Something for Everyone at the One & Only Cape Town Resort

We recently visited the five star graded One & Only Cape Town Resort which is conveniently located in the popular Victoria and Alfred Waterfront - 123 hectares of residential and commercial property, hotels, retail stores, dining, leisure and entertainment facilities. The resort commands panoramic views of the iconic Table Mountain and marina, and is probably best described as a chic hotel that affords an unforgettable stay in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town - a city that has for the last five years been recognized at the UK Telegraph Travel Awards as the “Best City in the World”. From the moment you arrive at the resort, you are greeted with a friendly smile - a warm hospitality that Cape Town has become accustomed too. This is complemented with the resort’s understated luxury and array of unique activities that have been carefully selected to suit the needs of every guest that stays at the hotel, whether it be a solo or business traveler, couple, or multi-generational family.

One & Only Cape Town Resort - Private Spa Island

The One & Only Cape Town Resort boasts an incredible 1,000m² private island that hosts a comprehensive spa with 12 treatment rooms and a selection of tailored holistic experiences.On your arrival at the spa, you are offered some refreshments before heading to the thermal suites or lounge area which is reserved for relaxation before and after your treatments. There is also an outside garden area, complete with a serenity pool and day loungers.The state of the art ‘his and hers’ thermal suites include a vitality pool, sauna, steam room, ice fountain, showers and changing facilities. Nothing has been overlooked, from plush robes and comfy slippers to hair-straighteners for the ladies. Every guest is also treated to a selection of healthy snacks, sweet treats, and refreshments. The One&Only Spa also boasts private spa suites which are ideal for couples, offering side by side treatments, bathtubs fit for two, and steam showers.The island also has its own tranquil yoga pavilion which overlooks the waterways and is used for personal training sessions, meditation or private lunches during couple spa days.

Double treatment rooms at the One & Only Spa

A couple enjoying side by side back massages at the One & Only Spa

One & Only Cape Town Resort - Dining Experiences

The head chef of the Reubens Restaurant - Reuben Riffel

The culinary mastermind at the award-winning Reubens Restaurant - Reuben RiffelThe One & Only offers a unique culinary experience in two internationally celebrated restaurants. Nobu Restaurant features a 104 seated dining room, sushi bar and lounge. The cuisine is classical Japanese with a Peruvian influence - signature dishes prepared by Nobuyuki 'Nobu' Matsuhisa. The Nobu Lounge is situated on the upper level and offers a relaxed atmosphere where guests can experience Japanese beer and Shochu based cocktails.Reuben’s Restaurant is led by the award-winning executive chef Reuben Riffel who created a menu that portrays the Cape’s rich culinary heritage. The menu incorporates fresh local produce, Cape Malay flavors and a hint of Dutch and British fare. The restaurant’s specialty is most definitely artisanal meats. The One & Only’s Reuben’s Restaurant also hosts a Chef & The Vine Dinner Experience which is a monthly wine and dine programme which incorporates the best of the Cape wine farmspaired together with seasonal culinary dishes. This event is hosted by Reuben’s head chef, Sandi Richmond, and One&Only Cape Town’s head sommelier, Luvo Ntezo.During the day, resort guests looking for a more relaxed atmosphere may enjoy a fresh menu of South African and Mediterranean favorites at Isola. For those special occasions, the One & Only Cape Town Resort offers a range of private dining venues which need to be pre-booked.

  • The Yoga Pavilion is situated on one of the resorts two private islands and is ideal for those romantic dinners just for two.
  • The Wine Loft is located adjacent to Reuben’s Restaurant and is an impressive setting with its glass and steel structure coupled with its wine collection of 5 000.
  • The Chef's Table is situated on the mezzanine level and overlooks Reuben’s restaurant. It is perfect for families or friends of up to 12 people.
  • In-room balcony dining offers the best views of Table Mountain and guests have the choice of choosing from the in-room dining menu, a seafood picnic or an ‘Omakase’ (meaning from the heart) from Nobu.

