The Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa

Johannesburg, South Africa

The hotel

Every detail at Saxon Hotel is designed to be decadent – the five star service, the ten acre grounds, the elegant décor in its choice of sumptuous suites and villas. Considered one of Johannesburg's finest hotels, its spa oasis, Koi pond, and infinity pool make it a perfect urban sanctuary after days experiencing the city's sights and buzz. The Saxon's gourmet dining experiences are just as indulgent, with its signature fine dining restaurants, Grei and Qunu, accompanied by a piano lounge (which doubles up as a morning and afternoon tea venue), a cigar lounge, and an olive bar.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Located in Johannesburg’s premier business community, Sandton. Transfer time from Cape Town Airport: 45 minutes.

Hotel information

Choice of elegant suites in the main hotel and private Villa suites. All suites include a fully stocked mini-bar (non-alcoholic drinks) with snacks, complimentary WiFi and in suite entertainment. Luxury Suites feature a comfortable designated lounge, dining area and separate bathroom with bath and walk-in shower. Suites enjoy views of the garden, city skyline and pool terrace and have 1 king-size bed sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Presidential Suites are spacious with large windows and doors leading out onto private balconies. These suites each features its own entrance hall, guest bathroom, and separate lounge and dining areas that open out onto a balcony, as well as a fully equipped butler's kitchen.

Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite is situated on the first floor, offering a lounge and dining room as well as a spacious bedroom with a four-poster bed. The luxuriously appointed bathroom, complete with Jacuzzi and steam room, flows open-plan from the bedroom with shutters for privacy.

Villa suites each with its own terrace, plunge pool and spa area, and comprising several individual interconnecting suites. Villas are nestled in lush gardens with water features for complete privacy. Each Villa has its own private terrace and plunge pool and two of the Villas also have a private spa suite.

Qunu (African grill), The Terrace (light meals), Piano Lounge (morning and Afternoon Tea), Grei (six-course tasting menu), Cigar Lounge, Olive Bar. Infinity pool. Spa* and 24-hour fitness centre.

* Denotes local charge.

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Jan 21, 2020 siphos546 Bryanston, South Africa

Stayed there for Two days with my wife for her birthday, this place is indeed a germ, a true definition of opulence, quality and great service. The rooms average from 80-200sm, and they also have private villas which can accommodate up to 22people. The food was fantastic and the spa was the highlight of our visit, please ask for Mpho, Mina as your… Read more
Stayed there for Two days with my wife for her birthday, this place is indeed a germ, a true definition of opulence, quality and great service. The rooms average from 80-200sm, and they also have private villas which can accommodate up to 22people. The food was fantastic and the spa was the highlight of our visit, please ask for Mpho, Mina as your therapists you will not regret. Our butler was Shadow (that’s a real name), young energetic man who made sure that we want for nothing. At the Qunu restaurant we wee taken care of by Vincent and Quintin. What was special for me was I managed to sleep, like good quality sleep without any sleeping pills. This alone made the place to be worth every cent. Thank you all, keep up the good work. Read less
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Jan 19, 2020 halo_NYC San Diego, California

Spent one night here at the end of a 2 week trip to South Africa. It was the perfect place to stay before flying back home. Beautiful spacious room, great service, nice restaurants, spa, delicious breakfast buffet. The only thing I wished is that I had a coffee maker in the room. Other than that, no complaints!
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Jan 18, 2020 Peggy B Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Once you drive through the gate into this beautiful property, the happiness of your stay in this city is guaranteed. The service is excellent, the grounds are lovely and the hotel itself is extraordinary. The main building was the private home of an insurance magnate, and it is here where Nelson Mandela worked on his book, Long Walk to Freedom. … Read more
Once you drive through the gate into this beautiful property, the happiness of your stay in this city is guaranteed. The service is excellent, the grounds are lovely and the hotel itself is extraordinary. The main building was the private home of an insurance magnate, and it is here where Nelson Mandela worked on his book, Long Walk to Freedom. Marvelous suspended bridges connect the main house to several villas. Every area is decorated with excellent contemporary African art. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful Retreat after 20 hours of flying

Jan 7, 2020 NewZealandPatriot United States

After flying 20+ hours from the USA, there is no better retreat than the Saxon Hotel. We spent two nights in Villa 314, category Villa Luxury Suite. These are separate buildings from the main hotel with their own private entrance, separate staff, common dining area and a small plunge pool. I was told three new buildings were constructed in time… Read more
After flying 20+ hours from the USA, there is no better retreat than the Saxon Hotel. We spent two nights in Villa 314, category Villa Luxury Suite. These are separate buildings from the main hotel with their own private entrance, separate staff, common dining area and a small plunge pool. I was told three new buildings were constructed in time to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. So we were in building 3. In the common area is a staffed bar with butler and bartender / barista for morning coffee. Also many international newspapers to choose. Your butler will ask what time you would like coffee delivered and they are spot on time! We had breakfast in the common area one morning and walked up to the main hotel for breakfast on day 2 at The Terrace restaurant. The Terrace is also a nice option for lunch and dinner as well. We also had a magnificent dinner in restaurant Qunu which I’ve reviewed separately. We departed the hotel for our journey up to Shambala Game Reserve, a sister property of the Saxon. The Saxon provided a car and chauffeur for the 2.5 hour drive ( this was a separate expense). All in all just a wonderful experience. I cannot remember the name of our butler, but he was just fantastic. Cheers to all the staff who did a wonderful job! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Hidden Luxury Oasis, Truly World Class and Worth Every Penny

Jan 6, 2020 NeverHome1

The Saxon is truly a world class property, a (better) home away from (your real) home. From seamless front desk check in in seconds, to the porter/butler taking you through the hallways with all the history and stories of the place, to your room which had everything you would need or think of as a guest. Huge rooms, huge hearts and service. The… Read more
The Saxon is truly a world class property, a (better) home away from (your real) home. From seamless front desk check in in seconds, to the porter/butler taking you through the hallways with all the history and stories of the place, to your room which had everything you would need or think of as a guest. Huge rooms, huge hearts and service. The entire feeling of the place/pool/spa/restaurants is extremely relaxing. Qunu served amazing breakfast and even dinner at night to us, kudos to the Chefs for stellar quality and the FnB staff for impeccable royal service. Thanks to George and his entire Team! Will come back again. Read less