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36 Saxon Rd., Johannesburg, Sandhurst 2196, South Africa | 27/11-292-6000

price range

$$$ ($501 and up/night)

amenities

Spa, Pool, Free WiFi, Fitness center

features

Great design, Hotel bar, Great views, Hotel restaurant, Local designers and products, Popular with locals
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Ten acres of landscaped gardens 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 property maintains a distinctly residential feel, and the gardens are filled with tranquil touches such as a raised deck sky walk and a fish-filled koi pond. The 53 suites are generously appointed, with oversize writing desks (Nelson Mandela finished his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, here) 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 ritual involving Tibetan gongs, bells, and bowls, performed on a heated waterbed.

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Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa

Ten acres of landscaped gardens 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 property maintains a distinctly residential feel, and the gardens are filled with tranquil touches such as a raised deck sky walk and a fish-filled koi pond. The 53 suites are generously appointed, with oversize writing desks (Nelson Mandela finished his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, here) 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 ritual involving Tibetan gongs, bells, and bowls, performed on a heated waterbed.