Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is arguably one of the best locations in the world for a five-star hotel. The views are neck-craningly beautiful, with the bustling waterfront demanding attention along with Table Mountain, which sits Olympus-like, up in the clouds.
Once eyes are torn away from Mother Nature’s handiwork, the interiors and features of One&Only are just as impressive. There are 10 different categories of rooms and suites, located either in the seven-storey crescent-shaped Marina Rise tower or on the Island – the world-class spa is located on another island within the grounds.
We love our one-bedroom Grand Marina Suite in the Marina building, with Table Mountain a permanent fixture from our balcony and out our windows. Perhaps one day we can return and enjoy the property’s Presidential Suite, which is one of the finest suites available in the Mother City.
We dine onsite at Nobu, drink and dine at Isola by the massive 350-square-metre infinity pool and indulge in fine South African wines and copious cocktails at the Vista Bar & Lounge. We do leave the property to explore further afield, to Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, and of course to join the Gods – and the very cute dassies – up on the top of Table Mountain.
After strolling around the pathways and taking in the views over Devil’s Peak to the east and Lion’s Head to the west, as well as Signal Hill and Robben Island, we head back down the cableway, eyes bulging at the spectacular Mother City down below.