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One&Only Cape Town is the No.1 Top City Hotel in Africa and the Middle East

South Africa, Cape Town, 6 July 2012; One&Only Cape Town has scooped the Top City Hotel in Africa & the Middle East acknowledgement in the 2012 Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards, confirming it is officially the best hotel in the region.

Leading international travel publication Travel + Leisure announced today One&Only Cape Town's position as the No. 1 Top City Hotel in the Africa and Middle East region and voted No.14 in the Top 100 World's Best Hotels with a average score of 95.33 overall. Travel + Leisure's World's Best is arguably the most prestigious international awards program for luxury hotels. Given the size and diversity of these continents and regions, these awards have understandably been met with great excitement from the One&Only international team. Our home city, Cape Town was voted No.4 in the Top 10 Cities.

"It is the never ending pursuit of service excellence, combined with authentic South African hospitality, genuine friendliness and ensuring guests needs and expectations at every touch point are exceeded, that has contributed to this recognition" comments Clive Bennett, Managing Director One&Only Cape Town.

Fiercely determined to be the best in South Africa, the team at One&Only Cape Town is committed to excellence that has not gone unnoticed. Travel + Leisure's recognition of One&Only Cape Town as the No.1 Top City Hotel in Africa & the Middle East is a much coveted award for the resort's dedication to service and unparalleled experiences, with validation that One&Only Cape Town is not only the best in the city, but among the best hotels in the world.

Due for publication in Travel + Leisure Magazine and online at http://www.travelandleisure.com/ this August, the Travel + Leisure 2012 World's Best Awards is a fully audited awards program based solely on reader entries (travel-industry professional votes are eliminated) that recognizes the top destinations, hotels, airlines, cruise lines, river cruises, car-rental companies, and outfitters.

The results are from an annual World's Best Awards Survey, where readers rank their favourite destinations and travel companies on a variety of characteristics.

In order to maintain integrity in the voting process and during the data collection process, a questionnaire developed by the editors of Travel + Leisure, in association with ROI Research Inc., was made available to Travel + Leisure readers at TLWorldsBest.com from December 1, 2011, to March 31, 2012. Readers were invited to participate through Travel + Leisure magazine, T+L iPad editions and newsletters, and online at TravelandLeisure.com. After March 31, 2012, respondents were screened by Travel + Leisure and responses from any identified travel-industry professionals who completed the survey were eliminated from the final tally.

One&Only Cape Town is the African flagship of the world-renowned One&Only collection. This five-star luxury urban resort was the first city-based resort initiated by the brand and since its opening just three years ago in 2009 has achieved outstanding success, receiving a number of local and international awards for its varied world class offerings. Understandably, the resort, situated in the heart of Cape Town's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, is one of the city's most desired luxury destinations.

The resort itself boasts spectacular views of Table Mountain, 131 deluxe rooms and suites and two purpose-built islands, one of which plays host to the most luxurious spa in the city. Spanning over 1000m2, the Afro-Zen style Spa includes some 10 treatment rooms, heated vitality pools, sauna and aroma-steam rooms, a suitably extensive menu of treatments, an outdoor yoga pavilion and 2 Bastien Gonzalez Pedi:Mani:Cure nail studios where the podiatrist-to-the-stars' signature hand and feet treatments are provided by specially trained practitioners. The Spa has achieved great success since the resort's opening, among some of its awards for 2011 are the Spa Silver Sage Readers Choice Award for Best Spa in the Middle East and Africa as well as Best Spa in Africa at The World Spa Awards and the Spa Finder Readers' Choice Award for favourite Spa in Africa as well as Top 10 for Best Interior Design in the same awards.

One of the most popular drawcards at One&Only Cape Town is the world-class dining. In 2011, Nobu Cape Town achieved a Top 10 place in the Eat Out Awards, South Africa's most prestigious restaurant awards program. The first representative of the Nobu brand in Sub Saharan Africa, the restaurant has built on the already-impeccable Nobu reputation to become one of the most respected restaurants in South Africa. The other main dining destination at One&Only Cape Town is Reuben's. With celebrity South African chef Reuben Riffel as its Executive Chef and award-winning sommelier Luvo Ntezo at the helm of the 5000-bottle strong wine cellar, the busy eatery serves as an exemplary ambassador for contemporary South African cuisine and fine wines.

Aside from the impressive hotel facilities for those enjoying a business or leisure break at this five-star urban resort, One&Only Cape Town is fast becoming one of the most sought after wedding offerings in the city. The new look banqueting space, with its ivory paneling and glittering Italian chandeliers is a must-see for style-conscious brides and with a dedicated team poised to create a spectacular wedding celebration, it's no surprise that couples in the know are making their bookings well in advance.

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