Review: One & Only Cape Town, Africa

Check out this exclusive property which happens to be Cape Town’s first urban resort
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Review: One & Only Cape Town, Africa
Cape Town

Situated in the heart of the buzzing Victoria &Alfred Waterfront is the very glamorous One&Only Cape Town. Despite its central location, this exceptional property exudes solitude and tranquillity with giant palm trees and lush tropical gardens, beautiful winding waterways and infinity pools. This 131 room hotel also boasts two man-made islands, one for the biggest spa in Cape Town and the other for a series of villa-style resort accommodation.

It’s no surprise celebrities, statesmen, jet-setters and style-conscious travellers are regulars here. The staff and the concierge team deserve a special mention – they were always ready to help with a smile and we loved that! Get ready to experience an unforgettable unprecedented level of luxury in South Africa.


After hearing so much about the multi-award winning One&Only Spa Cape Town (located on the spa island), despite our busy schedule, we just had to book ourselves in for an appointment. The spa boasts 10 beautiful and state-of-the-art treatment rooms including two couples suites, a scenic relaxation room, sauna and steam as well as experience showers. I tried the 80-minutes Unwind Massage which reduced tension in my muscles and sent me into a state of bliss. It was just what I needed after a long day of sightseeing. If you have a dinner to go and want to get dressed up, the property’s full-service salon including the Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio by Bastien Gonzalez, and hair styling by South African’s own Wayne Gates will make sure you look absolutely fabulous.


The hotel is also home to a 350-square-metre free-form, heated (excluding May to September) infinity-edge pool complete with double chaise lounges and shaded pavilions, as well as a poolside restaurant. Open daily from 6am to 8pm, whether it’s yoga, Pilates, training or a cardio workout, you can do it all at the seriously well-equipped gym here.


Our Marina Mountain room was massive to say the least. From the moment we stepped into our luxurious room which had a huge terrace, our eyes were drawn to the magnificent Table Mountain. What a spectacular sight right! The African yet contemporary styled room came with a Nespresso machine, complimentary Wi-Fi, a huge flat screen TV and a Bose sound system along with a variety of local snacks and fruit. We especially loved the pillow menu and our comfy bed which was topped with thick down covers. That’s not all the bathrooms were equally generously proportioned with a stand-alone bath, a large walk-in shower and enough closet space to make every woman happy.



Local celebrity chef Reuben Riffel’s first urban restaurant is an absolute must-visit. This sophisticated yet unfussy brasserie offers award-winning fare with exciting local flavours. We tucked into the Chargrilled Steak, Smoked Salmon and the Peri-Peri Chicken Skewers. They were all bursting with flavour and cooked to perfection but what stole the show for us was the Peri-Peri Chicken. This was also where we had our daily breakfast which was a delectable spread of cheese, jams, breads, a hot breakfast and so much more – the perfect way to start the day!


You will notice this lounge the second you set foot into the hotel. Enjoy light snacks, drinks or an afternoon tea as you soak in the views of the glorious Table Mountain.


Africa’s first Nobu restaurant is situated in this gorgeous hotel offering an impeccable Japanese dining experience.


Choose from:

  •  Marina Harbour Rooms starting at Dhs1,838
  •  Marina Table Mountain Rooms starting at Dhs2,005
  • Marina Suites starting at Dhs3,345
  • Table Mountain Suites starting at Dhs15,269
  • Island Superior Rooms starting at Dhs2,154
  •  Island Suites starting at Dhs3,907
  • Presidential Suite starting at Dhs21,874

* Rates include breakfast and VAT

INFO: Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town 8001, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 431 5800

Cape Town Hotspots

From museums, beaches and phenomenal dining to charming vineyards and more, Cape Town has so much to offer. Here are three must-see spots:

Cape Point

Cape Point, the most south-westerly tip of Africa, is a spectacular sight and home to breathtaking bays, beaches and rolling green hills and valleys. It’s just 60 kilometres outside of Cape Town.

Boulders Beach

Get up close and personal with 3,000 African penguins from the wooden boardwalk at Boulders and Foxy Beach.

Table Mountain

Table Mountain is named among the New 7 Wonders of Nature. You can get to the top of Cape Town’s most famous icon in just five minutes by taking a cable car or hike up.