Thursday May 1st, 2014 - 11:48AM
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA—Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg has been refreshed and reflagged, and will open here this fall.
According to the brand, the city is currently undergoing a renaissance, including hosting two separate fashion weeks, various arts districts and the opening of the Museum of African Design.
The 117-key hotel will offer 240-degree views across the city’s famed green canopy and is located next to the Johannesburg Zoo and less than 30 minutes from two major airports. Situated among eight acres of landscaped gardens, nearby attractions also include game reserves, including Kruger National Park, a five-hour drive away, and 36 of South Africa’s top 100 golf courses located within an hour of the hotel.
The Westcliff was originally conceived as a stately enclave for an exclusive clientele when it opened in the late 1990s, according to the company. Four Seasons tapped locally based RSL Architects and JACKET INTERIORS for the new design, which is inspired by a modern African aesthetic.
The hotel will feature an extensive contemporary African art collection. A curated selection will feature paintings, prints, sculptures and mixed media by prominent artists, including Helmut Starcke, Obie Oberholzer, Gawie Joubert, Saral Petrus, Diana Hyslop, Lehlogonolo Mashaba, Louis Olivier and the team of Arlene Amaler-Raviv and Dale Yudelman, among others.
Business amenities will include over 15,000 sq. ft. of event space, an in-room media hub, private bar and espresso machine to a 24-hour business center, 24-hour laundry and a multi-lingual concierge team. Other amenities include two swimming pools, a 24-hour fitness center, the fully supervised Kids for All Seasons and the inclusion of a home theater in some of the suites.
The hotel has five restaurants and lounges. The culinary team is presided over by Executive Chef Dirk Gieselmann, a native of Germany and most recently of the three Michelin star L’Auberge de L’Ill in Illhaeusern, France. According to the company, View will offer a dramatic interior that opens to an elegant terrace; Flames will offer an expansive terrace and sunset views; Cellar Door will host wine tastings and other special events; and Westcliff Deli will offer coffee and sweets, as well as gourmet sandwiches and salads to go.
Housed in a completely new building, The Spa at Four Seasons is inspired by nature and offers nine treatment rooms,including a couple’s suite. Full facilities for men and women—both guests and day visitors—will include luxe change rooms, saunas and steam rooms, as well as the outdoor Apres-Spa lounge.