Family Luxury At The Four Seasons Westlake Village

by Julie Cohn

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Just north of Los Angeles, off the busy Rt. 101, lies a hidden treasure – Family Luxury At The Four Seasons Westlake Village.  This picturesque 5-star resort is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the Los Angeles, offering luxury accommodations, delightful amenities for all ages, and decadent dining options for discriminating guests.

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Our Arrival

From the moment of arrival, we were treated as valued guests.  As I checked in, the front desk agent inquired if I would like a glass of champagne or a truffle  pop (I declined the champagne, but thankfully accepted the delicious chocolate).  The desk agent inquired if I needed dinner reservations, and made copies of several menus for me. The concierge chatted with me for a few moments and recommended the new Stir coffee bar for a great cup of coffee, then we made our way to the elevators, passing a table of fresh sunflowers and lilies.  The dark mahogany wood-lined hallways beckoned us further into the resort, crystals chandeliers sparkling along our route.

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Our Room

Our room, with two double beds, was tastefully adorned with antique furniture, as well as blue, yellow and red accents.  Although we had a deluxe room, it was on the small side for the three of us, yet we were able to move about without bumping into each other too much. Large windows looked over the front lobby of the hotel, yet we kept the draperies closed to keep the room cooler, as it was a particularly hot weekend.  The bathroom was large, with both a tub, shower, and separate water closet.

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My husband was delighted to find a television in the bathroom, discovering a channel with waterfall sounds.  The L’Occitane products in the bathroom are a nice touch.  A large closet held our luggage, as well as two robes for guest use.  Our room and bathroom were sparkling clean, and the linens were fresh and comfortable.  My son was amused to find a button system near the inside door of our room, lighting a panel on the outside of our door to let housekeeping know if we want privacy or our room cleaned.   No cumbersome sign hanging on the door!

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The Grounds

The front of the hotel does not betray the luxury beyond–the grounds are breathtaking.  A large green lawn behind the hotel leads to waterfalls trickling into tranquil ponds, and a dome gazebo overlooks the gardens.  Fortunately, many of the dining areas overlook the waterfall and gardens, so you have gorgeous views while you eat.  Wander through the rose garden or bring the kids to the activity lawn for croquet, kickball, badminton, or a round of putt-putt golf.

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Family Pool

Adult Serenity Pool

Adult Serenity Pool

Game Room

Game Room

Amenities for the Whole Family

The resort offers amenities to keep the whole family busy. An exquisite indoor pool welcomes families, an outdoor serenity pool is available for adults only, and the resort features a 24 hour family arcade/game room, a kids activity room for children 5 to 12, and a teen activity room for kids 13 to 17.

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The Four Seasons Westlake Village is known for both its spa services and the world-renown California Health & Longevity Institute, offering health and nutrition services.  A state-of the art fitness center features fitness equipment, yoga and other exercise classes, a sauna and steam showers.  Golf and tennis are located near by, and the beaches of Malibu are a quick 25 minute drive away.

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The Four Seasons Westlake Village has three onsite restaurants, including Hamptons for Sunday brunch, The Lobby Lounge for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and its newest restaurant, Onyx, featuring Japanese-style fine dining.  The resort also includes two bar/lounges for relaxing, a new coffee bar (Stir), and the weekend Tasting Room,  highlighting the wines of Malibu and Napa valley.  (I will do a separate feature on our dining experience at The Four Seasons Westlake Village.)

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  • The hotel was gorgeous, and our stay was relaxing and carefree.  Even the unseasonably humid weather and heavy rain on Saturday did not dampen our spirits, and we enjoyed wandering the gardens, playing in the arcade, and a swim in the family pool.
  • Service was first-rate throughout the entire resort.  When I called for more towels, housekeeping was efficient and courteous; when I inquired about dinner reservations, concierge followed up quickly. Staff welcomed us with a smile and pleasant tone, and went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable.
  • As mentioned, our room was smaller than other Four Season Resorts we have stayed at, but we were away from our room most of the time. Rates during our stay started at $299 per night, but can be as high as about $800 per night, depending on availability and season.
  • In-room Wi-Fi is $12 per day, Self parking is $17 per night; Valet parking is $28 per night.  The Four Seasons Westlake Village is pet-friendly, with a $50 per stay fee.
  • The resort states the Los Angeles International Airport as a 45 minute drive, but with almost constant traffic on Rt 405 and Rt 101, plan for a 1 – 1/2 hour drive.  It is worth the drive.
  • I enjoyed being out of the bustle of Los Angeles.  Nearby Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks offer a variety of dining and shopping options in an upscale, unfettered setting.

{I was offered a media rate for my stay but my opinions and photos are 100% my own.}

For more information about The Four Seasons Westlake Village, please visit their website.  You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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