A Convenient Luxury Peermont D’oreale Grande Hotel, Johannesburg

16th April 2018

Airport hotels often get short shrift as mere places of temporary accommodation for the transient passenger. Breaking the mould of this stereotype is the stunning Peermont D'oreale Grande Hotel close to Johannesburg O.R Tambo International Airport. In fact, calling it an “airport hotel” will be doing this luxury accommodation a significant disservice, it is part of a convention and entertainment resort, that also encompasses the 4-starred Peermont Mondior and the 3-starred Peermont Metcourt.

Johannesburg is a key airport hub for travellers wanting to reach other parts of Southern Africa for safari trips or for business meetings with locals; hence the 5-starred opulence of Peermont D'oreale Grande is the first choice hotel amongst luxury and business travellers alike.

We stayed on their deluxe club top floor which included access to their club lounge, which has a whole host of facilities including concierge service, boutique library, VIP rooms and an extensive complimentary bar that includes premium wines and spirits as well as afternoon snacks. The room we stayed in had a refined neoclassical style with a Juliet balcony that overlooked their swimming pool area and garden. At sunset, instead of the sound of airplanes landing, all that was heard was a chorus of birds chirping melodically in the trees. Their luxury king sized-bed was firm but yielding, perfect for resting those tired, long-haul travelled limbs.
The only thing that is disappointing is the policy in South Africa in general of still having indoor smoking areas, including indoor hotel smoking rooms.

Another way to relax is by taking a visit to their Octavia’s Day Spa. Their unrivalled facilities would put some of the best spas in the UK to shame, including the likes of a heated indoor Roman bath, Middle Eastern rasul chamber and a flotation tank for you to experience suspended gravity.

Their newly restyled restaurant, Aurelia's is a grand theatre for culinary fireworks with a mesmerising view looking onto their swimming pool area as well as having a vibrant open kitchen. The menu might appear modern international but has a distinctly, bold African flavour. We tried executive chef Andre Bezuidenhout's field mushrooms for starters, which included exotic mushrooms sourced locally as well as shaved Karoo crumble which is a local cheese and there was a particularly refreshing ‘under the ocean' summer cucumber vichyssoise. Seafood vichyssoise is an unusual sighting on menus and I've definitely not seen any shellfish putu quenelle or smoked mussel tortellini on any London restaurant menu.

With complimentary shuttle buses from the airport, there is no excuse not to visit Peermont D'oreale Grande Hotel whether you are doing on transit for a safari holiday or making this a destination hotel visit in its own right.
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