(To the tune of ‘One Night In Bangkok’ , or ‘One Night In Heaven’ – take your pick!)
This summer the Price family went on an African adventure. Between our stays in Zimbabwe and The Seychelles – we had an overnight stay in Johannesburg due to flight timings. Joburg felt very different to Cape Town. It felt more of a sprawling city – not hemmed in by a huge mountain, so it could just spread and spread – and there were people EVERYWHERE. It felt a bit more daunting. We literally travelled from the airport to our hotel and back again – so didn’t see anything that the city or surrounding area had to offer. The Saxon hotel, however, was incredible.
We were lucky enough to stay in one of their villas – which are generally used by visiting dignitaries, celebrities and royalty to avoid the paparazzi in the main hotel! We’d missed Katy Perry by a week, and Nelson Mandela by a few years (he finished his autobiography ‘Long Walk To Freedom’ in the hotel). It’s joined to the main hotel by a skywalk (and as our son is Luke, cue lots of jokes about Luke Skywalker!)
We had 3 of the 7 luxury suites in Villa One and it was wonderful. Partly – it was nice to be back in proper civilisation after a week in the Zimbabewean bush – and to have Molton Brown toiletries (even if the husband did call them Melton Mowbray – a small village in Leicestershire, UK famous for pork pies?!?)
The kids loved the (heated) pool – and us adults loved the complimentary bottle of champagne in each suite. I have to confess we didn’t quite manage all 3!
We all enjoyed the super quick wifi (the one thing Zimbabwe lacked!) and the most amazing steak we’ve ever eaten. The food was great for dinner and breakfast – although slightly slow (I guess it has to come across from the main hotel) and that was the only minor negative of the whole stay.
The stay was brief – but fabulous. We managed to leave ‘liony’ behind – he was camouflaged by the white bed sheets, being a white lion himself. However, a call from the airport saw him being chauffeur driven to be reunited with a distraught 8 year old before we got on our flight to Mahe!
If you find yourself in Joburg – we would thoroughly recommend the Saxon – just a shame our stay was so brief.
Note: This is not a sponsored post, we paid for everything we did. All of it was organised by our wonderful Travel Counsellor Michelle. We just wanted to share the amazing trip we had – and keep a record of it for us to look back on.