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

4.5 Very Good 506 Reviews
Impressed from start to finish
Reviewed 5 days ago

We celebrated our one year anniversary here with a spa day, dinner, stay over and breakfast - we were impressed from start to finish. We were looked after at all times, the staff were really good to us. At the spa, there was confusion about our meals and a complimentary lunch was offered to us which was greatly appreciated. Dinner and breakfast at the hotel were both amazing! We stayed in Room 3, just off the courtyard and the room was beyond expectation - huge, luxurious with home comforts allowing us to completely relax and enjoy it. We will definitely be back!

Not very Good,only good,they try though.
Reviewed 6 days ago

Had a business meeting with Underwriters,not sure if this is really a 5 Star Hotel,we've been to many many hotels,but unfortunately some 4 Stars will beat this hands down.
We had lunch as well,food very well presented,but surely you should make sure that any spices were added,maybe take a trip to the Mosaic in Pretoria,to understand properly prepared food.
Lovely setting,some areas really needs attention.
Only good,not very good,sorry.

Luxurious boutique great location
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed as a stopover for one night before returning to Uk . This is a lively small hotel with beautiful grounds in a safe neighbourhood and easy access or shopping and the airport. Fabulous decor and service and large room

Disappointed
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked a couples retreat type one night stayover on Saturday, 6 April 2019. I should have seen the alarm bells already during the reservation process where I have had to follow up on emails after certain queries went unanswered. The spa experience was avarage. Nothing out bad happened though. For a 5 star place, we expected something special. As we had a package that comes with dinner, we were presented with the dinner menu whilst at the spa and we chose our meals then at around 3pm and dinner was scheduled for 7pm.

The worst service came at dinner. After being ushered to the restaurant and telling the waitress that we were on the package that comes with dinner, we sat on our table with for what seemsd like a lifetime with no information whether our food was being prepared or what. We called the to ask what was happening. Only then she told us that our chosen dinner items were being prepped. We called her again after what seemed like eternity to ask if the restaurant did not serve breads prior to meals. She said they did and only then did she bring some breads and butter to the table. The less said about the breads, the better. The entire dinner experience was mediocre and nothing felt like we were in a 5 star establishment. Knowing what one gets and having stayed at a few other 5 star establishments around the country, we have an expactation.

The breakfast experience was no better. I commented to my wife at breakfast that we have had a better selection and experience of 3 and 4 star places compared to what this so called 5 star and award winning boutique hotel.

I am certain that unless something drastic happens, I will never pay a premium again to stay at this place. I honestly do not understand how it get a 5 star rating.

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If your next destination is the city of gold and you are still looking for an intimate boutique hotel located in the heart of Sandton, then Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa is a perfect fit for you! This elegant 5 stars hotel is for everyone who likes privacy yet wants to be in the heart of the city.

From the minute I arrived at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa I was treated like royalty with a full range of services to satisfy my every need, from the concierge service to my beautiful courtyard suite, welcome refreshments, spa treatment at their Balinese inspired spa to sipping on champagne in their beautiful bar.

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa offers 6 different types of rooms. I stayed in one of their courtyard suites, which felt like I stepped into a French Chateau. The 12 newly refurbished Courtyard Suites are situated in Palladian style buildings that form an elegant courtyard graced by a formal garden. From the moment you enter your suite, you can see special attention is paid to every detail. Expect fine Egyptian cotton linen, luxurious bathrobes and slippers, complimentary WiFi and refreshments, minibar, Nespresso coffee machine and one of my ultimate favourites – USB charge points next to each side of the bed. The spacious bathroom is fully equipped with marble vanities, a large shower and beautiful Victorian bath.

The Spa:

After a long day of meetings and an event the night before for Urban Decay, retreating to the Balinese inspired spa was just what I needed. With a range of therapies and signature Asian-inspired treatments, I was quickly brought back to a state of calm – the back massage was so good, I fell asleep 5 minutes into it! For a moment of reflection, enjoy herbal tea in the intimate lounge or find complete serenity next to their beautiful pool.

When it comes to dining, there’s no need to leave the hotel. Dining at Fairlawns is a culinary delight, so there is no need even to leave the hotel. The gastronomic lunch and dinner menu at Amuse-Bouche offers a sophisticated à la carte menu for the discerning palate from both land and sea. My most favourite aspect of the dining experience has to be the enchanting Muse Champagne Room by Perrier-Jouët. The values of Perrier-Jouët are fully echoed by Art Nouveau, with distinct design elements of this iconic art discipline interwoven throughout the entire champagne room’s look and feel.

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa It’s a private little luxurious oasis in the heart of Sandton with true Parisian inspired sophistication and elegance and 5-Star stellar service that makes you feel like you never want to leave.