10 2nd Avenue Houghton Estate – Houghton
Recently renovated, 10 2nd Avenue Houghton Estate is just the place if you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in luxury and style. The hotel will reopen on 19 June 2017, complete with a brand-new reception, spa and gym as well as other interior renovations. Take your pick from staying in the exquisite Presidential Suite (perfect if you want to kick-start your honeymoon on a high note), one of the two Executive Suites or one of the 12 Luxury Rooms all centred around private courtyards with soothing water features. Their facilities include a library area, a gourmet restaurant, beautifully landscaped gardens, a stunning spa, a mocktail and fruit juice bar, a sparkling swimming pool and more. And best of all, its location is ideal for both business and leisure travellers – it’s near some of the best hotspots in the city including Melrose Arch and Sandton City.
The View Boutique Hotel – Auckland Park
Feel like travelling back in time? If you answered yes, then you’ll love the charm and history of the unique View Boutique Hotel in Auckland Park. This beautiful and posh Cape Dutch-style building underwent an extensive restoration a few years ago and now takes its guests back to a bygone era of over 100 years ago. Depending on the mood you want to set for your getaway, choose from their Jeppe, Bertha’s Oak, Eucalyptus, Harrison, Rand Tram or Landau Suite, all with their own unique feel and scheme. You can expect stunning city views, fantastic cuisine as well as relaxing and soothing treatments at their spa, which includes a selection of massages and, of course, manis and pedis. Their gardens come alive on summer nights with live orchestral music and the beautiful sites of the twinkling city lights.
Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff
Everyone in Johannesburg knows of and wishes to stay at the iconic Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff. Offering some of the most spectacular sights of our beautiful city, paying this hotel a visit is definitely a must whether you’re a local or a traveller. Situated on a hillside overlooking the Johannesburg Zoo and The Parks, this stylish establishment boasts 117 luxury guest rooms and suites, all woven together with beautiful courtyards, sparkling fountains and lush gardens. Guests can delight their senses at one of their four exquisite restaurants, relax and unwind at the lounge and bar area, enjoy a little pampering at the spa, or explore the best things to do and see in the city as recommended by their concierge.
Details: www.fourseasons.com / 011 481 6000 / 67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Saxonwold, Johannesburg.
Clico Boutique Hotel – Rosebank
Thinking of enjoying a quick yet top-notch escape in the tranquil, leafy and upmarket suburb of Rosebank? Clico Boutique Hotel offers just the haven to get away from the frenzy of big city living. This 60-year-old Cape Dutch-styled building is an interesting twist of old and new, providing guests with a tranquil space to relax and recuperate before heading back to their everyday lives. Each of their nine comfortable and beautifully decorated rooms (of various sizes) features a mini-bar, safe, flat-screen TV with DStv, air-conditioning and under-carpet heating. And for a little fresh air, all bedrooms open onto the garden or have a balcony overlooking the pool. Also, the location of the hotel is within close proximity of Rosebank Mall, ideal if you’re in need of some retail therapy.
Morrells Boutique Estate – Northcliff
Escape to Paris without even leaving the city or spending a fortune on a flight. Morrells Boutique Estate in Northcliff is a must-visit treasure exuding French Provençal appeal, a sense of magic and romance, as well as visual and sensory indulgences. The look and feel of this stunning estate is ideal for weddings, events and even a quick stopover in Johannesburg. Accommodation options include their charming Manor House, which boasts the Figaro, Gardenia, Plumbago, Agapantha, Camelia, Rosa and Hydrangea suites. Or you can choose one of the six stunning rooms in the Morrells Farmhouse. Also, if you feel like a little pamper session, the Lux Spa will provide luxurious treatments in the comfort of your own room if you stay in the Manor House. Talk about exceptional service.
The Saxon Hotel – Sandhurst
Another must-visit to add to your list of 5-star hotels is the enchanting and sought-after Saxon Hotel. Not only does this hotel offer a peaceful retreat like no other in Johannesburg, but it also provides exquisite cuisine that’ll delight your taste buds, indulgent treatments at the spa to help you unwind and chill and, last but no least, 5-star service that’ll leave you feeling like royalty. There’s a selection of suites, villas and rooms for you to choose from, all offering only the best in luxury and comfort. And to ensure the rush of the city doesn’t bother your tranquillity and relaxation, the Saxon is situated on ten acres of magnificent indigenous gardens, putting some distance between you and your everyday life.
The Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa – Sandton
From chic, upscale suites all individually decorated in varying themes and an array of elegant dining experiences to choose from, to close attention to detail and exceptional service, The Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa is just the destination if you’re looking for a combination of luxury and convenience. This urban sanctuary in the heart of Sandton boasts plenty of beautiful villas, a Grand Chateau and Courtyard suites, a restaurant with a delectable menu along with a Diamond Award Winning wine list, and a Balinese-style spa surrounded by gorgeous bamboo forest gardens. This fine establishment has everything you need to ensure a memorable, comfortable and opulent break.
The Michelangelo Hotel – Sandton
The Michelangelo Hotel is more than a luxurious hotel complete with fantastic cuisine and stunning views of Sandton. It’s also the place to be if you want to be in the centre of one of the busiest and flourishing cities in Johannesburg. Within walking distance is the shopping haven of Sandton City. Just down the road are ample restaurants, upmarket bars and trendy hangouts and, of course, if you feel like taking a stroll and getting some fresh air, there’s the Sandton Central Park. Other than the hotel being central to plenty of hotspots, its facilities include a tranquil spa, fine dining setting, a cocktail bar and lounge, baby-sitting services and more.
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