Set foot into the Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas & Spa in Johannesburg and it will immediately be clear why this plush Afro-chic establishment regularly racks up top awards. Latticed shutters, 10 acres of landscaped gardens, and an air of tranquility create a sense of seclusion at this all-suite retreat, set in a quiet, tree-lined Johannesburg suburb. Originally built as an estate for Douw Steyn, one of South Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs, the 23-year-old property maintains a distinctly residential feel with thoughtful touches such as a raised deck skywalk, a fish-filled koi pond, and African spears on display in public spaces.
The 53 suites are generously appointed, with oversize writing desks (Nelson Mandela was a guest while he finished his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom) and artwork by acclaimed local artists including realist painter Dean Simon. At the hotel’s state-of-the-art spa, treat yourself to the signature Sound Therapy treatment – a rejuvenating process involving Tibetan gongs, bells, and bowls, performed on a heated waterbed.
In addition to impeccable service and unstinting hospitality, The Saxon is also a member of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs – the international association of gastronomy and the widely considered the last word on culinary excellent – guaranteeing guests world-class international dining.
Whether you are setting off or returning from safari, The Saxon will there to greet you with a gorgeous suite, fabulous cuisine and open arms.