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One&Only Cape Town 5.0

Cape Town Central, Cape Town, Western Cape

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  • Beautiful waterfront location
  • On-site eateries and bars are helmed by celebrity chefs
  • Large luxurious rooms with Nespresso machines
  • Suites on a private "island" in the bay are massive
  • Large outdoor pool features a sun deck
  • Fitness center, yoga room, and personal trainers on-site
  • Full-service spa and salon are both luxurious
  • Kids' club lounge and activities make it family-friendly
  • Freebies include breakfast at Reuben's and underground parking


  • Free Wi-Fi is limited to an initial bandwidth voucher 
  • Resort fee added onto the already high rates
  • On-site restaurants are pricey

Bottom Line

The One&Only Cape Town isn't the only five-pearl hotel on the waterfront, but it may be the most jaw-dropping in terms of amenities and price. It has two acclaimed restaurants with celebrity buzz, Nobu and Reuben's, with the latter treating guests to a free breakfast every morning. Guest rooms are enormous with all the expected bells and whistles, including Nespresso machines and fantastic views of the marina or Table Mountain. The hotel also has suites and a vast spa on a private island that extends out into the waterway.

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Luxury hotel with its own island spa

The hotel's understated sandstone entryway opens into a cavernous lounge that blends South African-inspired sculptures and artwork with contemporary design. Slender white columns rise to the ceiling of the open-plan space with colorful furniture arranged around dark wood tables and comically sized floor lamps. The most impressive part of the area is the outdoor terrace in back, which leads to exclusive suites surrounded by a waterway that connects to the marina.


On the waterfront overlooking the marina, near an array of attractions

Built along a canal that’s part of Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, One&Only Cape Town also has its own private real estate extending out into the waterway. It's less than a five-minute walk to the center of the waterfront, bustling with shops, restaurants, and other tourist attractions like Two Oceans Aquarium. The city center itself is just a few minutes' drive south while Table Mountain Aerial Cableway and the entrance to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden are each about a 15-minute drive south as well. It's a 20-minute drive southeast to Cape Town International Airport, barring traffic.


Large rooms and suites with stunning views

The One&Only’s 131 rooms are split between those in the main marina building and the 40 suites out on the island, connected by a bridge walkway to the rest of the property. They’re all enormous, and with the smallest unit being 678 square feet, there's plenty of living space amid the earth-toned decor. Each room has a sitting area with a couch and table as well as a work desk. Modern amenities include iPod docks, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, stocked mini-fridges, and Nespresso machines. Private balconies or terraces come with views of Table Mountain or the marina. Bathrooms are partially exposed to the rooms, with double sink vanities and soaking tubs concealed behind wooden screens. Toilets and walk-in rainfall showers have their own private stalls.


Two esteemed restaurants, an outdoor pool, vast spa facilities, and a kids' club

Though expensive, it's hard to beat the dining here, with two restaurants attached to acclaimed chefs Nobuyuki Matsuhisa and Reuben Riffel. Nobu adds South African flavors to its more familiar Japanese standards with use of local seafood and chilies. Reuben's does regional cuisine with international influences, culminating in dishes like grilled Karoo lamb loin with gremolata mash and peri-peri tiger prawns with butternut and spinach wontons. There's also a glass and steel wine loft, rising to three stories of bottled heaven for all to peruse with 5,000 vintages on hand.

The pool and spa are housed on the hotel's island, surrounded by a fantastic palm-lined sun deck. Sun loungers and covered seating surround the pool bar that serves drinks and snacks, including wood-fired pizza. The full-service spa has a scenic relaxation room, sauna, and steam room, along with 12 treatment rooms, including couples' villas. An attached salon has a sought after mani-pedi studio. Back in the main building, the fitness center has numerous treadmills, cross trainers, and weight-training machines. A connected yoga studio has regular Pilates classes and light-filled space for less strenuous workouts. The KidsOnly club provides numerous experiences to keep little ones occupied with its arts and crafts lounge and video game room. Themed activities change daily and include puppet shows, folktale storytelling, Cape Town music shows, and culinary experiences with hotel chefs.

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Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, PO Box 51289, Cape Town Central, Western Cape 8001, South Africa