Chic stays: DAVINCI Hotel and Suites

Booking a hotel in Sandton means deciding between icons brimming with history, classics that have had a fresh lease of life and new stars all across town. Tough choices, we know. What do you want from a hotel in Africa’s business hub? Something celebrated, glamorous and star-studded, of course – and nowhere fits the bill like DAVINCI Hotel and Suites. Right in the heart of Sandton CBD, this landmark is within walking distance of excellent shopping and world-class restaurants. Over the years, it’s become a playground for the elite plus business people and leisure travellers – many of whom return year after year. 

People who don’t live in Sandton have a fantasy of what life in the prestigious suburb must look like. Luxe, lively and eclectic, it’s the land of opportunity. There’s always something to do; it’s lined with every global luxury brand imaginable; you’re constantly exposed to new trends; nightlife abounds; you’re privy to the best of the best regarding all types of cuisine; and the iconic skyline can be taken in via infinity pool. Legacy Hotels & Resorts’ fabulous DAVINCI Hotel and Suites is this fantasy come to life.  

The first thing you’ll notice about the DAVINCI Hotel and Suites is the sheer scope of it all. Together with the Michelangelo Hotel, the flagship of Legacy Hotels & Resorts, and Raphael Penthouse Suites, the property spans an entire city block along 5th Street. For the traveller, it’s Sandton’s finest address. Upon entering, you’re greeted with over-the-top yet opulent modern furnishings in black and white, which give the lobby and reception a playful aesthetic. Between the art, smartly dressed concierge team, flutes of chilled champagne and pretty pastries – not to mention the ridiculously good-looking clientele – it’s a bit of a challenge to stay on track at check in, but you’ll be rewarded. You’d be hard-pressed to find a meticulously maintained hotel that embodies the area quite as well, and at such a reasonable price. 

The hotel includes 166 hotel rooms, 54 suites and penthouses, an outdoor swimming pool, a gym, a health hydro and spa, multiple restaurants as well as a stylish whisky, wine and cigar lounge. If you can, opt for one of their 26 beautifully orchestrated one-bedroom suites for a perfect encapsulation of a visit to Sandton. Each suite features a kitchen, open-plan lounge and dining area, en-suite bathroom with a separate shower, guest toilet, individually controlled air-conditioning, secure undercover plus direct access to Legacy Corner Mall, Sandton City Shopping Centre and Nelson Mandela Square. In other words, if you wanted to drop your bags and park it for the weekend, you’ll be more than entertained.

The particularly minimalist hotel rooms, mostly generous in size, are well laid out with space to manoeuvre around the swish bathrooms – some with both bathtubs and showers. They have HD LCD televisions, DStv, complimentary Wi-Fi, custom bed linen embroidered with the hotel group’s crest and soundproof walls so the hustle outside doesn’t encroach. Top that? With pleasing touches such as 24-hour room service, pre-arrival shopping, a luxury chauffeur, airport transfers, same-day laundry, dry-cleaning and valet as well as butler and babysitting services, they get a gold star for amenities. The overall result is en elegant, restful retreat – but a glance out of the window at the famous vista of skyscrapers jutting up around the hotel’s 16 floors provides an instant reminder of its Sandton setting. 

As delightful as the rooms are, Maximillien Restaurant possibly tops it all. True to form, Legacy Hotels & Resorts have spared no expense on the hotel’s all-day eatery, which offers heart-stopping views of the city and signature Euro-Asian fusion cuisine to match. It all feels ultra-modern but warm – at night, cocooned in one of the alfresco alcoves on the deck, you can feast on lamb meatballs, pulled pork steamed buns, butter chicken curry and braised beef oxtail. For pudding, the signature Big Apple is a must: Spiced apple compote, white chocolate mousse, almond and cinnamon sablé, and candied walnut crumble. Make MAXIM Lounge, which serves an extensive selection of rare and premium whiskies, your nightcap destination. Sipping on the perfect after-dinner drink, you’d swear that you were in New York. 

Modern luxury carries through to the DAVINCI Spa. Here, you’ll find classic spa treatments on the menu alongside the cutting-edge wellness offerings Sandton has become known for. Expect customised massages, body treatments, Babor and Dermalogica facials, waxing, lash and brow tinting, and even Lola Lee manicures and pedicures. The special spa services are the 60- or 90-minute Deeper Than Deep Hot Stone Massage and the Elemis Lime and Ginger Salt Glow to reveal luminous skin for days. Or, go for a full day of luxury with the six-hour Wisdom spa package. It offers a warm rasul chamber, well-being massage, scalp treatment, reflexology session, skin-specific facial plus a classic manicure and pedicure. 

Corner of 5th & Maude Streets, Sandton 

011 292 7000 

www.legacyhotels.co.za 

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