- The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa has been voted the best Boutique Hotel in the World since 2001 and is one of the Leading Hotels of the World. An exclusive retreat with an award-winning spa and elegant dining in the heart of the city.
- This luxurious oasis is on ten landscaped acres in Johannesburg’s neighborhood of Sandhurst, known for its quiet tree-lined avenues. The location is ideal for both business travelers and those en route to safari destinations.
- Built on a legacy of luxury, curated in rich local culture, an elegant escape steeped in proud heritage, a sanctuary synonymous with unrivalled service and timeless sophistication.
- Each suite provides an intimate realm of luxury where you’ll awake in your king-sized bed covered in fine linens with delectable full breakfast waiting for you. For a more personal experience, stay at one of three villas nestled within lush indigenous gardens, comprising tastefully decorated individual suites.
- Iconic South African president & Nobel Prize-winner Nelson Mandela chose the Saxon as his sanctuary in which to write his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.
- Qunu offers a modern African table, where local and international flavors meet to inspire unique and vibrant culinary experiences. Grei offers superb views of the evening skyline and takes guests on a unique experiential dining journey.
- Saxon Spa is an award winning oasis offering a range a signature treatments and unique therapies. The sense of space, the landscaped gardens and remarkable infinity pool set a serene backdrop for a restful journey.
- The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa is a highly respected patron of the arts with an inspired vision of the creative arts.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
Johannesburg is a vibrant city that has a lot to offer visitors, from historic sights of political importance, traditional ties or cultural connections, to museums, art galleries and craft markets. Whether you want to discover South Africa’s traditional roots, diverse cultures or explore the lively spirit of the city and surroundings, the Saxon Concierge is on hand to assist you with planning.
Partake in the diverse wildlife experiences in and around Johannesburg, including: Montecasino Bird Garden, Elephant Sanctuary, Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary, Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre, Lion Park, Pilanesberg Game Reserve, Johannesburg Zoo and Pretoria Zoo.
Partake in the diverse natural history experiences in and around Johannesburg, including: Maropeng – Cradle of Humankind and the Origins Centre Museum.
Johannesburg offers an array of art galleries, some exhibiting the work of international artists, while others focus on developing local South African talent. The Saxon can arrange a tailor-made tour to a number of galleries and showrooms to suit the particular interests of our guests.
This artisanal food market (open on Saturdays) sits in a landmark building on the edge of downtown and is the brainchild of the team behind Cape Town’s market at the Old Biscuit Mill.
The exquisite seafood outpost of celebrated restaurateur brothers Naldo and Victor Goncalves is located in the Michelangelo Towers at Nelson Mandela Square.
The areas surrounding the Saxon are recognised as world-class shopping destinations, offering a wide variety of shopping experiences, from designer boutiques to local artefacts and curios.
Part of a 183-square-mile paleontology World Heritage Site, this is where more than 500 hominid fossils have been found since the 1930s. It’s a 45-minute drive north of the city.
At the heart of the City of Gold, beneath the warm sunshine in the opulent, tree-lined suburb of Sandhurst, lies the enchanting Saxon Hotel. A uniquely perfect blend of rich cultural history and contemporary five-star service, the Saxon is situated on ten acres of magnificent indigenous gardens, providing a private and peaceful retreat like no other. The Saxon is the most exclusive private retreat. The entrance exudes an air of quiet majesty with its sweeping feature staircase and spectacular chandelier. Looking towards the Piano Lounge, Cigar Lounge and Qunu, the neutral shades of the interior reflect the tones and textures of Africa. The central point of the Saxon is the impressive infinity pool. The pool terrace is the ideal relaxation area for spending leisure time, taking in the superb sunset views and admiring the well stocked Koi pond. Grei, the Saxon’s restaurant on the first floor, offers superb views of the evening skyline and takes guests on a unique experiential dining journey.
The Saxon is your home for the duration of your time spent with us. Whether you choose one of the exceptional Luxury Suites, Presidential Suites, or the stately Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite in the main Hotel, you are assured of the ultimate refinement that leaves nothing to be desired. If you would prefer the privacy and tranquil setting of the Villas, you may choose from either a Villa Luxury Suite, Villa Presidential Suite or one of the three stand-alone Saxon Luxury Villas, which can be booked as complete entities. The Saxon Spa is the ultimate retreat for peace and harmony. It is a sanctuary of the senses that embodies a holistic way of life and assures revitalisation and restored balance.
