5 Star Luxury

Before Fairlawns became a boutique hotel in 1997, it was originally a ten-acre family home, owned by the Brenthurst Trust of Oppenheimer fame, sporting stables, a training rink, a cow (just one), geese, dogs, and two teenage children.  In 1994 the eastern section bounding on Bowling Ave was sold to developers and the residential estate known as Camelot was built on the site.  An offer from developers for the western section took a bit more soul-searching before being sold as it meant loosing not only an historical cottage, but the lunge rink and grazing, which in effect meant parting with the horses.

It was only once the family was left with the remaining three acres and the original homestead that Mr. Thacker decided to realize his dream of having a ‘country hotel’ – albeit in the heart of Sandton, the new CBD of Johannesburg.

The original accommodation block comprised 12 suites, each uniquely decorated. Apart from the African Suite, they are mostly euro-centric in their decorating with high ceilings, elaborate cornicing, tall doors and sumptuous fabrics.


Facilities & Services

Recent Awards


Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Award – Top 25 Hotels in South Africa

World Luxury Spa Awards – Africa’s Best Luxury Hotel Spa

World Luxury Restaurant Awards – Africa’s Best Luxury Boutique Hotel Restaurant: Amuse-Bouche

Les Nouvelle Spa Awards - Best Boutique Hotel Spa

Diners Club Platinum Wine List Award

Best Boutique Hotel - Best of Joburg Awards 2019


Luxury Travel Guide award for: service excellence – Gauteng – South Africa

Tripadvisor Travellers choice award

Best Boutique Hotel - Best of Joburg Awards 2018

Luxury Romantic Hotel: Continent Africa - World Luxury Hotel Awards 2018


World Luxury Hotel Restaurant Regional Winner – Amuse-Bouche Food & Wine

Diners Club Platinum Wine List Award

World Luxury Spa Hotel – Country Winner

World Luxury Boutique Hotel - Regional Winner South Africa

Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence


Best Luxury Boutique Hotel at World Luxury Hotel Awards – Country Winner

Diners Club Diamond Wine List Award

Previous Awards


Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Awards


World Luxury Hotel Awards voted Fairlawns Best Luxury Hotel Spa

Platinum Diners Club Wine List of the Year Award


Best Luxury Wellness Spa 2014 in South Africa

Best Luxury Wellness Spa in South Africa

TripAdvisor global travellers rated Fairlawns one of the top three luxury hotels in Sandton and one of the top 23 hotels in South Africa

Diamond Diners Club Wine List of the Year Award

Top Restaurants

Culinary Greatness

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Spa & Wellness

5 Star Relaxation

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Best Suites

An Urban Getaway

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The architecture of the original ranch-style home and stables were changed to a more Palladian style, reminiscent of late 18th century homes in England. One thing all agree on is that one definitely does not feel as if one were in Johannesburg, minutes from the nerve center of South Africa’s economy.


With its addition of 20 Grand Chateau Suites, 6 Villa suites, a 240 sqm Maison Spa Suite fit for royalty, and the 470 sqm Villa Moji Fairlawns can rightfully be included among the best boutique hotels in the country.   To borrow from the Deloitte and Touche definition of a luxury country house hotel:


“They are small, highly individualistic operations, unlike modern purpose-built hotels. They are usually buildings of character, are normally set in their own grounds in peaceful surroundings, and have high standards of hospitality and cuisine. Luxury country house hotels have an atmosphere which suggests gracious living.  To stay in one is an experience in itself rather than a functional necessity.”

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa is committed to joining the global revolution of conscious business. We are constantly looking for ways to decrease our carbon footprint and increase our commitment to improving the quality of our world. To date our contributions are as follows:


• All heating in the new Grand Chateau Suites is supplied by Solar Power.

• The Gran Chateau Suites have a Grey Water System that recycles all water into clean and toxin free water that may be used as irrigation.

• Our kitchen uses organic and local produce wherever available.

• We are proud members of SASSI (Sustainable Seafood), our restaurant is committed to only serving seafood that is not endangered in anyway.

• We actively recycle materials wherever possible.