One and Only Review – Cape Town, South Africa

The One and Only – 5-star hotel was our first stop in Cape Town. I have to say it is definitely the right place to start your vacation if you are searching for a luxurious hotel with a breathtaking panoramic view of Table Mountain and the option of several dining areas.

One and Only view – Cape Town, South Africa

Service & facilities

The Hotel boasts a sleek modern design. Comprising of 91 rooms and suites in the main hotel plus 40 island suites; talk about 5-star. Outdoors you can expect to find an infinity pool with sunbeds and cabanas providing the perfect atmosphere for relaxing; complimented by the Spa and Gym, for those who want to treat themselves that extra bit.

The Gym is very spacious, well equipped with quality machinery and weights. For all fitness lovers, be sure to find everything that you need here.

One and Only pool – Cape Town, South Africa

Spa

The Hotels Spa was beautifully tranquil and offered a wide variety of body treatments, massages, and facials. After you have relished in the SPA service of your choice you may enter the private relaxation room where you can drift away into the mellow atmosphere. Be sure to make use of the Jacuzzi & sauna facilities as well.

One and Only Spa – Cape Town, South Africa

One and Only Review - Cape Town, South Africa

Rooms

Upon entering our couple bed suite, we found a flawlessly clean room with a generously sized bed which had adorable shaped chocolates on the pillows for us. The beds themselves were as though sleeping on a cloud they were so comfortable and it is obvious that your comfort is their priority as even the pillows were great.

One and Only Suite - Cape Town, South Africa

Even though the room was impressive at first glance, the bathroom is where the suite really got me. Large with a minimalistic, oval bathtub and a separate shower. The hotel and designers spared no expense as in addition to the large room is also a big terrace with a stunning view of Table Mountain.

One and Only bathtub with a view - Cape Town, South Africa

Food and Drink

Breakfast at Reuben’s is outstanding with a fantastic choice of fresh squeezed juices and even includes oysters (it seems to be very popular thing to include the Five star hotels of Cape Town!) Fresh gluten free bread and a la carte menu with a wide array of choices, whilst maintaining a very high standard in both quality and service. What I would do to eat here every morning!

The One and Only Hotel offers one of the most extensive High Tea times as there is a staggering selection of tea & coffee accompanied by an excellent sweet section of mini macaroons, scones, cupcakes, baked cheese, one of the best cheesecakes I have ever tried and so much more. Everything was delicious, and they did not slack when it came to presentation. The High Tea is from 14:30 to 17:30 but you are welcome to continue sitting there for a bit longer.
In my opinion, the One & Only serves one of the best High Tea’s in Cape Town, typically costing about R295.

One and Only High Tea - Cape Town, South Africa

The Japanese cuisine Nobu restaurant was marvellous and one would describe as a great experience. I highly recommend a visit for all you oriental food lovers. Something I thought to make them stand out was their creative and unique sashimi dishes.

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We enjoyed the Reuben’s (breakfast restaurant) so much we returned for dinner and it certainly did not fail to maintain its high standard of food. I found the pricing to be very fair for what you are getting as well.

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Summery

Great Location – Very central for those wishing to explore the food markets, V&A Waterfront and not too far from Green Point (where the 2010 Football World Cup stadium stands) and Sea Point (a higher end community with plenty of activities along the coast). Very safe to walk and explore around this side of town as there are public guards patrolling the areas regularly. Good for couples, friends, families, or even business travellers.

One and Only Sunrise view Restaurant - Cape Town, South Africa

Tip

Ask for a mountain view; as you will benefit from having the option to enjoy a beautiful sunrise from the balcony.

Good to Know

One&Only is just a 2 km walk from the Cape Town International Convention
 Centre and 22 km from Cape Town International Airport.
 Island Villas are more for families and don’t have a view of Table Mountain
 The hotel is 10 minutes on foot from the touristy but very famous V&A
 Waterfront and only 5 minutes from the food market
 The outdoor pool shown on the website is the Private Spa Island pool, and the Infinity Pool is only available to guests in the Penthouse suites.

