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June 2013 Hero
This month we've assembled a host of haute amenities and high-octane activities that gents will go mad for. From news on the latest high-tech amenities at One&Only Palmilla, features on the best guy-friendly excursions and spa treatments for him and the ultra-sporty super-stylish Orlebar Brown swim trunks at the NEO boutique at One&Only Reethi Rah, these stories will inspire all tastes. And that’s just the beginning: We’re also bringing you an expert insider’s take on South Africa’s craft beer scene and a recipe for a decadent deli burger from One&Only Cape Town chef Reuben Riffel.

Reservations at One&Only resorts can be made through your preferred travel professional or online at  oneandonlyresorts.com.

Have Wi-Fi, Will Travel
Stay connected on the go with complimentary in-car Wi-Fi during airport transfers to and from One&Only Palmilla.

We’re always working to bring you high-tech solutions that make your stays with us easier, more relaxing and, even, more fun. One of our most recent improvements—this one at One&Only Palmilla, in Los Cabos, Mexico—eliminates that pesky Wi-Fi-free zone that you so often find when travelling from airport to resort. This innovative  in-car Wi-Fi service eliminates your international roaming fees whilst providing you with an effortless transition from the airport to the resort, and back again at the end of your stay.

The complimentary mobile Wi-Fi in our signature transfer vehicles—which include five chauffeured Hummer H2s—takes your plane-side pick-up to new levels, getting you back in communication with the rest of the world as quickly and smoothly as possible on your way to the resort, and keeping you in communication for as long as possible after you leave. This in-car Wi-Fi combines with One&Only Palmilla’s longstanding beloved Air to Go meal amenity and the expert services of our airport hosts, folks who assist with luggage and check-in or arrival, provide refreshments and, during departure, escort you through security and direct you to the new private VIP airport lounge available to all One&Only guests.

We know you want to feel like you’re on holiday and in One&Only’s more than capable hands as soon as you step off the plane, and, with these services and amenities, you most definitely are.

Endless Adventure
Get out and about with these male-minded excursions that bring you beyond the resort’s perimeter.

For some gents, getting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life means little more than spending long lazy days at the beach, by the pool or on the golf course—and, for them, One&Only couldn’t be better. But our resorts also specialise in arranging much more active adventures for folks whose idea of a good time means taking a taste of as many adrenalin-pumping activities as possible. Here, a few favourites from Mauritius, Cape Town, Dubai and The Bahamas.

One&Only Le Saint Géran, Mauritius
Thanks to the sleek 42-foot boat that docks right in the resort’s lagoon, our Indian Ocean retreat can bring guys (and their girls, too, of course) on the deep-sea fishing adventure of a lifetime. Whether on a half- or full-day excursions, you’ll spend tons of time in open water, casting for—and catching—beautiful bonito and dorado, among other varieties, which our chefs will then prepare to your liking, or with their own special recipes.

To book, call +230 401 1688 or email Lsg.Concierge@oneandonlylesaintgeran.com

One&Only Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is one of the world’s great surf destinations, and our urban retreat there makes it easy for you to take great advantage of that fact, bringing you luxury surf and stand-up paddleboard excursions arranged by our friends and partners at the international watersports outfit Tropicsurf.

Having just launched in South Africa, Tropicsurf offers five-star experiences and one-on-one expert instruction for beginners as well as those at more intermediate and advanced levels.

To book, call +27 21 431 5192 or email concierge@oneandonlycapetown.com

One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai
From the high seas we head to the deep desert, where One&Only Royal Mirage offers rollicking dune buggy adventures through the sands of Dubai’s Big Red or Liwa deserts. You’ll go behind the wheel of a rad four-wheeler, custom design and custom built by a former rally driver to incorporate a twin cam 4 motor and five-speed stick shift. Simply put, the rear-engine, real-wheel-drive vehicle is one of the most powerful and best-handling dune buggies out there.

To book, call +971 4 399 9999 or email info@oneandonlyroyalmirage.com
One&Only The Palm, Dubai
Our other Dubai property offers an entirely different—but equally exhilarating—automotive adventure, one that gets you in the driver’s seat of a high-performance race car on an actual Formula 1 track. Held at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit, about an hour’s drive from One&Only The Palm, the experience lets you put the petal to the metal in an Aston Martin GT4, a Chevrolet Camaro or one of the circuit’s other F1 supercars. After a helpful technical briefing, you’ll strap into your vehicle, with a professional driver riding shotgun, for several spins around the track. You and your guide will then make a pit stop to discuss your technique and performance before continuing on, putting his expert advice into practice during your final rubber-burning laps.

