When you wake up at the One & Only Cape Town you’ll be surrounded by a surrealist vision. The city’s glorious mountainous range comes into full view coupled with mystical clouds of morning mist. To either side are the resort’s two man-made islands comprising seven-storey hotel blocks overlooking the marina.
While their modern façade is anything but lavish, their rectangular windows glitter in the morning light making the scene one that is at once breathtaking and otherworldly. This is a hotel particularly catered to families and also honeymooners who have come from far away to bask in South Africa’s natural glory. There’s a daily children’s programme, an award-winning spa, a large pool outside encircled by luscious greenery and a meandering walkway replete with bridges stationed over charming man-made canals.
The bathroom of the Table Mountain Suite
The hotel is also the location of the second space of The Melrose Gallery, which launched at the resort in February 2019 to coincide with the Cape Town Art Fair.
It opened with works by the internationally celebrated artist Dr Esther Mahlangu as well as an exhibition entitled Timeless, revealing works by regional artists Willie Bester, Paul Blomkamp, Christiaan Diedericks, Aza Mansongi, Clint Strydom, Ndabuko Ntuli, Ronald Muchatuta, and Restone Maambo. The opening marks once again the significance of Cape Town’s growing art scene and the importance of its artists both regionally and internationally.
The bedroom of the Marina Room
As for rooms, there is plenty to choose from. There’s the Marina Rise block with views of Table Mountain, or the more spacious Island Suites located near the pool. Then there’s the Marina Harbour Room on the third floor offering a spacious 678-square foot suite with options of a king or queen-size bed and a balcony with a view of Table Mountain. The views at the resort are superb and worth several days here to take in properly, whether it be via the pool or your balcony.
The hotel also comprises three restaurants: Nobu, where you can get a taste of chef Nobuyaki Matsushisa’s signature Japanese dishes combined with South African flavours; Reubens, boasting the work of the local chef after which it takes its name; and Isola, the poolside restaurant, which serves pizzas and seafood (in the summer – that’s the rest of the world’s winter). And lastly, don’t forget the hotel’s glamorous lounge bar called Vista.
You’re in the center of it all here, just a few minutes away from the V&A Waterfront, with its variety of shopping experiences, restaurants and galleries and close as well as to the new Zeitz MOCAA museum of contemporary African art. But nothing beats a day lounging at the pool and gazing up at the natural magnificence of Table Mountain.
Marina Harbour double rooms from Dhs1,661 (low season) and Dhs2,070 (high season)
To read more, pick up the Summer 2019 issue of Harper's Bazaar Interiors