Travelling by way of South and East Africa by air will lead to one particular accurate inevitability.
You will in all probability finish up transiting by way of Johannesburg on an unbelievably standard basis. Jozi is one particular of the biggest airport hubs on the whole African continent and from there, you can fairly a lot get anyplace. On the other hand, lots of smaller sized airports supply a far far more restricted service, with pretty couple of airlines flying just a handful of routes. As a outcome, transiting by way of Joburg is borderline unavoidable.
Fortunately, Joburg airport is a rather good airport hub, and there are a veritable tonne of hotel choices to utilise if your layover is overnight.
In significantly less than a month we had currently flown through Joburg 5 occasions! All of these experiences had been superior, but the final one particular was so extremely unique that it created what could have just been a transiting evening rather one particular of the most memorable nights of my whole year.
From Mozambique we necessary to get to Tanzania and regardless of these nations becoming somewhat close with each other, there had been no direct flights from Vilanculos to Dar Es Salaam, hence we had been headed back to Joburg! Somehow, we managed to score a one particular evening press keep at the Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa in Sandton – one particular of the most lovely suburbs in all of Joburg.
The Saxon is one particular of these hotels that have somehow anticipated something (and almost everything) any individual could ever require or want, which meant that from the second we stepped foot inside the hotel, issues had been currently in a class of their personal.
At verify in we had been asked if we wanted any newspapers in the morning ahead of we departed back to the airport. We responded by saying ‘no thanks’, and as we did, the beautiful lady checking us in smiled and stated ‘we do have Australian newspapers as well, are you positive you wouldn’t like one particular?’
I hadn’t observed something remotely Australian in ages, and honestly, it was pretty good to study a paper and really feel like the news was relevant to me!
We had been then shown to our space – an entry level ‘luxury suite’ – and holy moly, it did not disappoint!
Quickly upon getting into, what captured my consideration had been the warm hues and Afro-inspired textiles that adorned a amazing 4 poster bed. These rooms combine clean lines with furnishings that exude an ever so slightly vintage really feel.
Right after becoming offered a swift run down of the amenities in the space by our bellboy (is this nonetheless the term people today use?) I got to appropriately verify almost everything out!
A lovely bottle of welcome champagne was waiting for us, anything which by no means fails to place a smile on my face!
Subsequent up was the minibar with a distinction!
As opposed to most, this is not the type of circumstance exactly where all the products are ridiculously overpriced in order to prey on a persons wish for comfort.
Nope, at the Saxon you are absolutely free to drink as a lot (or as small) from the minibar as you like – at no additional price. It will be restocked every single day and this outstanding service is incorporated in the value of your keep.
Bring on the booze!
In the bathroom I discovered luxurious Molton Brown toiletries, which proved to be some of the finest hotel amenities I’d ever received. The gingerlily shower gel was one particular of the most extremely scented bath solutions that I’d ever utilised.
…and do not even get me began on this glorious bath tub!
Every space also comes with a balcony that appears out onto a lovely patch of the Saxon’s in depth grounds. When opening the doors to this tranquil garden, I definitely didn’t really feel like I was in Johannesburg at all. We had been so far removed from the targeted traffic, the noise and the chaos that comes with becoming in a massive city.
We had a dinner reservation for one particular of the restaurants in the hotel that evening, so on the way to dinner we created positive to verify out the hotel grounds, and they absolutely didn’t disappoint!
There are quite a few restaurants inside the Saxon, and through our keep, we had been to dine at Qunu. Named just after Nelson Mandela’s Eastern Cape nation residence, Qunu pays homage to its South African roots, supplying the ultimate South African grill knowledge imaginable.
Qunu also has a reputation for becoming one particular of the finest restaurants in all of Jozi, so it is secure to say that our expectations had been fairly higher!
On the other hand, from the second we had been escorted to our table, almost everything was comprehensive and utter perfection.
We had been initial served a rather unassuming hunting set of breads and butters, but I gotta be sincere, these plates are far far more thrilling than they seem! Not only had been the breads fresh, light and completely warm, but the trio of butters had been like no other butters I’d ever skilled. The herb butter (on the left) had a type of whipped consistency, and it was so superior that we asked for a second assisting!
Right after stuffing myself to the brim with bread and washing it down with a cocktail, it was time for our entree. I opted for the pork belly, and holy mother of god, it was unbelievable! I was pretty fussy (previous tense, due to the fact I have given that gone pescatarian) with meat, I certainly hated when it was as well chewy, but this pork belly was cooked to absolute perfection.
Subsequent up was the most important course, and while my fish course was scrumptious, it was what Dan ordered that really stole the show. The steak diane does not just come out to you on a plate, oh no, it is cooked in front of you!
I have by no means been a fan of ordering a steak – I preferred my meat to be hidden inside other dishes like pastas and curries – but I had severe envy that I didn’t order this as nicely!
It was by far, without the need of a shadow of a doubt, the greatest steak that I had ever attempted. It was so superior in reality, that this would be the one particular meal to make me take a break from my new pescatarian strategies.
By this point, we had been each certainly stuffed to the brim, but we managed to discover space for dessert of course! Dan opted for a white chocolate and strawberry concoction, while I was far more keen on the dark chocolate and orange choice. Each dishes had been mouthwateringly spectacular, and it was will complete bellies that we stumbled back to our space and fell into an undisturbed slumber.
We left early the subsequent morning in order to make our flight to Dar Es Salaam, and although I was excited to be heading to Tanzania, I felt a deep sadness that we had to leave. Our keep at the Saxon had been an utterly overwhelming knowledge – in the finest achievable way.
I can’t wait to return one particular day.
Receiving to Johannesburg This international airport is the most significant and most nicely connected hub in Africa
Qunu Restaurant: You can get pleasure from a meal at Qunu even if you are not staying at the Saxon, and bookings are very advised. Click right here to understand far more!
The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa: 1 evening a luxury suite begins at $730 AUD, inclusive of breakfast. Click right here to understand far more or to book
Camera: Photos captured with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 in conjunction with M.Zuiko 7-14mm f/two.8 and M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/two.eight lenses
Recall: The value may possibly be on the steep side, but when the high quality of the rooms and service is viewed as, I cannot consider it becoming feasible to charge something significantly less!
Disclaimer: I stayed with the Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa on a complimentary basis, nevertheless, this post was not commissioned or sponsored and all thoughts and opinions expressed on this weblog are sincere, unbiased and in no way influenced by the Saxon brand, their management or affiliates.