One&Only Cape Town!!! Time to explore amazing Cape Town and literally its One&Only Luxury Resort. An unique experience in one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in the world. Prepare yourself to a great and unforgettable trip. Enjoy the ride!
Cape Town (Kaapstad in Afrikaans and Ikapa in Xhosa), is known as the Mother City because it was the first to emerge in South Africa, modern and with a multicultural personality to a diverse range of people and events, from the indigenous Khoi and San peoples to local African tribes, from the European explorers to slaves from Malaysia, Indonesia, Madagascar and Mozambique, and from apartheid to democratic freedoms. A meeting point of many cultures, the result is a cosmopolitan city with a contemporary and eclectic vibe.
We decided to stay in one of the most iconic hotels in South Africa, the One&Only Cape Town. Beyond all the amenities and (lots of) things to do that the hotel offers, the view to the impressive Table Mountain made our trip full of magical moments.
A masterpiece and the first impression could not be better. With a great location spot in the city’s fashionable Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, One&Only overlooks the marina with panoramic views of Table Mountain, which are totally breathtaking!
I am talking about an ultra elegant and urban waterfront resort with unprecedented levels of luxury where you can combine stunning views with great food, an overwhelming spa, impeccable service and a sympathetic atmosphere. The hotel is divided in two islands and surrounded by modern apartments.
A tropical garden with flowers and giant palm trees + infinity pools make One&Only an oasis of peace and serenity set within one of Africa’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities.
One&Only Cape Town is a modern, fancy place and offers gracious hospitality for couples and families alike. During our stay we saw lots of families as well as many couples, some enjoying their honeymoon (
I can just regret I did not do the same during my honeymoon).
The perfect location to start your journey in this great city, smack in the glitzy Waterfront area, with direct access to the shops and marina. It is possible to arrive by chartered yacht (yay!!
But we did not do it! Hahaha!).
One&Only offers amazing suites with great amenities, modern style, wonderful views. A fantastic experience!
We loved the breakfast in our balcony room, a delicious and complete menu with everything we like, and of course champagne (cheers!) and an espetacular view to the Table Mountain. Best way to start the day!
Guests can choose between:
Marina Harbour Room
The Marina Harbour Rooms is in the Marina Rise and with exceptional views of Cape Town’s bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront from a large private balcony, a King-size or two Queen-size beds, and all bedrooms have an en suite bathroom with egg-shaped bath, rain shower, and dual marble vanities.
The afrocentric-inspired rooms are well equipped and beautifully finished with business services, an iPod docking station, 42-inch flat screen television and entertainment centre. However beyond the comfort and amenities the views will make you desire to stay here forever.
Marina Table Mountain Room
Situated on the first three floors of the superb Marina Rise building, you can enjoy the duality of looking up towards the inimitable Table Mountain as well as down to the city’s most prestigious marina. The glorious floor-to-ceiling windows allow space, air and light to pour in as you and Table Mountain gaze at each other endlessly.
The rooms offer all the mod cons you might expect in an ultra-luxury resort, but it will be the view which steals the show.
Premier Marina Table Mountain Room
These rooms give your views and privacy additional height and are highly sought after, and promise an uninterrupted perspective of the awe-inspiring Seventh Wonder of the World, Table Mountain.
Families can connect these rooms, to create an inter-leading family suite, with the option of a King or two Queen-size beds holding court in each room with a marble bathrooms offer a free-standing egg-shaped bath, rain shower, and dual marble vanities.
One Bedroom Marina Suite
If you desire a little extra in the form of dual bathrooms, or a dining area to for private meals or to entertain others, One Bedroom Marina Suites deliver exactly this.
The double bedroom enjoys a private balcony and has a large King-size bed that is complete with a ‘love-seat’ at the foot, a large walk-in closet and en suite bathroom with a sumptuous oversized bath, rain shower, and dual marble vanity. Custom pieces of African art in the large lounge and dining room capture a true Capetonian energy. The option to host your own in-room dinner party, or ask the hotel chefs to prepare something special for an evening in your room is also possible and make your stay even more special.
