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It is the hotel of choice for celebrities such as Mariah Carey, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Naomi Campbell and many others, whenever they visit South Africa, it is not difficult to see why.

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South African accountant and business magnate, Sol Kerzner is known for putting South Africa on the international tourism map with his Southern Sun Group and Sun City. After moving operations abroad to launch Atlantis, One&Only, and Mazagan among others, he returned to South Africa with the One&Only Cape Town. The hotel opened in April 2009 amid international fanfare and celebrity guests, including Mariah Carey, Morgan Freeman, Thandie Newton and Marisa Tomei, Sharon Stone, British TV chef Gordon Ramsey, and Robert De Niro – who owns 50 percent shares in the on-site Nobu Restaurant.


One&Only Cape Town today is an urban chic resort setting a whole new standard for South Africa hotels. Offering an unprecedented level of luxury and style to one of the world’s most fascinating cities, the resort which is built on creating an environment where people can feel at home, will enchant your senses and renew your sense of self. One&Only Cape Town creates a welcoming atmosphere for all visitors from its world-famous restaurants and beautiful bar to the extraordinary spa facilities. Central to exciting nightlife and entertainment, One&Only Cape Town serves as a gateway to the unique adventures of South Africa such as tours to Robben Island, wildlife safaris, wine country excursions and more.

The stunning rooms....

One&Only Cape Town is a destination unto itself, offering the largest accommodation in all of Cape Town – 131 spacious guest rooms and suites styled with an African flair. One&Only Cape Town offers ten categories of luxury accommodations to cater to the needs of guests. With generous interior spaces, the rooms are adorned with fabrics and furnishings recalling the warm, muted tones of Africa’s savannahs, with bright splashes of colour paying tribute to the land’s vibrant personality. Sumptuously appointed oversized baths are complete with roomy rain shower, private water closet and dual marble vanity.


The ten categories of luxury accommodations stretch across: the Marina Rise- featuring expansive glass doors that lead to private balconies, all 91 guest rooms and suites within Marina Rise offer magnificent views; and theIsland Rooms and Suites – located on a secluded and lushly landscaped island surrounded by a waterway, each of the 40 Island Suites feature a private balcony or terrace and waterway views.

World-class dining and wining


Dining at One&Only Cape Town is a pure delight with two of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants. Legendary Michelin-starred chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa brings his culinary wizardry to Nobu – his first-ever restaurant in Africa. No stranger to worldly culinary influences, Nobu gives classical Japanese cuisine a contemporary twist. Diners can indulge in fresh South African seafood and indigenous spices in mesmerising dishes such as Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno or the Suntory Whisky Cappuccino. Nobu Lounge, on the restaurant’s upper level, features a selection of Sakes including plum wines, Japanese beer and a creative selection of Sake and Shochu-based cocktails.


South African celebrity chef Reuben Riffel recently opened Reuben’s, showcasing a menu that is deceptively simple with its wholesome bistro fare, fresh flavours, generous portions and beautifully plated dishes. Reuben’s has a sophisticated, yet relaxed, brasserie ambience and the food provides the exciting combination of local flavours that one would expect from one of South Africa’s most loved chefs.


Both dynamic restaurants are connected by Vista Bar & Lounge in the very heart of the resort with commanding views of Table Mountain. Here, guests may gather to enjoy all-day dining, a spectacular Afternoon Tea, and evenings filled with music and an electric vibe. The Reuben’s Tasting Table is located on a mezzanine platform overlooking the main restaurant and adjacent to the tri-level Wine Loft. The moment guests step inside, the complex aromas combined with the depth of flavours take you on a tantalising journey of the Cape Winelands. The Wine Loft features one of the most balanced and diverse wine collections on the continent with over 5,000 bottles and up to 500 references


In-house guests looking for a more relaxed atmosphere during the day will enjoy the outdoor ambience at Isola restaurant adjacent to the pool, located on its own private island. A combination of island and Mediterranean Cuisine, the menu offers wood-fired pizzas and seafood.


Stay beautiful, fit and pampered ....

