Set­ting keeps you on a high

The pent­houses at the top of the ex­clu­sive One and Only Re­sort in Cape Town are in a league of their own, writes Lea Jacobs

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WHEN the One & Only was built in Cape Town it was the first lux­ury ho­tel to open in the area for 10 years. En­vis­aged by hote­lier Sol Kerzner, the One and Only Re­sort group now fea­tures seven ho­tels around the globe and has be­come fa­mous for the level of ser­vice and high stan­dards of ac­com­mo­da­tion that they of­fer.

Set in ex­otic places amid glo­ri­ous scenery, the ho­tels are in a class of their own.

Since the Soc­cer World Cup, Cape Town has ce­mented its rep­u­ta­tion as the most pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tion in Africa.

The re­gion was voted the top hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion by Bri­tish Air­ways trav­ellers.

The tourism in­dus­try ac­counts for 9,8% of the prov­ince’s GDP and em­ploys about 10% of the prov­ince’s work­force.

With its stun­ning beaches, spec­tac­u­lar scenery and wide va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties, Cape Town con­tin­ues to at­tract the crème de la crème of the in­ter­na­tional jet set, and the One and Only has come into its own, at­tract­ing fa­mous names to our shores.

No won­der: with ex­cep­tional views of Ta­ble Moun­tain and the Vic­to­ria & Al­bert Water­front, the ho­tel of­fers out­stand­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion and ser­vice in a city held in high re­gard by tourists.

Kerzner has proved time and time again that he has what it takes to build beau­ti­ful ho­tels. En­ter­ing the in­dus­try in 1962, he has gone on to build some of the finest ho­tels in the coun­try, in­clud­ing the Bev­erly Hills in Umh­langa Rocks in 1964 and Sun City, his most am­bi­tious pro­ject at the time, in 1979.

Then he built ho­tels in the US and the Ba­hamas, be­fore launch­ing the One and Only brand. There are cur­rently seven ho­tels around the world that share the One and Only name, in­clud­ing Mex­ico and Mau­ri­tius. The re­sorts are highly re­garded, of­fer­ing the hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ences of a life­time to those that can af­ford it.

Two pent­houses in the Cape Town ho­tel are on the mar­ket, with panoramic views of Ta­ble Moun­tain and Robben Is­land.

“Own­ing one of those prop­er­ties af­fords the buyer the most sought-af­ter ad­dress in SA, sta­tus be­yond mea­sure and an in­com­pa­ra­ble lux­ury life­style,” says Pa­tri­cio Pug­nalin, from Gre­eff Prop­er­ties, who, in an af­fil­i­a­tion with Christie’s, have the man­date to mar­ket the prop­er­ties.

“The Gre­eff-Christie’s af­fil­i­a­tion pro­vides cus­tom-tai­lored so­lu­tions for ex­cep­tional prop­er­ties. The au­thor­ity of the brand, the strength of the global re­la­tion­ships forged by the af­fil­i­ate net­work, and the power of the prop­erty mar­ket­ing strate­gies work to­gether to achieve a suc­cess­ful real es­tate trans­ac­tion.”

The group uses var­i­ous mar­ket­ing strate­gies, rang­ing from ad­ver­tise­ments fea­tured in the Lux­ury Col­lec­tion to Christie’s in­ter­na­tional es­tate mag­a­zine and tar­geted prop­erty brochures that are de­liv­ered to prime in­ter­na­tional prospects and are dis­played in af­fil­i­ate of­fices and Christie’s lo­ca­tions around the world.

The first pent­house on the rooftop of the ho­tel mea­sures 1 440m², while the sec­ond has 810m² of floor space.

The pent­houses fea­ture ex­pan­sive liv­ing space, in­clud­ing gen­er­ous din­ing ar­eas and broad out­door ter­races with panoramic views, pro­vid­ing the per­fect en­vi­ron­ment for for­mal din­ing or a cock­tail party at sun­set.

Ac­cessed by pri­vate lifts, each pent­house has four en suite bed­rooms with Ta­ble Moun­tain views, in­clud­ing a mas­ter suite with hisand-hers bath­rooms.

Res­i­dents of the pent­houses at One & Only Cape Town can call upon a wide va­ri­ety of per­son­alised ser­vices from the re­sort, from ded­i­cated but­lers to pri­vate cater­ing from the Miche­lin­starred restau­rant Nobu.

This un­par­al­leled ur­ban life­style in­cludes ac­cess to the One & Only Spa, a state-of-the-art fit­ness cen­tre of­fer­ing ex­pert per­sonal train­ing, Yoga, Pi­lates and a 350m² heated, in­fin­ity-edge pool. Con­tact: Gre­eff Prop­er­ties Pa­tri­cio Pug­nalin 082 874 2464

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