More than 50 years ago this area was the ‘mink and manure’ heartland and the hunt would set off from Inanda Club, today an exclusive members-only polo club. It’s often quoted that the then head town planner for the area described Sandton as a "community of 30,000 whites and 15,000 horses”. From rolling farmland and a pastoral idyll, Sandton later became a rest stop between Pretoria and Johannesburg city centre. The first hotel - Balalaika Hotel, today Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton - opened its doors in 1949 as a tea garden with a few rondavels (thatch-roofed African-style huts) for overnight travellers. Today the lush gardens of this 330-room hotel are still a refuge, but now from the busy business district beyond the door.
Beyond the central business district Sandton spreads north with a variety of suburbs and diverse attractions. Among them is historically significant Rivonia which is home to Liliesleaf - the secret headquarters of the banned African National Congress's Armed wing led by Nelson Mandela in the 1960s - and now an impressive museum. Rivonia is also well-know for it's many Asian food restaurants. In Fourways the vast Montecasino complex is a major drawcard with its offer of 24/7 bright lights and a multitude of attractions, including a range of hotels, a theatre, comedy club, tons of restaurants and a bird garden. Closer to Sandton Central is Kramerville, a hub for interior design that has developed into an after-hours hangout with quirky bars and great views of Sandton's skyline (see above).
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Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, 1 Alma Rd, Morningside, Sandton
We think this is Joburg's most impressive-looking spa, inspired by the best of Balinese and other South East Asian spa traditions. Set in a bamboo grove replete with the calming sounds of bird calls and running water, the five-star Fairlawns
Bryanston Market is Joburg's original outdoor market, in existence for more than 40 years and still offering a superb range of organic goods and products in a relaxed environment. The market's delicious fresh produce, indigenous superfoods and homemad
The Hussar Grill
Morningside Shopping Centre, cnr Rivonia and Outspan Rds, Morningside
High Tea at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa
Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa, Alma Rd, Morningside Manor
Escape Sandton’s skyscrapers and malls for a traditional high tea at Fairlawns, a luxurious boutique hotel and spa hidden away in a quiet corner of Morningside. The rush of the concrete jungle will seem a million miles away at this country manor-style ho
Workshop17 is a chic South African co-working brand with three Joburg locations, plus four offices in Cape Town. Workshop17 works on a membership model and once you become a Workshop17 member you can access any of their South African co-working spaces. M