The grounds at the Saxon Hotel are so relaxing and private that Nelson Mandela retreated here to write his memoirs. Located on ten-plus acres, the approach here is zen- and detail-orientated—from the impeccable service to the neutral decor that mirrors the surrounding African landscape. If you’re really looking to recharge, it’s best to book one of the private villas–and book a sound therapy session at the spa. On the property, high tea–one of the Saxon’s specialties–is served daily in one of the six impeccable gardens. And while the hotel’s huge pool and rooftop terrace offer even more reasons to stay put, should you want to venture out, Sandton, a neighborhood known for its shopping, is an easy day trip.

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