee that includes exclusive use of The Kraal, equipment and a private stargazing session for groups of 6 to 12 people.
The Kraal is situated on the slopes of Table Mountain and offers mesmerising views of the Atlantic Ocean. The historical site, used as a milk shed in days gone by, today presents a rustic outdoor setting that is perfect for a spot of stargazing. Thanks to the unique seaside and mountain location of The Twelve Apostles Hotel there is minimal light pollution, making for spectacular night skies.
Following a delectable dinner prepared by executive chef Christo Pretorius and his kitchen brigade, guests will walk up the path to The Kraal via the hotel’s fragrant herb garden, passing ancient Milkwood trees and taking in Table Mountain’s magnificent flora. During the 1.5 hour stargazing experience on the slopes of the Twelve Apostles, the astronomer will enlighten guests on the spellbinding stars in the Southern Hemisphere while they take a close-up look at the Milky Way through a professional telescope.
Over the Moon Tours is run by Kechil Kirkham and Chris de Coning, who are well known South African astronomers. Kirkham is a member of the Cape Town branch of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA), while de Coning is director of the Historical Section of ASSA. Both are founding members of ‘The Friends of the Cape Town Observatory’. They are highly experienced in running outreach events and astronomy tours, making it their mission to share the wonderful southern hemisphere night skies with everyone.
A popular conference and meeting venue, at The Twelve Apostles delegates can swop air-conditioned offices and the hustle and bustle of the city for a unique, invigorating setting on the slopes of the Table Mountain National Park. The hotel’s breathtaking location sparks creativity and fresh ideas that will re-charge the energy of jaded corporate teams. Fresh air, sunshine and the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean make for a unique sensory experience that is complemented by the lauded facilities and impeccable Red Carnation service delivered by the professional event coordinators of this Leading Hotel of the World. Four contemporary, fully equipped multifunctional conference rooms featuring natural daylight and open-air terraces can be fully adapted to suit requirements, with Half Day (R435 per person) and Full Day Conference Packages (R475 per person) completing the hotel’s comprehensive offer.