The Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2020, having opened their doors in April 2000 as a 26-suite luxury hotel and executive conference centre. In the interim the Saxon has built their reputation for unequalled luxury, having been honoured by the World Travel Awards as the World’s Leading Boutique Hotel every year since their first participation in the awards in 2000.
The history of the Saxon dates back to the 1980s when Douw Steyn, one of South Africa’s leading captains of industry and founder of an international insurance empire, acquired the six acres of prime residential property on which to build his dream home, which was to be named the Saxon, bearing the Steyn coat of arms.
Originally designed as an exclusive, luxurious private residential retreat, it was later developed into the ultimate boutique hotel destination of choice for some of the world’s most celebrated personalities – including South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela, who resided at the Saxon for six months whilst his own residence was still under construction.
The heart of the Saxon lies in the team bringing the hotel to life daily – every member of this team living the Saxon ethos that no request is too much, nothing is impossible. In the words of the long-serving Managing Director of the Saxon, George Cohen:
The team at the Saxon is committed to making a difference each day, to offering consistent and efficient service, and to delight and satisfy our guests in every interaction we have. We aspire to lead the tourism sector in sustainable development and to inspire others.
In our 20-year history, the Saxon experience has continuously evolved, striving to fulfil our guests’ wishes. Ultimately, the vision of Douw Steyn and his family was to create a place where one truly belongs.
It is through excellence and commitment to our reputation that we continue to create a legacy that will remain unchanged and unsurpassed.
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