Four Seasons Review
Our account team recently had the privilege of spending the day at the Four Seasons Hampshire to hear some updates from the hotel brand and taste some unique team building activities.
The Four Seasons brand is expanding rapidly in 2016 and will be up to 102 hotels by the end of the year. This includes amongst others the new Trinity Square Four Seasons Hotel in London which opens on the 19th December. One of the key messages from the Four Seasons was how proud they are in the consistency of the brand.
From our meetings with various global reps we have picked our top 4 Four Seasons Hotels around the world:
- The George V (5) in Paris– Very very extravagant with more Michelin stars than restaurants and each room is designed by a different designer including the man who designed the Eiffel tower. This hotel spends over €1.2 million per year on flowers within the hotel lobby alone! Other nice touches include a personal trainer who takes the guests running around Paris every morning if they so wish. An underground wine cellar with some of the rarest vinos in the world and exclusive access to Luis Vuitton store with private room to rent in the store if required.
- Costa Rica- Situated at Peninsula Papagayo the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica is sandwiched between beautiful sandy beaches and exotic jungle surroundings. Taking on the Four Seasons values of ‘Sense of place’ the design of the resort is truly reflective of its environment in the most luxurious way. The resort features a 72-par championship golf course, although according to Andre the group sales manager for The Costa Rica resort, even the most experienced golfers can be easily distracted on the course by the array of wildlife and exotic monkeys swinging through the nearby jungle trees! A welcome distraction apparently (although not sure Gavin would agree!). The resort also offers a star gazing dining experience for guests, amongst hiking, wellness & fitness activities, surfing and of course the 18 treatment room spa to relax and unwind. The resort is also proud to discuss its involvement in an award-winning social responsibility outreach program called ‘Growing together’, where guests are offered civic opportunities to work within the local community. This can be done on an individual basis or as groups for team building and reward activities.
- Mauritius – Set in 64-acres of Anahita natural beauty, the Four Seasons Mauritius is everything you would expect of a tropical paradise – situated in a secluded lagoon retreat, with mountain views as well as mangroves and coral seascapes. With plenty of on and off-site activities, the Mauritian resort has various opportunities for both individuals and groups including more formal meeting spaces, as well as the flexibility to facilitate bespoke solutions for guest’s requirements, such as privatized beach parties, outdoor gala dinners by the pool side or privately chartered boat tours and experiences. For the ultimate personalized dining experience, the resort even offers a carte blanche wine cellar experience around a 6 course meal paired with wine tasting tailored to every course.
- Hotel Du Cap-Ferrat (French Riviera) – This resort appears to embody everything about classic French glamour mixed with Four Seasons luxury; situated nearby to both Nice and Monaco, the resort is elegant, fresh and airy in its design – Think clean white spaces, gleaming marble and sun drenched terraces. The building itself retains its original architecture, dating back to 1908, having been tastefully restored with beautifully refurbished guest rooms. The resort features an Olympic sized sea water swimming pool and offers multiple activities for both groups and individuals such as cocktail making courses, cookery courses with a Michelin starred chef, watercolor painting workshops, perfume making workshops and sailing, hiking or classic car tours around the Riviera, amongst other things! The resort offers both indoor and outdoor possibilities for meetings and events and can accommodate groups up to around 140 guests.