My husband and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary two weeks ago and naturally making a big fuss about it was in order. I decided to surprise him with a spa treatment but was stumped as to which spa to choose. Enter good ol’ social media informing me that the One & Only Spa V & A Waterfront received the World Spa and Wellness award for the 2014 Hotel Spa of the Year in Africa.  Just like that my dilemma was solved!

Now I don’t usually go for upmarket places as some of them have a notorious reputation for being snobbish. But from the moment of the first inquiry email right down to the booking confirmation, I was treated with the utmost patience and respect. I decided to go for the Precious Moments For Two spa package. It included one hour use of the private couples’ suite’s facilities, 120 minutes of treatments for each person and a voucher for dinner for two at Reuben’s restaurant.

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Prepare for Some Serious R&R

I chose the ESPA Men’s Purifying Facial, Shoulder & Scalp Massage and Mankind treatment for hubby. While I opted for the ESPA Hot Stone Back, Face & Scalp Treatment. As we arrive at the One & Only spa we’re given a quick tour of the spa’s facilities, get changed into our robes and are then escorted to the private couples’ suite. We nibble on the complimentary snacks and champagne while relaxing in the Jacuzzi and steam room. Before we know it, an hour had flies past and a knock at the door signals that our treatments are about to begin. The next two hours are pure bliss. We float away on a cloud of repair and restoration in the very capable hands of our therapists. These two ladies are absolute stars, treating us like royalty and giving us after-care advice for our face and bodies.

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Five Star Dining at Reuben’s

Afterwards we walk all starry-eyed to Reuben’s restaurant for our dinner reservation. Just as we thought it couldn’t possibly get any better, we are met with equally fantastic service! Our waiter is a true gem. He makes the perfect recommendations and even surprises us with little sweet treats and bubbly when he hears it’s our anniversary! We have a delectable and very filling three course meal and go home that evening to a bed filled with lovely dreams of this magnificent Cape Town hotel.

The One & Only hotel, spa and restaurant staff are down-to-earth, extremely helpful and friendly. We felt at ease from the moment we stepped through the hotel doors right through to the moment we left. This is one upmarket establishment I will definitely return to.

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Author: Gaynor

Half city dweller. Half road trip explorer. Full supporter of local South African travel!

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