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One&Only, Cape Town, South Africa
This is a large, confidently-designed property from an international resort collection that was born in South Africa and strives to offer 'ultra-luxury'. Opened in 2009, One&Only Cape Town underwent a nine month 're-imagining' completed in May 2022 that has seen its 133 rooms enriched with impressive works commissioned from African artists and craftspeople. Standout features include a huge infinity pool, a top class spa, a Nobu restaurant and a well-equipped KidsOnly club. Add in close to 400 keen and attentive staff, a prime location on the V&A waterfront and a comprehensive choice of tours and experiences, and it is easy to see why this is a popular base for well-heeled leisure travellers visiting South Africa's 'Mother City'.
The hotel has the feel of an oasis, landscaped with palms and water and carefully positioned to offer guests an uplifting view of Table Mountain.
Located on the V&A waterfront, you'll be near most of the city's attractions including the aquarium, Zeitz MOCAA and the Nelson Mandela Gateway, for boat rides to Robben Island.
By plane: direct flights from London Heathrow to Cape Town take 12 hours. The hotel is a 20-minute drive from the airport. Free parking available. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Foodies will love this hotel - this is the only place in Africa with a Nobu restaurant. Families are well catered for thanks to a complimentary kids club. The interiors are rich with local references, such as carpets that replicate the topography of Table Mountain and cushion fabrics inspired by underwater kelp forests.
Service & Facilities
Styled by African designer Lalesso, the four-poster poolside cabanas come with white cotton curtains and chic striped loungers.
- Fitness centre
- Swimming pool
- Kids' club
- Art gallery
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Rooms with a balcony view of Table Mountain make the most of Cape Town's spectacular setting. We loved the subtle use of African crafts - Kente cloth around the doors, handles made from tiger's eye gemstones and fertility dolls for a do-not-disturb sign.
Marina, Premier Marina, Island Superior, Marina Suite, Island Suite, Grand Suite, Table Mountain Suite, Presidential Suite, The Penthouse
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Overseen by star sommelier Luvo Ntezo, The Wine Studio is an intimate space for dinners and tastings with the option to craft your own signature blend. With huge pillars, bare black tables and an austere ambience, Nobu is a gastronomic temple to Peruvian-Japanese fusion with staff that are both expert and genial.
Nobu: elegant dining, Peruvian-Japanese fusion cuisine. Open daily, 6-11pm. Set menu from R300.
Vista Bar & Lounge: chic all-day venue, serving light bites and afternoon tea. Open daily, 7am-11pm. Afternoon tea from R425.