Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

JAN-FEB 2016

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As Cape Town is quickly becoming a foodie destination, it should come as no surprise that Executive Chef Reuben Rifel is a local celebrity; a local boy of modest means who learned to cook at his mother's side and has risen through the ranks to become a star in the global culinary stratosphere. Te cuisine at Reuben's pays homage to its South African patrons. Sommelier Luvo Ntezo, possesses an arguably unrivaled and infectious passion for his trade, and South African varietals in particular (and not at all afraid to cite shortcomings when his nose or palette dictates). He is consistently rated tops among his peers in all of South Africa. Overnight guests can choose from 91 guest rooms and suites in the tower overlooking the marina or one of 40 rooms that surround the spa on secluded and lushly landscaped islands only accessibly by a footbridge. The spa is one of the most comprehensive in the region, ofering 12 treatment suites, two vitality pools, sauna and steam rooms, a hair salon and the Bastien Gonzalez Pedi:Mani:Care Studio. A large free-form pool and restaurant round out the spa island amenities. A large ftness center in the main resort building boasts a dedicated Kinesis training room and studios for Yoga and Pilates. Tere is a certain discernable gentleness palpable among South Africans, which comes through in the service at the One & Only. When someone responds "my pleasure" to a request, it never seemed contrived. Although be warned that when a local remarks that they'll see you "now now," it could be five minutes or 45. A scenario, it should be noted, that I never encountered with hotel staf. With its Mediterranean climate, abundance of wineries, 70 peaks above 950 feet, extensive coastline and semi-arid fringes, at times I felt as though I was traveling through California (the concept of "Cape Time," also reminded me of a California casual attitude). Day trips encompass the mountains to the sea with areas of interest from art to zoology. Tose seeking to view the "Big Five" can do so as part of a day safari at a game park less than two hours away. The aforementioned shark experience is a 2.5-hour scenic drive along the picturesque "Garden Route." I'm told Chris Fallows of Apex Shark Expeditions (and the One & Only's preferred tour provider), is among the best, providing exhilarating experiences that are respectful of the sharks and their environment. A visit to the rugged Cape of Good Hope, situated at the perceived meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, provides the chance to see 250 species of birds, baboons and scores of picturesque overlooks. Entrance of the One & Only Cape Town. 38 slmag.net

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