Sandton Sun – A great combination of retail therapy and five-star luxury

Retail therapy and five-star luxury – what more could a girl ask for?

I was recently invited to spend a night at Sandton Sun with my husband. I had been to the hotel before and always enjoyed my stay there but it had been a few years since my last visit, so of course I said yes. It was also a great opportunity to check out the new upgrade.

Sandton Sun


As we arrived at the hotel on Saturday afternoon, the friendly doorman rushed to open my door for me while the efficient porter came to escort my luggage. We entered the opulent reception area on the ground floor and after the quick check-in, we were escorted to our room on the 18th floor by the porter who proceeded to show us around our room, where a welcome platter of fresh fruit and chocolates awaited us.

Sandton Sun room

Our room

The rooms were refurbished last year and look amazing. Our spacious, en-suite room consisted of a king-sized bed, a sofa lounger, a work-station, a coffee-station with a Nespresso machine and a mini-bar, and a large flat-screen TV. The décor is elegant with most of the furniture in dark wood, accented by elegant touches like the full-length gilt-edged mirror, the tasteful artwork, the unique chandelier and the bejewelled door-handles on the wardrobe. Even the bathrooms have been renovated and look great. I was constantly drawn to the large windows in the room to admire the great views of the skyline.

Sandton Sun view of skyline

View from my room

It was obvious that a lot of thought had gone into re-designing the rooms. A plush bathrobe and comfortable slippers were provided in the wardrobe and the safe was large enough to hold more than one laptop as well as other items. I loved the USB plug-points on the wall which made it so convenient to charge both my phones at the same time. It is something I often have a problem with at other hotels where we have multiple devices that need charging but barely any outlets to charge them.

Sandton Sun Massive chandelier

Massive chandelier

The hotel has 326 rooms and suites, including family rooms, studio rooms with kitchenettes and 3 stunning presidential suites. A massive chandelier spanning 14 floors dangles from the centre of the hotel.  There are meeting rooms and conference facilities as well as a well-equipped fitness centre. A free shuttle service to Gautrain station is available, which is great if you’re not driving.

San Deck at Sandton Sun

San Deck

Apart from the reception area on the ground floor and the spa, most of the public areas are on the 6th floor.  This is where you will find the renowned San Restaurant and San deck, which is one of the trendiest spots for after-work sundowners in Johannesburg’s Northern suburbs. The views of the Sandton skyline are absolutely amazing, especially at sunset. There are sofas arranged around fire pits and cane swings to relax in. The swimming pool is also on the deck. The place was buzzing on Saturday night with live music and a steady stream of Joburgers entering.  Indoors, there’s a coffee lounge with a small library as well.

Swimming Pool at Sandton Sun

Swimming Pool

Sandton Sun is a shopaholics dream. The retail therapy begins the moment you step into the blingy Diamond Walk skywalk on the 6th floor, which connects the hotel to Sandton City shopping centre, and you are greeted by the store fronts of some of the world’s most-wanted brands, like Jimmy Choo, Versace, Armani and Prada.  And if your husband, like mine, hates shopping, you can leave him happily ensconced in the comfortable room with the complimentary wi-fi while you shop to your heart’s content. Oh, bliss!

Sandton Sun Diamond Walk shopping

Diamond Walk shopping

Dinner is served indoors or on the deck. We chose to dine indoors near the fireplace as it was chilly outside. We enjoyed a 4-course meal consisting of seasonal seafood and vegetarian dishes like Sea Bass with Bok-Choi and Fennel, and Thai Vegetable Canneloni. There were other options available too. The kitchen is open and you can watch the chefs as they prepare your food. The food was delicious, and I was really impressed by the presentation. The service from our waiter, Bruce, was commendable.

Sandton Sun

Textured carrot cake for dessert

Breakfast was a combination of a huge cold buffet and hot dishes a-la-carte. Of course, I had the Eggs Royale (Salmon Eggs Benedict), which I always have if it’s on the menu. Later, we had freshly baked croissants, drizzled with white chocolate and filled with a white custard. They were incredible.

Sandton Sun

Eggs Royale for Breakfast

The Sandton Sun Spa is one of my favourite spas and offers a blend of massage treatments from around the world.  Although I didn’t get an opportunity to visit on this occasion – because I was too busy shopping – I have been there for treatments before. The spa has 8 treatment rooms with soothing names like Replenish, Revive, Rejoice, and Reflect. Each room is fitted with a personal toilet, shower, and closet to ensure that you are comfortable and secluded. I wish more spas had this!  You also get to personalise your experience by choosing your music, fragrance and lighting options.

Sandton Sun Spa

Sandton Sun Spa

It is easy to see why Sandton Sun is so popular with local and international travelers. It is, after all, one of the top hotels in Sandton. I had a great time and will definitely be returning.

For more information, go to Sandton Sun or book here.

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Great article with beautiful pics. This is very rare combination.Thank you so much

Only By Land

I wish they’d invite me to stay there! That chandelier is like something the queen would have, well, maybe not so big. Was there a gym in there too?


    Oh yes, there is a gym too, not that I used it – with so much shopping to be done 😉

Sarah Inkson

I have never stayed in a hotel anything close to luxurious as this one looks! It seems like there is absolutely everything you could need there! I would love to stay there!


Sandon Sun looks amazing. I’m not a huge shopper so I’m glad that they have a great pool and sundeck. I could see myself relaxing there all day!

Lena from fouronaworldtrip

yes!! please!!! I wanna stay there for a entire week!!!!!! It looks awesome! everything of it, really! Tbh, I am not experienced with 5* Hotels of any kind as my priorities are just laying somewhere else, but evertime I see something like it, I am SO intrigued!

Danijela WorldGlimpses

Oh, the food looks delicious. Love the architecture of the hotel as well. Thanks for the review!


This looks really interesting! There are so many places and things out there that I just would never be able to experience

The Travel Ninjas

This place sounds fantastic. It so gorgeous and so self contained. Staying here would be awesome.


Great review, looks like an amazing hotel to stay at and enjoy Sandton. I like SPA hotels, there is always something to do, even with bad weather.


Look at how that beautiful chandelier dangle and wow 🙂 I’ve never been to SA, but it’s on the list! 😉 And when I do, I probably would head over here just for that mouthwatering carrot cake!!


This looks amazing. Looks like you don’t even have to leave the hotel – everything is there. They did a great job refurbishing the rooms and that chandelier is impressive.


    Thanks Anisa. You’ve hit the nail on the head.

Samanthra GOVENDER

Stunning pictures, detailed write up! I always say Sourh African 5*hotels and service surpass any other in the world.


    Thanks Samanthra. I agree. They definitely are among the best in the world.

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