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The Saxon Hotel Review: The Saxon is an exclusive boutique hotel, welcoming guests with the sweeping elegance of its entrance –-- a dramatic double staircase, tiered chandelier and original artworks from talented contemporary South African artists. Guests can make special arrangements to take a tour of the art collection with an expert curator. The hotel is decorated to reflect the textures and cultures of African countries, with occasional Eastern influences. The infinity pool is a splendid location for taking in the sunset. Nearby are the koi pond and Koi Terrace, with a heated pool that plays underwater music, and a dining gazebo ideal for a leisurely lunch or afternoon tea. The Saxon's signature restaurant, Five Hundred, blends food, wine and art, while the restaurant Qunu, named for Nelson Mandela's country home, serves sophisticated cuisine drawing on culinary traditions from throughout Africa. The Saxon also offers a decadent high tea; scones with imported clotted cream and ganache-coated chocolates are favorites. The holistic Saxon Spa and Studio transports guests to a tranquil haven, where guests can experience a unique sound therapy treatment, try out the flotation pool or work with a personal trainer.