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

Perfect break away from the city... while being in the city
MarcoD5115

This place has treated us like royalty and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get away but only has a weekend. The spa environment felt like we were in Bali and the rest of the hotel felt like something international.

Romantic couples night away
MJRaddall

We spent an enjoyable one night in the Emoji Villa at Fairlawns to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Overall it was a wonderful night away with great food, spa treatments and service from professional friendly staff. However for an establishment of this caliber there were a few things that fell short. We were promised a romantic turndown after dinner but unfortunately when we got back to our room it hadn't been done, which was a bit of a dampener on the evening. Also dirty tissues and empty drinks glasses were left in the room after the afternoon clean. Also after lots of searching the Villa we were also only provided with one espresso cup and one coffee mug for a four sleeper? Its a spacious two bedroom villa set on its own private property away from the hotel. It feels like a luxury house its so large, with its own kitchen for self catering, although the kitchen doesn't flow with the design of the house and feels a bit off. The best part of the villa is its beautiful spacious patio that over looks a huge pool, garden gazebo and lush tropical garden. Fairlawns is a modern hotel with beautiful grand architecture, lush green gardens and a beautiful swimming pool, as well as a choice of restaurants and an amazing Bali style spa. The Spa setting feels like one is in tropical Bali with beautiful separated treatment rooms, lush greenery and water flowing, unfortunately other guests weren't respecting the peace and quiet and were making a huge noise while we were receiving treatments. Overall an awesome boutique style hotel and I would highly recommend a stay here!

A delightful hotel in the middle of town
judie70

We stayed here one night on our way back to the UK. The most delightful suite, shared terrace, beautiful gardens, and excellent spa.
Very small bar, large restaurant, with harsh lighting. We had breakfast on the terrace which was exellent.