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Why Yoga Retreat Is The Best Holiday Option For You

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“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

Why Yoga Retreat Is The Best Holiday Option For You

”Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.”

B.K.S. Iyengar
Founder Of Iyengar Yoga

After my latest retreat experience in Sri Lanka, I decided to introduce an entirely new category called “Health and Wellness” based on my personal experiences. It will combine travel with wellness, to inspire and help others consider their body, mind & soul when planning a holiday and try to help people find exactly what they are looking for.

For years I worked extremely hard, sleeping only 3-5 hours (sometimes not sleeping at all!). Not only was I being completely absorbed by my job, working overtime, but I was also conscious of my body. So in my daily routine I only paid attention to fat burning exercise such as cardio and weight lifting. I was so focused on maintaining a good physique I pushed myself and my body way to hard. I was stuck in a self-destructive cycle.

At that time, I found myself questioning if this is all that life had to offer. I had lost all motivation to solve existing problems as though an actual ball of stress was manifesting itself within me, making me feel constant fatigue and tearfulness. I had completely lost the desire to strive for success; it was only a matter of time before all these feelings reflected in my physical health. I was eventually diagnosed with anxiety which was primarily caused by chronic stress and depression. Something had to seriously change in my life as I was heading in a downwards spiral losing control over my own life.

I brought Yoga came into my life just when these feelings started to become overwhelming, as I was searching for a “non-medical” help. After reading a few stories of how Yoga worked so well for others in combating anxiety, I decided to take a trip to Bali. There I was introduced to a type of yoga I saw fit for me. As I had become accustomed to active sports yoga was different and much more challenging than I first anticipated. My favourite however difference which also happened to be the main one was that throughout the yoga classes I was told to listen to my body. Not to push myself; treating my body as a vessel, separate to my mind but to consider it all as interconnected. I finally understood that if any one of the three, body, mind or soul, were in a bad place it would bring down the rest. Contrary, if I was in a low mental state due to personal factors, I could bring positivity back by taking care of my body and finding peace in my soul.

After I started practicing yoga, I felt that an unusual calmness began to spread throughout my mind! I believe it’s something that every sentient being should aspire to achieve in our crazy world. Yoga helped rejuvenate my strength and release unnecessary feelings such as anger and sorrow. It unlocked my mind, helping to change my perspective on life and thus allowing new opportunities to present themselves to me. I find it easier to tackle issues as they emerge and stay on top of things rather than feeling like I am drowning in them. Soon after I began this journey of practising Yoga, this ball of stress that I use to constantly feel within me began to fade. With each passing day it became clearer to me that this feeling was a projection of my mismanaged issues and it was a way to cope with the devastating feelings I subjected myself to. A tranquillity that I have not felt in years was being restored to my soul.

It is obvious in today’s world many people are stuck in a 09:00-17:00 job and have a daily routine to pay off bills and other everyday amenities. However, don’t allow this to disconnect you from your body and soul. Instead of using your holiday to just lay in the sun and “recover” from all the hard work, why don’t you truly treat your body and consider these beneficial factors when deciding on one of your annual holidays:

Release the stress

If you don’t take the time to listen to your body, mind, and spirit, how, could you be aware of what’s wrong with it? By taking a break from everything and focusing on your self-care, you can assess what is damaged and work on the healing process. A retreat allows you to rest and be free from the stresses you leave at home, focusing primarily on your personal growth.

Meet New People

Surrounding yourself with a group of people who are all at a place for similar interests allows you to form strong bonds and progress faster in the process of healing and development. These likeminded people may end up inspiring you or even better you may inspire others which in either case will leave you with a boost of positivity to life.

Easy and Healthy

As the retreat is focusing solely on your health and wellbeing, everything is taken into account from your exercise and downtime to your nutrition. Your meals are specifically health focused and will be prepared for you. This is also an easy way to see what sort of things you should be eating on a daily basis.

Location, Location, and one more time Location

Choosing a yoga retreat, you’re not only signing up to practice yoga every day, but you’re also committing to an adventure. Yoga retreats take many factors into account when choosing a location all of which will help unlock creativity and spark a pro-life attitude within. Pick a yoga retreat in a place you’ve always wanted to visit so you can combine travel and personal development.