The Saxon is your home for the duration of your time spent with us. There are 53 suites spread over the main hotel and outlying villas. Whether you choose one of the exceptional Luxury Suites, Presidential Suites, or the stately Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite in the main Hotel, you are assured of the ultimate refinement that leaves nothing to be desired. If you would prefer the privacy and tranquil setting of the Villas, you may choose from either a Villa Luxury Suite, Villa Presidential Suite or one of the three stand-alone Saxon Luxury Villas, which can be booked as complete entities.
There are 20 Luxury Suites which all have double en-suite bedrooms with private terrace. Drenched in warm African sunlight, and luxuriously furnished in the Saxon’s signature African style, the Luxury Suites exude an atmosphere of elegant tranquillity. Serene in marble and light wood, the décor brings in subtle geometric prints and plush furnishings interspersed with novel Eastern influences and African artefacts. The suite has a king size bed, separate bathroom with bath and walk-in shower. The open plan layout includes a lounge and dining area with business desk and iPod docking station. The shutters open to views of the garden, city skyline and pool terrace.
There are 3 Presidential Suites with lounge and dining area as well as a butlers kitchen. There is an en-suite bathroom and a guest bathroom. The palatial Presidential Suites are decorated in a contemporary African style, incorporating natural textures such as stone cladding and light and dark woods. Each suite has its own entrance hall, guest bathroom, dining room and lounge opening onto a balcony. The spacious Presidential Suite incorporates a king size four-poster bed dressed with the world’s finest linens, a pillow menu and walk-in cupboards. The generous separate bathroom has a freestanding bath, walk-in shower and abundant fresh white towels. There is also a fully equipped butler’s kitchen and dedicated butler service. The suite is made up and turned down daily and a newspaper is delivered to your door every morning. Latticed shutters ensure privacy and open onto views over the gardens and northern views of the Johannesburg city skyline.
Villa Luxury Suite
The Villa Luxury Suites provide a sense of quiet retreat located in our Luxury Villas nestled in the peaceful gardens adjacent to the hotel. The 21 Villa Luxury Suites are double ensuite rooms with a seating area and private deck leading onto the gardens. The Villa Luxury Suites (80sq m / 861sq ft) provide a sense of quiet retreat, your home away from home. Furnished in elegant contemporary style with natural textures, stone cladding and woods, the suite has a king size bed, separate bathroom with bath, dual sink and walk-in stone clad shower. The open plan layout includes a seating and dining area with business desk and iPod docking station. There is a dedicated butler service and a private deck leading onto the gardens. Each suite has a quiet seating and dining area and a business desk, complimentary WiFi, international multi plugs and iPod docking station. Every detail is considered to ensure your absolute comfort, including a king size bed dressed with the world’s finest linens, a pillow menu, opulent robe and slippers, and abundant fresh white towels. Each suite has a private deck leading out into the lush gardens. Each Villa Luxury Suite can be interconnected with an adjacent Villa Luxury Suite. The luxuriously appointed separate bathroom has a freestanding bath, dual sinks and a walk-in stone clad shower.
Villa Presidential Suites
There are 8 Villa Presidential suites with kitchen, dining room and lounge area with private terrace. The Villa Presidential Suites provide a sense of quiet retreat located in our Luxury Villas nestled in the peaceful gardens adjacent to the hotel. The palatial Villa Presidential Suites are decorated in a contemporary African style, incorporating natural textures such as stone cladding and light and dark woods. Sculptures, paintings and other celebrated pieces of the Saxon art collection line the walls and alcoves.
