The Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa offers a little slice of the East in the tranquil suburb of Morningside, just the other side of the hustle and bustle of the Sandton Central Business District. Enjoy facials, pedicures and manicures, Vichy showers, and why not try out the Four Hands Massage?

Did you know?

The Spa at Fairlawns has won numerous awards and has been included on the list of the Best 100 Spas in South Africa.        

The Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa is all about quiet, understated elegance with a touch of international flair. Owners, John and Anna Thacker have taken their influences from their many travels abroad and the spectacular in-house spa is no exception.

This Morningside boutique spa, (a friendly neighbour to the Sandton CBD), is a tranquil space that removes one instantly from the urban madness. The Balinese theme works a treat in this secluded spa in its hiding place at the bottom of the Fairlawns garden. Vanilla, neroli and a hit of lavender greet you at the front door. The spa is welcoming with its browns and deep caramels and whimsical spiritual deities imported from Bali.

The garden is a combination of waterfalls and lush greenery and there are special outdoor treatment ‘huts' with day-beds situated under established trees. There are special half-day and full-day packages on offer as well as a menu for those who want to enjoy a healthy lunch in the calm surrounds of the spa.

Treatments at this boutique spa in Morningside include the Harmony Four Hands Signature Treatment, a tandem massage where two therapists reduce the body to butter! The Elemis Aroma Stone therapy is another favourite treatment as is the Elemis Deep Tissue Full Body massage. 

Additional treatments include: Indian Head Massage, Reflexology and Vichy Showers. In line with the Asian theme, guests can enjoy a Floral Aromatherapy Bath, Papaya Body Polish, Thai Herbal Wrap, Volcanic Clay Body Scrub (for cellulite), Honey and Sesame Oriental Body Glow, Bali Kopi Scrub and Back massage and a Deep Heat Balinese Boreh (an age-old treatment traditionally used to cure fever, headaches and tired muscles).

The spa offers an oasis in frenetic Joburg and both day visitors and hotel guests are welcome at the Fairlawns Spa.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa
No 1 Alma Road, Morningside Manor ext 6, Sandton.
Tel: +27 (0)11 804 2540/1/2/3

How to get here

There are various ways of getting to Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa. If you are coming from Sandton, drive along Katherine Avenue in a northerly direction, when the road changes to Bowling Avenue, turn right. Go past four sets of traffic lights and then turn right into Alma Road. The hotel is 500m down the road. See the map on the website for exact details

Best time to visit

Anytime is a great time to visit the Fairlawns Spa. It is less busy during mid-week. Bookings are essential

Around the area

Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square are close by. Find loads of restaurants, movie theatres, curio and designer shops.

Length of stay

Half-day and full day packages are available.

Where to stay

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, with its 19 individually decorated suites.

What to eat

Fairlawns offers an excellent spa menu, and the main hotel is known for its fantastic menu. Why not book a morning for treats and treatments followed by a delicious long lunch on the verandah overlooking the garden?

What's happening

Look out for special day packages on offer. These change from time to time so watch the website for more details.