A fresh start

Holding on to the past prevents you, in many cases, from moving ahead in life. Being able to let go of these things are always difficult thus we haven’t done so already. Another benefit of being surrounded by people who share this feeling is the sharing of energy within the group. Seeing others overcoming and letting go of past issues creates a sense of self-awareness that proves you are capable of doing so also! When you let go of the past, you free up a huge amount of energy which can then be directed into enjoying life that much more. That may be one of the greatest benefits of attending yoga.

Combining travel with exercise

Of course, we all want to unwind on holiday so don’t comprehend the word exercise as exhausting. Most of us could use the extra hand when it comes to keeping motivated with respect to exercise so put yourself in a group where you don’t have to worry about creating a routine. Everything is already figured out for you!

After your arrival at the resort, you can start to experience paradise, practicing yoga and enjoying beautiful surrounding’s. Once you are there it all starts to make sense. Destinations like Bali, Thailand, Morocco and Spain are great places to start. Of course, all depends on personal preference and where you are based.

Check out BookYogaRetreats.com; it is much easier to compare all the available yoga retreats here. Get inspired by all the yoga holidays below and change your life. Book away!

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The Twelve Apostles Hotel and SPA – Cape Town, South Africa

We had the great privilege to stay at the  5-star boutique hotel, The Twelve Apostles hotel and SPA. As we had arrived earlier than the check-in time, our room wasn’t quite ready yet but this was not a problem. The hotel invited us to the bar and offered us some drinks, such a great start!

The Twelve Apostles Hotel - Cape Town, South Africa

Size

The Twelve Apostles Hotel looks small from outside but we were surprised at the spaciousness and quantity of rooms with a sea or mountain view.

The Twelve Apostles Hotel - Cape Town, South Africa

Service & facilities

The staff at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and SPA very friendly, competent and always prepared to go the extra mile to ensure a pleasent stay. The shuttle and drivers provided an outstanding service, always cheerfully greeting us before dropping us off.
There are two tranquil swimming pools, a cinema which sits up to 12 people, two restaurants, a small fitness room and an authentic African bar.

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 The Hotel’s fitness room is not that big and the equipment is slightly old however hotel shuttle service provides a transport to a partner fitness center (which is complimentary to the guests of the hotel). The driver will drop you off at the gym and arrange a pick up timefor when you are done. You can also phone the hotel, and they will organize a pick up earlier or later if meed be. They are very flexible and keen to work to each guests satisfaction.

SPA

We didn’t get a chance to try the Spa, but we heard that it is very popular. It seems to always be booked and one of the best rated SPA’s in Cape Town.

Room

Our Suite was spacious with a fabulous view of the sea from our balcony. Extremely comfortable beds, huge bathroom with shower and bathtub.

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Food and Drink

The Azure restaurant served excellent food.
Breakfast was small but fresh with Oysters, berries, fruits, nuts, fish, meat, cheese, freshly baked bread and Champagne to top it all off.

Breathtaking view over the sea is an incredible start to every morning. Unfortunately it was windy for most of our stay, so we didn’t get to enjoy the outdoor terrace as much as we would have liked to.

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The Leopard Bar is truly something special. The decor is authentic with large sofas and a terrace, as it is located onthe top floor, with yet another heart warming view.  It is a fantastic place to relax, fit for social gatherings with friends or family. Its seems to be extremely popular with the locals as well.

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Dinner at Azure

The service is excellent; location is fabulous. The food was okay nothing special.

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The Café Grill

This Cafe is inside the Twelve Apostles.  An Adorable small place with a beautiful view to Mountain, clean light  blue and white interior; beautiful cakes, cupcakes that were to die for!

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Summery of The Twelve Apostles Hotel and SPA

We enjoyed The Twelve Apostles Hotel and SPA, pleasant friendly and warm atmosphere. Our beautiful suite, and breakfast with an ocean view each day. I wouldn’t recommend this hotel if you want to be close to the city center, but if you looking for something out of the norm this is the place for you as you won’t be disappointed. I hope to have an opportunity to come back here again.

