The 131-room One&Only Resort in Cape Town is beefing up it eye-catching art installations to complement the already stunning views of Table Mountain from its lobby. For groups, the hotel is launching a series of half- and full-day art tours in time for Cape Town’s 2014 designation as World Design Capital.
The resort is offering two curated options for 30-pax group tours, an ideal way to get up close and personal with the members of the Cape Town art world . The first is the Galleries Art Tour, featuring an art expert guiding groups through city’s most inspiring art galleries, including the Irma Stern Museum, Everard Read’s waterfront art space and the innovative What if the World Gallery, named one of the “Top 50 Emerging Galleries from Around the World” by Contemporary Magazine.
The second offering is the Contemporary Art Tour, which begins at The Foundry, in the once run-down suburb of Woodstock. Today the area is reinvented, and groups can chat with the metalworkers, sculptors and jewelers who craft there, as well as explore myriad shops and studios in the neighborhood. After an afternoon of meet-and-greets with artists, the final stop is in the Kalk Bay artist’s district, where tour goers can immerse themselves in Cape Town’s thriving hub of color and creativity, or break bread at the beloved 150-pax Polana Restaurant.
The Polana is located on the ground level of the Harbour House complex and features a beautifully appointed cocktail lounge built on the rocks, only meters away from the crashing waves. Menu wise expect free-range, pasture-fed beef that delivers classics like rib eye, sirloin and fillet expertly grilled to order, or freshest seafood plucked straight from the harbor.