One Bedroom Marina Grand Suite
These suites are located in the crescent-shaped Marina Rise. The bedroom features one King-size bed and offers amazing views of Table Mountain.
I never get tired to say how amazing the Table Mountain views are! (
and you can see it by this text).
On either side of the walk-in closet lies a separate bathroom each offering a rain shower, with bathroom completed with an oversized bath. Ivory travertine stone covers the bathroom floors and walls, accentuated with silk screened frosted glass doors.
A separate dining room, seating up to six guests, and expansive lounge ensures that this suite has a luxurious and spacious atmosphere. Custom art pieces from prints to sculptures give a uniquely Capetonian feel to the space, while the additional included services such as a wine chosen for you by our sommelier on arrival, canapes and drinks at sundown, personal training at the gym (if you like it) and garment pressing, among others, transform a beautiful room into a tailored experience. For a family-friendly option, it can be transformed into a two bedroom suite by utilising an interconnecting Marina Table Mountain Room featuring two Queen-sized beds.
Family Suite Master Bedroom
The Two Bedroom Family Suites feature one bedroom with a King-size bed, and the other with two Queen-size beds. There is also a warm and beautiful African-inspired lounge, dining table for private in-suite dining, expansive work desk and private balcony or terrace.The generous main bedroom has a walk-in closet, his-and-hers bathrooms, both with rain showers, and a free-standing egg-shaped bath.
Two Bedroom Premier Family Suite Living Area and View
These are the largest of our family suites, and offer spectacular high-rise views of the waterways, city and Table Mountain. The highlights within the space are a Master bedroom and twin Queen bedroom, both of which have en suite bathrooms with bath, shower and dual vanities. The bedrooms are situated on either end of the Suite, and in the middle is situated a beautiful lounge and work desk and a dining table.
It is perfect for private dining, or otherwise entertaining guests or clients. This suite is perfect for families or friends travelling together, offering ample space and privacy.
Island Superior King
The Island is one of Cape Town’s hidden gems – an inner-city sanctuary, allowing you to escape and unwind. The spacious Island Superior Rooms are arranged around the largest infinity pool in the city, a Mediterranean al fresco restaurant, and the One&Only Island Spa and Yoga Pavilion. All rooms gaze out at the meandering waterways with the occasional paddle boarder sailing past. Flexible options include either one King-size or two Queen-size beds and interconnecting rooms for families, with an en suite bathroom complete with an oversized bath, rain shower, and dual marble vanities.
Island One Bedroom Grand Suite Living Room
As you arrive in One Bedroom Island Suites, you are met with a superbly spacious bedroom, rich in African colours and gloss parquet wooden floors. Each suite opens onto a secluded veranda which looks out onto serene waterways. One King-Size Bedroom, and master bathroom complete with a walk-in closet, rain shower, and a free-standing egg-shaped bath create the atmosphere of a spacious and comfortable home away from home.
It will always be the tropical surrounds and infinity pool which will steal the show on this unique inner-city sanctuary, an island getaway nestled in a thriving cosmopolitan hub, with water all around.
Island Two Bedroom Family Suite
There are just four Two Bedroom Island Family Suites located on the resort’s secluded and landscaped island – ideal for families, or those wishing to entertain. The suites’ are positioned perfectly for parents with children wishing to enjoy the magnificent infinity pool, or those who want to be closer to the serene waterways and possibly enjoy the watersports on offer. There is an abundance of space, including the interior; a spacious kitchen complete with a service entrance, accessible by your own personal chef, a central lounge and entertainment area, an indoor fireplace, and a generous outdoor terrace. This lends itself to families and groups wanting to feel at home, as well as those wanting to entertain or be entertained privately. Children will enjoy welcome gifts, a fun suite turndown in the evening, toiletries, and access to The Kids Only Club.
Table Mountain Suite Living and dining area
The Table Mountain Suite offers all the superb details and generosity of The Presidential Suite. The key differentiator lies in the interior layout, and the number of bedrooms. It has one bedroom. However it can be transformed into a family friendly two-bedroom suite by pairing with an interconnecting Premier Marina Table Mountain Room featuring two Queen-sized beds.
Dramatic African artwork steals the show in the reception area before leading to a large lounge and dining integrated entertainment space complete with a 12-seater dining table. There is a private kitchen with its own service entrance, allowing your butler or personal chef to manage the space on your behalf. The expansive bedroom is comfortable and luxurious with an oversized upholstered headboard, dressing table and chaise longue. There is a his-and-hers dressing room and ensuite bathrooms, hers with a picture-perfect circular bath from which you can relax and gaze at Table Mountain.
Located in the crescent-shaped Marina Rise, the suite also features an executive office, 24-hour dedicated butler service, a personal gym and a magnificent terrace ensuring the perfect view, after which this suite takes its prestigious name.
Wow factor detected!!
This expansive suite provides discerning travellers an ultra-luxury experience that provides equal amounts of grandeur and familial comfort. Situated high up in the Marina Rise, this 382m apartment has the benefit of tranquillity in the heart of the mother city. From all the rooms and immense terrace guests enjoy views of the waterways, city and Table Mountain with Devils Peak and Signal Hill on either side. Inside, prominent artists adorn the walls and spaces.
This home away from home includes two lounges, a 12 seater dining room, boardroom table, expansive desk, computer and printer, and a private gym with massage bed. On each end are the bedrooms, both with bathrooms ensuite and walk-in closets. The master bedroom has his-and-hers bathrooms including a steam shower. For added convenience there is a full kitchen, with its own separate entrance for your own personal chef, as well as a separate “butlers room” next door.
As one would expect, every conceivable detail has been considered to flexibly scale your experience from absolute solitude to the perfect entertainment space
The hotel offers a high standard accommodation to all kind of travellers and all suites have an exclusive pack of amenities and services to provide an unforgettable experience to the guests.
SERVICES AND AMENITIES
You guys know how I love a spa and while I’ve been in the One&Only I really enjoyed the spa experience we had. It’s sensational!!! We did an amazing Mountain Tonic session which was really refreshing.
The hotel spa has as its politic to provide moments to relax and revitalise and we had no complains AT ALL! Haha!
After our full treatment with great professionals we were so relaxed that we stayed two extra hours just enjoying the moment – the only “problem” was meanwhile we didn’t enjoy the others services they can offer. Ops! But well, it’s a good excuse to come back, right?!
Ah, I almost forgot to mention the coolest thing: the spa is an island so you can arrive by boat or crossing a bridge. Soooo cool!
You can check all the treatments and how to book them in the One&Only Cape Town website.
The swimming pool
A hit in the hotel. A heated infinity-edge pool in one of the private islands with private sitting areas with double chaise lounges ideal for sunbathing or relaxing under shaded pavilions. I was in love for the cute ducks in this area and I truly believe we became friends. Hahaha!
A good tip for this area is to have lunch at Isola restaurant, which serves Mediterranean and South African food cooked to perfection.
The huge One&Only fitness center, located in the Marina Rise, offers a wide range of state-of-the-art equipment and programmes, from advance cardio machines and personalise training to yoga and Pilates.
You know I am not a fan of working out but if I would do it, it would be in this gym. Haha!
We went to the yoga session in the morning and it’s a very good way to start the day in this beautiful place.
Are you ready to enjoy one of most amazings restaurants in the city? Actually maybe in South Africa…Well, you will find Michelin stars, celebrity chefs and great wines at One&Only Cape Town.
