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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

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.

Creative trailblazer, Chef Jandri Niemand introduces new culinary adventures

Newly appointed Executive Chef, Jandri Niemand chooses only the best ingredients that each season has to offer, with a focus on creating bursts of flavour and depth of taste from a variety of textures.

Jandri has created sumptuous new menus based on the variety of interesting dining spaces the Hotel has to offer, including five, seven and nine course menus that are hosted in “Into the Woods”, our elegant private dining room.

Fairlawns offers guests the perfect mix of fun and glamour in its dining experiences. On offer is a fabulous new breakfast menu that introduces exciting dishes like Brioche and “the Healthy”.

We’ve also recently added a second monthly date to our now famous Lazy Days and Lawn Blankets picnic events. These events provide a sublime outdoor experience and have become a true highlight in the summer months from September to March. You are invited to bring your family and friends on a Sunday, to enjoy a delectable picnic menu with live entertainment out in the lush garden setting of the Hotel lawns. Watch our Facebook page for dates and details of each event.

You are guaranteed a five-star dining experience in a beautiful environment no matter which dining experience you choose. FBH dining offers fun and flavour to engage the senses – tantalise your taste buds, see the beautiful surrounds, hear the tranquil garden sounds, and take in the aromas as you feel fantastic!

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