Courtesy One&Only Cape Town
One&Only Cape Town, the South African luxury resort known for its stunning views of Table Mountain and eye-catching art installations, is launching a series of half- and full-day art tours for guests, just in time for Cape Town’s 2014 designation as World Design Capital.
It’s not One&Only’s first foray into art. Design guru Adam Tihany did the hotel’s interiors and was part of a group that commissioned South African artists to create installations for the resort. The group also launched a branch of the Goodman Gallery—a contemporary art gallery with spaces in Cape Town and Johannesburg—on the mezzanine level of the hotel.
One&Only is offering two curated options for tours. The first is the Galleries Art Tour, featuring an art expert who guides guests through Cape Town’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 in 2007.
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 guests 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. Half-day tours from $385; full-day tours from $545; At Dock Road, Victoria & Albert Waterfront; 27-21/431-5888; oneandonlyresorts.com.