Johannesburg's Saxon: Elegance Personified

If y'all define elegance every bit the finest of everything too all inward expert gustatory modality or whatever y'all desire whenever y'all desire it too oftentimes earlier y'all realize it,  Johannesburg's Saxon to a greater extent than than qualifies. If elegance to y'all is beingness cossetted inward your ain world, surrounded past times friends or identify unit of measurement inward full privacy despite 24-hour butlers, the Saxon is it.

Once the somebody enclave of South African insurance magnate Douw Steyn, the hotel notwithstanding retains the experience of a identify unit of measurement retreat too the decor of an avid collector of all things African. Priceless collectibles are seamlessly grouped alongside fantabulous reproductions too dissimilar many hotels, y'all know directly what solid soil you're inward - a existent boon to international travelers who oftentimes wake upward inward a fog of muddled fourth dimension zones wondering that basic question, "Where am I?".

The 24-suite hotel has added iii stand-alone villas for some other 29 suites, doubling its capacity.

Tip: One suite is specifically designed for the physically challenged although Levelers volition honor all suites step-less. 

Our grouping of 4 go too nutrient writers too 1 PR theatre possessor were given the one-level Villa One which comes alongside 7 suites, fundamental living room, eating too lounge area, pool, boardroom/library, kitchen alongside 24-hour butler too its ain get upward connecting straight to the undercover garage too allowing the rich and famous to piece of job inward too instruct out inward privacy.

Tip: It also comes inward handy for stair-avoiding Levelers too anyone inward inclimate weather.

The "normal" access from hotel reception to the villa is past times ascending 1 story via get upward hence walking through the treetops inside what seems similar the rib cage of a Brobdignagian boa constrictor hence going upward near viii steps to villa level. The villa get upward eliminates all stairs. 

Service is every bit exemplary every bit y'all powerfulness expect. Granted, every bit journalists nosotros were treated royally, but I suspect everyone else is too. Every fourth dimension nosotros turned around someone was offering a fresh bottle of sparkling vino or some other tray of tidbits to try. The buffet breakfast inward the hotel is a mind-boggling array of international selections from proteins too carbs to fruits fresh, dried, pickled or preserved.

The only chink inward this armory of civility too luxury was encountered at the spa where nosotros had to genuinely inquire for water, the kickoff fourth dimension inward 2 split stays nosotros had to "ask" for anything.

Warning: The spa is on two-levels; non expert for Levelers.

Otherwise, nosotros were totally spoiled, particularly past times the 1,000-thread count bed linens too the one-wand integrated arrangement that turned on too adjusted lights, temperature too TV. Then in that place was the laptop inward each suite, the gratis Wi-Fi, butler too the in-room telephone that could go converted into a mobile telephone during our stay.

Driving through the suburbs of Johannesburg to accomplish the secluded too secure Saxon gave us a glimpse into how the whites barricaded themselves into compounds where they could temporarily escape the reality of beingness the privileged minority inward a solid soil of other races legislated into lower castes. And where the fearfulness of retribution keeps safety tight.

A remain at Saxon - where Steyn hosted Nelson Mandela every bit he edited "Long Walk to Freedom" afterward unloosen from prison theatre too where he continues to catch when inward Johannesburg - gave us a gustatory modality of that privileged lifestyle anyone tin at nowadays experience.

Johannesburg's Saxon: Elegance Personified