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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.

New Look for Award-Winning Boutique Hotel

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Fairlawns Redefined

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.


According to its Managing Director, Michael Kewley, “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.”


Kewley opted to retain most of the hotel’s antiques and furniture but these have been given a fresh transformation with paint and rich, luxurious fabrics.


The Manor House Bistro is the new all-day, a la carte restaurant featuring 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, in a spectacular fine dining setting. Both restaurants overlook the rolling green lawns and are open to the public to enjoy.

Fairlawn’s “Into the Woods” 12-seater private dining area features huge glass windows which overlook the hotel’s immaculately manicured garden. The outside is brought inside through ceiling to floor wallpaper depicting a green Birchwood forest.


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.


At Fairlawn’s conference centre, more relaxed furnishings have been introduced.  “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.

“We are currently upgrading the gardens and pool area.  The upgrade will be completed later this year, just in time for the launch of our Mad Hatters tea parties and Spring picnics, Lazy Days and Lawn Blankets.  There, guests can enjoy private gazebos, croquet, picnic blankets and a harvest table the last Sunday of every month,” says Kewley.


Kewley concludes: “We look forward to welcoming guests – returning and future – to our sanctuary in the city.  We have no doubt that they will be delighted with our evolution.”

A note from Michael Kewley

As the year draws to a close, I would like to once again thank you for choosing Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa as your Johannesburg boutique hotel destination in 2018.

Your support has allowed us to evolve our food and beverage offering as well as open the new Spa at Fairlawns expansion as an additional private oasis within the Hotel grounds.


My team has been committed year-round to deliver memorable guest experiences and the results clearly show in the prestigious awards we have received this year. I thank each team member for being the heartbeat of our business.

Most importantly, as a guest and supporter of the Hotel, I’d like to thank you for your continued support. Myself and my team wish you a joyful and relaxing festive season and all the best for 2019 and beyond.


Watch this space, the best of FBH is yet to come – we have an exciting year lined up and look forward to sharing it all with you.


Michael Kewley and the Fairlawns Team

FBH Awards & Accolades

The World Luxury Hotel Awards is a recognised global organisation providing luxury hotels with recognition for their world class facilities and service excellence provided to guests.  Fairlawns is proud to have won – Luxury Romantic Hotel, Continent: Africa.


The annual Best of Joburg Readers’ choice awards celebrates Johannesburg’s best of the best. The survey gives readers the opportunity to votes for what and who makes living in the City of Gold so great. Fairlawns received the Best Boutique Hotel award, and proud to be recognised as one of the very best.

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa has also been voted amongst the top 25 hotels in South Africa by discerning international travellers, in the 2018 Tripadvisor Travellers choice awards.  This elite honour is awarded to the top 1% of all hotels on Tripadvisor, and is based on reviews and opinions from millions of discerning travellers.

Executive Chef Justin Maharaj now rules the kitchen at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa is excited to announce that Justin Maharaj is our new Executive Chef. With an extensive background in the industry he’s a perfect fit for the hotel and its flagship restaurant, Amuse-Bouche.

Having grown up in Tongaat, KZN, Justin studied at the International Hotel School in Durban where he received his higher diploma in Professional Cookery and Kitchen Management. He also graduated with a Hospitality Management diploma and a Food and Beverage diploma awarded by The American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute. Initially unsure if his future lay in the kitchen, Justin studied towards a B. Com Accounting degree at the University of KZN. Yet halfway through, Justin realised it wasn’t for him and answered his calling to become a chef. His mother was a great inspiration to him.

Justin’s impressive CV includes three years as the Executive Chef for the Maslow Hotel in Sandton, Executive Sous Chef at the Time Square Casino in Menlyn and four years as Sous Chef at Emperors Palace.  Through owning and running two of the top 100 restaurants in South Africa, Rendezvous in Umhlanga and in Umdloti, Justin developed stellar entrepreneurial and business acumen.

“I’ve worked with great chefs who inspired me to push through the demands of the industry,” he says.

As a chef, Justin strongly believes in pushing the envelope and surpassing established benchmarks. “Perseverance is the only way to pioneer success!” he says. Justin praises Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa’s essence of intimacy and exclusiveness. “As a venue, it has a great personality and I just love the gardens,” he adds. This seasoned chef wants to see Amuse-Bouche become the number one restaurant in Gauteng, through exceeding guest expectations and becoming a culinary leader. “Old-fashioned, wholesome food will be a constant,” he promises.

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa Managing Director Michael Kewley says: “Justin is intuitive, imaginative and driven to accomplish greatness. He’s a breath of fresh air and we look forward to seeing and tasting his creations.”

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