Becoming a writing home to Nelson Mandela after his release from prison, The Saxon Hotel Villas & Spa is now an elegant and super-modern boutique hotel which still pays homage to its past. With enormous rooms, abundant lounges, innovative dining and ten acres of landscaped gardens to roam, the property is a quiet retreat just a few miles from the restaurants and bars of Sandton.


Plan your journey

Location

The hotel is located in Johannesburg’s tree-lined Sandhurst neighbourhood, just three miles from the buzz of Sandton. It sits within 10 acres of gardens up a long driveway so although close to the city, it feels more like a country retreat. Sandton itself is a modern city and shopping mecca with striking skyscrapers, a number of fine-dining restaurants and many art galleries and museums to explore.

Rooms

53 rooms are spread between the main building and surrounding villas. The open-plan bedrooms are decorated with mahogany four-poster beds, light wooden furnishings, marble floors and African artefacts spread throughout. Large bay windows fill the rooms with light and offer views of the gardens and cityscape beyond. En-suites also boast deep bathtubs. For a special stay, guests can book the Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite with its two-bedrooms, steam room and butlers kitchen.

Communal Areas

Although giving a nod to its past with photos of Mandela and other dignitaries on the walls throughout the hotel, there are a number of super modern features such as the Skywalk linking the villas to the main areas of the hotel and the retractable roof in the Piano Lounge.  Guests can dine on the fig terrace of the Qunu restaurant or indulge in fine-dining at Luke Sale Roberts X The Saxon. For drinks, head to the Olive Bar, Wine Cellar or Cigar Lounge for a sophisticated tipple. An enormous heated swimming pool and terrace sits at the front of the hotel and the two-floor Saxon Spa and Studio offer a tranquil spot to spend an afternoon.

Activities

The hotel offers complimentary shuttles to Sandton where local curio shops, designer boutiques and the Rosebank and Hyde Park shopping centres await. Guests can visit Nelson Mandela Square and the multitude of art galleries and markets which line the streets. Visit the former gold mine of Gold Reef City or embark on cultural excursions to Lesedi Cultural Village and Ndebele Village. For wildlife spotting, head to the Lion and Rhino Park, a small game reserve full of lion, cheetah and white rhino.

Bed & Breakfast

Accommodation
Breakfast
Complimentary Full Mini Bar and Snacks
24-hour general hotel butler service
Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine on arrival
Complimentary pressing of 2 items

When to go

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SUMMER

A beautiful time of year with plenty of sunshine and warm weather. The summer months are the wettest in the year, rainfall is however usually very short-lived arriving in the form of sharp afternoon thunderstorms.

Johannesburg is situated on the highveld plateau, and has a subtropical highland climate. The city enjoys a sunny climate, with the summer months (October to April) characterised by hot days followed by afternoon thundershowers and cool evenings, and the winter months (May to September) by dry, sunny days followed by cold nights.

SUMMER

A beautiful time of year with plenty of sunshine and warm weather. The summer months are the wettest in the year, rainfall is however usually very short-lived arriving in the form of sharp afternoon thunderstorms.

Johannesburg is situated on the highveld plateau and has a subtropical highland climate. The city enjoys a sunny climate, with the summer months (October to April) characterised by hot days followed by afternoon thundershowers and cool evenings, and the winter months (May to September) by dry, sunny days followed by cold nights.

AUTUMN

With more pleasant midday highs and generally clear conditions, this remains a fantastic time of year to visit South Africa. We would particularly recommend the Southern regions of South Africa (Western, Garden Route and Eastern Cape), KwaZulu-Natal, the Drakensburg Mountains. This period is also the perfect time to visit the Kalahari (the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park).

Of all the countries in Africa, South Africa is arguably the most climatically diverse; the beauty of this is that it is one destination which can be truly great throughout the year, you just need to know where to travel. With this in mind, we could suggest getting in touch to learn more.

AUTUMN

With more pleasant midday highs and generally clear conditions, this remains a fantastic time of year to visit.

Johannesburg is situated on the highveld plateau and has a subtropical highland climate. The city enjoys a sunny climate, with the summer months (October to April) characterised by hot days followed by afternoon thundershowers and cool evenings, and the winter months (May to September) by dry, sunny days followed by cold nights.

WINTER

These are the driest months of the year, with barely any rainfall and blue skies dominating. Mornings are however cold, so worth packing warm clothes should you wish to take in any outdoor activities

Johannesburg is situated on the highveld plateau, and has a subtropical highland climate. The city enjoys a sunny climate, with the summer months (October to April) characterised by hot days followed by afternoon thundershowers and cool evenings, and the winter months (May to September) by dry, sunny days followed by cold nights.

WINTER

These are the driest months of the year, with barely any rainfall and blue skies dominating. Mornings are however cold, so worth packing warm clothes should you wish to take in any outdoor activities

Johannesburg is situated on the highveld plateau, and has a subtropical highland climate. The city enjoys a sunny climate, with the summer months (October to April) characterised by hot days followed by afternoon thundershowers and cool evenings, and the winter months (May to September) by dry, sunny days followed by cold nights.

WINTER

These are the driest months of the year, with barely any rainfall and blue skies dominating. Mornings are however cold, so worth packing warm clothes should you wish to take in any outdoor activities

Johannesburg is situated on the highveld plateau, and has a subtropical highland climate. The city enjoys a sunny climate, with the summer months (October to April) characterised by hot days followed by afternoon thundershowers and cool evenings, and the winter months (May to September) by dry, sunny days followed by cold nights.

WINTER

These are the driest months of the year, with barely any rainfall and blue skies dominating. Mornings are however cold, so worth packing warm clothes should you wish to take in any outdoor activities

Johannesburg is situated on the highveld plateau, and has a subtropical highland climate. The city enjoys a sunny climate, with the summer months (October to April) characterised by hot days followed by afternoon thundershowers and cool evenings, and the winter months (May to September) by dry, sunny days followed by cold nights.

SPRING

With more pleasant midday highs and generally clear conditions, this remains a fantastic time of year to visit.

Johannesburg is situated on the highveld plateau and has a subtropical highland climate. The city enjoys a sunny climate, with the summer months (October to April) characterised by hot days followed by afternoon thundershowers and cool evenings, and the winter months (May to September) by dry, sunny days followed by cold nights.

SPRING

With more pleasant midday highs and generally clear conditions, this remains a fantastic time of year to visit.

Johannesburg is situated on the highveld plateau and has a subtropical highland climate. The city enjoys a sunny climate, with the summer months (October to April) characterised by hot days followed by afternoon thundershowers and cool evenings, and the winter months (May to September) by dry, sunny days followed by cold nights.

SUMMER

A beautiful time of year with plenty of sunshine and warm weather. The summer months are the wettest in the year, rainfall is however usually very short-lived arriving in the form of sharp afternoon thunderstorms.

Johannesburg is situated on the highveld plateau and has a subtropical highland climate. The city enjoys a sunny climate, with the summer months (October to April) characterised by hot days followed by afternoon thundershowers and cool evenings, and the winter months (May to September) by dry, sunny days followed by cold nights.

SUMMER

A beautiful time of year with plenty of sunshine and warm weather. The summer months are the wettest in the year, rainfall is however usually very short-lived arriving in the form of sharp afternoon thunderstorms.

Johannesburg is situated on the highveld plateau and has a subtropical highland climate. The city enjoys a sunny climate, with the summer months (October to April) characterised by hot days followed by afternoon thundershowers and cool evenings, and the winter months (May to September) by dry, sunny days followed by cold nights.

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