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Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa

Johannesburg, South Africa

The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa's 53 luxury rooms & suites offer the ultimate in stylish accommodation in an attractive and secure Johannesburg suburb. The hotel has extensive facilities including a swimming pool, spa and a choice of bars and restaurants.

At a Glance

  • Perfect base to explore Johannesburg

  • Take a stroll in the beautiful 10 acre gardens

  • Enjoy a romantic dinner in your own private wine cellar

  • Sip cocktails by the pool and feel far away from the hustle and bustle

  • Experience the spa’s signature sound therapy and feel rejuvenated

  • Celebrated chef Luke Dale Roberts has his restaurant here

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Insider's View

Treat yourself to 'sound' therapy with gongs in the state-of-the-art spa.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

Nelson Mandela used to live here and the fantastic decor, history, restaurant plus the gardens and views are an oasis of wonder and peace in the center of this busy metropolis. A must if you can!

Jules Maury

Insider's View

Explore the beautiful gardens dotted with sculptures

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

Possibly the most comfortable beds in Africa!

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

Nelson Mandela stayed at The Saxon when it was a private home just after he was released from Robben Island.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

Can’t get into the Test Kitchen? Enjoy the famous mouth-watering cuisine at Luke Dale’s restaurant in the Saxon.

Kelly Connor


Situated on ten acres of beautiful landscaped gardens, The Saxon, is a haven of tranquillity and a peaceful escape from the bustle of city life. The interior design of the hotel is an elegant fusion of contemporary with traditional African. With a rich historical past, this all suite hotel was home to Nelson Mandela as he wrote his biography, "The Long Walk to Freedom".

The 53 luxury rooms and suites range from the executive luxury rooms to one bedroom Suites to the three Presidential Suites and the magnificent two bedroom Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite. They all have large picture bay windows that look out over the rolling gardens or pool area, with latticed shutters ensuring quiet and privacy. Each room and suite is equipped with a wide screen television, VCR and DVD player, together with state-of-the-art surround-sound music systems that cater for all tastes and preferences.

Dining can be enjoyed in the dining room, outside under the gazebo or the private dining library, decorated with watercolors of indigenous African weaponry.  The award winning spa features a stunning African-Byzantine styled mosaic Rasul Chamber and offers a full range of treatments, including their signature sound therapy - an ancient Tibetan treatment that heals the body from the inside out. (Minimum age 16 yrs for the spa). There is also a well equipped fitness center and gym with fitness professionals available at certain times of the day.

Johannesburg has plenty on offer whether it be visiting Nelson Mandela's original home, museums and art galleries or why take a trip to Constitution Hill, the Old fort and the Apartheid Museum at Gold Reef City.


Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa offers luxury suites, villa luxury suites, presidential, villa presidential suites and one Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite, which has two bedrooms and the Saxon Luxury Villa. They all have large picture bay windows that look out over the rolling gardens or pool area, with latticed shutters ensuring quiet privacy. Each suite is equipped with a large-screen television, VCR and DVD player, together with state-of-the-art surround-sound music systems that cater for all tastes and preferences.

Luxury Suite

There are 20 Luxury Suites which all have double en-suite bedrooms with private terrace.

Presidential Suite

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.

Villa Luxury Suite

The 21 Villa Luxury Suites are double ensuite rooms with a seating area and private deck leading onto the gardens. They also enjoy a private butler service.

Villa Presidential Suites

There are 8 Villa Presidential suites with kitchen, dining room and lounge area with private terrace.

Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite

This is one suite with two double ensuite-bedrooms, a kitchen, lounge and dining room as well as a spacious pool terrace with private infinity pool.

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.


Children under 12 years are welcome to stay at the Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa by prior arrangement. Attractions that kids will love in Johannesburg include the zoo and Gold Reef City.


Facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool, a spa offering a wide range of treatments including their Signature Sound Therapy, fully equipped gym, two restaurants serving fine world cuisine, a cocktail bar and a well stocked library decorated with African weaponry and artifacts, providing a haven for peace and quiet. Please note there is a minimum age of 16 years for the spa.


Aside from relaxing by the pool, working out in the gym or enjoying one of the many indulgent massages at the hotel, Johannesburg has plenty on offer, whether it be visiting Nelson Mandela's original home, museums and art galleries or other attractions such as the zoo and Gold Reef City. For nature and wildlife, the Shambala Private Game Reserve and the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden are both nearby.

Location & Directions

Johannesburg, South Africa

The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa is located in a secure and secluded, gated residential area, in the tranquil suburb of Sandhurst with its tree-lined avenues. It is within close proximity to Sandton, Johannesburg.

When to go

Johannesburg has a relatively mild climate, with warm, dry summers and moderate winters. Generally dry heat which makes it relatively comfortable.

The rainy season in Johannesburg begins in October and continues through April, with intermittent mild showers occurring throughout that season. Winters are very dry, generally mild with cold clear evenings and bright, sunny days with mild to warm temperatures. Snow and rain in the winter time are almost unheard of.

Travelers interested in spending time in the area during the local events and festivals which characterize the culture there will probably find that autumn is the season to head to Johannesburg.

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