Tuesday, February 5, 2013

HOTEL CHECK SOUTH AFRICA, One&Only Cape Town

The famous One&Only brand has settled beautifully into its own corner of the Cape Town Waterfront, complete with a tropical feel...and the ultimate local view - the iconic silhouette of Table Mountain.

With the buzz of a local hotspot, the resort offers all the trimmings including a lush pool area and top restaurants. Capetonians come in to enjoy the lobby bar, the dazzling international Nobu, and the beloved Reuben's restaurant, which has spread here from its fame in Franschhoek.
View of mountain, canal and island from the Lobby Bar
The main wing towers up by the yacht marina with one side facing Table Mountain, and the hotel’s own island. A canal meanders around the island bearing boats and adding a lush watery view. Here you get the low rise island rooms, the real resort style lagoon pool frequented by families and bikini girls, exclusive spa, manicurist and hairdresser (Wayne). And a casual restaurant offering pool views, Isola.


Pool restaurant Isola on the island
The best views are from the Marina wing restaurants and accommodations.

Iconic views - a sense of place
Tables spill out from the restaurants onto a terrace by the canal which bakes in summer sun. On these hot terraces (or cooler inside a great wall of glass) you can view the canal, the palms and the flat top of the iconic mountain. 
Breakfast al fresco - real sunny mountain views
The lobby is a great meeting place to sink into deep sofas and sip a drink, enjoy the delicate pastries of afternoon tea (145 zar), or enjoy a reasonable meal with a fabulous view. (We had a light and delicious tempura with dips for 85 zar)
Vegetable Tempura with a view of palms
from the Lobby Bar

All rooms are spacious (from 63 sqm) and all have balconies…which is pretty unusual for Cape Town. Sol Kerzner One&Only set out to build the most luxurious hotel in Cape Town and has created suave and spacious interiors and lovely smooth contemporary lines.

Rooms

We had a Marina Harbour View – and loved it, though it is actually the lowest category room. There was nothing 'low' about this. At 63 sqm it is more like a Junior Suite, with sitting area, and spacious balcony high above the aquarium and yacht harbour.
Marina harbour view - 63 sqm with balcony
Stylish contemporary bathroom
Sleek, stylish rooms
The other side of the Marina wing has the iconic Table Mountain view over the canal for which you pay a tad extra. Some of the rooms have a huge king bed, and others two queens (suiting families).
Marina mountain view room
Double queen room takes 2 adults and 2 kids
Then there are one-bedroom Marina suites which have in addition lounge-dining areas upping their size to double the normal rooms, or even more space (Marina Grand suites).
The island accommodation provides spacious rooms (from 73 sqm) and one and two three bedroom suites – priced over the Marina rooms of similar category, though some might prefer the Marina rooms for their open views and feel. Certainly island rooms are convenient if your kids love a swimming pool...
Canal view from Island room
View to bathroom of Island room
All rooms have balconies…

Every item is perfect, sexy contemporary design and quality. All have nespresso machines. The welcome amenities follow up on what the website promises combining international best with local – for here you get mebos (rolled dried fruit) and biltong (raw dried meat cured with salt)….along with delicious wine and fruit.
Top accommodation must be the One penthouse with 4 bedrooms, several lounges, fireplaces, study, dining room, kitchen, wine wall, gym and sauna as well as two pools and 360 degree views. Other upscale accommodations include the Table Mountain Suite with great views and open terraces.

Kids

There is a small but colourful kids club (free of charge), with small outside play area, but lots of games. 
To quote O&O – the advantages for kids
  1. Extensive selection of inter-leading rooms
  2. Family friendly dining venues at Reuben's and Isola
  3. Complimentary use of KidsOnly Club facilities: Nintendo Wii, PS3 and a selection of board games
  4. Daily programme of supervised activities for 4-11 year olds at the KidsOnly ClubBabysitting facilities (upon reservation)
  5. Complimentary use of: Baby cot / high chair / bottle warmer / steriliser
  6. 50% discount in all restaurants for children under twelve

Local habits

If you are rooted in the old hospitality tradition - you nostalgically love afternoon teas.  This one updates with the European coffee shop tradition.
Afternoon tea with high-class confectionary
At O&O you get a sophisticated variety, like a high class delicatessen rather than a kid’s party. Price was 145 zar, surely worth it.
Watching tea leaves swell through glass
Tea in the lobby at anytime is a nice pastime - a place so sink into chairs and commune with friends, and a teapot that reveals your fortune with its leaves swelling.
The spa - another place to sip tea before your
massage or hair appointment
  In a nutshell
· A destination in itself with range of top restaurants incl Nobu & Reuben's, great spa, big tip top high tech gym, trendy hairdresser and manicurist
·  90 rooms with nice views and open feel in Marina building; 40 Island rooms near the pool
· Stylish, clean and suavely contemporary
· Plenty space to dine and breakast al fresco at the hotel
· Big lagoon pool with lush tropical atmosphere
· Nice destination for families

Note

·        In a newer area of the Waterfront near the Aquarium.

How to get to One&Only Cape Town

25 minutes by car from Cape Town International Airport

Who to Stay

Couples and families who love a real resort with lots of dining and facilities on the spot - and sleek contemporary lines. One&Only repeaters
Enjoying the morning in a harbour view room

Select added values

A bottle of wine, complimentary upgrade, early checkin and late checkout if space is available.

Note: Images are spontaneous snapshots by Select Collection in blog style

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