One of Johannesburg’s most prestigious hotels, The Saxon is known for its discreet elegance and subtle glamour. Set in ten acres of beautiful tropical gardens in the quiet suburb of Sandhurst, a short drive from Sandton, the boutique hotel has been patronised by Nelson Mandela and by Oprah among other luminaries who enjoy the sanctuary of its peaceful atmosphere and impeccable style. Fine dining at the legendary five hundred restaurant, a relaxed meal at the Qunu Grill and five star pampering at the harmonious Saxon Spa and Studio are all part of one of the most tranquil escapes that Johannesburg has to offer.
Even the standard luxury rooms here are as spacious as suites elsewhere, with comfortable sofas and chairs clustered around a coffee table, a dining area, a big bed made up in finest linen with a pillow menu to select from, and a large bathroom with both tub and separate shower. Decor is unmistakably African chic with a light contemporary touch, tall windows with slatted wooden shutters adding an airy Mediterranean feel. Complimentary wifi, iPod docking stations, international multi plugs and a separate work station make taking care of business a breeze. Then there are the opulent suites, with very spacious separate lounge, dining area and terrace, where butler service takes care of all your needs and you’ll never want to leave. Set apart in the grounds the seven bedroom Executive Villa adds even more privacy for groups of friends or for business retreats.
Grandeur is implicit in the sweep of the double staircase and the spectacular chandelier that greet guests at the entrance. Then there is a serene sequence of water features that flank the public rooms, from the large infinity pool to the koi pond and a heated outdoor swimming pool with underwater music. An interactive culinary journey is promised at five hundred where the chef’s open kitchen is a celebration of gastronomy using the finest ingredients, including produce from the hotel’s organic vegetable garden. An international art collection, the award-winning holistic spa, well equipped fitness centre, wine cellars and library offer so much to explore and savour at this inspiring luxury retreat.
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