You’ll find AtholPlace in scenic Atholl, a short distance from the commercial centre of Sandton.
Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) is a 40-minute drive away; let Smith24 sort your flights. Single hotel transfers cost ZAR 1,100 per car.
Gautrain Sandton station is one kilometre from the hotel, with services connecting to Johannesburg.
Johannesburg is a 10-minute drive away; the hotel has plenty of on-site parking. From the airport, take the R24 then continue onto the N12 (follow signs for N12/Johannesburg). At the interchange, bear left onto the N3, then take the exit toward the Eastern Bypass (M1 North). Take the ramp onto the De Villiers Graaff Motorway; turn right at the Grayston Drive/M40 off ramp; bear left into Katherine Street. After a kilometre, turn left into Pretoria Avenue. AtholPlace is on your left-hand side, at number 90.
Worth getting out of bed for
Having enjoyed some food in the hotel restaurant, quizzed the friendly staff for local tips, and spent sufficient time relaxing by the pool, go exploring further afield. Set off on a guided walking tour of Maboneng, the city’s sprawling arts district, or Newtown, pausing to admire the colourful street art, sample the local food and listen to some live music. Learn about South Africa’s complex history by visiting Soweto and the Apartheid Museum at Northern Parkway and Gold Reef Road. Visit Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, at the corner of Rivonia Road and Central Sandton. Get your retail kicks in the city’s celebrated shopping districts: Rosebank, Melrose and Sandton. Discover the origins of mankind at the Sterkfontein Caves, a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Fire is crucial to South African cookery, so get Marble Restaurant (+27 10 594 5550) all in your grill. Start with Marble Bites – pork tacos, kimchi chicken thighs and lamb roll – and progress on to some flame-grilled meat: ribeye or short-rib with broccoli purée and garlic emulsion, perhaps. Experimental name; experimental cuisines: DW Eleven-13 (+27 11 341 0663) serves inventive dishes inspired by all four corners of the globe; the wine list is also worth talking about. You’ll find this ambitious restaurant in the Dunkeld Shopping Centre.
Enjoy beautiful, simple flavours at Tashas (+27 11 884 0365), an elegant café chain run by Tasha, who comes from a family of food-lovers. Order signature dishes from the Classic Menu, which gets an annual revamp. The Atholl outpost is housed within the Atholl Square Shopping Centre, on the corner of Katherine Street and Wierda Road East Sandton.