To book, call +971 4 440 10 10 or email info@oneandonlythepalm.com
One&Only Ocean Club, The Bahamas
The six Har-Tru courts at our classically colonial-style Paradise Island retreat (four of them floodlit for night-time play) makes One&Only Ocean Club the perfect place to practice that tennis technique. And a one-on-one lesson or specialised clinic with one of our top-flight pros—not least of all the legendary former Davis Cup competitor Leo Rolle—proves especially successful when it comes to getting your game on, and improving it, too. Are you ready for service?

To book, call +242 363 2501 or email guestrelations@oneandonlyoceanclub.com

The Art of the Craft
Discover what’s on tap—and in the bottle—with One&Only Cape Town sommelier Luvo Ntezo.

With craft-beer brewing—not to mention craft-beer drinking—becoming a rising trend around the world and especially in South Africa, we thought now would be the perfect time to check in on the subject with Luvo Ntezo, named South Africa’s best young sommelier for his always-expert work at One&Only Cape Town.

“South Africans love beer,” he says. “So it’s no wonder that craft brews are now being introduced as the new trendy local drink in Cape Town.” Indeed, he reports that the beers “have started to dominate restaurants and bars here.”

As a result, he’s been sampling the stuff quite a bit lately. Recent favourites include Napier English Style Bitter and the honey blonde ale from Birkenhead, which he describes as “a different, non-traditional style of beer that goes extremely well with various dishes.” Next on his ‘To Taste’ list are Whale Tale Ale and the Naked Mexican, about which he’s “only heard great reviews.”

As with any beverage, one of the first things Luvo looks for when sampling beer is “the flavours, both their complexity and their balance.” For his part, he prefers his quaffs to taste like what they are: “I do believe that if a beer is said to be a malt, then it should taste like a malt. The same can be said for wine: If it is said to be a merlot, I would expect it to taste like a merlot.”

Speaking of wine, Luvo sees the area’s now well-established winemaking work as having the potential to positively impact its still-nascent craft-brewing industry. “Generally speaking, South Africa hasn’t been a beer-making country,” he explains, “but I’m hoping that the wine regions around Cape Town will influence this new craft-beer trend and that it will continue to grow from strength to strength.” 

Getting Groomed
Rest, relax and detox with these One&Only spa treatments specifically designed for men.

Gone are the days when the spa was a space reserved exclusively for the ladies. Today, we make sure gents feel equally at home at One&Only’s award-winning spas—and we’ve found that guys have taken to the services they find there like fish to water. Our collections of treatments for men, from deep-tissue sports massages to deep-cleaning facials, will leave the special man in your life feeling rested, renewed and revitalised.

One&Only Le Saint Géran, Mauritius
With a 60- or 90-minute sports massage, men will benefit from advanced stretching and hot-stone techniques that our therapists expertly combine to alleviate areas of deep-seated tension. His muscles will release any and all aches and pains, leaving him fully at ease.

One&Only Cape Town, South Africa
Of the many male-minded treatments offered at our Cape Town retreat’s exclusive spa island, the 60-minute purifying facial combined with a shoulder and scalp massage is a favourite. This facial works at a deep level to cleanse, hydrate and decongest the skin whilst also relieving stress-related tension and tight muscles. As a special bonus, during the month of June, he’ll receive a complimentary ESPA gift when you book him any men’s treatment.

One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai
Designed to reduce stress and relax mind and body, the holistic 110-minute Stress Buster Body Treatment here combines a body exfoliation and a full-body massage. During the session, his therapist will use carefully selected essential oils and hot stones to release tight muscles, paying particular attention to tension points around the eyes and ears, as well as the neck and shoulders.

One&Only The Palm, Dubai
The deeply therapeutic hour-long Mankind massage focuses on the back and feet. Individually chosen essential oils and aromatherapy massage techniques alleviate tension and stress stored in the neck, shoulders and back, allowing mind and body to relax and unwind, and a foot massage uses pressure-point techniques to leave him with a complete sense of relaxation.

