Our chauffeur pulled up beyond a private gate in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront – an enviable location for a hotel – to the contemporary One&Only Cape Town, in itself a resort city within a city.
Stepping into the lobby, you won’t miss the perfectly framed, quintessentially South African view of Table Mountain, but you’ll also be distracted by the fashionistas taking in (or at least daintily pretending to nibble, when indeed they’re having their fill) the One&Only Cape Town legendary high-tea.
Beyond the lobby, more treats awaited – our super-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, the One&Only Cape Town is clearly designed for the chic, contemporary traveller. So instead of European style interior design, instead we enjoyed colourful, modern interiors and furnishings, not unlike a Manhattan loft apartment.
The suite overlooked the property’s pool island, where we spent much time on resort in our cabana sipping delicious local wine, only mixing it up our rest and relaxation 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 the global luxury hospitality brand that is One&Only has 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 – at the end of the day, they were just trying to be friendly.
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While you’re Out There
A contemporary stay warrants an activity to match. We absolutely recommend the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, affectionally known as the Zeitz MOCAA, for those looking for an amazing cultural immersion into the wonderland that is contemporary African art. The architecture of the building itself is a contemporary masterpiece, set in the 116 giant concrete tubes that once were Cape Town’s 93-year-old grain silo complex.