One&Only Cape Town


“I love Cape Town & this region for a perfect holiday mix. There are a few charming places to stay, but nothing that equals the grandness and polish of the newest One&Only. City access, yet in a more private area to ensure ample opportunity for R&R. The scenery really makes a trip to this city — fantastic ocean and Table Mountain panoramas — One&Only have clearly taken this into consideration. Rooms have MASSIVE windows; we took breakfast in-room to admire the stunning views...”
- Trusted Friend: Robert Logan, Johannesburg
(Date Experienced: September 2010)

Great for
A multi-faceted break — with something for everyone in the family or group

With whom
Couples, with or without kids. The lovely city-center, island-style setting means that it is the perfect base for exploring Cape Town, whether you’re looking for romance or family fun. And if you want to squeeze in a bit of both, the KidsOnly club is packed with state-of-the-art gadgets, an arts and crafts area, high tech movie and games lounge, a quiet reading area, computer room and an exclusive garden.

Memorable moment
Heading out to dinner being chauffeured by the hotel’s Maybach. Really set the tone for our relaxed, posh evening where the concierge made sure we got in!

Best time to go
November to March, when much of the South of Africa is rainy, it is hot and sunny on the Cape. Alternatively, catch the start of Spring when the wild flowers start to bloom in September and October.

Be aware
The hotel is also a special location for a city/South African wedding and the lovely coordinator Adele Bennett is very much on the ball I’m told by a London based acquaintance.

Room options
The hotel is actually a mini network of islands just off the famous V&A Waterfront. It’s right in the heart of the Cape Town scene, but still feels like an escape. Rooms are in two of the buildings. Only local materials were used throughout, including some expertly curated artwork from emerging South African talent. Marina Rise houses the Table Mountain and Presidential Suites (both measuring a whopping 2,730 square feet) and has spectacular views of the mountain. The vibe is a bit more urban than the Island, which, as the name suggests, has private one and two-bedroom villas (with huge sitting rooms — perfect for families), a private infinity pool and expansive spa.

Service & vibe
Urban yet relaxed with super kind and attentive staff. This is One&Only’s first urban resort, so it feels different to their other properties — and there is ample opportunity to get up close and personal with local life. However, the island-like location also means that the resort is a good escape from the city when you need it.

Local South African flair from Reuben Riffel at Reuben’s at One&Only. Expect sophisticated yet unfussy local flavours such as butterflied Mozambican prawns, pork belly with chilli, ginger and caramel, or grilled springbok loin. There is also a Nobu (the first in Africa — you know what to expect, but keep an open mind and try some of the local fish and spices that have been incorporated) and an impressive tri-level wine bar (with 5,000 bottles of established and newer Cape wines). For something a little more low-key, there’s a great little pool restaurant and light snacks in lobby bar/lounge Vista — with views of Table mountain.

Price per night
From R4,000 ($595)

To Do & See
Get into the town itself to gallery hop & shop for things you’d never find at home... For a dose of sea air, visit Clifton Beach or Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Alternatively, head inland to one of the excellent vineyards that are less than an hour away in Constantia & Franschhoek.

Sport & Activity
There’s the fitness center in the spa, but if you’re anything like me you’ll want to get out and about. Luckily, Table Mountain provides plenty of rock-climbing, abseiling etc. and the rest of the Peninsula has hiking and biking. In the water, there is sensational scuba diving — and even cage diving with sharks!

Spa & Grooming
Now here’s a good sign... the hotel has an entire island dedicated to the Spa. No wonder it’s the top spa in Cape Town: 12 treatment rooms, experience showers with three different water settings, two 18-square-metre vitality pools and a full-service salon including the Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio by Bastien Gonzalez, and hair styling by South African Wayne Gates. Plus a full fitness centre. Phew.

To Eat
Treat yourself to chef Luke Dale-Roberts’ excellent cuisine at La Columbe (, where local delicacies such as grilled loin of springbok antelope and beet tart are particularly recommended... Lunch at Melissa (94 Kloof Street), or browse the local stalls at the Neighbourgoods Market (

To Buy
All the usual designer shops, but delve a little away from the glitz and glam and you’ll find some great local boutiques such as crafts at Africa Nova (, or Indian antiques at Private Collections ( Back at the hotel, NEO, One&Only’s fashion-forward boutique has great collections for both men and women.

Helpful Source
Departures: Southern Africa Travel Guide

Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Cape Town 8001
South Africa

Reservations: +27 21 431 5800
Resort: +27 21 431 5888
General Manager: Clive Bennett
Head Concierge: Chris Noone

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