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Tip

– The Twelve Apostles Hotel and SPA provides shuttles to the Waterfront and Camps Bay
– There are walking trails from the back of the hotel to Table Mountain for any hike enthusiasts.
– It’s a pet-friendly hotel; you are welcome  to bring your pets in The Café Grill and Leopard Bar

The Twelve Apostles Hotel - Cape Town, South Africa

Why you should stay here

– Breathtaking views and the sunsets are gorgeous.
– The ocean view suites have plentiful  space and are quite simply magnificent!
– Very nicely appointed rooms and an exceptionally comfortable bed
– Resort like service and amenities without the over-bearing size of a typical resort
– A delicious breakfast with a stunning view
– Free shuttle service into Cape Town and fitness center

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Social Media Event at Bayerischer Hof – Munich, Germany

You guys often ask me to also write some a bit more personal blog posts so here is one of them.

Two weeks ago I had a media event for The Leading Hotels of the World at the traditional German hotel – Bayerischer Hof. It is an authentic, historic and traditional luxury hotel. Bayrischer Hof is part of the Leading Hotels of the World (LHW), having the excellent location near Marienplatz. There are various shopping streets with plenty of choices of restaurants and bars nearby.


Some highlights of the Bayrischer Hof hotel were

Spacious rooms with comfortable beds, nothing special.

The hotel bar and nightclub are worth a visit.

The breakfast offered a good variety of healthy and delicious dishes which you could enjoy on the rooftop along with a beautiful view over the city.

 The gym is small but offers all equipment that you need.

 The staff was very helpful and friendly as expected in a five-star luxury hotel ;).

 My Insider Tip: Try to get a room that is not so far from the lifts with fantastic view other the lake. 


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It was good to meet up with influencers, chat and enjoy healthy smoothies 🙂

Social Media Event at Bayerischer Hof - Munich, Germany

At the very cozy, small but comfortable Cinema Lounge we were introduced to a short video about The Leading Hotels of the World.

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This was the beautiful and charming Garden restaurant at Bayerischer Hof Hotel.

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We made a round trip through the kitchen of the Michelin-starred restaurant Atelier by Jan Hartwig.

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The event ended with a wonderful dinner in the garden restaurant of the Bayerischer Hof.
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I am very glad to have had the opportunity to visit this legendary hotel in Munich and having had a good talk about future collaborations with Leading Hotels of the World (LHW). Many fantastic luxury places are already on my list 😉

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“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

Sailing Cruise – Santorini, Greece

Sunset Oia Sailing Cruise – Santorini was one of the best things we did throughout our trip to Greece.

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The driver picked us up from our hotel and delivered us to the port. A catamaran was already waiting for us. We were so lucky to have a perfect amount of people on the board, enough space for everyone.

The catamaran was in excellent condition, clear, modern and well kept.

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The crew was kind, friendly and very helpful. The team prepared delicious food for us. A great vegetarian meal with Greek salad which was great and for other guests barbecue with salad and wine. The food was good; it was some of the best we had in Greece.

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Every location we arrived was unique and beautiful. It was enough time to soak up some sun and go swimming.

Sunset Oia Sailing Crouise - Santorini, Greece

We skipped going in the water at the hot springs because we heard it could permanently stain your white and light swimsuit, so bring something dark.

Sunset Oia Sailing Crouise - Santorini, Greece

The “white” beach and “red” beach were fantastic. The catamaran doesn’t take you directly to the beach, but you can swim and snorkel right off the shore. The water is pretty cold at the end of October but very clear and colorful. The guys provided us with beach towels, which was a great detail as you don’t need to bring some with you.

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Everything about this trip was fantastic, fun and relaxing. It’s a chance to get some amazing photos and some breathtaking views.  This a must do in Santorini, and we enjoyed it!

Sunset Oia Sailing Crouise - Santorini, Greece

Thanks for this amazing experience of  Sailing Cruise – Santorini, Greece to  www.edeltrotter.de

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“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta