A Paradise Retreat in the Backyard of a Concrete Jungle.
Since 1961, the Canadian international luxury brand, the Four Seasons Hotel and Resort, has been the exemplary case of continuous innovation for an extraordinary five-star hospitality experience. California Health & Longevity Institute, at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, maintains a 40,000 sq. ft. spa, the largest of any Four Seasons Hotel worldwide. It offers a variety of services including, massage therapy, dentistry, dermatological services, chiropractic care, concierge medical services, and Eastern & Western modalities in a state-of-the-art medical facility.
After a laborious week at the LA office, we were enthralled by the luxuriant gardens and service culture of this particular property – seven floors containing 269 soundproofed rooms with a 24hr front desk. As soon as we hopped out of our Dodge Challenger SRT, we were greeted by valet and whisked past an enchanting array of crystal chandeliers throughout the hall. Across from check-in was a refined coffee bar. A perfect stir for coffee and a quick bite. Adjacent is its premiere “Lobby Lounge” restaurant which had a picturesque view of central grounds, including whimsical waterfalls.
There is an extensive spectrum of amenities and services offered as part of the Taste of Wellness package. The Life Strategies Consultation was the first activity 360 Magazine took part in. It is planned to give you a customized plot, featuring realistic strategies to overcome life’s obstacles, skills for conflict resolution and building relationships. This experience, alone, will leave you motivated to reach your best self, and will reduce unnecessary stress and conflict in your pursuits. Allowing you to move forward moving in all aspects of your life. To make sure you maintain an optimal renewal experience, the SomaDome Meditation is a must! It can be described as a personal meditation pod, designed for maximum relaxation using calming color immersion therapy. The SomaDome will release you from its cocoon at peace, invigorated and restored. It’s the purest form of a mental detox, which goes hand-and-hand with the Detox Body Wrap; which, completes the experience of liberating yourself from unwanted tension and toxins in the body. With 28 single treatment rooms (some with enclosed rainfall shower stalls and fireplaces), there’s, literally, no room for any disturbance or interference. The Detox Body Wrap comprises of a full body exfoliation, scalp and neck massage, topped off with a Nanogold Repair Eye Mask, using natural collagen that diminishes wrinkles, reduces redness and evens skin too. This deep therapeutic treatment relaxes intense muscles and turns over an undeniable glow.
After our treatments, each of us snacked on granola, apples, and sipped herbal tea while viewing the indoor cascading water fountain. Next, we took advantage of the plunge pools, sauna, steam room and mosaic hot tub. We finished the long, yet, relaxing day enjoying a walk around the 450,000 sq. ft. grounds of the hotel. Don’t you dare cheat yourself by missing out on witnessing breathtaking views of the fifteen acres of verdant landscaping. We relished in the spa lounge, walked the grounds, reflected on our experiences, and next was dinner. In the Wellness Kitchen, enjoy a glass of wine and dinner at the “Wine Wednesday” demonstration cooking class conducted by Paulette Lambert, RD, CDE. Each meal is inspired by the current season, of which you visit, and is paired with a balanced tasting from a local winery. It’s a great replenishing meal after a day of total relaxation (check official site for dates and times). If you have toddlers and/or teenagers in tow, there’s a supervised children’s club, as well as, an arcade/game room to keep them satisfied. Moreover, we all know a glass of merlot can be messy, but don’t worry because dry cleaning and laundry services are on campus and eager to serve. If you’re an overachiever that doesn’t let you off on enhancing your physical strength, the gym facility contains most equipment offered at premier fitness institutions, like Equinox.
360 Magazine’s stay at the Four Seasons Westlake was one that we hope to experience again. Every moment was savored, reflected upon, and written about. Why? Because we felt it necessary to divvy it up and share all the finer points with you. It isn’t just a hotel; it’s a home away from home, a destination for relaxation, and inspirational practice that stimulates a new way of thinking, living and self-care. It’s a place where millennials and baby boomers can join hands and agree on, at least one thing; the level of calm and tranquil service the Four Seasons Hotel and Resort will extend to you. If you haven’t been a guest there, put it down on your bucket list for 2017 and make it happen! Other attractions in the region include the Promenade at Westlake Village, the Sherwood Lakes Club, hiking/biking trails, kayaking and a nearby drop zone for skydiving. And, if you don’t have transportation, the hotel provides a courtesy car service within a three-mile radius.
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Article: Vaughn Lowery + Kevin Lamont Robertson