The spacious and modern suite incorporates a king size four-poster bed dressed with the world’s finest linens, a pillow menu, walk-in cupboards and generous separate bathroom with freestanding bath, walk-in stone clad shower, opulent robe and slippers, and abundant fresh white towels. There is a fully equipped butler’s kitchen with dedicated butler service. The suite is made up and turned down daily and a newspaper is delivered to your door every morning. A private balcony overlooks the lush gardens with water features and each suite has access to the terrace and plunge pool. Each Villa Presidential Suite can be interconnected with an adjacent Villa Presidential Suite. Each suite has its own guest bathroom, and separate lounge and dining area, as well as a business desk, complimentary WiFi, international multi plugs and iPod docking station. The room is equipped with a 40 inch Bang & Olufsen HD LCD screen television and Blu-ray DVD player together with a state-of-the-art surroundsound music system, including all radio stations, full gaming interface and digital music library.
Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite
The Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite offers an experience of unequalled luxury. This award-winning two bedroom suite is the epitome of the style and elegance synonymous with the Saxon. This suite has two double ensuite-bedrooms, a kitchen, lounge and dining room as well as a spacious pool terrace with private infinity pool.
Enter the magnificent Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite via a glass-enclosed elevator and experience unequalled luxury. The stately African décor of this premier suite is the epitome of the style and elegance for which the Saxon is renowned. This stately suite features an entrance, guest bathroom, guest suite, separate lounge, dining room and business area with business desk. The master bedroom has a king size bed, separate bathroom with seperate bath, walk-in shower and steam room. There is a fully equipped butler’s kitchen and 24-hour butler service. The suite offers views of the gardens and pool terrace.
Saxon Luxury Villa
The Saxon Luxury Villa has seven villa luxury suites each with private balcony, and a large shared lounge, bar, kitchen and dining room as well as terraces and heated pool. Located in the peaceful gardens adjacent to the Saxon Hotel, the Saxon Villas are our exclusive boutique offering. These Villas offer our guests the unparalleled ambience of boutique-style accommodation with all the services of a larger hotel.
The three stand-alone Saxon Luxury Villas offer the ultimate African hospitality and can be booked in their entirety for sole use by our guests who prefer the privacy and exclusivity of a garden setting. Each Villa has a main lounge and dining room in addition to a breakfast area and bar, with dedicated 24-hour butler service and chef. The Villa guests can enjoy the privacy of the terrace and plunge pool overlooking the gardens, or alternatively make use of the main Hotel facilities. A private elevator leads from the parking area to each of the Villas.
There are seven Villa Luxury Suites in the single storey Villa One. The double storey Villa Two and Villa Three each offers seven Villa Luxury Suites downstairs, as well as four Villa Presidential Suites upstairs. The elegant suites in the Villas are appointed with a king size bed, separate bathroom with bath, dual sink and walk-in stone clad shower. The open plan layout features a seating and dining area with business desk. The Villa Presidential Suites also have a separate lounge and dining room with fully equipped butler’s kitchen with butler service and guest bathroom. There is a private Spa Suite in Villa Two and Three, which is also available for use by guests of Villa One.
Join us for a culinary adventure at one of our restaurants and let the Chefs take you on a experiential journey. Dining can be enjoyed in the dining room, outside under the gazebo or the private dining library, decorated with watercolours of indigenous African weaponry. Two restaurants serving fine world cuisine, a cocktail bar and a well stocked library decorated with African weaponry and artefacts, providing a haven for peace and quiet.
Qunu extends a warm African welcome, enticing you with its rich surroundings, red tones, woven lampshades and an ambient glow, enhanced by the remarkable hanging gardens. Beyond the hanging gardens the doors open onto the Fig Terrace where guests can dine under the striking canopy of fig trees. With its picturesque indoor-outdoor atmosphere Qunu exudes a sense of being an intrinsic part of Africa. Qunu pays homage to its South African roots, being named in honour of the small rural town that our beloved elder statesman, former President Nelson Mandela loved to call home, we hope you will too.
The Terrace is the central meeting point of the Saxon. From dawn to dusk it is the perfect setting for relaxation and taking in the abundant birdlife while enjoying a refreshing cup of tea, cocktail or a delicious lunch. The Terrace menu offers a varied selection of light meals throughout the day. Discover salads made with handpicked ingredients from our own vegetable garden, succulent hamburgers and the freshest fish and seafood. The imaginative combination of fresh ingredients with superior flavour offers a varied range of culinary creations designed to tempt and surprise every palate.
