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New One&Only Cape Town Resort To Open In Spring 2009

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Situated at the centre of Cape Town ’s fashionable Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the new 131-key One&Only Cape Town resort is set to open in Spring 2009. The property, Sol Kerzner’s first hotel in his homeland of South Africa since he completed the Palace of the Lost City in Pilanesberg in 1992, is destined to become Africa ’s most spectacular urban resort.

“One&Only Cape Town will become a significant landmark in Africa with its bold, contemporary design promising to make it one of the world’s leading luxury resort destinations,” says Sol Kerzner, Chairman and CEO of Kerzner International. “I am looking forward to once again contributing to South Africa’s tourism industry, which has seen an incredible growth in recent years. In addition, I am very pleased to open a spectacular resort with a fresh and exciting new concept in my home country in what I’ve always believed to be one of the greatest sites in Cape Town. Opening in plenty of time for the 2010 World Cup, the resort will appeal to the international traveler and play a key role in the local community.’ ”

The four-bedroom penthouses with access by private lifts as well as substantial terraces with pools will set the benchmark for residential luxury living in South Africa. These outstanding properties will be located on the top two floors of the resort’s chic crescent-shaped Marina Tower , thereby taking full advantage of the iconic views of the marina as well as two World Heritage sites: Table Mountain and Robben Island.

The exclusive spa island features the most comprehensive and expansive spa in Cape Town. An oasis of serenity and privacy surrounded by water and dense vegetation, the 1300-square foot One&Only Spa offers 11 treatment suites of which two will have private wet areas for both single and couples treatments. Two vitality pools will complement the relaxation spaces, sauna and steam rooms, and a hair salon and the celebrated Bastien Gonzalez pedicure and manicure studios provide additional facilities.

On the dining front, innovative chef Nobu Matsuhisa will bring one of the most celebrated global restaurant brands featuring his signature Japanese-inspired menu, with a few South African twists, to Nobu Cape Town – the first Nobu in Africa. One&Only Cape Town will also offer a second restaurant called Plate serving tapas-style cuisine and a third outdoor, poolside restaurant, Island Terrace, for more casual dining. Vista, the lobby bar, will have a magnificent three-storey clear glass wall highlighting the scenic Table Mountain views.

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