About Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas & Spa, The
The Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas & Spa offers elegant luxury in stunning surroundings distinguished by a tasteful South African aesthetic. Prior to its reopening in June 2000, the all-suite hotel was the personal residence of insurance magnate Douw Steyn and hosted Nelson Mandela during the preparation of his autobiography. The ten-acre property, set amidst landscaped gardens, welcomes guests with a hotel entrance featuring contemporary African decor that provides an eye-catching backdrop to a towering spiral staircase that winds around a gleaming glass dome.
Saxon Spa and Studio, built in 2006, occupies its own 880-square-meter facility, in which wet and dry treatments are complemented by innovative spa offerings such as chromatherapy and sound therapy.
About this Brand
Saxon Spa and Studio opened its doors in the spring of 2006. Visitors to the spa/salon complex are greeted by four sandbox displays that shift throughout the day to represent the African continent's full spectrum of natural hues. Men and women are made equally welcome by a consulting therapist who helps guide the course of treatment.
The 880-square-meter facility encompasses two floors and six treatment rooms, in addition to hydro-capsule and sound-therapy rooms, hair salon and nail bar, cafe, and outdoor deck. The six treatment rooms can be converted into three double treatment rooms, should a couple wish to enjoy treatments side by side.
Exotic Rasul ceremonies, in which self-applied warm muds merge with therapeutic steam, are offered in an African Byzantine-style, mosaic-tiled chamber.
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Location & Hours
Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas & Spa, The36 Saxon Road, Sandhurst
Phone: +1 877-885-2513
- Located approximately 45 minutes from the OR Tambo International Airport, formerly known as the Johannesburg International Airport, and privately owned Lanseria Airport. The Grand Central Airport, a smaller, privately owned airfield, is also about 45 minutes from the hotel.
- Airport transfers can be arranged for a fee; rates are included for guests staying in Platinum and Presidential Suite accommodations.
- Saxon Spa is appropriate for guests ages 16 and older.
- The hotel offers 24-hour complimentary laundry service; dry cleaning is available for a fee.
- Appliances not made in South Africa may need a transformer to adapt to South African plugs. South Africa uses 220/230 volts AC (50 cycles).
- The region enjoys a dry, sunny climate, with mild temperatures of about 26⁰ C (79⁰ F) in January and 16⁰ C (61⁰ F) in June. Afternoon showers typically occur during the summer months (October through April).
Facilities & Amenities
Guests can work out on Kinesis equipment at the hotel's fitness center; personal training is also offered. There are three swimming pools on site, including an infinity-edge pool. Guests have complimentary access to the spa's hydrotherapy area, comprising a plunge pool, flotation pool, steam room, and Jacuzzi.
Several meeting rooms are on the premises that can accommodate up to 50 participants.
The Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas & Spa is conveniently located near the cultural, historical, and shopping destinations that have made Johannesburg an increasingly popular vacation spot among travelers from around the world. A popular day activity is the Soweto Tour, which introduces visitors to the fascinating geography of Johannesburg, from the inner-city mining facilities (no longer in use but preserved for historical value) to the township atmosphere of Soweto. Many museums and memorials have been constructed here to commemorate the struggle against apartheid, including Nelson Mandela's home, now a museum. The hotel is also five minutes from the city's business district of Sandton.
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Rooms & Dining
The Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas & Spa's origins as a private estate are discernible in its current guest accommodations. The smallest of the oversized suites is a roomy 861 square feet (80 square meters). Each of the 24 suites houses artworks and artifacts created in South Africa, a nod to ancient culture that offsets contemporary amenities such as big-screen televisions with DVD players and surround sound. Large bay windows offer idyllic pool and garden views. Business travelers will appreciate the thoughtful workstations provided, which feature multi-line telephones, fax capability, and ISDN lines. Nelson Mandela's stay on the property is commemorated with the Nelson Mandela Suite, a 4,305-square-foot (400 square meters) suite housing two bedrooms, a reception area, lounge, dining room, and butler's kitchen.
Guests may also wish to stay in the one of three opulent villas, comprising 29 additional suites. Each villa features its own swimming pool, terrace, lounge, satellite kitchen, butler service, and boardroom, which can be converted into a dining area.
The Saxon Restaurant features an intimate atmosphere in which world-class chefs create award-winning delicacies that combine contemporary international fare with African influences. Kosher diets can be accommodated. The restaurant's voluminous collection of wines can be viewed in a loft above the main dining room, and wine lovers can sample vintages and nibble on hors d'oeuvres in the Wine Tasting Cellar before dinner. Alfresco dining is available at Terrace.