One&Only Resorts to Enter the Urban Jungle

By Paul Joseph

One&Only, the renowned luxury resorts operator with properties in some of the world’s most exotic destinations, is venturing into unchartered territories.

The company has announced that it is to open several new One&Only resorts in a number of unchartered locations, including cities and national parks.

The Urban Resorts collection will see properties pop up in cities, while the move into nature sites will include resorts in some of the world’s most desirable destinations for wildlife and nature lovers.

Furthermore, the brand will also be venturing into the realm of private homes, following in the footsteps of companies such as onefinestay who offer guests the chance to experience life as a local, but with all the services and amenities of a luxury hotel.

“I am thrilled we are able to continue to evolve the One&Only experience, providing the once-in-a-lifetime experiences in which our guests seek,” says Philippe Zuber, President and Chief Operating Officer, One&Only Resorts.

“Building on the legacy and success of One&Only, it is an exciting time for the brand as we continue to combine completely distinctive experiences with ultra-luxury. We look forward to sharing additional locations for our resorts, whether it be in the ultimate address in a prime city or an authentically wild undiscovered location soon.”

As part of its new collections, One&Only has announced two opening in Rwanda. One&Only Nyungwe House is designed to fit harmoniously within its natural surroundings and is situated in Gisakura, a working tea plantation, on the edge of the Nyungwe National Park thought to be one of the oldest parks in Africa.

Luxury suites and villas will be modern in design, yet with traditional African touches, each overlooking the vast African terrain with private decks and fireplaces. The property will be welcoming guests in 2017.

Meanwhile the One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is being built near the village of Kingi which is on the foothills of the Virunga Volcano range. This beautiful resort, nestled amongst a forest of eucalyptus trees will provide breath-taking views of Rwandan hills and the slopes of the Volcanoes National Park.

One&Only Resorts was founded by South African business magnate Sol Kerzner in 2002.

By Paul Joseph