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The rooms have a modern, luxurious style (Photo courtesy of Four Seasons)


Sometimes unfairly overshadowed by its more “Hollywood” sister Four Seasons hotels in Beverly Hills (the Beverly Wilshire and the Four Seasons L.A.), the Four Seasons Hotel, Westlake Village is a beautiful luxury resort perfect for L.A. staycations. The hotel is nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, right off the 101 freeway near both Calabasas and Malibu. I had some time to spend in Los Angeles so I decided to have myself a weekend getaway staycation at the dog-friendly luxury hotel.

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The hotel gives you easy access to LA or the beaches of Malibu (Photo courtesy of Four Seasons)

The Hotel

The location is great as it’s close to L.A. yet nicely separated from the city. Just be careful with traffic as it can be hard to access coming from L.A. during rush hour. It’s close to the outdoor activities of Malibu Creek State Park and the beaches of Malibu. It’s also close to the over 50 wineries that occupy the area. The hotel can curate itineraries and local activities for you that take advantage of all the things to see and do.

The Four Seasons Hotel, Westlake Village has a focus on wellness and the resort has one of Southern California’s most extensive and comprehensive spa and wellness programs. The Four Seasons Westlake Village is home to the California Health & Longevity Institute, a world-class facility led by a team of doctors and health experts. The Institute offers a whole-body approach to wellness with spa services, cosmetic treatments, workshops and diet plans. The hotel has a very popular, four-day wellness Signature Retreat package with special organic meals, health assessments, mindfulness and lifestyle workshops and yoga.

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Hans the German Shepherd poses in front of the hotel (Photo by Freddy Sherman)

My Room

There are many different room types and suites available, for my stay I had what the hotel calls a Waterfall View Deluxe King. It had a view of a man-made waterwall feature and the Santa Monica Mountains.

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My view of the waterfall (Photo by Freddy Sherman)

The room was essentially a basic hotel room but you immediately notice the Four Seasons level of fit and finish and just a higher quality level of furntiure, cabinetry, switches and even hardware. The style and design was light and modern and the bathroom, finished in marble, was a highlight. I loved the huge soaking tub.

The Four Seasons Experience

As I do at every Four Seasons I visit, I found the service warm and friendly from everyone I encountered. My stay was brief so I did not have a chance to dine in any of the hotel’s restaurants but I did thoroughly enjoy the charcuterie plate and local Benziger Merlot that awaited my arrival in the room.

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My charcuterie platter and local Merlot (Photo by Freddy Sherman)

Next time I visit, I will try Coin & Candor, their California brasserie with a focus on locally-sourced products and ingredients. Properous Penny is the hotel’s upscale bar and Onyx is their Japanese restaurant specializing in sushi and sashimi. There’s also a gourmet coffee shop in the lobby and of course in-room and pool-side dining.

Read more of Freddy Sherman’s take on travel on his Go World Travel Blog. You can also follow more of his adventures on his luxuryfred Instagram feed and on his YouTube channel.

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