Set foot into the Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas & Spa in Johannesburg and it will immediately be clear why this plush Afro-chic establishment regularly racks up top awards. In addition to impeccable service and unstinting hospitality, The Saxon is also a member of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs – the international association of gastronomy and the widely considered the last word on culinary excellent – guaranteeing guests world-class international dining.

In addition to being a gourmand’s delight, The Saxon Spa & Studio offers a wide range of top-notch treatments, including a revitalizing Traveller Therapy for guests who have undertaken long-haul journeys and Sound Therapy using gongs and Tibetan singing bells.

As the hotel that famously hosted former South African president and Nobel Laureate Nelson Mandela, it is fitting that its remarkable art collection includes the original sketches for a series called ‘Foresight and Hindsight – The Five Faces of Mandela’. The lush gardens span four hectares, perfect for a stretching your legs or enjoying a drink in the sunshine. Whether you are setting off or returning from safari, The Saxon will there to greet you with a gorgeous suite, fabulous cuisine and open arms.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2016 - #8 of Top 25 Hotels in South Africa
  •  Member of Leading Hotels of the World
  •  World Travel Awards 2007-2016 - Africa's Leading Boutique Hotel
  •  World Travel Awards 2007-2016 - South Africa's Leading Boutique Hotel
  •  World Travel Awards 2000-2015 - World's Leading Boutique Hotel
  •  World Travel Awards 2016 - Africa's Leading Boutique Hotel
  •  World Travel Awards 2016 - Africa's Leading Hotel Suite (Nelson Mandela Premium Suite)
  •  World Travel Awards 2016 - South Africa's Leading Hotel Suite (Nelson Mandela Premium Suite)
  •  World Travel Awards 2016 - South Africa's Leading Hotel Residence



  • High-speed Wi-Fi
  • Spa, wellness studio & fitness centre
  • Member of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
  • State-of-the-art in-suite entertainment
  • International art collection
  • Excellent fine-dining options
  • 4ha of leafy gardens
  • Impeccable butler service & pillow menu
  • Private villas with plunge pools & reception areas
  • Nelson Mandela Presidential Suite

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The Saxon Boutique Hotel is the perfect retreat from the hubbub of Johannesburg, a city that is famous for its electric buzz. The large swimming pool is set within four hectares of leafy gardens and a ‘skywalk’ takes you across them to the stately reception area.

The Saxon Spa & Studio has a wide range of treatments – including a special men’s selection – as well as signature therapies like the Rasul Spa Ritual, which is suitable for couples or groups and takes place in suite inspired by ancient Byzantine mosaics. Healthy meals are served at the Spa Café and guests can work up a sweat at the fully-equipped, 24-hour Saxon Fitness Centre & Gymnasium. There is also a beauty salon should you need a quick ‘pep up’.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Hair salon
    Wi-fi available


A member of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, The Saxon offers several exceptional dining options that are enhanced by selections from its superb wine cellar and organic produce from its on-site kitchen garden.

Its signature restaurant – five hundred – hosts an exceptional Ruinart Experience, in which up to six courses are carefully paired with the finest French champagnes. Or take a seat at the Chef’s Table for a private feast specifically created just for you: think lobster on gnocchi or perfectly seared organic salmon.

Lunch can be enjoyed on The Terrace, which has an Afro-fusion menu, and The Saxon’s famous high tea – an extravagance of airy macaroons, exotic teas and dainty cakes – is a popular treat that is rated one of the best in Johannesburg.

The Saxon also has a private dining room for special occasions, perhaps a wedding anniversary or landmark birthday celebration.

Luxury Suite

The nouveau African style flows through the light and airy Luxury Rooms. Finished in marble, light wood, geometric prints and plush furnishings, every detail and comfort has been considered.

Open the gorgeous latticed shutters and bathe the living area in natural light as you gaze over the indigenous gardens or the tranquil pool terrace. Upload your holiday snaps with the high-speed Wi-Fi, watch a film from the digital movie library or sip something refreshing from the complimentary mini bar.

The generous en suite bathrooms boast gorgeous, over-sized baths, separate showers and piles of fluffy white towels. The world's best linens cover the king-sized bed, complimented by your selection from the pillow menu. A personal butler is discreetly in attendance 24 hours a day.

Luxury Suite AMENITIES

    International adaptors
    Wi-fi available in room
    En-suite bath and shower

Other Room Types

Each Executive Luxury Room has a quiet seating and dining area and a business desk. Private decks lead onto the lush gardens.

State-of-the-art entertainment systems in the private lounges and dining rooms with butler’s kitchens come together in the luxurious home-from-home One Bedroom Suites. Slip into a deep sleep in the 4-poster bed after selecting a pillow from the pillow menu.

The palatial Executive One Bedroom Suites offers a private balcony overlooking the gardens with water features and each suite has access to the terrace and plunge pool. Each Executive One Bedroom Suite can be interconnected with an adjacent suite and has a guest bathroom and full entertainment system, including a gaming interface and digital music library.


  • Cultural tours
  • Scenic drives
  • Day tours
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $250 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 $270 Bed & Breakfast

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite,Presidential Suite,Villa Presidential Suite,Villa Luxury Suite Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Saxon was magnificent, perhaps as fine a hotel I have stayed in anywhere in the world.

    Jim Green, September 2008

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"Wow! Absolutely exquisite. This hotel has everything: luxurious rooms, spectacular dining and friendly, welcoming staff. Great for both couples and families."



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Saxon was magnificent, perhaps as fine a hotel I have stayed in anywhere in the world.

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