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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating An Unexpected Sanctuary

Jul 6, 2019 alainli

My daughters and I had signed up for a 100km trek in the Drakensberg and decided that we should arrive a few days earlier in South Africa to acclimatise to the time change and altitude. Friends recommended that we stay at the Saxon and we duly complied. The Saxon can only be described as an incredible sanctuary. This boutique hotel offers… Read more
My daughters and I had signed up for a 100km trek in the Drakensberg and decided that we should arrive a few days earlier in South Africa to acclimatise to the time change and altitude. Friends recommended that we stay at the Saxon and we duly complied. The Saxon can only be described as an incredible sanctuary. This boutique hotel offers exceptional rooms that are not only generous in space and well appointed but are also adorned with South African art. The restaurants served excellent local and international dishes. The spa is one of the best I have visited anywhere in the world. We also spent one night before returning home and were assigned one of the villas which was truly spectacular. We also discovered that this was where Nelson Mandela had retreated to in order to write his memoirs. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very short stay, very unimpressed

Jun 28, 2019 travelingmamasia Indonesia

We stayed in the hotel for less than 1/2 day, from post dinner time to breakfast only. And in those hours they managed to make the stay, an unpleasant one. First my bathroom had dirty diapers in it, from previous guests which wasnt cleaned. I had to walk to front desk again to ask them to clean it. Then i told them specifically when I arrived… Read more
We stayed in the hotel for less than 1/2 day, from post dinner time to breakfast only. And in those hours they managed to make the stay, an unpleasant one. First my bathroom had dirty diapers in it, from previous guests which wasnt cleaned. I had to walk to front desk again to ask them to clean it. Then i told them specifically when I arrived that please put my breastmilk in freezer; i need them frozen. I even said “freezer please, not fridge” to two different people. When I got them back at 7am, theyre cold, watery and not at all frozen. I had to throw them out! Then the dry ice i ordered half already evaporated and unusable. I told them my bestfriends are coming here, and i hope they have a much better experience because i am so disappointed. They finally said to my travel agent they will refund 50% of the price we stayed in. Appreciated this but sad our stay couldnt have gone better. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Best high tea in Joburg

Jun 27, 2019 CheriRSA Johannesburg, South Africa

My treated my mom to high tea at the Saxon today and what a treat! The savory and sweet selection were outstanding. The caramelized onion quiche was the most delicious thing I have eaten in a long time! No photos of the savory as we devoured them too quickly. There’s more food than you and eat, sparkling wine, special coffees and teas - so totally… Read more
My treated my mom to high tea at the Saxon today and what a treat! The savory and sweet selection were outstanding. The caramelized onion quiche was the most delicious thing I have eaten in a long time! No photos of the savory as we devoured them too quickly. There’s more food than you and eat, sparkling wine, special coffees and teas - so totally worth the cost for a special event. Our hostess Elana was attentive and lovely. I have had high tea at a number of other hotels and the Saxon takes the cake! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great place to stay in Johannesburg

Jun 22, 2019 Jeff1978262 Westlake Village, California

We stayed at the Saxon while visiting various game reserves in South Africa. The hotel and grounds are very private and beautiful. The service and food were excellent. The rooms were well appointed and spacious. A great place to stay while in Johannesburg.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Like a Hollywood Movie Set

Jun 13, 2019 176JohnP176

Nestled behind secure walls in the wealthy suburb of Sandhurst sits 10 acres of hotel majesty. The grounds are beautiful, the interior of the hotel is classic and the staff are attentive, welcoming and impeccable. The hotel has great food, excellent wi-fi and enough nooks and crannies so that you can escape the crowd if you wish to do so, or laze… Read more
Nestled behind secure walls in the wealthy suburb of Sandhurst sits 10 acres of hotel majesty. The grounds are beautiful, the interior of the hotel is classic and the staff are attentive, welcoming and impeccable. The hotel has great food, excellent wi-fi and enough nooks and crannies so that you can escape the crowd if you wish to do so, or laze by a choice of swimming pools. The rooms have all mod cons and are tastefully appointed with the latest in electronics. the rooms are large and the bathroom features both bath and shower plus quality soaps and cosmetics. Superb! Read less