The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa is a luxurious oasis on ten landscaped acres in Johannesburg’s neighborhood of Sandhurst, known for its quiet tree-lined avenues. Its proximity to Sandton makes it ideal for business travelers, but it is equally favored by those en route to safari destinations. Johannesburgers know The Saxon as an exclusive retreat with an award-winning spa and elegant dining in the restaurant or more intimate wine cellars. The suite and villa accommodations evoke a sense of calm and measure 860 square feet and up, with many overlooking the massive pool. Perhaps the hotel’s proudest boast, however, is that the former South African president and Nobel Prize-winner Nelson Mandela chose the Saxon as his sanctuary in which to complete his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.