World's Best Hotels 2013
Courtesy of Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas & Spa
No. 50 Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa, Johannesburg, South Africa
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.