Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa

Johannesburg, South Africa

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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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.

Travellers 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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Insider's View

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

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 centre of this busy metropolis. A must if you can!

Explore the beautiful gardens dotted with sculptures

Possibly the most comfortable beds in Africa!

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

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

Call us on 020 3993 5269 to start planning your holiday to Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa or take a look at our itineraries to 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.

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 watercolours 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 centre 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.

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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 artefacts, 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.



Kelly Connor (Staff)

Escape the concrete jungle and find your own oasis at The Saxon. A perfect relaxing start to a thrilling safari or a great way to end an already unforgettable adventure. Go for a swim in the heated pool surrounded by beautiful trees, koi pond and the sounds of the local birds. Try the state-of-the-art spa and end your night at any of the restaurants on site like Luke Dales, the chef behind the Test Kitchen, and drool over the taste of South Africa.


Louisa Verney (Staff)

The Saxon is a stunning oasis in the exclusive Sandhurst district of Johannesburg. The hotel is nestled within 10 acres of mature gardens so it's lovely to be able to stretch your legs and wander round the garden which is dotted with interesting modern sculptures. There is also an extensive spa which offers a range of treatments from massages to sound therapy and detoxifying body wraps.

The rooms are large, incredibly comfortable with large ensuite bathrooms and possibly the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in! All of the rooms have a small balcony or terrace, perfect for a coffee in the morning sun. The Saxon is ideal if you have a slightly longer layover in Johannesburg so that you can relax and enjoy the lovely surroundings.



Its hard to write about a single spot in South Africa without Nelson Mandelas name cropping up. But it was here that he completed his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. How otherworldly it must have seemed at the time the sweeping staircases, the fields of marble, the way sun spreads through the property like butter on a piece of toast. You may think you only want to stop for one night on the way through to safari thrills, but the Saxon will pin you down in its amber loveliness. There are the new villas, connected to the main hotel via a kind of Las Vegas-style walkway. If you want super-space, if you want to play chess with elephants, stay in one of these. The staff are pretty much the best in Africa. They have spunk and initiative and are full of energy. Dont, whatever happens, miss the spa and falling asleep in its famous bed of gongs crikey, its beautiful. And suck up the walls loaded with African baskets in the atrium its so big that one guest asked, just to make a point, if he could have an indoor cricket match and, bearing in mind this is a place of astonishing stories, the hotel happily obliged.


Louisa Verney (Staff)

Arriving at the Saxon you really do feel as if you have arrived. Located in a leafy and very wealthy suburb of Johannesburg it is still the place to push the boat out. The entrance lobby is incredibly grand with a sweeping staircase but retains an African vibe with an enormous ostrich egg chandelier and generous strewing of zebra skin rugs. The rooms are no less opulent. I had a quick peak inside the restaurant before dinner where incredibly intricate chocolate pudding designs were already on display for enjoyment later that evening. The food and service here were seemless and I can highly recommend this for couples of all ages wanting to celebrate an anniversary or just give themselves a special treat.


  • Cradle of Humankind: Sterkfontein Caves & Maropeng

    Enjoy a guided tour of Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng, where you will learn about the precursor history of humankind.

  • F1 Car Drive in Kyalami Track

    Ever dreamt of being a race car driver? Here's your chance to experience it first-hand at the Kyalami track.

  • First Thursdays - Johannesburg

    On the first Thursday of every month explore the art galleries of Johannesburg until late. Inspired by the rich and complex culture of the city, cultural attractions open their doors and allow visitors to discover Johannesburg's unique history.

  • Johannesburg City Tour

    Gain a unique insight into a city with a fascinating history with a guided tour around Johannesburg. With a range of different tours for different areas of the city, this will give you the opportunity to see Johannesburg as few tourists get see it.

  • Johannesburg Essentials

    Enjoy a bird's eye view of Johannesburg from Carlton Centre. Cross through the Supreme Court, Anglo American's headquarters and the Constitution Hill. Time permitting, a visit to Museum Africa can be arranged.

  • Pretoria Essentials

    Highlights of the tour include Voortrekker Monument and Church Square, surrounded by Old Raadsaal, Palace of Justice and Union Buildings.

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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.

How to get there

11-hour international flight to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport. The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa is a 40-minute drive from the airport.

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