Contributor Mary Noe shares her affection for one of SoCal’s top luxury hotels, the exquisite Four Seasons Westlake Village
Searching for the ultimate luxury destination or “staycation” retreat in Southern California?
Ideally situated between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, the elegant Four Seasons Westlake Village is a tranquil haven set amidst the Santa Monica Mountains just a few miles from Malibu’s best beaches. Recently named one of the top hotels in Southern California by Condé Nast Traveler, this stunning 5-star luxury resort is a AAA Five-Diamond award-winning retreat set in the heart of the beautiful Conejo Valley.
An extensive, multimillion-dollar transformation project has elevated the already luxurious property, resulting in new dining experiences, redesigned guest rooms, and renovated meeting and event spaces. Whether you’re planning a family vacation, a spa day or wellness getaway, a special wedding celebration, or simply looking for a great place for brunch, the Four Seasons Westlake Village is your SoCal sanctuary.
Renewed Luxury at Four Seasons Westlake Village
The recently renovated property is brimming with upscale style and relaxed Californian personality.
Guest rooms have been redesigned to reflect a ‘Coastal California meets old Hollywood glamour’ vibe and are sophisticated and light-filled. The interior design uses calming coastal hues, natural elements, and refined materials to relate a ‘relaxing, soothing, and restful experience’.
Guest room options range from studio, one bedroom, and corner suites to the impressive Presidential Suite, which spans over 2,500 sq ft of spacious luxury and can accommodate eight adults or two adults and six children. Sumptuous amenities include thick terry robes, Natura Bisse bath products, and Tesla charging stations. Pets are also welcome.
New Restaurants Unveiled
The property’s recent renovations have enhanced the local foodie scene as well. As a result, Four Seasons Westlake Village is now home to some of the best new restaurants and culinary experiences in Southern California.
The new Coin & Candor brasserie is helmed by Executive Chef José Fernandez, whose regionally inspired cuisine makes this an excellent choice for breakfast, brunch, an al fresco dinner, or cocktails at the sleek bar.
“We have created a dynamic seasonal menu that is made possible by our unique partnerships with the best local growers and purveyors – most are located right here, in our own backyard,” says Chef Fernandez. “Our relationships with these artisans drive the seasonality of our menu and allow for us to evolve our dishes as the seasons change.”
Award-winning Executive Pastry Chef Patrick Fahy (formerly of the critically acclaimed restaurant The French Laundry) adds his own magic to the culinary scene, creating pastries, breads, and desserts for lucky patrons in the bistro’s open-air pastry kitchen. (For reservations visit www.coinandcandor.com.)
ONYX, the hotel’s popular traditional sushi bar, has also been reimagined and features made to order Nigiri sushi and sashimi, as well as Japanese classics.
Says Chef de Cuisine Masa Shimakawa, “I work with great seafood from all over the coast and inland, too,” he says. “Sea urchin from Santa Barbara, ocean shrimp, seasonal ingredients like spiny lobster – there is really no end.”
Other food and drink options include:
- Stir, a gourmet coffee bar serving Stumptown coffee and delectable confections from Chef Fahy (don’t miss his incredible thirty-three-layer croissant!)
- Prosperous Penny, the hotel’s newly launched cocktail lounge. Decorated with classic blues, warm woods, and brass accents, the hideaway is reminiscent of a swanky speak-easy and has quickly become one of the hottest bars in Westlake Village.
From poolside dining to classics served in-room, from relaxed, farm-fresh brunch to excellent regional cuisine and sushi, each dining experience at the Four Seasons Westlake Village includes excellent service and an inviting setting.
The Ultimate Westlake Village Spa and Wellness Retreat
Make sure to reserve time to relax and rejuvenate at the hotel’s legendary spa and on-site wellness sanctuary, the California Health & Longevity Institute.
Set within lush gardens, the California Health & Longevity Institute’s adults-only Serenity Pool offers the perfect spot to unwind in a private cabana. The spa offers more than 128 restorative treatment options, including facial treatments, massages, and mind and body treatments.
Each of the treatment rooms have a private terrace, and luxury spa suites feature private entrances from the gardens and a private patio and plunge pool – perfect for a girls’ spa day or a relaxing couples’ escape. Complete your spa time at Rhythm and Hair, the hotel’s new luxury salon, for hair, nail, and makeup perfection!
For the ultimate wellness reset, consider The Signature Retreat, a four-day wellness experience ‘designed to reboot your metabolism, using the latest technology and scientific findings’. Wellness packages, diet and nutrition guidance, fitness and lifestyle workshops, cooking classes, and personalized workouts are designed by world-class doctors and health experts to maximize your experience and help “reset your lifestyle.”
Enjoy Local Westlake Village Activities
For family fun, check out the on-site indoor family pool, fitness centre, and activity lawn. The hotel also hosts popular seasonal events, and the outstanding concierge team can arrange a variety of fun things to do in the area.
Hike or bike the local trails, explore the Santa Monica Mountains, enjoy golf at Sherwood Country Club, shop at unique local boutiques, head to the beaches in Malibu, or enjoy wine tasting in the Malibu Coast AVA (America’s oldest wine region).
For the latest reviews, rates, and reservations, visit Four Seasons Westlake Village.
From Santa Barbara to Barcelona, contributor Mary Noe loves to discover local food, culture, customs, and personalities.