I’m really a fan of Chef Matsuhisa! I love all his restaurants (all the ones I know and I have been to many), so we were very excited to taste his first and only restaurant in Africa. The mix of traditional Japanese, contemporary Peruvian and fresh and spice African cuisine make this an unique and flavourful place.
We were totally excited! The restaurant is super beautiful, with a translucent origami light that glides along the ceiling, impeccable service and the striking and exclusive menu made our experience unforgettable.
The best black cod on Earth! Trust me!
We unfortunately had no time to go but in the upper-level Nobu Lounge it is possible to taste a selection of Sakes, Japanese beer and Shochu based cocktails. Next time!
We had the pleasure to enjoy one of South Africa’s most exciting native talented chefs, Reuben Riffel, and his first urban restaurant featuring a menu which reflects a celebration of the Cape’s rich culinary heritage, embracing the ancient spice routes and the diversity of cultures that have influenced South African modern cuisine. All the menu was based on local and fresh food. An unmissable chance to taste the best flavours of South Africa!
The breakfast is served here and we loved it, an excellent service and a complete menu with everything one can imagine from fresh hummus, oysters, caviar and champagne to gluten free bread.
In the swimming pool area, in one of the islands of the complex, it is a gorgeous and tasty option to a nice lunch.
Such a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy a fresh menu of South African and Mediterranean cuisine.
Vista Bar and Lounge
Situated in the very heart of the resort, in the middle of the lobby, views of Table Mountain are enjoyed through a floor-to-ceiling wall of glass as guests and locals alike gather to enjoy all-day dining, spectacular Afternoon Tea, and evenings filled with music and an electric vibe.
If you are looking for nice cocktails, tapas and good music with a VIEW, this is the place to be!
South Africa is internationally known for the wine culture and its unique options and high quality.
One&Only can take you on a journey of the Cape Winelands and we decided we wanted to join! Andy and I had an exclusive wine tasting in the stunning Wine Loft with our super kind sommelier who not only answered all of our doubts (and we had many!) but also made us laugh with some funny crazy stories and a lot of culture. It was like learning and having a lot of fun all together!
It was fantastic to taste rare South African wines such as Warwick Trilogy, Meerlust Rubicon and Kanonkop Paul Sauer and exceptional vintages from producers including Vergelegen, Thelema and Eben Sadies Columella and Palladius. WOW! Just WOW!!!
The sommelier explained they are always looking for lesser-known wine producing regions of the Cape in search of new offerings to the guests so probably when we come back we will be able to try something new.
First of all I have to mention how (good) surprised we were with the very efficient, fast and pleasant staff. My expectations were high and I still got overwhelmed!
The concierge was very, super friendly, knowledgable and helpful. He simply could get a last minute table in the best restaurant in town and gave us an indication of bar with incredible drinks. We followed all his “instructions” and were pretty happy about it.
Nevertheless, he left the best for last and told us we had to visit the “new kid on the block”, The Commissary. It’s so cool, so cool and TASTY that I can’t find one single word to describe it. Highly recommended.
You nailed it, Concierge Feroz!!!
We made the tour offered by the hotel and it was everything we needed as we did not have a lot of time to explore. A private comfortable car with a driver, safe and with a very nice guide that knew EVERYTHING about the city and the country. A real class in a country full of history! We enjoyed each and every second.
Cape Town is a very cosmopolitan city and enjoys a four season Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm summers: September–February (Spring/Summer) has an average temperature of 20°C/68°F; March–August (Autumn/Winter) has an average temperature of 17°C/63°F. As you see, it is enjoyable all year long!
HOW TO GET THERE
Approximately 22 kilometers from Cape Town International Airport; transfers are available by taxi, One&Only car service or helicopter.
Also, it is possible arrive by chartered yacht straight in the V&A Waterfront.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my impressions of this dreamy place! Keep on following my journey at @marineira on Instagram. Find out more about my days in Cape Town on Cape Town Highlights.