One & Only Cape Town

One and only, Cape Town, South Africa

Our chauffeur pulled up beyond a private gate in Cape Town’s V&A waterfront, an enviable location, to this contemporary resort city within a city. Stepping into the lobby, you won’t miss the perfectly framed view of Table Mountain, but you’ll also be distracted by the fashionistas taking hightea. Beyond the lobby, more treats awaited – our modern suite offered floor to ceiling views of, yes you guessed it, Cape Town’s famous mountain – but in contrast to the city’s other, more traditional, luxury properties, it is clearly designed for the chic traveller, featuring colourful, modern interiors and furnishings. Our suite overlooked the property’s pool island, where we spent much time in our cabana sipping local wine, only mixing it up with a visit to the hotel’s spa – where hour-long massages took away our long-haul travel woes. It’s everything a fabulous property should be and what O&O have become well known for. Where there is room for improvement, is the hotel’s staff – on a number of occasions, friendly banter turned borderline intrusive – and heteronormative conventions led to a few embarrassing (for them) awkward conversations – nothing that would ever stop us making a return visit, of course.