4.5
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What We Love

  • Jo’burg is South Africa’s best-kept secret: an Afro-cosmopolitan city that’s buzzing with energy
  • Fairlawns is five minutes from Sandton’s business hub and a 15-minute hop via high-speed rail to the airport
  • Set on 10 acres of lush garden
  • The hotel has compiled its own bespoke one-day trips to little-known shopping districts and cultural precincts
  • Fairlawns is discreet and completely private, making it a favorite with celebs
  • Free WiFi and parking

What To Know

  • Not a city center location
  • The secluded setting is more suited to business travelers and romancing couples than families or singles
  • Fairlawns is the last word in Old World opulence — if you’re after an African experience, save it for the safari lodge
  • No sights within walking distance, but the hotel offers a free shuttle service
  • For weekend stays, book day tours or a round on one of several nearby golf courses
  • The spa and restaurant are open to the public

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

On 10 acres of lush gardens filled with mature indigenous trees, endless lawns and diverse flora and fauna, Johannesburg’s discreet Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa more than lives up to its name. The 40 elegant suites are spread across the estate — each one individually decorated by the owner’s wife, whose exacting style is legendary in local design circles.

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Take advantage of the fantastic Highveld weather (Jo’burg receives 3,082 hours of sunshine each year) and spend your time outdoors, either on the private balconies overlooking the manicured gardens, at the residents-only patios and pool, or at the alfresco restaurant. Chef Keith Frisley serves an impressively cosmopolitan menu, plus classic South African dishes like Karoo lamb, oxtail and bobotie — a true Afrikaans meal of spiced minced beef topped with egg.

But before you tuck into dinner à deux under the stars, pay a visit to the Balinese-inspired spa, which offers full-body massages and sunset packages in which blissed-out couples share treatments. The pool is equally idyllic, with private daybeds surrounded by billowing curtains. All you’ll need is a chilled glass of fine local wine (incidentally, the wine list here is one of the best in the country) to know this is the last word in colonial chic.

How to Get There

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa
Alma Road
Sandton, 2052 South Africa

Reviews

Gorgeous
pauljh4765

This is an amazing boutique hotel. The accommodation for us was in what appeared to be a converted grand mansion with amazing artwork on the walls, a grand staircase leading up to our room which was elegant and spacious. The grounds are immaculate and the staff were great. The restaurant produced beautiful food and we ended up eating their both nights as there we so many options to chose from. The bar is also a great place to end the day with a few quiet drinks. Its a reasonably short drive to Sandton Shopping centre but make sure you speak to the hotel staff to get a driver as taxis are not recommended.

Subtle Elegance
Angela C

Stayed in the most beautiful room, with the biggest bath, utterly gorgeous. Love the endless lawns, and postcard perfect gardens. The Spa is lovely, and for breakfast - the Eggs Benedict is a winning MUST have!

Very good but disrespectful restaurant staff
Nthasilo

A very tranquil and serene hideout for a couple of days with fantastic environs to soothe the heart and soul. The food is of very high quality and very tasty. But probably like one reviewer said, as it was my first visit a couple of weeks ago, I found some restaurant staff very disrespectful as they would gather next to us and disturb our dining chatting in loud voices as if we were not there or they were in the streets. There was no courtesy at all. There is one particular young tiny lady who was particularly very loud. When I scan through the reviews on the history of service in this facility, this probably has to do with the change in management. The new management has to do something to maintain this facility's five-star status.