The Westcliff - Luxury 5 star hotel in Westcliff Johannesburg South Africa
Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff

Westcliff, Johannesburg
South Africa
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Situated in Johannesburg's most exclusive residential suburb, The Westcliff's hillside setting with cascading, sculpted gardens and elegantly opulent accommodation evoke a bygone era of leisure and refinement in one of the world's most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities.

The hotel is a short drive from the many shopping malls Johannesburg is renowned for and just 22 km from O.R. Tambo (Johannesburg) International Airport. 

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The hotel also offers easy access to key business centres and is within easy reach of numerous historical, sporting and adventure destinations, while being surrounded by a proliferation of character-filled suburbs.

The magnificent manicured gardens of The Westcliff cascade down the rocky hillside and are testament to its award-winning landscaping and maintenance by a team of resident gardeners.  Gorgeous roses, flowerbeds and lush greenery abound, making their home amidst charming cobbled pathways, courtyards and soothing water features.  Because the estate is built into a steep cliffside, microbuses and club cars transport guests around the property.  However, footlinks are available for guests who enjoy walking. 

Dining presents endless opportunities for the senses to be indulged at The Westcliff, and the hotel’s chefs exploit every opportunity to do this.  Their culinary expertise is internationally respected, their flair legendary.

Specialising in international dishes with a distinctively South African flair, La Belle Terrasse and The Loggia  have gained enviable reputations for their cuisine, relaxed atmosphere and superb service. Afternoon tea is served daily in the Conservatory while the Polo Lounge and Terrace is a celebrated rendezvous.

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An elevated sensory experience

Tucked away amidst the cascading gardens and tinkling fountains of The Westcliff’s hillside retreat, lies the Botanica Spa Suites, an inviting oasis of indulgence and relaxation.

Three beautifully spacious hotel suites have been converted into calming treatment rooms with en-suite bathrooms and changing areas, where trained skincare specialists offer an all-encompassing selection of facial and body treatments, using the elite range of Pevonia Botanica products.

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Swimming Pools

In addition to two private plunge-pools, The Westcliff Estate boasts two heated horizon pools, the most notable being the infinity pool on the Pool Terrace, with a bird’s eye view of the Johannesburg Zoological Gardens below. Swim to the edge and gaze down upon elephant and springbok – a singular sensation and what’s become known as the safari swim! 

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  • Dry Cleaning Service
  • Business Center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Restaurant(s)
  • Parking (valet)
  • Swimming pool - outdoor
  • Security guard
  • Babysitting or child care
  • Internet public area - wireless
  • Wedding services
  • Umbrella
  • Room service (24 hours)
  • Comp newspapers in lobby
  • Currency exchange 
  • ATM/banking
  • Laundry facilities
  • Elevator/lift
  • Ballroom(s)
  • Parking (Complimentary)
  • Parking garage
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Internet public area - comp
  • Beauty services
  • Spa services on site
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Concierge services
  • Airport transportation (fees apply)
  • Banquet facilities 

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Luxury with Personality

All our rooms have windows that open, while double-glazing, heavy drapes and individually controlled air-conditioning ensure a haven of peaceful seclusion at any given time. Mood lighting is standard, plush robes are provided and in-room dining is available around the clock.

Each of the extravagantly-sized bedrooms and suites at The Westcliff has been individually decorated by renowned South Africa interior designer, Graham Viney.  No two are the same in terms of shape, layout or décor.  The configuration of The Westcliff – nine villas and no central lobby – provides cosily intimate settings which assure privacy.

Dozens of the features found in every room at The Westcliff have come into being as a result of the personal experiences of James B Sherwood, Chairman and founder of Orient-Express Hotels.  Having travelled the world continuously since 1955, he insists that the Group’s hotels provide five-star comfort while avoiding the impersonality of large hotel chains.

Some of these features unique to The Westcliff and other Orient-Express hotels include the pop-up television at the foot of the bed,  sound-proofed street-facing windows, luggage and hanging areas in large bathrooms so that clothes can air and steam. 

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All televisions have integral VCR players and each hotel provides tapes or discs of all Academy Award-winning films - since “Wings”, the very first dating from 1927!   There is also a selection of movies with an Orient-Express connection including Murder on the Orient Express, From Russia With Love, Strangers on a Train and Shanghai Express.

All rooms have a writing bureau, international plugs, two-line touch-dial telephones with data ports and voicemail, satellite television and video recorder.  A butler station with mini-bar is standard and guests may request bottled water and a daily newspaper.  The spacious marble bathrooms, all of which are en-suite, feature bath and shower, handwash basins and heated towel rack.  Shaving mirrors, shaver sockers, bathroom scales and illuminated make-up mirrors, as well as a range of luxury toiletries are provided.

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High above the city’s northern suburbs, the all-weather tennis court turns an ordinary game into something special – particularly if playing at night under floodlight. (As Johannesburg is located some 6000 feet above sea-level, this is a case of playing tennis a mile high - literally!)

The Gymnasium

With magnificent, breathtaking views, the well-equipped gymnasium is available to all guests for use. A personal trainer can be arranged upon request.

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Jogging and Cycling

Explore the historic surrounds of Westcliff and Parkview by taking off on one of the four mountain bikes available for the exclusive use of hotel guests.


An incredible 36 of the top 100 golf courses in South Africa are located within an hour’s driving time from Johannesburg’s northern suburbs, which means golfers are more than spoilt for choice.

Golfing enthusiasts can enjoy the facilities of a nearby club, which offers guest membership benefits to guests of The Westcliff. 

Moreover, your golfing experience in the city can be made considerably more pleasant and easy by hiring the services of a golf concierge service.  Arrangements can be made via the Front Desk.

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Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff

67 Jan Smuts Avenue
South Africa 2193

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