Gauteng is South Africa’s urban playground. It is full of shopping malls, bars, hotels and casinos, all contributing to a vibrant cultural and entertainment scene. Gauteng is the smallest of South Africa’s nine provinces but don’t let it’s size fool you. Gauteng means ‘place of gold’ and gold has been intertwined with the province’s history ever since its discovery in 1886. It’s a province in South Africa that actively promotes the high life with cutting edge fashion and trends, all courtesy of its metropolis status. Although the city is dominated by urban areas, there are a number of great natural attractions such as the Magaliesberg Mountains and the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site.
Gauteng has an affluent offering of accommodation and they are designed specifically to keep you in the lap of luxury. A tranquil space when you have adequately sated your wanderlust desires with city pursuits. These are out choices for the best five star hotels in Gauteng:
1. AtholPlace Hotel & Villa
AtholPlace Hotel & Villa is situated in the upmarket suburb of Atholl in Sandton. It is contemporary glamour meets chic design and is a beautiful refuge for anyone seeking the pampering of a five star hotel. Sleek interiors and elegant exteriors create a space of serenity, with an immaculately maintained garden and swimming pool.
It’s an exclusive invitation to relax at AtholPlace Hotel & Villa, sit around a wood fire at night in the classically styled library, sip a cockail on the sun kissed suite balcony or beguile your taste buds with fine dining inside the grand dining room. Convenient in location, Athol Place is close enough to the activities that keep the city abuzz.
Part of the Morokuru Family, an esteemed collection of luxurious properties, the AtholPlace Villa is also available. If you’re in search of your own private residence with all the trimmings of fine living, this would be the ideal location to book for families. Picture a heated pool, a fire pit boma and a beautifully secluded garden.
2. The Residence
The Residence is nestled in the suburb of Houghton; a historically significant suburb as it was once home to Nelson Mandela. The blissful oasis that is The Residence is a boutique hotel of exceptional standard. Bougainvillea blossoms fragrance terraced gardens and a tennis court and swimming pool compliment the feeling of five star luxury.
3. Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa
Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa in Johannesburg is the epitome of five star luxury. It’s afro chic at its finest and has earned it some prestigious awards. The Saxon Hotel, Villa’s & Spa has a claim to fame. This five star establishment hosted former South African president and icon, Nelson Mandela, naming the presidential suite after him. A remarkable art collection includes original sketches for a series called ‘Foresight and Hindsight-The Five Faces of Mandela’.
4. Four Seasons Hotel the Westcliff
In the city of gold’s most exclusive residential neighbourhood, the Four Seasons Hotel the Westcliff is a chic urban resort. Its elevated position allows it to showcase views of the zoological gardens and the verdant area. Indulge in the brand new destination day spa, which features 9 treatment rooms; and an array of dining options from the casual ‘The Westcliff Deli’ to ‘Cellar Door’, which offers gourmet private dining for intimate groups.
5. Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa
The award winning Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa is a tranquil oasis, five star and with distinctive natural features in affluent Sandton. It has an air of luxurious ambiance with beautiful trees, extravagant interiors and prolific bird life. It’s exclusive and suits a wide range of travellers. The Fairlawns Spa with its exclusive Balinese spa and garden provides a welcome setting to while away the hours with rejuvenating treatments.
If you’d like to book a stay at any one of these magnificent five star hotels, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.