The Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa in Johannesburg's Sandhurst neighborhood has unveiled the newly renovated Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite. The new suite is a tribute to the statesman and former South African president who was closely connected with the Saxon's owners, the Steyn family, and was also a regular guest of the hotel. Mandela completed his best-selling autobiography, "Long Walk to Freedom," at the Saxon following his release from prison.
Johannesburg artist Dean Simon was tasked with the complete redesign and renovation of the existing Nelson Mandela Suite. Taking inspiration from Mandela's heritage, Simon incorporated pieces of art and furniture with an authentically African look and feel that take the traveler on a journey through Mandela's life, from his days as a young militant through his years as a respected and world-renowned statesman.
In keeping with the distinct African theme, the suite is heavily adorned with dark wood, animal skin rugs, authentic Cooper lamps and geometric African patterns running through the soft furnishings. The architraves and doors feature traditional carvings with images of crocodiles, lizards and birds, which are symbols of protection and good luck.