Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg announced its scheduled opening in the third quarter of 2014.
Located minutes from major business centers and tourist attractions of South Africa’s largest city, the property will have 240-degree views across the city's green canopy and the Johannesburg Zoo right next door, as the hotel is nestled among eight acres (three hectares) of landscaped gardens cascading down a hillside that is also less than 30 minutes from two major airports. Game reserves nearby include Kruger National Park just five hours' drive away, and 36 of South Africa's 100 golf courses are within an hour of the hotel. Open air markets, art galleries, and restaurants are also nearby.
The Westcliff was originally conceived as an 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, the former property is getting a facelift in keeping with a modern African aesthetic, and reflective of the city that surrounds it.
There will be 117 guestrooms and suites scattered through nine low rise buildings amid landscaped gardens, terraces and fountains.
Also, there will be a contemporary African art collection. A curated selection includes 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.
Four Seasons The Westcliff will have five restaurants and lounges, and day access to a spa, as well as its venues for weddings and other social functions.
The hotel's showpiece restaurant will be the View, which will have a dramatic interior that opens to a terrace. Flames will boast an expansive terrace and sunset views. Cellar Door will be an intimate venue that will host wine tastings and other special events, and is available for private bookings for up to 20 guests. Meanwhile, for those on the move, Westcliff Deli is a drop-in spot for local residents and hotel guests.
Housed in a completely new building, The Spa at Four Seasons will have full facilities for men and women, including luxe change rooms, saunas and steam rooms, as well as the outdoor Apres-Spa lounge.
A fitness center will be open 24 hours, and an outdoor infinity lap pool will complement the second swimming pool with its water feature and bubble bed.
Meanwhile, function options include 15,683 square feet of naturally-lit event spaces, highlighted by the 6,620-square-foot Arcadia Ballroom. With panoramic views and its own terrace, the room is divisible and features a pre-function space. Thirteen additional rooms offer a choice of smaller venues, or a complete suite for a conference.
Sebastien Carre will serve as the hotel’s new GM.