Cosmopolitan Cape Town is alive and well in the One&Only. The lobby gives a view through glass walls over the canal to Table Mountain, which when we arrived at 6 pm was warmly catching the last rays of the sun. People are sunk into comfortable chairs, dine at the lobby bar, or come and go to other dining magnets – Reuben’s and Nobu.
Yes, compared with other Waterfront hotels it is further from the hub and its dining venues – but no worries, One&Only is a destination in itself. You really don’t need to go out at night if you prefer to eat in after busy days.
And in the daytime you might just want to relax at the infinity pool under the palms. In the garden One&Only have given their Cape Town property an exotic tropical air, designed to remind of their properties in the Maldives, Mauritius and the Caribbean. Though there is one thing utterly and entirely Cape Town - a backdrop of the rugged shape of Table Mountain.
Created out of nothing, the watery world behind the hotel consists of a canal encircling islands where you find the Island rooms and the Spa with its top notch hairdressing salon Wayne Gates and hand and foot nail parlour by Bastien Gonzalez. Along the canals are tables where you can sit or watch a canal boat go by…
|1800 hours. Canal boat arriving as we do - seen from One&Only, with the island rooms and suites opposite|
We had a meal at Reuben’s with glasses of paired wines guided by our entertaining sommelier into wines we would never have ordered ourselves – and felt our horizons expanded.
Reuben Riffel began his fame in Franschhoek and still has a restaurant there. The Reuben’s at O&O serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Japanese Nobu is a drawcard as the only restaurant in Africa by Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa.
|Reuben’s vegetable bake|
Another attraction for local Capetonians (and guests) is afternoon tea served in the lobby – with confectionary delights, rather than the massive eating spree you get at Mount Nelson. It is also a popular spot for sipping drinks and eating light meals at Vista Bar & Lounge. The Vista is of course Table Mountain and the tropically landscaped island.
|The view from Vista restaurant and lobby bar|
Poolside restaurant Isola is relaxed and almost beachy destination through the summer, but closes for the Cape winter from April to October.
An extensive and classy spa, hairdresser, nail bar, and an impressive gym – massive with every imaginable machine and trainers available all day 0800-1800. Yoga and Pilates sessions also held.
The supervised Kid’s Only Club is open for children under 12 with a range of computer equipment. Activities can also be arranged for teens.
The island has an encircling canal. The canal is in itself a feature with canal boat trips, and benches and tables with a view
My personal preference are the Marina Rise rooms, for their open feel, either looking out over the island to Table Mountain or over the yacht harbour, but others prefer the earth and water feel of the Island rooms.
|Slick bathroom with door to shower ...|
|View as night falls from a Marina Rise Table Mountain room|
There are 91 of these rooms starting at 63 sqm, all sleek and attractive rooms with contemporary slick. Options in Marina Rise also include one-bedroom suites, sized from 123-316 sqm and there is also a stunning Presidential suite with 2 bedrooms, dining room, kitchen, office, entertainment area and wrap around balconies with amazing views of Table Mountain and harbor.
|Presidential suite bedroom (image from O&O)|
Many people however prefer the subtropical feel of the island rooms way down there with balconies close to the canals surrounded by flowers and bushes for lush ambience and privacy. There are 32 island rooms and 8 island suites with one or two bedrooms (115 sqm – 254 sqm).
The standard Island room (known as Island Superior Room) is an ample 73 sqm. The bathroom is reached through double doors to give as sense of space and openness – but of course some guests prefer to keep the doors closed…
|Island Superior room - space all the way to the bath|
|Evening on the patio of an island room|
The island suite we looked at felt really spacious with its own living room and ample balcony.
All rooms have a wide range of amenities including espresso machines.
More about One&Only Cape Town HERE.
Three publicity images by OneOnly, rest snapshots by Select Collection during hotel inspection and dinner