Saxon Hotel undergoes overhaul during Covid-19 lockdown | News

The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa in Johannesburg has unveiled a fresh new face to its communal spaces following a major refurbishment throughout the lockdown period.

The main reception area, Qunu restaurant, Olive Bar and Cigar Library have been creatively updated taking inspiration from the property’s first layout in 2000.

The work marries authentic South African touches and original features – including a distinctive chandelier in the lobby and spiralling twin staircases – with an atmosphere of relaxed open space.

In tribute to the connection with favoured former guest, the late South African president Nelson Mandela, the Dean Simon artwork Foresight and Hindsight – The Five Faces of Mandela has been given pride of place behind the reception desk, framed by textured wallpapers and artisanal beaded lampshades in traditional style. 

Another feast for all senses is the revamped Qunu restaurant.

The eye is immediately drawn to a gorgeous mural by Justin Badenhorst of Nomad fame, based on a photograph taken at sister property, Shambala Private Game Reserve in the Waterberg area, which evokes the feeling of being stood under a Wild Seringa tree, gazing at the African sunset.

The ceiling-to-floor image blends into a striking liquid marble floor design, complemented