Morning And Afternoon Tea
Morning and Afternoon Tea is an elegant ritual steeped in tradition and one of the Saxon’s specialities. A sophisticated experience awaits you in the Piano Lounge, the ideal venue for taking a much-needed break from your busy day to catch up with friends over a cup of perfectly infused tea.
There is great beauty to be found in simplicity. It exudes intimacy and sophistication. Grei at the Saxon invites you to indulge in delicious dishes created by Head Chef, Candice Philip. Grei replaces rush with serenity. Our cuisine is succulent and textural, with herbaceous and natural themes. Grei, which loosely translates from Portuguese as “a society of people” blends together Chef Candice’s love of unusual pairings, her passion for herbaceous flavours and her signature style of intricately-plated dishes. Appropriately, her menu has the aroma and flavour of the herbs running through it. Dishes feature unusual pairings and natural, succulent flavours. The menu highlights the three key flavours from each dish.
The Cigar Lounge with its extensive library is an intimate, sophisticated after-dinner retreat for lingering over a good cigar and your favourite single malt. Our cigar selection presents a wide range of different sizes and flavours for the enjoyment of our guests. The Cigar and Whiskey menu provides suggestions for the perfect pairing of various cigar brands with whiskeys and cognacs.
The Saxon’s remarkable wine collection is the culmination of the Sommeliers’ wealth of experience and the outstanding wine programme that we have established. The Saxon’s White and Red Wine Cellars are ideal for hosting small dinner parties. Wine lovers will definitely appreciate the distinctive dark wood and wine aromas for an intimate and memorable dining experience. We believe that the wine list should be a constantly evolving work in progress, a philosophy that is mirrored by our food menus. Rather than making drastic changes, we continually review and identify what works well and what could work better. To this end we are continually exploring, tasting and comparing classic local vintages with the finest international wines.
The perfect setting for relaxing over pre-dinner drinks before moving on to Qunu or Grei. The stylish, sophisticated Olive Bar, leading off the Terrace and just past the impressive Koi pond, is ideal for enjoying sundowners and cocktails. It is decorated in natural textures and neutral tones that reflect a contemporary African look and feel. This is the perfect setting for relaxing over pre-dinner drinks before moving on to Qunu or Grei.
Facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool, a spa offering a wide range of treatments including their Signature Sound Therapy, manicure and pedicure lounges, hair salon, fully equipped gym, two restaurants serving fine world cuisine, a cocktail bar and a well stocked library decorated with African weaponry and artefacts, providing a haven for peace and quiet.
From the lower level, step into an oasis of calm. Hydro facilities, water features, outdoor stones and gardens welcome our guests to immerse themselves in the tranquillity. The spa suites offer privacy for our guests and couples. Heaven on Earth is set in a double treatment room and gives couples a romantically intimate setting to enjoy a bathing ritual, followed by a light platter and sparkling wines. Eden, our aptly named glass-enclosed couples’ treatment room, is set amongst the outdoor spa gardens.
The central point of the Saxon is the impressive infinity pool. The pool terrace is the ideal relaxation area for spending leisure time, taking in the superb sunset views and admiring the well stocked Koi pond.
Step into the Saxon Spa, an oasis nestled in its unique surroundings – the hydro facilities, water features, outdoor stones and gardens welcomes you to immerse yourself in a sense of tranquillity. Cascading water features, a signature fireplace and influences of copper and Himalayan salts set the backdrop for a restful journey. This metropolitan spa offers holistic disciplines of a spa journey, giving our guests time to rediscover a healthy and discerning lifestyle.
The Saxon Spa offers a wide range of highly effective, multi-step facial skin treatments, by leading global skin care brands that offer targeted solutions to all skin conditions. Our range of facials have been specially developed to deeply cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise, treat and nourish the skin, promoting a clear, well-hydrated complexion with a visibly youthful glow. Escape your stress, restore your energy, revitalise your body and refresh your mind with the Saxon Spa’s immersive massage therapies. Our specialised massage therapists will effectively ease your tense muscles, improve your circulation, release your toxins and have you feeling like new.
For the leisure or business traveller, the Saxon Fitness Centre is available 24 hours a day to continue your health and fitness routine. The Fitness Centre offers our guests individualised fitness treatments and personal training sessions, which can be booked through the Spa.