Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, Johannesburg, South Africa
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A koi pond, azure swimming pool with underwater music, and 10-acre garden proved to be the perfect backdrop for Nelson Mandela, who penned his autobiography here after his release from prison.
The hotel has one of the most exclusive addresses in the Sandhurst suburb, and is best known for its African art collection on display throughout the hotel. The sleek, contemporary manse has 53 rooms, all of which are fashionably done up with natural materials such as horn and wood, as well as modern, tribal-inspired prints. Like the interior design, the food and beverage program is regional in focus. South African wines can be found in the minibars, and Qunu Grill, the hotel s newest restaurant, spotlights native cuisine with grass-fed beef from the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and mussels from the coast.