The highly-anticipated opening of the Houghton Hotel took place a few weeks ago – and to be honest I have never seen a property like this in my life. R 880 million has gone into creating this hotel, which offers the best of the best for its guests and a unique experience on each visit.
The independent Hotel offers discerning travellers an unexpected lifestyle experience in the leafy Johannesburg suburb of Houghton, and was designed by architectural firm, Boogertman & Partners, it is the crowning glory in a newly built exclusive residential estate.
Hotel guests are immersed in a living experience that is private and convenient with access to luxury living spaces, a signature Jack Nicklaus golf course, lush gardens and footpaths, oversized heated outdoor pools, outstanding dining and bar facilities, a state-of-the-art FitBar gym and flagship Amani Spa and heated infinity pool, central to all business districts.
Centrally located for exploring the city and nearby neighbourhoods, guests can explore a variety of great restaurants, quirky shops, high-end shopping centres and a buzzing sundowner scene. The challenge is not deciding where to go, it will be whether or not to leave the comfort of the Hotel and its sumptuous grounds.
Fabulous energy fills each of the 68 rooms and suites of the Hotel with unobstructed views of the golf course or pools or vistas, and plenty of space to unwind and relax.
There are several room offerings: from the King Rooms which are a spacious 48 sqm to the generously sized luxury penthouses ranging from 350 to 830m² in size, all with their own jacuzzi and swimming pool. All rooms are tastefully appointed and come with obvious daily luxuries such as rainwater showers, Molton Brown bath products, 600 thread Egyptian cotton bedding, Apple & Cable TV, extended breakfast, complimentary wi-fi and newspapers with 24-hour in-room dining. There is also a 24-hour concierge service to attend to all guest requests.
The Nova Deli is all about the culmination of good food and great produce. An Aladdin’s Cave of moreish cured meats, cheeses, freshly baked pastries and imported tasty treats with a retail section and sit-down restaurant. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner it is the perfect location for business meetings or a friendly catch-up.
The hotel’s signature restaurant is simply called “The H”. The main restaurant with four private dining rooms provides a unique haute cuisine experience where guests can enjoy meals straight from the menu or a personalised ‘food journey’.
The creative force who brings an exquisite dining experience to guests is the world-renowned chef George Antonios Georgiou who has created a menu of modern global dishes with bold local flavours and tastes of the exotic, including new-style sushi. Warm and attentive staff are at guests’ disposal to ensure personable and efficient service.
For wellbeing and wellness, guests can step into a world of calm and tranquillity at the Amani Spa and Wellness centre with a Grand Rasul, hairdressing salon, meditation garden and heated infinity pool.
For guests who place importance on health and fitness, the FitBar is a state-of-the-art gym that incorporates high-end technology, skilled trainers and a holistic approach to exercise with a variety of fitness and yoga classes.
The Houghton takes pleasure in offering on-site Medical Suites with world-class specialists and practitioners available to accommodate most reasonable requests. The Suites facilitate and provide extra care to medical tourists who will enjoy a one-of-a-kind remedial experience.
Business conferencing is more than amply catered for with the inclusion of The Venue, a sophisticated 500 delegate conference and events venue renowned for its unique blend of versatility and exceptionally personalized service. It offers bespoke solutions to turn your imagination into a spectacular occasion or event.
A: The Houghton Hotel Lloys Ellis Avenue, Houghton Estate, 2041
T: 011 032 5500