May 28, 2022
Saxon Lodge undergoes overhaul throughout Covid-19 lockdown

Saxon Lodge undergoes overhaul throughout Covid-19 lockdown

The Saxon Lodge, Villas & Spa in Johannesburg has unveiled a contemporary new face to its communal areas following a significant refurbishment all through the lockdown interval.

The principle reception space, Qunu restaurant, Olive Bar and Cigar Library have been creatively up to date taking inspiration from the property’s first structure in 2000.

The work marries genuine South African touches and authentic options – together with a particular chandelier within the foyer and spiralling twin staircases – with an environment of relaxed open area.

In tribute to the reference to favoured former visitor, the late South African president Nelson Mandela, the Dean Simon art work Foresight and Hindsight – The 5 Faces of Mandela has been given satisfaction of place behind the reception desk, framed by textured wallpapers and artisanal beaded lampshades in conventional fashion.

One other feast for all senses is the revamped Qunu restaurant.



The attention is straight away drawn to a stunning mural by Justin Badenhorst of Nomad fame, based mostly on {a photograph} taken at sister property, Shambala Personal Sport Reserve within the Waterberg space, which evokes the sensation of being stood beneath a Wild Seringa tree, gazing on the African sundown.

The ceiling-to-floor picture blends right into a hanging liquid marble flooring design, complemented by lovely materials in delicate gray tones, collectively making a cool and soothing color palette.

On coming into Qunu, friends can begin by having fun with an aperitif, ready on the newly put in bar space, accompanied by music from in-house saxophonist Femi Koya and pianist Jonathan Assempah, earlier than embarking on a culinary journey centred on genuine African flavours and natural, seasonal produce from Sarapana rooftop gardens.

Saxon managing director, George Cohen, mentioned: “I look ahead to welcoming friends again to the Saxon to share these thrilling enhancements with everybody.

“We have now actually missed having the ability to supply our inimitable Saxon Journey and we will’t wait to have the ability to achieve this once more quickly.”

On re-opening in 2021, the Saxon expertise could feel and look a little bit completely different resulting from new security initiatives, however the group look ahead to welcoming friends as soon as extra with the nice and cozy South African hospitality that they’ve come to be identified for.

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