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Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

The Fairlawns is a very unique, exclusive and up-market sanctuary for today’s traveler, be that business or leisure. This well-kept secret is the perfect balance between tranquility and proximity to the thriving business centers of Sandton. Elegant enough to host European royalty, relaxed enough for one visitor to comment “a home away from home, only better”, this establishment is truly a world-class venue.

Originally owned by the Openheimer family, the property was purchased in 1986 and remained the private residence of the current owners, John and Anna Thacker, until the establishment of Fairlawns as a Boutique Hotel in 1998. A forerunner in creating spacious bathrooms, individually themed suites and even the name Boutique, which at the time was not the popular nomenclature it is today, Fairlawns has been at the forefront of a different offering in hospitality.
Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa
Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa
Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa
Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa
Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa
Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa
Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa
Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa
Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa
Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa
Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa
Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

Room Information

The suites at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa comprise of some of the most opulent and distinctive suites in South Africa. Each is individually designed, both architecturally and decoratively, a Suite for every taste.

Conveniently situated in Sandton, Johannesburg, Fairlawns consists of 40 individually decorated suites. All have in-room refreshment bars, wireless connectivity, international adapters and flat screen TVs, to ensure comfort and global communication.

There are 12 Courtyard Suites (Classic suites), 6 Villa Suites (Superior suites), 20 Grande Chateau Suites (Deluxe suites) and a 240m² Presidential Residence, which comprises 3 en-suite bedrooms, walk-in dressing room, steam and double showers, sitting and dining rooms, study, kitchenette and guest cloakroom, as well as a private entrance for those wanting privacy and anonymity.

Villa Suite
Unlike the Courtyard Suites, the 84sqm Villa Suites relate to some aspects of South African history and honor such distinguished men and women as Emily Hobhouse, Jan Smuts, Nelson Mandela, Harry Oppenheimer and Mahatma Gandhi.

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.

Grande Chateau Suite
These 20 suites are the latest addition to the hotel with 4 family inter-leading 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.

Courtyard Suites
These are traditional, euro-centric themed suites with huge attention to detail. The ceilings are high, elaborately corniced, with long silk drapes, opulent fabrics, fireplaces, and in several instances romantic four poster beds. All suites are fitted with separate showers and baths, bidets, marble vanities in spacious bathrooms. The average size of the suites is 54m2.

Presidential Residence
An elegant 240m2 residence comprising 3 bedrooms, a study, a kitchenette, guest cloakroom, dining room and lounge, as well as a separate private entrance. The main bedroom boasts a huge bathroom with a 1.8m diameter jet bath, steam shower, separate toilet and bidet, large walk in closet. There is a balcony overlooking the gardens and pool as well as a Juliette balcony in the second bedroom. Ideal for families or dignitaries travelling with staff or wishing to entertain privately.

Things To Do

Activities Nearby

  • Bird Watching
  • Bowls
  • Child Friendly Activities
  • Cultural Tours
  • Game Viewing
  • General Sightseeing
  • Golf
  • Health and Fitness Center
  • Historical Tours
  • Horse Riding
  • Mini Golf
  • Museums
  • Squash Court
  • Tennis Court


Fairlawns Spa
An authentic Balinese inspired spa, every item used in either the building of the spa or decoratively was directly imported from Bali, in some instances items were purposely manufactured in Bali. The treatments offer both the natural, traditional treatments offered in Bali, as well as branded treatments and products such as Elemis, Guinot and QMS, a quasi medico brand. All the therapists are CIDESCO certified and trained to offer the highest standard of treatments. The Spa has 5 indoor treatment areas, including a heated Vichy shower, couples room, steam rooms for males and females, Austrian infrared saunas for both males and females, change room facilities. There is a separate Spa Villa for couples, honeymooners, or small groups, which comprises a self contained area with treatment area, relaxation area, bath, steam shower, private garden and eating area. The outdoor Bali house a hot tub, jacuzzi, dining area, couples massage Bali as well as a Kneipp therapy pond and plunge pool with spinal shower.



Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa



Available Amenities:

Business Center

Fitness Center

Golf Course

In-Room Dining

Internet Access

Laundry Services

Mini Bar

On-Site Activities

On-Site Parking

On-Site Dining



Swimming Facilities

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Price Guide

$ = Up to $299
$$ = $300 to $599
$$$ = $600 to $999
$$$$ = $1000 to $2499
$$$$$ = $2500+
Starting price per room, per night, in USD and based on double occupancy.