In the heart of a bustling city, One&Only Spa is an oasis of serenity, a perfect escape for a day of pampered rejuvenation. The most expansive and comprehensive spa in all of Cape Town offers a vast range of tailored holistic experiences, ranging from pure relaxation to unique wellness journeys. The 12 treatment rooms embrace local African influences combined with contemporary design. The lushly landscaped Spa Island also offers a scenic relaxation room, sauna and steam facilities, singles and couples treatment villas, men’s and women’s changing areas, ‘experience’ showers with three different water settings, two 18-square-metre vitality pools and a full-service salon including the Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio by Bastien Gonzalez, and hair styling by Wayne Gates. Wayne Gates’ work ethics rooted in the spiritual belief that one’s emotions are located in the crown chakra, his styling techniques unwind, balance and then uplift both the body and soul. Bastien Gonzalez is internationally famous for his unique approach to foot treatments. Due to his professional expertise and experience as a French Podiatrist, he designed and developed exclusive treatments for the feet, hands and nails, which combines a uniqueness found in the true fusion of wellbeing and beauty.


The combination of a dedicated fitness team and exquisite training environment makes the fitness and wellbeing experience at One&Only Cape Town truly special. A state-of-the-art Fitness Centre within Marina Rise. The fitness environment includes a Fitness Centre fully equipped with Technogym® Excite and Personal Selection ranges (including Kinesis™, Flexability™ and the Wellness System™), an indoor 10m rubberised track, and a yoga pavilion.


A little fun and games…


If you are looking for leisure and fun activities, then you will be spoilt for choice! One&Only Cape Town’s preferred golf course, Pearl Valley Golf Estate is a Jack Nicklaus designed course has full fleet of golf carts with superb playing surfaces and makes for an excellent golfing experience.


The resort’s 350-square-metre free-form, heated infinity-edge pool features private sitting areas with double chaise lounges ideal for sunbathing or relaxing under shaded pavilions. Located on the Island in the centre of the waterway, the pool is highly regarded as the finest urban resort pool in all of Cape Town.


Just moments from the resort, guests will discover some of the world’s most spectacular beaches, from the giant granite boulders at nearby Clifton Beach to the stunning scenery and pristine beaches at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.


Experience the great surf Southern Africa has to offer, surrounded by the most breath-taking landscapes. Novices don’t have to be skilled to succeed – with your personal surf instructor by your side you can experience the thrill of standing and gliding on your first wave! Also offering tailored surf packages for intermediate and advanced surfers. If surfing is too extreme for you, try Stand Up Paddle Boarding at one of Cape Town’s safest paddle boarding locations.isola


Something for the kids...


One&Only Cape Town extends a gracious welcome to families with excellent accommodation, an abundance of enriching activities and a dedicated, fully-supervised KidsOnly programme for children ages 4-11 years that explores the exuberant personality of Cape Town. Highlights include 100-square-metres of designated space for arts and crafts, movie and video game lounge, Quiet reading area, a computer area with the latest technology.


Experienced staff provides personal service and organises activities throughout the resort for teenagers aged 13 to 17 years. In addition to the ever-popular Wii, Xbox and Play Station games offered at the Club, teens will exercise their energies with active supervised excursions to nearby City Rock, offering a Cool Runnings toboggan on steel tracks, sandboarding on dunes, indoor karting and rock climbing, ice skating and bowling. Big screen movies are enjoyed at the V&A Waterfront.


Something to take home


One&Only Cape Town presents a striking level of chic collections at NEO. Sought-after labels such as Matthew Williamson and Charlotte Olympia are curated beside internationally accessory brands such as Bex Rox, Zoja, and Bubba. Swimwear is also showcased by Shlaer, Matthew Williamson and Marie France Van Damme, with a striking menswear collection which includes Horiyoshi, 120% Lino and Edun. Housing an eclectic mix of cutting-edge labels and local South African treasures, shoppers will discover fabulous collections by Purple Smoke, Philosophy by Jenni Button and Leather Rose. NEO has a wide range of superb African Art, which is sourced from Western and Southern Africa. Discover art from the Benin and Baka, and more locally to South Africa with the Ndebele and Zulu tribes.

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