Four Season Westcliff set for new era in Joburg

2014-05-08 10:50
Cape Town - Twenty years after the historic first universal elections in South Africa, the country’s largest city is experiencing its own rebirth as an important business centre and a cosmopolitan destination with a wealth of leisure opportunities, and the new Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg is at the heart of it all.

“This is a really exciting time in Jo’burg – you can feel the energy and excitement,” says Sebastien Carre, who travelled the world before settling in South Africa as the Hotel’s new General Manager. “Even if you think you know the city, it’s changing so fast that it’s definitely worth another visit – and if you’ve never been here before, you are in for a very special treat.”

The Westcliff was originally conceived as a stately enclave for an exclusive clientele when it opened in the late 1990s.  Under the guidance of Four Seasons and the vision of locally-based RSL Architects and Jacket interiors as well as international design firm Blacksheep, the former grande dame is getting a facelift and a new attitude in keeping with a modern African aesthetic, and reflective of the dynamic city that surrounds it.

the city’s own renaissance is being led by a new generation of artists, designers and creative thinkers. Johannesburg now boasts two separate fashion weeks, an array of funky arts districts, and just last fall the Museum of African Design – the first of its kind on the continent – opened its doors.  Founded on the gold and diamond trades, the city also remains a key centre for mining, banking, media, health care and a growing technology sector.

Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg is in the middle of the action, just minutes from major business centres and tourist attractions.

Four Seasons Wescliff

(Four Seasons Wescliff)

With stunning 240-degree views across the city’s famed green canopy and the Johannesburg Zoo right next door, the Hotel is nestled among eight acres (three hectares) of lushly landscaped gardens cascading down a hillside that is also less than 30 minutes from two major airports, including the largest and busiest in all of Africa - OR Tambo International. 

Gateway for international travellers

Thus, Four Seasons The Westcliff is ideally positioned as a gateway for international air travellers to explore the Sub Continent and beyond.

Important game reserves are nearby, including Kruger National Park just five hours’ drive away, and Botswana's luxury game lodges as well as Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti can be accessed through Johannesburg.  In addition, 36 of South Africa’s top 100 golf courses are within an hour of the Hotel – some just minutes away - and open air markets, art galleries, hip restaurants and more await.

(Four Seasons Wescliff)

With 117 guest rooms and suites scattered through nine low rise buildings amid beautifully landscaped gardens, terraces and fountains, the mood is almost residential; a welcoming respite from hectic business affairs and busy days exploring. 

“The real difference that returning guests will notice is something they will feel rather than see, and that’s the caring, personal service for which Four Seasons is renowned all over the world,” says Christopher Rudolph, who grew up in Johannesburg, lived abroad and has now returned as the Hotel Manager at Four Seasons The Westcliff.  “I have always wanted to work with Four Seasons and return to the place I call home – now at last both dreams have come true.”

(Four Seasons Wescliff)

A New Dining Destination in Johannesburg

Five all-new restaurants and lounges are preparing to welcome both local and international guests with an array of options to enjoy the very finest cuisine, accompanied by the best wines of South Africa and the world.  The culinary team is presided over by Chef Dirk Gieselmann, a native of Germany and formerly executive chef of the three Michelin star restaurant L’Auberge de L’Ill in France.  Passionate about seasonality and local provenance, Chef Gieselmann is currently foraging the farms and markets of the city and surrounding countryside, acquiring the best possible ingredients on which to base his menus.

The Hotel’s showpiece restaurant will be View, conceived as a gallery of culinary art where Chef and his team will be at their most creative.  A dramatic interior opens to an elegant terrace, where couples, business associates and close friends will indulge in the finest seafood and meats at lunch and dinner.

All New: The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg

Housed in a completely new building designed to the company’s exacting standards, The Spa at Four Seasons will be an oasis of pampering and well-being amid the serenity of the Hotel’s gardens.  Inspired by the nature that surrounds them, nine treatment rooms – including a couple’s suite - set the stage of expert massage, skin care and body treatments.  Full facilities for men and women – both Hotel guests and day visitors – include luxe change rooms, saunas and steam rooms, as well as Après-Spa, the city's only outdoor spa lounge.

Close to eight acres (three hectares) of landscaped gardens offer winding jogging or walking paths, and the concierge team can also provide route maps through the park next door.  Back at the Hotel, a fitness centre with all-new state-of-the-art equipment is open 24 hours, and an outdoor infinity lap pool complements the second swimming pool with its water feature and bubble bed.

"Four Seasons service is unmatched, resulting in an experience that can feel more like a relaxing vacation than as stressful business trip,” said Director of Sales and Marketing David Barillot.  “The Hotel is an urban resort with its destination spa, comprehensive fitness centre and dining hotspots, not to mention the many leisure opportunities in the immediate area, from safaris to the Cradle of Humankind, golf, Soweto tours, shopping and more.”

Reservations are now open for confirmed arrivals beginning December 1, 2014.

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