Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa

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//travellermade

The Saxon is one of those hotels, where the money spent is completely worth it. Nelson Mandela worked on his book, Long Walk to Freedom, at this former private home. The place spans six acres and includes a koi pond, several pools, a fantastic spa, restaurants, a fitness center, and an underground garage which holds the hotel’s own Mercedes collection.

It’s my fourth and last night in this beautiful hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa. I really don’t want to leave, but I’m headed to Zambia in the morning. Here are three reasons one should visit:

The Rooms

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The same type of room as what I have. //hurlinghamtravel

My father and step-mother got put up in the Presidential Suite on the first floor and I’m in a room on the ground floor, but we’re all in the same villa. The hotel itself only has 53 rooms, and the villas are nicely spread out. While my father loves his suite, he does agree that mine is the cozier of the two.

The Spa

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The Saxon Spa was recently re-done, and it is phenomenal. I just had an “Aroma Hot Stone Massage,” and it was heavenly. I’d never had any kind of hot stone massage before, and now it’s one of my favorites. The spa also includes a sauna, steam room, plunge pool, flotation pool, and a jacuzzi. The best part is that because the South African rand is low, compared to the US dollar, spa services are incredibly well priced. My 60-minute massage was around $70.

The Service

Time for #breakfast. #QunuSaxon

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Everyone is genuinely polite and friendly at this hotel, and I can tell when people are faking it. I’ve pre-ordered breakfast in my room for the past two mornings and it is always on time and hot. The hotel’s car service is also punctual and convenient. We’ve taken cars from the airport and to and from dinners. The drivers are always wearing suits and the cars are always Mercedes. Every employee says a greeting when one walks by and everyone is super helpful. They even laugh at my dads jokes.


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