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World's Best Hotels 2013

World's Best Hotels: Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa

Courtesy of Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas & Spa

No. 50 Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa, Johannesburg, South Africa

Score: 93.50

This 200-year-old manse in the posh Sandhurst suburbs of Johannesburg has been converted into a fashionable 53-room boutique hideaway. It pays homage to African design via modern takes on tribal textiles, a collection of valuable artifacts and weapons, and natural textures like horn and hardwoods. The expansive pool, 10-acre gardens and koi pond make the Saxon feel like a resort, with private plunge pools in many rooms and latticed shutters opening to garden views.

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