Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa
Before Fairlawns became a boutique hotel in 1997, it was originally a ten-acre family home, owned by the Brenthurst Trust of Oppenheimer fame, sporting stables, a training rink, a cow (just one), geese, dogs, and two teenage children. In 1994 the eastern section bounding on Bowling Ave was sold to developers and the residential estate known as Camelot was built on the site. An offer from developers for the western section took a bit more soul-searching before being sold as it meant losing not only an historical cottage but the lunge rink and grazing, which in effect meant parting with the horses.
It was only once the family was left with the remaining three acres and the original homestead that Mr. Thacker decided to realize his dream of having a ‘country hotel’ – albeit in the heart of Sandton, the new CBD of Johannesburg.
The original accommodation block comprised 12 suites, each uniquely decorated. Apart from the African Suite, they are mostly Euro-centric in their decorating with high ceilings, elaborate cornicing, tall doors and sumptuous fabrics.
The Grand Chateau Suites
The Grand Chateau wing offers 20 suites. These 50sqm suites can be enjoyed by group travellers as a private residence due to the area’s direct drop off access. Adjoining family suites are available in this wing. This wing offers special needs access and elevator.
These 20 suites are the latest addition to the hotel with 4 family interleading rooms. Again in true Fairlawns style, each room is individually decorated, echoing the original ideas of the Courtyard and Villa suites, yet with a modern contemporary twist. The building process and day to day energy preservation was a key factor considered in the building of this new wing of the hotel. The public area on both levels creates a cozy atmosphere with lounges and large sandstone fireplaces. A lift provides easy access to the second level and the environment is wheelchair friendly.
These 12, newly refurbished Courtyard Suites are so called as the U shape of the Palladian buildings form an elegant courtyard graced by a formal garden. All are Eurocentric, individually decorated, 54sqm suites with beautiful hand-painted techniques, high corniced ceilings, sumptuous fabrics and custom made classical furniture.
The spacious bathrooms are fully equipped with bidets, marble vanities, large separate showers and baths. Working fireplaces enhance the romanticism of the suites. They comprise: The Windsor, The Empire, The French Provencial, The African, The Louis, The Bismark, The Swedish, The Scottish, The Mural, The English Manor, The Florentine and The Honeymoon Suite, with its stunning, over the top canopied bed which is a copy of one seen in the Palace of Versailles. Each Suite is a work of Art in its own right. Definitely not your run of the mill hotel suite!
Unlike the Courtyard Suites, the 6 x 84sqm Villa Suites overlook the rolling lawns, pool and have a lovely communal breakfast terrace. Three of the suites have balconies, the others open onto an oak-shaded terrace.
Some have guest cloakrooms, all but one have separate lounges, and all are equipped with double basins, bidets, separate showers and jet baths, towel warmers, as well as under-tile floor heating in the bathrooms and all with working fireplaces.
Tree House Studio
Named for its positioning in the treetop canopy, this two bedroom family suite is the latest addition to the Fairlawns offering. With its state of the art kitchen, lounge and dining room, this suite is ideally suited to longer family stays.
Maison Spa Suite
Previously known as the Presidential Spa Suite, this traditional opulent European style villa, boasts 240 sqm of luxury. The Maison Spa Suite offers two private en-suite bedrooms, a dining room and spacious lounge. To sleep in the master bedroom is an experience in itself, with its four-poster bed, working fireplace, French doors leading onto a balcony overlooking a sweeping view of the gardens and the pool. The Study is equipped with a large working desk and fax machine and was designed for the busy executive. The large lounge and dining room, as well as the adjacent kitchen and guest cloakroom. For those wanting total privacy, there is a discrete private entrance to the villa and private parking facilities as well as in-suite check-in.
Previously known as Maison de Ville, this stand-alone Villa is ideal for exclusive secure stays for those seeking privacy. Set in a secluded garden with private access and extra security. A fully serviced residence featuring two en-suite bedrooms opening onto a patio with direct access to the garden and extra length private swimming pool. In addition, Villa Moji has a formal lounge, dining room both with working fireplaces and access to the patio. A full kitchen and scullery, study or office and private parking. Butler and Chef Service is available on request.
Dining at Fairlawns is a culinary delight. Amuse-Bouche boasts a sophisticated à la carte menu for the discerning palate, paired with a Diamond Award Winning wine list. The Amuse-Bouche menu is also available in the privacy of your suite through in-suite dining. Breakfast is served from the restaurant daily.
Manor House Bistro
Manor House Bistro features more casual, al fresco dining, in a contemporary setting that caters to eclectic tastes. The restaurant is elegant, yet still homely and welcoming, and features some of your favourite café style meals. Not to mention the Strawberry Daiquiri tea trolley serving decadent sweet treats. Partake in a classic high tea, with morning and afternoon tea served daily. You can also indulge in Champagne or sparkling wine served by the glass.
Into the Woods
Bringing the garden inside our private dining room, ‘Into the Woods’, offers a memorable experience for up to 12 guests under a chandelier in a recreation of a Birchwood forest.
Muse Champagne Room
The latest addition to Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa. Brought to you in collaboration with French Champagne house, Perrier-Jouët, our champagne room and adjoining Courtyard is a sumptuous mix of things elegant and contemporary, using nature as its source of inspiration. The adjoining Courtyard is the perfect place for late afternoon sundowners. You can listen to the birdsong of the garden while experiencing an African sunset.
Rejuvenate, relax and restore in the exquisite bamboo forest gardens of the Balinese-style Spa at Fairlawns. With a range of therapies and signature Asian-inspired treatments, a team of skilled therapists are able to bring you back to a state of calm and natural wellbeing. Five indoor treatment rooms with enhanced mood lighting sets the scene for your journey to relaxation. The Balinese Gardens are the perfect space to catch your breath after your massage. Featuring a heated plunge pool, Knipe Therapy, spa bath and hidden escapes on a Chinese daybed or pod swing chairs it is an oasis to disconnect and refresh. Three outdoor treatment salas accommodate groups of two and more. Spa at Fairlawns caters for every relaxation and beauty need. Choose from a variety of facials for gentlemen and ladies, travel therapy treatments like a Jet Lag Massage, or the perfect manicure and pedicure combination. The Spa also has steam rooms and sauna available.
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