No place like home- Johannesburg

Our Christmas break was a short one so we decided it was the perfect opportunity to rediscover our backyard and have a mini staycation. We spent a couple of days at the Four Seasons in Westcliff and we certainly got some much need rest and relaxation.

Perched on the hills of Johannesburg, the architectural beauty of the property is supplemented by incredible views of the city from all angles. Once inside the huge gates you immediately feel as though you are in some exotic location and forget all about the hustle and bustle of the city centre which is a mere ten minutes away.

Naturally the first thing we did after check-in was to explore our room and we were not disappointed. The massive bathroom was our favourite part of the room, I even contemplated picking a fight so I could camp there for the night. Our not-so-humble abode for the next couple of days was beautifully decorated with a touch of South African elements. We were welcomed with some fresh fruit and a personalised note (although our note was addressed to someone else, probably the price you pay for asking for early check in). This was corrected as soon as we pointed it out though. Super eager to bath like queens, we were however very frustrated that housekeeping took forever (a whole day and three reminders to be exact) to give us requested toiletries.

We spent our days checking out the spa and the pool, had all our meals in the hotel’s restaurants and even tried the in-room dining. Although the aesthetics were impressive and did the trick as far as allowing us to escape the city without having to leave the city, we found the service to  be inconsistent with a five-star establishment. We shared our opinion with the manager who tried to make amends. We hope that they were sincere and will improve their attention to detail for future guests.

All in all  this was the holiday equivalent of a power nap and left us feeling rejuvenated enough to face January. Perhaps for our next staycation we will have to time to see more of our backyard.


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