A favourite escape for A Listers, Wersha Bharadwa checks into Johannesburg’s dreamy honeymoon resort; 4 Seasons Lodge The Westcliff.
A luxurious landmark resort, 4 Seasons Lodge The Westcliff in South Africa’s largest metropolis, Johannesburg, seems like a compact Mediterranean village with peachy-colored hillside villas.
The Suite at The Westcliff
We have now a superior suite with a balcony and panoramic views over the Westcliff’s personal eight acres in addition to Johannesburg Zoo and the dynamic African metropolis.
All 117 rooms characteristic pops of colourful turquoise and inexperienced African textiles in geometric and zebra print accented wallpapers with picket carved masks. Ours is full of freshly reduce flowers and macaroons from the kitchen too – the take-home goodies are past scrumptious. There is a stocked mini bar, Nespresso, and natural teas alongside naughty further treats of moist truffles, sweets and strawberries. I particularly adore the bottle of each crimson and white gifted to us. Different takeaways embrace Terres d’Afrique goodies within the lavatory and pairs of luxurious embroidered slippers. Swaddled like infants inside our mattress’s Egyptian cotton sheets, we sleep blissfully each evening.
Meals at 4 Seasons The Westcliff
We kick off our keep, like the numerous celebrities who go to do, by choosing the acclaimed afternoon tea. It is so filling, we’re nearly tempted to skip dinner completely and as an alternative gorge on cocktails in one of many three bars. We do not, fortunately, as a result of dinner at The View is to not be missed.
An important glass elevator takes us as much as the restaurant the place the most of the metropolis’s elite have already taken their seats, able to chow down on head chef Daniel Payne’s trendy African choices. It is a part of the explosive and thrilling Joburg culinary scene and for one evening, we’re thrilled to be part of it. The rooftop eaterie insists that that is the hippest hangout on the town and it is laborious to withstand with such wonderful views over the town. I tuck right into a Gemsbok tartare for starters and steak for predominant.
Breakfast can also be served on the highest stage the place there is a contemporary oyster and seafood station, pancakes, eggs to any specification together with an a la carte menu. The breakfast buffet is once more a sight to behold; champagne and oysters on ice, and a waffle stand with all of the trimmings.
What You will Love …
Providing views over Johannesburg however discreetly tucked away behind Jacaranda timber, the resort’s acilities embrace two fashionable eating places, two swimming pools and an city oasis spa.
Remedies within the spa contain KwaZulu-Natal, Himba and Mapungubwe tribal strategies utilizing elements reminiscent of native rooibos, baobab, coconut oils and and Kalahari melon.
Every thing, together with the resort rooms, are accessed by way of golf buggies on a cobbled road The service is, as anticipated, excellent. All of the workers, together with those we hadn’t personally met but, know us by our names. Each little element actually is taken under consideration.
Attending to Johannesburg
South African Airways flows day by day from Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport. Test in is straightforward and we then head over the superbly designed Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 2 for some pre-flight champers the place it’s vivid and ethereal with loads of usb sockets to cost laptops and telephones. We’re touring round South Africa, so take a flight to Cape City the place we’ll then take transfers and inner flights – or drive – elsewhere. Nevertheless, direct flights to Johannesburg are equally as frequent.
The exceptionally well mannered and pleasant air crew aboard our South African Airways direct flight from London Heathrow to Cape City assist make our in a single day flight seamless and swift. Our seats in the course of the airplane have ample legroom house, an adjustable headrest and a cushty seat recline which make for an honest evening’s sleep. Dinner choices embrace a powerful, generously-portioned gluten-free beef bourguignon washed down with wine. There’s an ideal collection of the most recent movies and field units. Breakfast consists of very agreeable omelettes, croissants and contemporary fruit with espresso.
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