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Johannesburg: Luxury, Design and Boutique Hotels

by Moderator April 2012 - last edited February 2013 by Community Manager

Arguably South Africa's most exciting city, Johannesburg is often bypassed by visitors heading straight out on safari in one of the country's northern game parks. We say they're missing out.

Just like many other big cities, Johannesburg has its issues, but to skip it is to miss an opportunity to base yourself at one of these great hotels and immerse yourself in the City of Gold's ever-increasing cultural buzz...

 

Melrose Arch Hotel

Melrose Arch proclaims itself to be "Africa's first truly HIP 5-star hotel". That's a very bold claim to make, but it's fair to say that the innovative architecture and attention to design detail place it in a category without too many competitors in this city.

 

 

Melrose Arch © 2012 African Pride

Melrose Arch © 2012 African Pride

 

Every one of the 118 guest rooms is decked out with sleek designer furniture, enhanced by mood lighting. Enormous rain showers, huge bathtubs with scented candles and an in-room entertainment system with surround sound completes the hi-tech feel. On top of all that, you can even dine in the pool, right in the middle of an avenue of trees planted in giant metal buckets.

 

Melrose Arch pool and deck © 2012 African Pride

Melrose Arch pool and deck © 2012 African Pride

 

Melrose Arch Hotel, 1 Melrose Square, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg 2076

The Peech

The Peech is Johannesburg's best known eco-boutique hotel. Located in the suburb of Melrose, the hotel has sixteen rooms and suites spread across a lush one-acre garden, along with a sophisticated bistro restaurant, wine cellar, swimming pool, gardens and a boardroom.

 

 

The Peech Hotel © The Peech Johannesburg

The Peech Hotel © The Peech Johannesburg

 

The hotel blends chic design with a sustainability policy that includes eco-friendly solutions like solar water heating and grey water recycling. Recently awarded a Fair Trade in Tourism certification, the hotel has been described as "contemporary, edgy and Afrocentric" by Condé Nast Traveller and nominated as South Africa's leading boutique hotel at the World Travel Awards for the last four consecutive years. The suburbs of Sandton, Rosebank and Melrose Arch are all within ten minutes of the hotel.

 

Pool at The Peech Hotel © The Peech Johannesburg

Pool at The Peech Hotel © The Peech Johannesburg

 

The Peech Hotel, 61 North Street, Melrose, Johannesburg

The Winston Hotel

The intimate and individualistic Winston Hotel's 30 rooms are decorated in one of three distinct styles; French Boudoir, English Country or Royal Safari. The high-ceilinged rooms are large and striking, full of interesting juxtapositions of colour, texture and style, and some have their own private courtyard and outdoor seating area.

 

 

Pool at The Winston © The Winston Hotel

Pool at The Winston © The Winston Hotel

 

Although the shopping, dining and entertainment hubs of Rosebank, Sandton and Melrose are just minutes away, spare a night to stay put - the hotel comes into its own at night when the pool deck, snug bar and al fresco dining area of the Commissioner restaurant are at their most atmospheric. Mellow colonial-chic indoor and outdoor lounges complete the picture for a pre- or post-dinner tête-à-tête.

 

Superior room at The Winston © The Winston Hotel

Superior room at The Winston © The Winston Hotel

 

The Winston Hotel, 6 Tottenham Avenue, Melrose Estate, Johannesburg

Ten Bompas

In its first incarnation, Ten Bompas was a private home. When it was converted into a stylish design hotel, a number of extra buildings were added to the main villa to house the ten suites - all decorated by different interior designers - along with a spectacular double-height glass-fronted wine cellar; an impressive visual backdrop to dinner on the terrace at the well-regarded 'Sides' restaurant.

 

 

Ten Bompas Hotel © Ten Bompas

Ten Bompas Hotel © Ten Bompas

 

The ten designers were given a specific brief for the rooms - to imagine this was their home away from home. All the suites have a separate lounge and bedroom, a fireplace, steam bath, patio or balcony and are flooded with natural light, and despite the differences in style, there's an overall cohesiveness and ambience that oozes contemporary cool.

 

Room at Ten Bompas © Ten Bompas

Room at Ten Bompas © Ten Bompas

 

Ten Bompas, 10, Bompas Road, Johannesburg 2146

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

The very upmarket Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa is a luxurious all-suite property with a grand colonial manor house-style exterior, extensive manicured gardens and some of the most spacious and opulent accommodations in Johannesburg. Suites at this former horse farm all have huge windows overlooking the lawns, and all are individually named and styled; Courtyard suites in a Eurocentric fashion and Villa suites with a nod to South Africa's rich history.

 

 

Night view from pool © Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

Night view from pool © Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

 

The multi-award winning Fairlawns Spa takes a holistic approach to wellness, and offers a selection of traditional South East Asian-inspired treatments using oils, clays and natural spices. The Balinese Spa Gardens were built entirely from materials imported from Bali, and a separate Balinese Spa Villa was designed specifically for couples to enjoy a totally private spa retreat - popular with honeymooners.

 

The Spa © Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

The Spa © Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

 

Virgin Atlantic operates flights to Johannesburg from London Heathrow. Visit Virgin Holidays for great deals at Melrose Arch.

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Dianne April 2012
Love your blog post on Johannesburg - lots of great places to stay and information included. For luxury holidays in South Africa http://www.vistaworldwide.co.uk
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