Since its glitzy opening in April 2009, attended by Mariah Carey, Robert De Niro and Nelson Mandela, the One&Only Cape Town has become the place to be seen. The first urban hotel from the luxe One&Only brand, the hotel has 131 rooms and suites: each of the 91 sleek Marina Rise rooms has a postcard-perfect view of Table Mountain; or choose one of the 40 Island rooms and suites, surrounded by waterways. Restaurants include Africa's first Nobu and, in the evenings, the Vista Bar, which offers cocktails ranging from the classic to the experimental (biltong-flavoured vodka anyone?), is buzzing with hip locals as well as guests. Wow factor: Do you know your pinotage from your pinot noir? The hotel has a three-storey wine loft with more than 5,000 bottles; wine-tasting sessions presided over by sommeliers are available. Flight time: Twelve hours. Go: Book with Turquoise Holidays; call 01494 678400 or visit for more details or email <a href=""></a>