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One & Only Cape Town Resort - An exclusive sailing experience

The One & Only Palmilla yachts offer resort guests an exclusive sailing experience and are perfect for all occasions - whether it be a private romantic sunset cruise, dinner cruise, family snorkeling tour, or whale watching cruise (in season). Transportation to and from the Marina in Cabo San Lucas is arranged by the resort. The One & Only’s 95-foot custom built Catari yacht can accommodate a maximum of 25 guests and is a breathtaking and unique venue for small weddings.

The One & Only overlooks the marina and Table Mountain

Views from the One & Only Cape Town Resort include the marina and iconic Table Mountain

One & Only Cape Town Resort - Something for the kids

Kids enjoying their baking lesson with the pastry chef

Kids enjoying their baking lesson with the pastry chefThe One & Only Cape Town Resort boasts a one of a kind KidsOnly programme that was designed to entertain young guests aged 4 to 11 years and a separate programme for teens between the ages of 12 and 17 years.The kids' clubhouse is a 100 square meter safe environment that features a state-of-the-art arts and crafts area, movie and games lounge, reading area, computer room and an exclusive garden and playground. The clubhouse is open daily between 10am and 7pm and includes lunches and dinners. At KidsOnly, the focus is on educational, recreational and social experiences with a wide variety of supervised activities. Children under four years must always be accompanied by an adult, and babysitters are available at a nominal charge.Teenagers have a number of activities to choose from including surfing lessons, indoor rock climbing, spa treatments, harbor tours, treasure hunts and cooking classes to name only a few.Resort activities include:

  • Mosaics
  • T-shirt painting
  • African beading
  • Big Five masks
  • Sand art
  • African gift wrapping and card making
  • Clay modeling
  • Baking with the Pastry Chef
  • Sushi cooking class at Nobu
  • Swimming lessons
  • Junior yoga
  • Soccer
  • African dancing and music making
  • Garden games
  • Storytelling and puppet shows

KidsOnly excursions (at an additional charge) include:

  • Two Oceans Aquarium
  • Scratch Patch
  • Canal Cruise
  • Art Jamming
  • Eagle and cheetah encounter
  • Butterfly World
  • Boulders Beach and Penguin Colony
  • World of Birds
  • Iziko Planetarium

The kids can also enjoy the hotels temperature-controlled, infinity-edge pool and some of the most spectacular beaches in the surrounding areas.

One & Only Cape Town Resort - Business travelers

The One & Only Cape Town can cater for both small and large groups

The One & Only Cape Town can cater for both small and large groupsThe One & Only caters to the needs of their business travelers with fully equipped conference facilities that can accommodate up to 250 guests. The conference/meeting venues include a lectern, data projector (venue specific), flipchart with paper and pens, whiteboard with pens, conference pads with pens, mineral water and sweets.The resort offers all their guests with a particular interest in business travelers, complimentary access to smartphone devices which look and function like mainstream smartphones, however are programmed by the resort and functional anywhere in Cape Town. This is also a great way for the resort to keep in contact with guests during their stay, with the ALICE app allowing guests to make restaurant bookings, place in-room dining orders, and access resort promotions from their device.All devices allow for unlimited free local calls and free international calls to selected countries (Brazil, Germany, UAE, USA and Canada), free internet access within the city, speed dial to resort service, latest travel finds and information, and a useful city guide.Blowing off steam at the end of a day is vital for any businessman or woman and the One & Only is the ideal place to do just that! The resort’s state of the art fitness facilities include a Technogym, ten-meter rubberized running track, yoga classes, pilates, kinesis Induction, boxing/Tabata, boot camp, and pole acrobatics. Gym instructors are readily available to ensure that guests get the most out of their workout. Extra touches offered in the fitness center include exercise towels, bottled water, headphones, fruit and biscotti.The One & Only Cape Town Resort ticks off all the boxes when it comes to luxury travel with its various accommodation options, world-class facilities and unique guest experiences. But it has been said that the proof is in the pudding! The resort’s collection of accolades are impressive and their most recent awards include “South Africa’s leading Hotel” - World Travel Awards, and 7th place in the Conde Nast Travellers “Top Hotels in Africa” category. The resorts’ Nobu Restaurant also managed to clinch the JHP Gourmet Guide award as one of the “21 Top South African Restaurants”. For more information and assistance with the planning of your stay at the One & Only Cape Town Resort, contact one of our Travel Experts today.

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