The iconic property, set on a cliffside garden estate in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, was closed on June 30, 2013 to undergo significant enhancements including renovations and new construction and will reopen as Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff Johannesburg in the second quarter of 2014.
“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,” says Scott Woroch, executive vice president worldwide development for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
“With our recently established development office in Dubai, we plan to be much more active in Africa, pursuing both new build developments and conversion opportunities such as The Westcliff in Johannesburg and Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, which opened last year.”
Upon reopening, Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff Johannesburg will be home to exciting new restaurant and bar concepts designed by renowned UK-based hospitality design firm Blacksheep. An expanded outdoor terrace will be a focal point of the Hotel’s dining experience, offering stunning vistas of the city’s dense tree canopy and the distant Magaliesberg hills, with sunset views that are unparalleled in Johannesburg. The Hotel will also include a brand new spa, fitness centre and outdoor pool featuring world-class amenities. Between the new food and beverage offerings, and outstanding new spa and fitness facilities, Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff Johannesburg expects to become the first choice for travellers visiting Johannesburg, as well as a social hub for local clientele.
The new Hotel owners have retained the original architect of The Westcliff - Johannesburg-based RSL Architects - to ensure that architectural enhancements to the property are as consistent as possible with the original design.
Four Seasons veteran Sebastien Carre has been appointed General Manager and will assume the position August 1, 2013 to begin preparations to re-open the property as Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff Johannesburg. A native of Lyon, France, Carre’s ten-year career with Four Seasons began in Washington, where he was Hotel Manager, and in 2006 he was appointed opening General Manager for Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. His most recent position, as General Manager at the company’s Red Sea resort at Sharm El Sheikh, was his second tour of duty in Africa, having previously worked at a resort in Mauritius.