Four Seasons Hotels Enters S. Africa; Explores Other Africa Options

Four Seasons Hotels Enters S. Africa; Explores Other Africa Options

Toronto-based Four Seasons Hotels announced it will take over management of Johannesburg’s Westcliff hotel – the international brand’s first foray into the South African market, according to a report in News24.

Tourism Update reports that Four Seasons signed a long-term management agreement with Albwardy Investment and Hotels Properties Ltd., owners of The Westcliff.

Following renovations, the property will reopen as Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff Johannesburg at the end of 2014.

Described as a self-contained sanctuary perched on a cliff side in an affluent residential area, the Westcliff has 114 guest rooms and an ambience” like a sun-splashed Mediterranean village laced with courtyards, fountains and gardens.”

This will be the second Four Seasons property in Africa – Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti in Tanzania opened last year.

“Africa’s economic growth, improved stability and ease of travel have made the continent increasingly attractive to luxury travellers and the Four Seasons group,” said Scott Woroch, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Executive vice president. “Having a property in Johannesburg – the gateway to southern Africa – is essential as we explore opportunities for growth in South Africa and across the continent.”

The reopened Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff will feature a new restaurant and bar, expanded outdoor terrace, new spa, a fitness center and outdoor pool.