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.


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

See Spa

Best Suites

An Urban Getaway

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