The One&Only Cape Town resort opened in 2009 and has become known as one of Africa’s most luxurious resorts. Found at the centre of Cape Town’s fashionable Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the resort overlooks the marina with stunning panoramic views across to Table Mountain. A spectacular urban resort, One&Only Cape Town has 131 one rooms and provides a comprehensive range of luxury services. Guests can use the resort as a gateway to the myriad of experiences Africa has to offer, from safaris to pristine beaches and the exploration of the world-renowned Cape wine region.
Cape Town-based architects Dennis Fabian & Berman and Reuben Reddy have ensured the seven-storey building integrates seamlessly with the Waterfront District. The resort’s interiors were created by internationally acclaimed New York-based interior designer AdamD Tihany. Drawing on Africa’s rich culture and heritage the interior design is also inherently contemporary. Thanks to Tihany’s approach of imbuing each of his projects with a sense of surrounding culture, the resort’s interior design runs parallel to One&Only’s core philosophy of providing distinctive experiences. Tihany has worked with One&Only previously, designing the stunning Agua restaurant at the award-winning One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico.
The resort’s rooms and suites, the largest in Cape Town with a minimum size of 63 square metres, all have a private terrace or balcony. Forty of these luxurious rooms are set on an adjacent lush green landscaped island in the marina itself, giving these spaces a distinctive resort feel and convenient access to Spa Island. All of the rooms at the Marina Rise have panoramic views of Table Mountain, with two suites offering their very own en-suite spa treatment rooms to afford guests maximum privacy and relaxation. The main pool area, located on one of two private islands linked by bridges, features a heated 350 square metre freeform, infinity-edge swimming pool, a private sitting are with double chaise lounges for sunbathing and shaded trellis pavilions for those seeking respite from the sun.
Indulged with every conceivable luxury, the Presidential Suite features two bedrooms complete with king-size beds and awe inspiring views of Table Mountain. Warm, neutral fabric imparts a residential feeling and luxurious cushions provide splashes of colour throughout. The master bedroom includes his-and-her bathrooms, each with a rain shower (one converting into a steam room), private water closet and marble vanities. Works of art and photography from South Africa’s most prominent artists adorn the foyer, entertainment area and dining room. A fully-equipped kitchen, with a separate entrance, allows the 24-hour butler or private chef access. Completing this luxurious suite is a fully equipped personal gym with massage bed.
On the dining front, world renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa brings one of the most celebrated global restaurant brands featuring his signature Japanese-inspired menu, with a few South African twists, to Cape Town – the first Nobu in Africa. One&Only Cape Town also offers Reuben’s, featuring a contemporary South African take on classic dishes whilst focusing on the freshest local seasonal produce.
A spectacular tri-level wall of glass and steel commands the entrance of Reuben’s impressive Wine Loft. Under the guidance of Luco Ntezo, internationally recognised as one of the best sommeliers in the world, guests can discover a magnificent collection of 5,000. Fine vintages of Cape Pinotage or Shiraz are on offer alongside undiscovered South African gems.
The most comprehensive spa in Cape Town can be found on the resort’s exclusive Spa Island. An oasis of serenity and privacy surrounded by water and dense vegetation, the 1,000m2 One&Only Spa offers 12 treatment suites, two of which have private wet areas for couples treatments. Two vitality pools complement the relaxation spaces, sauna and steam rooms, and a hair salon and the celebrated Bastien Gonzalez Pedi:Mani:Cure Studios provide additional facilities.
For guests with business in mind, there is an extensive Ballroom measuring 216m2, able to host up to 250 people for cocktails and 120 guests for a sit down dinner. The space can also be divided into two separate rooms for a more intimate setting. An adjacent Meeting Room seats 40 and the Business Centre Boardroom seats 12 people. There is also a 200 square metre One&Only Fitness Centre, located in the main resort building. Featuring state-of-the-art fitness equipment and a dedicated Kinesis training room offers tri-dimensional pulley system training and there are also spacious studios for Yoga and Pilates.
A fantastic resort for those looking to explore all Africa has to offer, One&Only Cape Town displays the hallmarks of excellence found in all One&Only resorts around the world. Offering an unparalleled commitment to the finest experiences, luxurious accommodation, a wealth of activities, and warm service, it promises an unforgettable stay.