Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg

Johannesburg's elegant hillside hideaway

The sun-splashed villas at Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg sit atop a forested ridge overlooking the city’s lush northern suburbs. With more than 10 million trees, Johannesburg is one of the world’s largest man-made urban forests, and with its location just above the verdant canopy, this elegant retreat literally comes out on top.

Though the views are certainly a highlight, beauty is more than skin deep at this luxurious hideaway. Head inside to find five restaurants and lounges — ranging from an avant-garde dining room to a gourmet deli and the city’s only outdoor spa lounge — three swimming pools, a tranquil spa and a fitness center.

When you’re ready to explore, you can count on the sensational staff to help you experience the City of Gold in style, be it an expertly guided tour or a gourmet picnic basket for an afternoon stroll through nearby Delta Park.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Perched above the city, the Westcliff hotel affords fantastic vistas at every turn.
  • Be immersed in Johannesburg’s cultural side thanks to Art on the Hill, the hotel’s year-round lineup of musical performances, art and photography exhibitions, dance programs and fashion events coupled with talks by the city’s foremost culturati.
  • No matter where you choose to dine at The Westcliff, you’ll be in for an elegant evening. Glass elevators deliver you to stunning venueslike View, which boasts 240-degree views of Johannesburg.
  • Indulge in locally inspired R&R at The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff with treatments featuring native South African flora like rooibos, baobab and Kalahari melon.
  • This Johannesburg retreat makes the most of its treetop location with Aprés-Spa, the only alfresco spa lounge in the city. Post-treatment, head for this sun-dappled terrace to soak up some rays or savor a light lunch.

Things to Know

  • Though most guests delight in walking the hotel’s leafy, cobbled lanes, a chauffeured golf cart regularly offers rides between the facilities.
  • Download the free Four Seasons smartphone app to curate your experience, from making dinner reservations to booking spa treatments.
  • Any local will tell you that spring (September to November) is the best time to visit the city, when the jacaranda trees that lie below the Johannesburg hotel explode in purple blossoms.
  • Fresh produce used in the restaurants is foraged from the luxury hotel’s vegetable garden or sourced from nearby urban farms.

The Rooms

  • The luxury hotel encapsulates the atmosphere of an intimate hillside village with nine villas, each connected by peaceful gardens and courtyards.
  • All 105 spacious rooms and 12 suites offer a garden terrace or private balcony. Select a Panoramic View Deluxe Room for remarkable sunrise vistas.
  • The elegant rooms are decorated in a contemporary style with subtle touches of African flair. You'll see the latter in the bed cushions, which are hand-dyed and embroidered by local artisans, and the zebra-print curtains.
  • Spacious cream marble bathrooms have a separate deep-soaking tub and shower stall .

The Restaurants

  • Aptly named fine-dining restaurant View boasts amazing vistas that are almost as appealing as the avant-garde creations that come pouring out of the show kitchen. Look out for immaculately plated dishes like trout mi-cuit (trout sashimi with licorice teriyaki and kohlrabi) and sous-vide king oyster mushrooms served with braised asparagus and thyme foam.
  • Dine alfresco at Flames, where you’ll find a classic South African braai (barbecue) menu reinterpreted by executive chef Keith Frisley and chef Daniel Payne.
  • Creative cocktails and beautiful Asian-inspired bites (like ginger-smoked beef fillet and fermented tofu) are always on tap at the scenic Pre View bar.

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Pet friendly
Getting There
67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg, 2193 South Africa
JNB (24-30 min)   HLA (35-45 min)