The One Above

City Hotel, V & A


The term luxury penthouse does this property an injustice; it’s more like a sophisticated private hotel above the Cape Town city skyline. Sitting above the One&Only Hotel in the V&A Waterfront, every aspect of this piece of real estate is a feast for the eyes, and the soul.

360 degree views await those lucky enough to stay at this address. On the one side, there is a majestic view of Table Mountain and on the other, a clear view of Robben Island – two very popular things to see on the list of holidays in South Africa. The outside views are only half of it. The walls of The One Above pay homage to some of South Africa’s most prestigious artists and photographers while the rest of the property lays claim to contemporary furniture and design.

It doesn’t take much to see why this is one of the top luxury accommodations in Cape Town or why it was included in Town & Country Magazine’s Top 100 hotels in the world. Like a hotel, The One Above comes with its own staff. While a private chef prepares dishes of the highest standard for you, a private butler will ensure you won’t be doing the dishes afterwards. 

The One Above experience aims to be a flawless one. Whether enjoying sundowners prepared by the butler at the outside bar by the private pool or simply sitting on the couch watching TV on the 42-inch flat screen, guests can be sure they are truly living among the clouds. The TV remote in their hand – well that just might control the weather too, ensuring you really have the perfect stay.


The One Above offers 4 en-suite bedrooms with the main bedroom being the true gem of this penthouse. Not only does it feature his and hers separate bathrooms, but it offers those who want to live like celebrities a walk in closet – perfect to put all your shopping from the V&A Waterfront in.


Facilities include a sauna, gym, wine cellar, office and two swimming pools. Those in search of a quiet place to read will enjoy the serene library.

Child Policy

Children of all ages welcome.

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When you book a holiday with us we will provide full driving instructions for reaching your accommodation, where necessary; these can be used by yourself, or you could enjoy the luxury of a driver. Alternatively we will arrange private (car rather than coach) transfers for you; helicopter transfers are also possible for some destinations.

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