The Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa in Sandton recently underwent a refurbishment with the help of Tile Africa.

Tucked away in Sandton’s tranquil and leafy northern suburbs, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa is a hidden gem in Gauteng. The established, five-star boutique hotel was founded close to two decades ago and has become popular among international travellers and local socialites alike.

Fairlawns offers 41 luxury rooms, each with its own décor and theme, with handpicked furniture items to contribute to the unique ambiance and allure of the rooms and hotel. With names like Marrakech, Burkina Faso and the Maison de Ville, guests are truly transported into a different world on arrival.

In early 2016, Tile Africa was appointed to help visualise and coordinate a major refurbishment at the boutique hotel. Fairlawns Managing Director, Michael Kewley, says that the hotel’s guests love the different themes of the rooms and that he didn’t want to alter this concept in any way during the refurbishment project.

“What I did have in mind was an update, a jolt that would make our décor more on-trend, using the latest colour trends, textiles and objet, together with the fabulous collectibles and antiques we have amassed over the years to give a fun and trendy new side to Fairlawns. Tile Africa was the perfect partner to ensure my vision would come to life,” says Michael.

Belinda Barrington, Architectural Specifier, along with Greenstone Branch Manager Inge Coetzer, both from Tile Africa, guided the client through every step of the specialised project, starting with the public and reception areas of the hotel. With the client’s eye for beauty and Tile Africa’s years of commercial and hospitality flooring experience, mastering the balance between form and function was easy.

“Michael had a very specific picture of what he wanted for the reception area – he loves the look of black and white checkerboard floors, and we were able to help guide him to the right range by outlining the special factors that must be considered when tiling a hotel’s public areas,” explains Belinda.

Strong and scratch resistant tiles were specified for the reception areas because this area is exposed to high volumes of foot traffic as well as trolleys that are loaded with heavy suitcases. The project team also opted for a matte finish as opposed to a gloss finish so that the floor does not become slippery when wet. Once these areas were completed to satisfaction, onto the guest rooms, which included not just flooring but bathroom accessories and fittings as well.

Modern and beautiful fittings that do not detract from the unique décor and themes of the guestrooms were put forward. The flooring of the guestrooms and bathrooms themselves was chosen for its ability to complement the surroundings and add a sense of warmth and luxury. Many of the guest room floorings were fitted with Tile Africa’s on trend wood-look tiles.

“One room in particular contains a lot of dark wood furnishings and its position on the property means it doesn’t get much light,” says Belinda of her favourite room at the hotel.

“We used the wood-look tiles to tie the African theme together, adding the warm, vintage look of wood with the practicality of tile. We also added a feature wall of cork panelling, which instantly modernised the space and brought some much-needed brightness into the room, without betraying its African roots,” says Belinda.

Tile Africa worked alongside Michael from concept to completion, something that was only possible due to its vast commercial range and extensive national footprint. Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa is looking forward to a prosperous new year thanks to the newly revamped rooms and public spaces at the hotel.

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