It’s all about Old World elegance at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa. Upon arrival, guests are immediately transported from bustling Johannesburg to a bucolic French countryside château. With names like Empire, Provençal, and Bismarck, the suites evoke a European feel, complete with frescoed walls, gilded details, and canopied beds.
But don’t be fooled by the lavish decor. This isn’t a stodgy affair. The Fairlawns is a 21st-century abode, with all the fittings to match: plush linens, rain showers, underfloor heating, and free Wi-Fi, to name a few. The Balinese spa and the celebrated high tea have helped make the hotel a fixture on the Joburg social scene, so guests are likely to bump into local movers and shakers as they stroll along the rolling lawns.