Four Seasons has confirmed it is entering South Africa, confirming it has signed a long-term management agreement with the owners of the landmark Westcliff hotel in Johannesburg.
The Westcliff, in the city's northern suburbs, has been closed since June 30 for renovations; it will reopen as the Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff Johannesburg in the second quarter of 2014.
Scott Woroch, executive vice president of worldwide development for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, says: “Africa’s economic growth, improved stability and ease of travel have made the continent increasingly attractive to luxury travelers, and for Four Seasons. Having a property in Johannesburg, the gateway to the whole of southern Africa, is essential as we explore opportunities for growth in South Africa and across the continent.”
Upon reopening, Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff Johannesburg will be home to new restaurant and bar concepts designed by renowned U.K.-based hospitality design firm Blacksheep. An expanded outdoor terrace will be a focal point of the hotel’s dining experience, offering scenic vistas of the city’s dense tree canopy and the distant Magaliesberg hills. The Four Seasosns Westcliff will also include a new spa, fitness center and outdoor pool.
Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff Johannesburg marks the latest expansion for Four Seasons into sub-Saharan Africa. In 2012 the company opened the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti in Tanzania, a resort in the Serengeti National Park featuring 77 guestrooms, including 12 suites with plunge pools and five freestanding villas with private swimming pools. The company also has two additional projects under consideration in Tanzania as it explores further expansion across the region.
For a preview of the Westcliff, visit: www.fourseasons.com/johannesburg/.