One&Only Cape Town celebrates its fifth year as Africa’s finest city resort

| March 26, 2014

It has been five years since One&Only Cape Town opened its doors – the first urban resort in South Africa and indeed the African continent. Since then, this world-class property has continued to welcome both local and international guests with open arms, building a reputation as one of the finest five-star properties in Southern Africa. With a highly skilled and dedicated team at its helm and a reputation for an unparalleled level of service, One&Only Cape Town is a beacon of luxury at the tip of the continent.

Exterior of One&Only Cape Town, South Africa

Since opening in 2009, One&Only Cape Town has shown consistent growth year-on-year, while its restaurants and Spa have garnered much praise and plenty of international recognition and awards too. Managing Director Clive Bennett has helped hone a generosity of spirit and personable service that is synonymous with One&Only and with the resort’s continued focus on product innovation, anticipating guests’ needs and delivering an unsurpassed experience, there’s no doubt that the guestbook at One&Only Cape Town will continue to be filled with ample praise.

As a result, there is much to celebrate this April, the resort’s official five-year anniversary and in true One&Only style, the celebrations will be directed at the resort’s guests with specials and decadent offerings aplenty.

Accommodation at One&Only Cape Town, South Africa

5 Ways to Celebrate Life, One&Only Cape Town Style:

1. Drinks and Dining

Happy Birthday to you!
Guests can look forward to a series of celebratory offerings at the resort’s leading restaurants. Diners who book their birthday dinner (on their actual birthday) at Reuben’s or Nobu during the month of April (excluding Easter weekend) will receive a complimentary ‘petit gateau’ after their meal with only 24 hours notice required. Couple this with the exceptional service, outstanding wines and sophisticated ambience and there’s no doubt, it will be a birthday celebration to remember.

Cocktails with a view

Already a popular venue for after-work, pre and post-dinner drinks gatherings, Vista Bar & Lounge is the perfect place to celebrate life, love and everything else. Thanks to a plethora of gourmet cocktails devised by One&Only Cape Town’s resident mixologists, guests at Vista can expect a series of mouthwatering cocktails.  Try these 5 favourite cocktails in April:

Capital Cocktail
Voted as World Design Capital Cape Town’s official cocktail for 2014 and chosen as Cocktail of the Year at the upcoming annual 2014 Fine Brandy Fusion events. A fusion of Collison’s White Gold Brandy, rooibos syrup, apple juice, lime juice and a dab of WDC2014 yellow food colouring

A spring inspired blend of KWV 10 year old brandy, a splash of apple juice and rooibos tea syrup topped with herbal sundown peach foam.

Smoked Margarita
Cointreau, fresh lemon juice and agave syrup, complimented with One&Only Cape Town’s signature homemade smoked tequila and smoked sea salt. Quite simply, the most amazing Margarita you will ever drink.

Blushing Rose Mojito
Bacardi Superior Rum pressed with fresh mint, rose petals, lime juice and finished with a splash of pink grapefruit

Gin, Maraschino liqueur, fresh lemon juice and violet liqueur. A fantastic, tangy cocktail with a floral finish – too many of these and you really will be flying.

Infinity Pool at One&Only Cape Town, South Africa

2. Afternoon Tea Time

Afternoon Tea is a popular institution at One&Only Cape Town and the month of April will see the splendid daily buffet offering both sweet and savoury delights. Of course, it’s Easter in April, so guests and visitors can look forward to an even more indulgent tea-time setup while on Thursday, 3 April (One&Only Cape Town’s official birthday), Head Pastry Chef Rene Simatos, will create a 5-Year Birthday Cake which will be sure to wow all Afternoon Tea guests. For the rest of the month, every day will see Afternoon Tea showcase the birthday in one of Rene’s creative ways.

3. Kids Party Too

What birthday is complete without a party? One&Only Cape Town is offering an all-expenses paid party for 10 children at KidsOnly Club, the resort’s state-of-the-art children’s entertainment centre, exclusive to younger guests. While the children enjoy the fun and games, moms will be similarly spoilt at an indulgent, complimentary Afternoon Tea. The competition to win this party for 10 is on the resort’s Facebook page ( and any parents with children born in 2009 are eligible to enter.

4. Spa & Fitness

One&Only Cape Town’s birthday celebrations extend to the Spa as well this April. Guests booking Spa treatments who also celebrate a birthday in April, will receive a 15% discount on any treatment booked over R500 (excluding current Special Offers). Select ESPA and Bastien Gonzalez products will also be available at a 15% discount. Additionally, anyone who books a 30 minute Personal Training session during the month of April will receive an extra 30 minutes free.

5. Shopping & Sleepover Specials

Guests visiting or staying at One&Only Cape Town will be able to indulge in even more spoils at the renowned NEO Boutique. This ultra-stylish emporium plays host to a slew of international and local designer’s latest fashion offerings and accessories. For many of the brands, NEO is their exclusive home in South Africa. All visitors to the boutique in April will receive a 5% discount off selected products, subject to availability.

South African residents should enquire about One&Only Cape Town’s anniversary accommodation special offers. Given that it is South African school holidays and that the hotel has so many fabulous Easter activities planned for the whole family, there’s no doubt this is an excellent offering indeed.

“As Managing Director, it has been a truly rewarding and humbling experience to see One&Only Cape Town develop from the ‘new kid on the block’ into one of the leading hotels in Southern Africa and in such a short period of time,” comments Clive Bennett. “The continuous accolades for service excellence in conjunction with the achieved rates and occupancies are a testament to the management and staff’s commitment to blowing away the customer.”

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