It’s time to think again about Johannesburg. Home to an internationally-recognised art scene, a vibrant collection of regenerated neighbourhoods and some of the friendliest locals you’ll meet in South Africa – we’re certain there’s never been a better time to visit. Add to this the option of staying at the luxurious Saxon hotel, with its impressive heritage, esteemed restaurants and award-winning spa – and we think we’ve got a clear winner. Cape Town, move over. Johannesburg has just arrived.
Located in affluent Sandhurst, the Saxon is tucked away in its own green and leafy haven. The peace and serenity of the hotel is even more astounding when you learn that the hustle and bustle of Sandton CBD and Sandton City – one of Africa’s most prestigious shopping destinations – is only a 10 minute drive away. Johannesburg’s newly regenerated downtown districts, such as achingly-hip Maboneng and Braamfontein, can be reached in a mere 30 minutes, and it’s a quick 40 minute transfer to O.R. Tambo International Airport.
With a soothing neutral palette throughout, choose to stay either in the hotel Suites or the more private Villas (accessed from the main hotel via a futuristic circular walkway through the treetops). For an extra dash of exclusivity, book the Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite, so named for the former South African president and Nobel Prize-winner who chose to complete his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, at the Saxon. We’ll forgive you for feeling a little star struck…
Why We Love It
Yes, the Saxon boasts heritage, beautiful bedrooms, world-class dining and a gorgeous spa, but more than this, it has its finger on the pulse of Johannesburg for the discerning traveller. From local tastemaker insights to neighbourhood guides; the hotel advocates Johannesburg as a destination in its own right, right now, and so do we…