One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos, Mexico
The Age Rebel Facial boosts the skin’s vitality, whilst also firming and fully hydrating it, making the treatment powerfully age-defying. Our therapists specifically tailor it to every individual gent and the needs of his skin, incorporating a facial massage, steam and a deep-brush cleanse that aids the removal of dead skin cells and boosts cellular regeneration. The final application of an ESPA Professional Lifting and Smoothing Mask leaves skin toned. The treatment includes a complimentary men’s clarifying skin scrub to take home, and, during the month of June, he will receive a 10% discount on any other ESPA men’s products he’d like to purchase.

One&Only Ocean Club, The Bahamas
At our Paradise Island resort, gents are even getting into our manicures and pedicures, in particular the sports-minded ones made just for them. The 30-minute MANicure is the top treatment for hardworking men’s hands: Using citrus-infused ingredients, it not only cleans up the cuticles and trims and buffs the nails, it includes a deep massage to leave hands and arms tension free. The 45-minute Men’s Sport Pedicure, meanwhile, soaks tired feet and toes and sloughs away hard skin before trimming the nails and cuticles and then wrapping things up with a foot and calf massage he’ll never want to end.

One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
Designed specifically to release accumulated tension in the back, neck and shoulders, the two-hour Advanced Back, Face and Scalp Treatment with Hot Stones begins with a skin exfoliation to activate blood circulation and prepare the skin to receive the benefits of the relaxing hot stones. This massage targets the nodes of tension in the body, while the personalised facial that follows helps soothe stressed facial muscles and increases the effects of the treatment with the use of healing essential oils.

Suiting Up for the Sand and Surf 
Browse the latest looks from the cultishly cool men's swimwear label Orlebar Brown, currently available at One&Only Reethi Rah.

Just like our stylish, sophisticated guests, when we see something we like, we go for it immediately.

Which is why we've been carrying Orlebar Brown high-style men's swim- and resortwear since just after the label's 2007 launch. Now available at the NEO boutique and the Fitness Centre at One&Only Reethi Rah, our Maldives retreat, Orlebar Brown's solid, printed and screened trunks; classically tailored shorts; and other beach-friendly items, like sharp chinos and even jackets, have proved among our guests' favourites. We just can't keep them on our shelves. Guys love how the pieces make them look, and girls love how the clothes look on them.

Right now, from the Spring/Summer 2013 collections, we're especially loving the mid-length, snap-front Bulldog swim short, available in a number of pastel hues, for the pool and beach, as well as the longer, knee-length-but-narrow-cut Dane board short. In the gym, meanwhile, we're feeling the ultra-light, easy-to-pack drawstring Pup II sport short (which is also beach-and-pool friendly, by the way), and, to pair with it, the slim-fitting Tommy T and Bobby V shirts.

Building on the fashion label's previous successes with summer sports-related designs, as well as those with the work of celebrated society photographer Slim Aarons, next up for Orlebar Brown will be a still-in-development line of swimshorts and matching t-shirts inspired by One&Only's palm trees, theatrical sunsets and various other luxurious beachy scenes. Watch this space for more information in the coming months.

Reuben Riffel—the award-winning executive chef of Reuben’s at One&Only Cape Town— serves up his unique take on a quintessential bit of guy-style grub: the perfectly cooked, super juicy hamburger, stacked tall and piled high with pickles, lettuce, tomatoes and barbecue sauce.

One&Only Recipe of the Month
Chow down on One&Only Cape Town chef Reuben Riffel’s Deli Burger, an easy-to-make, extra-flavourful version of a summer favourite. 

Deli Burger from One&Only Cape Town


• 2 onions, peeled

• 1 kilo minced beef

• 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 

• Salt and black pepper

• ¼ cup olive oil

8 soft burger buns 

• 8 rocket leaves 

• 3 vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced

• Dill pickles, sliced

• Store-bought barbecue sauce

1. Finely grate one onion and place in a large bowl with all of the minced beef and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and black pepper and mix well.

2. Using your hands, form the mince beef mixture into 8 patties and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

3. Thinly slice the remaining onion. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan and fry patties and onion on medium heat, turning the patties occasionally, until the onions are soft and the meat is cooked to your taste (approximately five minutes for medium).

4. Cut the burger buns in half and toast the flat cut sides under the grill. Top with rocket leaves, tomato slices, patties, friend onion and pickles.

5. Spread barbecue sauce on top halves of the buns and close the burgers. Serve with fries or crispy onion rings and your favourite beer.