In a country bursting with superb small hotels it was a real joy to discover The Residence. Quirky, stylish, wonderful service, excellent staff, luxurious - the list goes on & on & just what we needed at the end of yet another wonderful safari. But it is so much more than just a great place to start or end a holiday.
The location is excellent. We chose to drive ourselves from the airport & it was a simple 25 minute trip to the leafy up-market suburb of Houghton Estate. We wanted the freedom to spend our last day exploring - the African Craft market at the nearby (less than 10 mins) Rosebank Mall was perfect for picking up last minute handicrafts at great prices.
Our arrival was seamless - a welcoming drink before being whisked off to our suite which was gorgeous - wonderful squishy bed, chandeliers, fireplace, fabulous bathroom & a wonderful terrace with hot-tub & deep sun loungers - we didn't think we'd be using them in August but it was a real suntrap during the day. And what a joy to fall asleep in front of the fire in your room on a chilly night with chocolates & a glass of sherry from the decanters provided & the sweet smell of fresh roses.
The piano bar is a great spot for a pre-dinner drink, followed by an excellent dinner in the beautiful restaurant although the wonderful meandering layout of the hotel means you can choose to have your meals at any of the tables spread out throughout the ground floor - next to the trickling indoor waterfalls or overlooking the pool. Afterwards, there are lots of gorgeous little areas to curl up in on deep sofas next to roaring fires. Loved the tennis court & the 2 pools - 1 heated so that you can swim even in winter - the photos just don't do it justice.
Having been on over 15 safaris to all over Africa (mostly via Joburg) this was the first time we chose to extend our trip, simply to stay at a hotel at the end but The Residence is a little gem & from now on we will stay here at both the beginning & the end of any trip we make through Joburg. Cannot praise it enough.
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- The Residence is a five star boutique hotel which is truly one of a kind. No effort has been spared in creating a warm, luxurious, elegant and inviting atmosphere. With eighteen designer suites with ultimate comfort and privacy, here you can sit back and take in the views of the garden, tennis court and pools. Explore the serene sanctuary of the senses with our spa and unwind in the sauna and steam room. ... more less
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