New Look For An Old Favourite

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The Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa has been given a makeover, taking it to the next level of luxury.

The renovation has been described as contemporary, colourful, chic and slightly quirky, whilst remaining sympathetic to the charm and sophistication of the 19-year old iconic property. Managing Director, Michael Kewley, says, “Fairlawns was one of the first five-star boutique hotels to be opened in Johannesburg. It has grown from a staff complement of 13 to just over 100 today. Originally the Oppenheimer Estate, Fairlawns still exudes a park-like ambience with huge trees and prolific birdlife, but now boasts 40 suites, a presidential spa apartment, two restaurants, a Balinese spa, a conference centre and a fitness centre.”


The Manor House Bistros – the new all-day, a la carte restaurant – features rich velvet touches, intricate and bold tiles, and a unique Strawberry Daiquiri cake trolley inspired by The Ritz in London. Amuse-Bouche, the property’s flagship restaurant, features modern cuisine prepared in Africa with a French influence.


The Balinese spa is an oasis of calm. It now features a new unisex sauna, mood lighting in the treatment rooms and a new manicure and pedicure lounge. The spa has also introduced a ‘Tan Can’ and offers Clarins as a product.


More relaxed furnishings have been introduced to the conference centre. “We have noticed that our conference delegates prefer plush armchairs and couches, instead of the usual formal seating arrangements,” says Kewley. The conference centre has taken a more modern stance. It has been fitted with latest conference technology; the majority of the furniture is also new, with some key items upcycled for the new space. The landing area has also been refurbished, making for a refreshing cocktail experience between breaks for delegates.


The 40 suites at Fairlawns each have a different theme and have been named accordingly. For example, The Africa Suite is now called ‘Savannah’ and features cork walls and raw metals – a modern take on afro-chic. The Empire suite is now known as ‘Azzura’ due to the beautiful blue shades used throughout the suite.

Compiled by: Melissa Jane Cook. Source: Eclipse PR. 



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