On August 1st, the former home of Nelson Mandela opened as a luxury hotel in South Africa. Located in the heart of Houghton, Johannesburg, the Sanctuary Mandela is a nine-room, upmarket boutique hotel that was where the South African revolutionary-turned-president lived after his release from Robben Island prison in 1990. High profile people such as Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton were hosted in the house.
The place celebrates the life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013). Best known for his role in fighting apartheid, his 27-year imprisonment, being the president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, Nobel Peace Prize winner, father of the nation, peacemaker, Madiba or simply Tata
Sanctuary Mandela is surrounded by lush gardens and retreat spaces filled with perfectly-curated exhibits that pay tribute to the Human Rights activist, former president and global icon. Every corner of the boutique hotel is envisaged to provide the perfect combination of tranquillity, heritage and mindful experiences.
In memory of Mandela’s love for food, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant serves as a tribute to his favourite dishes as previously prepared by his long-time personal chef, Xoliswa Ndoyiya. For over 20 years, Xoliswa Ndoyiya was Madiba’s personal and family chef, from his presidency to his retirement and until his passing. Born in Ezibeleni, Eastern Cape where Madiba hailed from, Xoliswa is also the author of Ukutya kwasekhaya.
The hotel is also within walking distance to Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory is a place dedicated to keeping the memory and the legacy of Nelson Mandela alive. Visitors can immerse themselves in an archive of the life and times, works, and writings of the Founder, Nelson Mandela.
The hotel offers a variety of amenities. A fully serviced bar and lounge, as well as several meeting rooms. Sanctuary Mandela’s year-round, outdoor swimming pool offers a welcome respite from the pressures of daily life.