A haven of sophistication and style, yet utterly peaceful and relaxed, Athol Place is a chic urban getaway in the heart of Johannesburg’s affluent suburb of Sandton. The city’s only Relais & Chateaux hotel, it has won many awards for its style and service and its 2014 renovation by the new owners. Despite its convenient location near the Sandton Gautrain station, the atmosphere is quiet and secluded from city bustle. The tranquil leafy gardens and large swimming pool provide shady places for picnics and al fresco lunches, prepared by the talented resident chef.

Spacious, light and gloriously stylish, the nine suites are individually designed to create a comfortable sanctuary of calm and luxury.

King-sized extra length beds, (twin beds in four suites) are decked out in crisp white linen with down duvets, soft cushions and pillows. With plenty of space for a deep sofa and armchairs as well as a writing desk, each suite has double doors opening onto a private balcony creating a serene living area, complete with all the modern conveniences of free wifi, ipod docking station, large flat screen TV, laptop safe and well stocked minibar. The ensuite bathrooms are also cocoons of comfort with underfloor heating, luxurious linen bathrobes and giant fluffy towels.

You don’t need to leave the refuge of your room at all, and can order in room service, however the allure of complementary canapés and drinks in the cosy library before dinner is well worth it, relaxing beside a roaring fire on a winter’s evening, or sipping a rare whisky at the bar. Consult with the chef on your taste preferences and enjoy a delicious three course dinner in the elegant dining room or on the outdoor terrace.

From November 2014 the newly completed Athol Place Villa next door is available for exclusive use hire with 3 double suites plus a kids’ en-suite bedroom and the same impeccable level of luxury, service and style as the main hotel.

Whether you’re visiting Johannesburg for a weekend of shopping, on business or for an African safari vacation, Athol Place delivers all the stylish comfort you could wish for.


Daisy Du Plessis


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