R880 million luxury hotel opens its doors in Houghton
Delivering intuitive service and luxury experiences the independent Hotel offers discerning travellers an unexpected lifestyle experience in the leafy Johannesburg suburb of Houghton. Designed by architect firm, Boogertman & Partners, it is the crowning glory in a newly built exclusive residential estate. Hotel guests are immersed in a living experience that is private and convenient with access to luxury living spaces, a signature Jack Nicklaus golf course, lush gardens and footpaths, oversized heated outdoor pools, outstanding dining and bar facilities, a state-of-the-art FitBar gym and flagship Amani Spa and heated infinity pool, central to all business districts.
Arnold Forman of the Houghton Hotel says “As member of Leading Hotels of the World, we positioned as one of Johannesburg’s most luxurious destinations. In keeping with their brand promise to discerning guests, the Houghton Hotel certainly delivers the ‘decidedly unordinary’ experience”.
Well placed for exploring the city and nearby neighbourhoods, guests can explore a variety of great restaurants, quirky shops, high-end shopping centres and a buzzing sundowner scene. The challenge is not deciding where to go, it will be whether or not to leave the comfort of the Hotel and its sumptuous grounds.
“Our mantra at the Houghton Hotel is our hospitality makes you feel at home”
“Whether you are an international traveller, spending quality time with your family or staying at the Hotel for your business travels – the Houghton Hotel has something for everyone. For instance, our business guests have access to a fully equipped business centre and day lounge, very similar to the airport lounges, with eating and shower facilities. And each of our Boardrooms has a dedicated personal assistant”, Forman explains.
A vibrant energy fills each of the 68 rooms and suites of the Hotel with unobstructed views of the golf course or pools or vistas, and plenty of space to unwind and relax. There are several room offerings: from the King Rooms which are a spacious 48 sqm to the generously sized luxury penthouses ranging from 350 to 830m2 in size, all with their own jacuzzi and swimming pool. All rooms are tastefully appointed and come with obvious daily luxuries such as rainwater showers, Molton Brown bath products, 600 thread Egyptian cotton bedding, Apple & Cable TV, extended breakfast, complimentary wi-fi and newspapers with 24 hour in room dining. There is also a 24 hour concierge service to attend to all guest requests.
The special attention to the guest’s dining experience means offering our foodies something a little extra. The Nova Deli is all about the culmination of good food and great produce. An Aladdin’s Cave of moreish cured meats, cheeses, freshly baked pastries and imported tasty treats with a retail section and sit-down restaurant. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner it is the perfect location for business meetings or a friendly catch-up. The menu offers a variety of tapas, hearty pastas, salads, and sharing boards.
The hotel’s signature restaurant simply called “The H”. A main restaurant with four private dining rooms that provide a unique haute cuisine experience where guests can enjoy meals straight from the menu or a personalised ‘food journey’. The creative force who brings an exquisite dining experience to guests is the world renowned chef George Antonios Georgiou who has created a menu of modern global dishes with bold local flavours and tastes of the exotic, including a new-style sushi. Sommelier Bheki Sibanda delivers an excellent wine and food pairing service at meals whilst Julian Cohen, responsible for multiple award-winning wine lists, is the mastermind behind The H’s comprehensive list of exquisite international and local wines. The H provides a variety of strictly vegan meal options too. Warm and attentive staff are at guests’ disposal to ensure personable and efficient service.
For wellbeing and wellness, guests can step into a world of calm and tranquillity at the Amani Spa and Wellness centre with a Grand Rasul, hairdressing salon, meditation garden and heated infinity pool. The collection of restorative and relaxing treatments are designed to bring comfort, relief and peace of mind. For guests who place importance on health and fitness, the FitBar is a state-of-the-art gym that incorporates high end technology, skilled trainers and a holistic approach to exercise. There are a variety of fitness and yoga classes for guests to achieve their personal goals. Unique to the gym is Skills Athletic, a group performance training programme that brings your inner athlete to light and pushes your body limits.
No stone has been left unturned to make The Houghton Hotel a world class facility that rivals the great global hotels. In keeping with its 360 degree offerings and building on the Medical Tourism phenomenon that has mushroomed globally, The Houghton takes pleasure in offering on-site Medical Suites with world-class specialists and practitioners available to accommodate most reasonable requests. The Suites facilitate and provide extra care to medical tourists who will enjoy a one-of-a-kind remedial experience.
Business conferencing is more than amply catered for with the inclusion of The Venue, a sophisticated 500 delegate conference and events venue renowned for its unique blend of versatility and exceptionally personalized service. It offers bespoke solutions to turn your imagination into a spectacular occasion or event.
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