Classy affair for luxury launch

2010-10-16 10:40

Would you pay, say, over R100 000 for a bit more privacy in a hotel? If your answer is “Hell no!”, then you don’t run in the same circles as the Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas and Spas clientele.

That’s exactly what each of the elaborately designed and well- ­decorated luxury villas cost a night. They were launched at a swanky event (of course) with some of the country’s A-listers in attendance.

Any party that manages to pull in former president Nelson Mandela’s wife Graça Machel and her look-alike daughter Josina is quite ­something. Then again, this is the same place where Mandela wrote his autobiography, Long Walk to ­Freedom. Upon arrival, the guests were ­given a mini-tour of the villas and presidential suites that made even the well-heeled envious.

Many ­visiting celebrities like Oprah and R. Kelly have stayed at the hotel in the past and according to the hotel’s manager, their clientele list also ­includes kings and queens, although of course they wouldn’t name-drop. Privacy is key you know.

Guests with some credentials ­included Matthew and Sonia Booth, designer David Tlale, SABC’s 2010 World Cup football coverage project manager Peter Kwele and businessmen Mandla Sibeko and Mncedisi Mayekiso. We also spotted mining magnate Mzi Khumalo, actress Carolyn Steyn (who once played Khaphela’s love interest on Generations) and actor Michael de Pinna.

But the one person that most South Africans haven’t seen or heard from in a while is SABC1’s former continuity presenter, Thembi Mbengashe – who is still as beautiful as when she was Miss SA 1997’s first princess. The event was most definitely one for the social calendar book.

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