It’s been on my bucket list for a long time and now that a Four Seasons has opened there, Johannesburg has moved to the top spot of places to go. AKA: Joburg, Jozi, Joeys, that South Africa’s largest city is one of the world’s most exciting destinations. Every jet-setter I know loves the area and most will undoubtedly be booking rooms at the new Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg, which is located in the heart of it all.
In a press release received today, Dec. 6, Four Seasons reported that general manager Sebastien Carre and his team of 300 hand-picked staff couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome their first guests: “It’s such an exciting time for Joburg as a new generation discovers its charms and shapes its future. Even if you think you know the city, it’s changing so fast that it is definitely worth another visit – and if you’ve never been here before, you are in for a very special treat.”
An ideal gateway, the Four Seasons location offers easy access to game reserves including Kruger National Park and Botswana’s luxury safari lodges, 36 of the country’s top 100 golf courses, the Museum of African Design and open air markets of the Braamfontein, Maboneng and 44 Stanley districts. “I’ve met so many first-time visitors to Joburg who are just blown away by what the city has to offer. These revival districts are especially popular with locals and expats, and now international visitors are starting to discover them too,” says Director of Sales and Marketing David Barillot.
For business travellers, the city is a thriving economic hub and an important area for mining, as well as the banking, media, health care and technology sectors, and OR Tambo International Airport is just 22 kilometres (14 miles) away. If Joburg’s on your must see list, this is the perfect time. It’s summer there which makes ideal weather to explore all the region has to offer. What’s more to celebrate the opening, the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg is offering a special Introductory Rate, as well as a Bed and Breakfast package.
The new Four Seasons is actually a $56 million redevelopment of the famed Westcliff hotel I that includes complete refurbishing of all 117 guest rooms and suites and public spaces, and the addition of exciting new contemporary restaurants, lounges and a newly-built Spa complex.
The New Year will bring an All-New Spa at Four Seasons
In January 2015, the newly built Spa at Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff will open with a menu of salubrious treatments and therapies along with a fitness centre, and two outdoor pools – the 25 metre (82 foot) lap pool for quiet relaxation, and the family-friendly pool. The outdoor Apres-Spa lounge completes the complex, and close to eight acres (three hectares) of landscaped gardens offer winding walking paths.
The showcase spa treatment will be the signature Red Nomads treatment, which spa director Julanda Marais describes as a journey: “Inspired by the ancient Himba tribe known for their red-ochred skin, our Red Nomads treatment features South Africa’s own Terres d’Afrique products, including rooibos and baobab plant extracts, Kalahari melon and coconut oils, and petrified wood crystals.”
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