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Four Seasons Westlake Village - Hotel Review

Luxury Lifestyle Resort and Suburban Retreat

by Alain Gayot

A serene garden at The Four Seasons Westlake Village
A serene garden at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village

The Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village is a luxury lifestyle resort situated at the foot of the Santa Monica Mountains in the Conejo Valley, and a mere 40-minute ride from Los Angeles International Airport. Developed by David Murdock, billionaire magnate and owner of Dole Foods, the hotel lies opposite Dole World Headquarters and is situated on nine acres of gardens and landscapes.

Here, you can take advantage of the massive 40,000 square-foot mega spa, with 28 treatment rooms, each opening onto private outdoor gardens. There are separate men's and women's lounge facilities, four lavishly appointed suites with fire places and private pools and a myriad of spa treatments from Swedish, Craniosacral and Thai massages to a Bamboo Body Polish or exclusive DNA Exfoliating Growth Factor facial.

Onyx restaurant at The Four Seasons Westlake Village The pagoda in the gardens of The Four Seasons Westlake Village
Onyx Restaurant Garden pagoda

With such an expansive spa, you can simply relax and enjoy yourself or take advantage of on-site recreation including an outdoor game lawn, an outdoor Serenity Pool for adults and an indoor family-friendly pool.  A 16,000-square-foot fitness center offers the latest equipment as well as complimentary classes including yoga, group cycling, core conditioning and more.  The hotel is centrally located to explore the area's unique natural open spaces including hiking and mountain biking in the Santa Monica Mountains, the beaches of Malibu and picturesque wineries in the canyons between Westlake Village and the Pacific Ocean.

Be sure to try the cuisine of executive chef Mario Alcocer at Hampton's restaurant restaurant for an elaborate Sunday brunch or Friday night's impressive seafood buffet.  In the Lobby Lounge, the focus is on locally sourced seasonal ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  On the weekend, the Lobby Lounge is host to the interactive Farmer's Market breakfast and Mercato Italiano on Saturday nights. In ONYX, Chef Masa Shimakawa's Japanese cuisine and sushi are served for dinner al fresco on the patio or in the comtemporary-styled restaurant.  The Bar is a lively setting for cocktails, weekly Grains & Grapes happy hour specials with pool tables and flat screen tv's tuned into the day's sports.

With guest rooms offering regency style furnishings, carefully chosen artwork and hardwood floors, coupled with a variety of activities and amenities on-property and nearby, you'll return home from your stay here feeling relaxed, refreshed and well-balanced.

Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
Two Dole Drive
Westlake Village, CA 91362
818-575-3000
www.fourseasons.com

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