Our 11 year old son expected it but we didn’t… Johannesburg International Airport is a thing of beauty. Why did he know this but we didn’t? He’s an avid soccer fan, of course. And Joburg received a totally new and fabulous airport for last summer’s World Cup Soccer games. It couldn’t have been more impressive. Our private escort was waiting at the gate as we descended the breezeway – an exclusive Micato touch that makes a terrific first impression – and our luggage appeared within 10 minutes. Take note, New York’s JFK and LaGuardia: the southern hemisphere has upped the ante.
The Saxon Hotel in nearby Sandton is drop dead gorgeous—sleek, cool African moderne. Ancient wood fertility gods in every conceivable size and shape meet textured white walls and rich silk upholstery in shades of tan and beige. Joy photographed excessively, daydreaming about a total home redecoration.
Dinner at the Chef’s Table* capped the day, comfortably ensconced in an air-conditioned glass box in the kitchen, observing the hotel’s dynamic new executive chef from Australia running her kitchen with an iron hand—barking orders, cooking, saucing, instructing and testing. After two courses, jet lag claimed Sasha and Tristan. Jane and Felix made it through four courses before succumbing to their sumptuous bedroom upstairs, while Joy, Dennis and Farida Lukie (of our Cape Town office) indulgently made it through all eight courses with wine pairings. Wow! The safari had officially begun.
* Travellers take note – we can arrange Chef’s Table for Micato Bespoke travellers at Saxon Hotel.