A serene spa getaway outside of L.A.

269 Rooms / 39 Suites

Set on 20 acres of exotic gardens and waterfalls, Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village in suburban Los Angeles is a sophisticated respite for both locals and visitors alike. Home to the largest spa in the Four Seasons collection, which includes a dedicated wellness center, the hotel hosts many guests looking to get healthy and relax.

The hotel is abuzz with events year round due to the abundant event and meeting spaces. With the natural beauty of the grounds and nearby Santa Monica Mountains, it’s an impressive setting for events, be it an intimate gathering of 10 or a wedding for up to 600 guests.

The Rooms

Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village has 269 guest rooms and 39 suites. Each is decorated in an elegant classic European-meets-Southeast Asian style — complete with crystal chandeliers hanging over plush beds. Imagine Chinese porcelain lamps and Japanese-inspired art paired with colorful floral print drapes and rugs.

Rooms are equipped with customized Four Seasons signature beds, minibars, coffee makers, iPod docks, and Wi-Fi. Bathrooms, both in deluxe rooms and suites, are spacious and have granite and marble accents, large separate tubs and L’Occitane toiletries.

Take full advantage of the floor-to-ceiling windows by requesting a room that overlooks the expansive Waterfall Lawn.

The Spa

Spanning more than 40,000 square feet and with 28 treatment rooms, the spa features tranquil design details include white marble interiors, fresh orchids, water fountains and plenty of natural sunlight via skylights.

Relaxation areas are equipped with a dry sauna, eucalyptus steam room, locker room and lounge. For the ultimate splurge, opt for a full-day package offered in one of the spacious spa suites, complete with its own fireplace and Jacuzzi. This experience — popular with bridal parties — includes a massage, facial, clay wrap, manicure and pedicure.

If you work up an appetite while relaxing, don’t worry: snacks and lunch are part of the pampering, too. Also, if you forgot to pack a swimsuit or snazzy dress for dinner, the hotel’s gift shop, next to the spa’s entrance, is stocked with the latest fashions and beauty products.

Officially known as California Health & Longevity Institute (CHLI), the robust wellness center implements science-based care through nutrition, fitness, life balance and preventative medicine. Led by health and medical experts from a variety of fields, CHLI provides personalized services that are designed to create a lasting impact on our guests’ well being. Services, which are also available for non-guests, include personal training sessions, healthy cooking classes, holistic body assessments, life-balance counseling and much more. Customized day programs based on personal health goals are available as well.

The Food and Drinks

Running out the door with no time for a meal? Stop by Stir, a gourmet coffee bar. Here you’ll find baked goods made by former French Laundry pastry chef Patrick Fahy, caffeinated drinks featuring Stumptown coffee, healthy to-go wraps and fresh pressed juice.

Lobby Lounge restaurant serves healthy and indulgent California-inspired cuisine alongside eye-grabbing views of the waterfall. Expect straight-from-the-garden vegetables, fresh seafood and an extravagant champagne brunch on weekends.

Onyx Restaurant, the hotel’s signature spot, features modern Japanese cuisine. Helmed by chef Masasuke “Masa” Shimakawa, Onyx’s menu is diverse — you’ll find sashimi (we recommende the hamachi topped with yuzu) or seared striploin served with soy and Japanese barbecue dipping sauces. Be sure to save room for the chocolate cake laced with Japanese whiskey.

If cozying up in a leather wing-back chair next to a fireplace with whiskey in hand sounds like pure perfection, The Bar is where to head. For entertainment, catch live music acts on Friday and Saturday evenings or watch a game on the large plasma TV. If toasting alfresco is your style, check out the outdoor lounge, The Lookout, next to The Bar and Lobby Lounge.

The Tasting Room is the perfect spot to experience local terroir. The wine bar pours a large selection of regional wines from the Malibu Coast and elsewhere in California. The international wine list is expansive too. To boot, twice a month there’s live comedy on Saturday nights. Small plates are also available to pair with tastings.

The Extras

Inspired by a feng shui approach to beauty, the in-house Yamaguchi Salon offers head-to-toe services: blowouts, haircuts, coloring and green tea manicures and pedicures.

The 16,000-square-foot fitness facility, located next to the hotel’s indoor pool, features 24 cardiovascular stations that include treadmills, ellipticals, cycles and climbers, plus weights and a stretching area. Classes available throughout the day include spinning, Pilates and yoga. If outdoor exercise is more your style, walk or jog the path that winds through the hotel’s property — it has great views of the greenhouse, the authentic Chinese pagoda and Waterfall Lawn.

Catch some rays at the adults-only pool — it features food and beverage service plus cabanas for rent. If you’re a parent, rest easy because there’s plenty for kids to do too. Check out the two complimentary playrooms — one stocked with toys and games for younger kids and one with a ping-pong table, TV and other activities for teenagers. They can also splash around in the kid-friendly indoor pool.

The Scene

Located in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, the hotel is truly a hidden gem. It’s roughly an hour from downtown Los Angeles and is an ideal local staycation getaway. For out-of-towners, Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village is roughly a 40-minute drive from Los Angeles International Airport and centrally located for exploring Malibu (about a 30-minute drive) and Santa Barbara (a one-hour drive).

The hotel caters to a wide variety of guests, from families and couples to business travelers and wedding parties. For ideas on must-see sites in the area, stop by the 24-hour concierge desk for recommendations on picturesque hiking trails, lauded restaurants and cultural hot spots.