Luxury Resorts in Cape Town – One & Only and Cellars-Hohenort, Virtuoso Properties
You know it’s going to be a good day when:
1) You wake up to this view of Table Mountain:
2) You’re told you have a free 50 minute spa treatment at the One&Only’s spa.
3) You get to enjoy the spa facilities for a full hour before your treatment:
4) You’re treated to a chef’s tasting lunch at Reuben’s. I finally got to meet our wonderful O&O host, Natalie Wolf, along with our Singita host, James Haigh. We had a fantastic lunch, chatting about our favorite Travel Mart memories – probably a few too many memories shared, in retrospect.
5) You make it to the Cellars-Hohenort in time for a couple of hours free time before dinner.
When we first arrived to the Cellars, there was another sign of a good day (for me), but no one is going to believe me about this: our shark diving company called us to cancel the tour. No, seriously. I am NOT lying. I know I have every reason in the world to make that up, but I will post their follow-up e-mail on here if necessary. They explained that there has been an unusually low amount of Great White spottings lately – so low that they have not even seen one in the past few days. I SWEAR I am not making this up. They asked if we would still like to do the Cape Point tour to see the penguins and reschedule for the diving. When we told them we’re on a limited schedule, so all or nothing, they agreed to take us out on the boat to try again at some shark spotting in the morning. I can’t decide whether I was disappointed or relieved at this news – I would’ve rather it been my choice to brave it or chicken out. I just wanted to forewarn everyone that it may or may not happen – I like to think if it’s meant to be, it will.
As for today, we had a wonderful tour of the Cellars, which the perfect property for those who prefer a more traditional look.
Everything has a charming, garden-like feel to it – light, airy, some parts whimsical. It’s feels like Alice in Wonderland turned into a hotel, minus the trippy scenes.
The Cellars treated us to a very unique dinner – the Cape Malay Experience, where we got to go into a private kitchen area to help the chef prepare the meal (apparently I was the worst at folding samosas, but I was one of the best at eating them). Because I’m extremely tired and have to be up tomorrow at 5 AM for shark diving tomorrow, I’ll leave you with a couple of photos: