Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg
What We Love
- Stunning historic sleep, one of the most famous in Africa
- The 240 degree views from the restaurant terrace
- The fitness center is open 24 hours
- The cool “Apres-Spa” lounge, the only one in the city
- An emphasis on modern African flavors courtesy of Michelin star chef Dirk Gieselmann
- The location in leafy Saxonwold, which was once a forest
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Hear the roar of lions? They’re not on the loose but in the neighboring zoo
- The resort fully reopened to the public in early 2015
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
This much-loved Jo’Burg grande dame sits resplendent on a hilltop overlooking the dense tree canopies of Saxonwold, which is also home to the Johannesburg Zoo (listen out for the resident trumpeting elephants and roaring lions). A head-to-toe makeover, completed in March 2015, has resulted in spiffed-up guest rooms (there are 117, spread across several buildings throughout the grounds, like a small village), five high-profile dining experiences and one of the city’s best spas. The decor has a European elegance, but also riffs subtly on its location with touches like zebra-print curtains, carved tribal masks and the kind of vibrant textiles you see in African villages. Devour both the breathtaking views and the fine cuisine at Flames, serving regional seasonal food, or watch the action in the open kitchen at the aptly named View restaurant. At the top-notch spa, meanwhile, bliss out with a facial using products from Terres d’Afrique and Biologique Recherche; have a massage with Madagascan oils, or go for a full-decadence 2 hour-long “African Escape,” which includes exfoliation, massage and a facial.
In the Area
Witness the ongoing transformation of Johannesburg into a sophisticated, multi-faceted international destination by taking a tour of the city’s best new urban projects. Start at the happening 44 Stanley, a collective of avant-garde fashion boutiques, interior design stores, galleries and hip cafes where you’ll also see some of the city’s best street style. Every Saturday, the Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein plays host to the town’s creative set: join the cool kids at one of the communal tables to sip craft beer and nibble on slices of artisanal pizza or dim sum beneath a gigantic mural by artist Eduardo Villa, then shop for one-off clothing and accessories. Just nearby, Dokter and Misses is a fun concept store/showroom featuring industrial-cool custom furniture and design objects. A little further afield, the Maboneng Precinct is the result of an ambitious project to take a series of abandoned warehouses and transform them into a vibrant community, which today includes a museum, restaurants and plenty of shelter magazine-worthy residences.
How to Get There
A stunning location and although it is built on the side of a cliff do not be deterred. Electric golf buggies dart hither and thither and will transport you and your luggage all over the site. On a very wet and stormy evening we were able to get from our room to the restaurant without any rain reaching us.
Our bedroom was spacious, comfy and beautifully furnished with such a large bathroom. Every amenity contained therein.
There are two restaurants and both equally as good in their different way. Treat yourself one evening to the 3 or 5 course tasting menu with accompanied wines. We did and were not disappointed. The flair, style and presentation of the meal was probably the best we have come across in many years of international travelling.
Travel with my family and my brothers family to spend the New Years at the hotel. We had good fun because we were together and was lovely to spend quality time with lovely ones, but this is not a real Four Seasons... rooms outdated , many many faults that I will not lose my time describing. You can complain they will try to fix... but not worthy.
We stayed in a Panoramic View Premier Room that is beautifully decorated with generous space and all desirable conveniences of a luxury hotel. The en-suite bathroom is massive. I have experienced multiples of exquisite five-star luxury – the bathrooms are a class of their own. The suite opens to an equally spacious balcony with sprawling views of Joburg dished out on a continuum. A chilled bubbles afternoon began right here????. It is such a pleasant space; you could easily skip other
amenities - dine, chill and soak it all in from the balcony. Before we got carried away - we emerged down the passage, onwards to the View for pre-dinner bubbles paired with some urban inspired nibbles from the kitchen. Here we spent almost the entire
evening looking down the poolside and other spaces bustling with 'bon vivant' people and activities, some more unrivalled views of our gorgeous city????????. We enjoyed a bottle of Le Lude Rose non-Vintage - refined elegance in MCC production????! The beautiful evening concluded with a hearty dinner at Flames. We had such a wonderful time at the View that we lost count of time! When we eventually realized
that we still had not had dinner – it was about 21:30. The kitchen was closed! But, count on the willing to please attitude of servers at Flames, they went and had a chat with the Chef on our behalf, who gladly allowed us to go through, relax, order from the grill, no rush. The service was equally outstanding! I indulged in some Karoo Lamb Chops downed with a beautiful red wine by the glass - the waiter's choice.
A perfect dish for all seasons????.
My facts are a bit dim with good reason, as to what vintage the wine was, etcetera - it was superb????☺))). Retired back to our chambers where we slept pretty. We woke up to a glorious morning, some lovely brunch served at Flames over captivating sounds of Sunday Jazz. How much more perfect do cityscapes get! A short drive from home
yet feels like a far out to the hilltop luxury escape????????!
One will have to go back to the Spa - it was part of the plan, to have our treatments at night - but once you start with the "pink fountain" - beautiful atmosphere, scenery - it's a hook! One night, yet so full and sodecadent????????.