Situated at the centre of Cape Town’s fashionable Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, overlooking the marina and with panoramic views across to Table Mountain, the 131-key One&Only Cape Town resort opened on 3 April 2009, six months ahead of schedule. The property, Sol Kerzner’s first hotel in his homeland of South Africa since he completed The Palace of the Lost City, has become Africa’s most spectacular urban resort.
“One&Only Cape Town is a significant landmark in Africa with its bold, contemporary design making it one of the world’s leading luxury resort destinations. I am proud to once again contribute to South Africa’s tourism industry, which has seen an incredible growth in recent years,” commented Sol Kerzner, Chairman of Kerzner International. “In addition, I am very pleased to have opened a spectacular resort with a fresh and exciting new concept in my home country in what I’ve always believed to be one of the greatest sites in Cape Town.”
One&Only Cape Town provides a comprehensive range of luxury services and serves as a gateway to the myriad experiences of the continent – from safaris to pristine beaches to the exploration of the world-renowned Cape wine region. The resort also includes three stunning, two-storey residential penthouses.
The four-bedroom penthouses, with access by private lifts as well as substantial terraces with pools, set the benchmark for residential luxury living in Southern Africa. These outstanding properties are located on the top two floors of the resort’s chic crescent-shaped Marina Rise, thereby taking full advantage of the iconic views of the marina, as well as two World Heritage sites: Table Mountain and Robben Island.
The owners of the penthouses benefit from a wide array of personalised services from the resort including a concierge and butler, a housekeeper and access to the Spa and Fitness Centre. In addition, Nobu, the renowned Japanese restaurant located within the resort, offers private catering.
Cape Town-based architects Dennis Fabian & Berman and Ruben Reddy have ensured the seven-storey stylish property integrates with the Waterfront District, and the resort interiors were created by internationally acclaimed New York-based interior designer Adam D. Tihany. The resort’s feel is contemporary whilst drawing on Africa’s culture and heritage. Tihany’s approach of imbuing each of his projects with a sense of the surrounding culture runs parallel to One&Only’s core philosophy of providing distinctive experiences. This is not Tihany’s first time working with One&Only Resorts: he also designed the stunning Agua restaurant at the award-winning One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico and Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant, MARKET.
Forty of the resort’s spacious guest rooms and suites are set on an adjacent lush green landscaped island in the marina itself, giving these rooms a distinctive resort feel and convenient access to Spa Island. 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. The rooms at the 91-key Marina Rise have panoramic views of Table Mountain. Two suites offer their own en suite spa treatment rooms to afford guests maximum privacy and relaxation. The resort’s main pool area, located on one of two private islands linked by bridges, feature a heated 350 square metre freeform, infinity-edge swimming pool, a private sitting area with double chaise lounges for sunbathing and shaded trellis pavilions for those seeking respite from the sun.
The exclusive Spa Island features the most comprehensive and expansive spa in Cape Town. An oasis of serenity and privacy surrounded by water and dense vegetation, the 1,000m2 One & Only Spa offers 12 treatment suites of which two 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.
The 200 square metre One&Only Fitness Centre, located in the main resort building, features state-of-the-art fitness equipment from Technogym® with personalised workout programmes developed for guests and residents. A dedicated Kinesis training room offers tri-dimensional pulley system training and there are spacious studios for Yoga and Pilates.
One&Only Cape Town also has a specially-designed KidsOnly Club for younger guests of 11 and under, which offers daily complimentary supervised activities including full and half-day programmes. 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.
On the dining front, innovative 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 that include salads, gourmet pizzas and a wide selection of meat, fish and vegetarian 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. Here, guests can discover a magnificent collection of 5,000 bottles. Fine vintages of Cape Pinotage or Shiraz are on offer alongside undiscovered South African gems, with particular emphasis given to both acclaimed and undiscovered South African vintages.
A third restaurant, Isola Pool Restaurant, located outdoors on one of the islands is available for more casual dining. Vista Bar & Lounge has a magnificent three-storey clear glass wall highlighting the scenic Table Mountain views.
One&Only Cape Town displays the hallmarks of excellence found in all One&Only resorts around the world. It offers an unparalleled commitment to the finest experiences, luxurious accommodation, lively entertainment, a wealth of activities, warm service, a state-of-the art Spa and unforgettable cuisine.
For more information please visit; www.capetown.oneandonlyresorts.com