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Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa Relaunches Their Culinary Experiences

Following meticulous planning and creative innovation Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa in the heart of Johannesburg, South Africa unveils a fresh new look and exciting new guest experiences.Following meticulous planning and creative innovation Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa in the heart of Johannesburg, South Africa unveils a fresh new look and exciting new guest experiences.

• Newly refurbished fine dining restaurant, Qunu, along with The Olive Bar, Piano Lounge, Terrace and Lobby under the visionary lens of Nelson Kubheka of Ommni Design

• New dining experiences with inspirational dishes enriched with a combination of local flavours meets contemporary cuisine and creative cocktails

• Interactive wine tasting experiences designed to bring the magic of South Africa’s award-winning flavours to life

• Piano evenings in the Piano Lounge promise a serene setting to savour South Africa’s majestic sunsets

• Showcasing a curated selection of artwork from budding local African artists

“With 24 years of storied history, the Saxon Hotel celebrates its legacy while embracing the future of hospitality. With the support of the Steyn Family, and the guidance of interior designer and founder of Ommni design, Nelson Kubheka, this transformation reflects our steadfast commitment to excellence. This evolution embodies our passion for delivering unparalleled hospitality, blending respect for our heritage with visionary design for the years ahead,”

George Cohen, Managing Director of Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa.


A beloved culinary gem, Qunu’s Executive Chef Matthew Foxon’s new menus honour South Africa’s rich gastronomic heritage while embracing contemporary influences within a new space bathed in natural light complete with modern artworks.

Guests can enjoy a 2, 3 or 4-course menu perfectly paired by Saxon’s expert sommeliers from an extensive, award-winning wine list. The 6-course tasting menu available Thursday – Saturday leads guests on an epicurean journey of Qunu favourites and innovative new dishes.
A striking new art installation created for Qunu symbolises human nature and the essence of togetherness, reflecting South Africa’s vibrant cultural mosaic.

The Olive Bar offers more than just drinks—it’s an experience. Step into a world of refined indulgence nestled just off the main Terrace and experience expertly designed signature cocktails, familiar mixes, and premium beverages from Saxon’s skilled mixologists.

Doubled in size, an inviting wraparound bar fit with light marble and bespoke warm underlighting creates an inviting glow alongside intimate lounge nooks, beckoning guests to unwind and enjoy a light meal or a pre-dinner drink in a setting that exudes sophistication and charm.
Floor to ceiling windows from the bar lead out onto the Terrace, offering magnificent views of warm African sunsets.
Overlooking the infinity pool, The Piano Lounge promises an inviting retreat where one can unwind and enjoy a light meal, indulge in a hearty breakfast or take some time over afternoon tea.

The thoughtful redesign features comfortable modern seating including lounge seating and comfortable recliners to accommodate all guests and decadent warm lighting to add a touch of glamour
Adding to the ambiance, live music from special pianists creates serene evenings making it the perfect place to unwind.

The Terrace has seen a dramatic new look offering a stylish al fresco dining experience, perfect for soaking in South Africa’s stunning weather and breathtaking sunsets.

Enchanting views across Saxon’s pristine pool and lush gardens, the Terrace creates a private sanctuary of tranquillity and elegance.
A new comprehensive menu features a delightful selection of dishes designed to satisfy including prawn linguini, braised lamb shank, and the renowned Saxon beef burger. Grill items, cooked to perfection using the Mibrasa charcoal grill, include exquisite options like Wagyu steak with a 9+ marble score, yellowfin tuna, and grass-fed beef.
Sweet tooths can indulge with a selection of Saxon classics, including the decadent Saxon torte, and new treats including a refreshing calamansi-glazed lemon mousse, Guajana chocolate ice cream, and a rich vanilla baked cheesecake.


Nelson Kubheka, founder of Ommni Design is the visionary behind these re-imagined spaces. Combining a fresh, modern African design ethos with a deep respect for the hotel’s rich history, Nelson weaves authentic and sustainable elements alongside contemporary touches, redesigned to exude both longevity and luxury.

“Inclusive design has been a cornerstone of this project,” explains Nelson Kubheka. “It underscores the significance of local craftsmanship and collaboration. By partnering closely with

local contractors, furniture makers, tilers, and painters, we have woven together a cohesive narrative that exemplifies how diverse skills and disciplines can converge to breathe life into an idea. The result is a vibrant, elegant space that pays homage to the past while embracing the future.”

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