at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
Story and photographs by Greg Aragon
ho says you have to travel far to get away from it all. Sometimes a
memorable journey is just a short drive up the 101 Freeway in Los
Angeles. Such was the case last Saturday when a friend and I checked
into a gorgeous suite at the Four Seasons Hotel, Westlake Village.
Located in the city of Westlake Village, about 35 minutes
from Los Angeles, the 270-room resort is a secluded paradise, surrounded
by gardens and lawns, ponds and footbridges, a rocky waterfall, giant
sequoia trees, and a myriad of luxurious amenities and accommodations.
The Four Seasons Hotel, Westlake Village is a secluded
35 minutesfrom Los Angeles
Our 5th floor room overlooked the cascading waterfall
and lush main lawn, and a row of looming trees - a view which reminded
me of being in the mountains. The room featured two queen beds, large
TV, office/desk area, mini-bar, and a beautiful, marble-rich bathroom,
with a walk-in shower, huge tub and a second TV for those who like to
soak and watch.
Our rooms overlooked a cascading waterfall and featured
a beautiful, marble-rich bathroom, with a walk-in shower, huge tub and
a second TV
Once acquainted with our quarters, we strolled through
the elegant lobby and explored the 450,000-sq-ft property. Our first
stop was the Pagoda
Lawn, where an authentic Chinese pagoda towers above a reflecting
pond and a serene, two-acre private garden featuring sequoia trees,
2,000-year-old boulders from the River Kwai in Thailand, and lots of
colorful flowers. It is easy to see why this is a favorite spot for
weddings and other special gatherings.
The Pagoda Lawn features an authentic pagoda, a
serene garden and pond, and 2,000-year-old boulders from Thailands
From here, we walked down winding pathways, lined with
thousands of plants, flowers and shrubs, to the Waterfall and main lawn,
where the hotel was setting up for a royal British celebration in honor
of the Queens Jubilee.
After relaxing by the waterfall, I visited the state-of-the-art
fitness center for a workout and a spell in the steam room and Jacuzzi.
I then hit the showers and had an invigorating, deep-tissue massage
at the hotels spa.
The Four Seasons Spa was voted one of Americas
best by Conde Nast Magazine
Voted one of Americas best by Conde Nast Magazine,
the 41,000-sq-ft Four Seasons Spa boasts 28 treatment rooms and numerous
body and face treatments and massages, including a lavender milk and
honey cocoon; detoxifying sea kelp thermal body contour; a bamboo body
polish and many more.
After the rub down, I walked through the gardens back
to my room and prepared for dinner at Marcato Italiano, a magical restaurant/marketplace
that rises like fresh-baked bread in the hotels Lobby Lounge each
Here, in a lively buffet setting, we devoured fresh
pastas, salads, cheeses and meats. Dinner highlights included a divine
Cioppino soup, with mussels, clams, fish, and shrimp; mushroom ravioli;
octopus appetizers; local wine and olive oil; fresh gelato; and much
more. There were also strolling servers, carrying various fresh-baked
pizzas on carts.
Marcato Italiano is a magical restaurant/marketplace
that comes to life in the hotels Lobby Lounge each Saturday night
From dinner, we stopped by the Lobby Bar for a couple
Bloody Marys and a few games of billiards. We then reclined in leather
chairs by the fireplace, while a skilled pianist played jazz and American
standards. In the morning I went swimming in the pool and relaxed near
the Pagoda Lawn.
The Four Seasons boasts two luxury pools for swimming
I then met my friend for Sunday champagne brunch on
the Waterfall Lawn, where each week the hotel puts on an incredible
display of food, mood, and music. Here, beneath an umbrella on the lawn,
we enjoyed a feast of fresh seafood, gourmet breakfast favorites, fruits
and veggies, and live jazz music, all against the backdrop of crashing
waterfall and swaying sequoias. This was a great way to wrap-up a memorable
Sunday brunch on the Waterfall Lawn is an incredible
food, mood and music
After brunch we stopped by the California Health &
Longevity Institute, which is located next to the hotel. This pioneering,
world-class facility is a leader in science-based lifestyle rejuvenation.
Guests are immersed in customized healthy living experiences designed
to create real and lasting life changes. The centre features advice,
education and inspiration from an integrated team of experts including
physicians, registered dieticians, exercise physiologists and lifestyle
Besides all these exciting amenities, the Four Seasons
is currently offering a summer Room and Board special. This
fun-in-the-sun package includes surf lessons in nearby Malibu and the
option to add a Jeep Wrangler rental. The hotel will also working on
a package special with the Ronald Reagan Library as the library hosts
a new exhibit called Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives
between July and April.
For more information on these and other packages and
deals, and for directions, visit the Four
Seasons Hotel Westlake Village website.
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