World's Best Hotels
Courtesy of Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas & Spa
This 200-year-old manse in the posh Sandhurst suburbs of Johannesburg has been converted into a fashionable 53-room boutique hideaway. Home to Nelson Mandela after his release from prison, the historic property 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, lush 10-acre gardens and koi pond make the Saxon feel more like a resort than a city hotel as do the 24 rooms, some with private plunge pools, all with latticed shutters opening onto garden views and flat screens with Blu-Ray.
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