Saturday, 19 May 2012

Day 2 - Johannesburg, South Africa

Today we have spent the day filming at The Saxon ... what a fabulous, FABULOUS hotel.

Back in the 1980s, the South African insurance magnate - Douw Steyne - bought a 6 acre estate, built a family home on it and christened it The Saxon. In the 90s, he decided to turn it into a luxury boutique hotel ... and in 2000, a 25-bedroom hotel was opened.

It rapidly gained the reputation as the finest luxury boutique hotel in Africa and one of the best in the world.

In 2010, he added 3 villas taking the inventory to 54 suites in total.

In 1994 - by the way - when Nelson Mandela was freed from jail - he spent 6 months living at the estate ... dotting the i's and crossing the t's on his autobiography, The Long Walk to Freedom.

I am staying in a Villa ... in a Presidential Suite ... It's 200 square metres in area, complimentary champagne, laundry, mini-bar, wi-fi (a laptop is placed in each suite), an enormous living room, free-standing bath and an AMAZING four-poster bed for sad & lonely me! Boohoo!

The Villa is VERY private ... and guest from the hotel (like Tim) aren't allowed to here ... BUT I am allowed into the hotel! Ha! The Villa is "connected" to the hotel by an amazing walkway ...

OK - the main lobby in the hotel is ... phallic! It's shaped like a womb! There are hundreds of fertility symbols ... the chandelier has "sperm lights" ... and the whole room is ... just "lovesexy"! My suite is also adorned this way ... my dreams should be interesting! Haha!

I interviewed the hotel's fabulous Concierge today ... and the Sommelier - some stunning wines were supped!

A lovely day ... I am SO excited about tomorrow!!

Um ... the chandelier ... 
Hello The Saxon ... and the womb ... 
With Concierge - Denzel Arendse
In the metal spiral treetop walkway
... and the salmon that got away was this big ... 
My fabulous 4-poster bed! A total waste on me!
With Sommelier - Gareth Ferreira
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