Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg
- 67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Westcliff Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa , South Africa
Four Seasons Tenure
- Since 2005
- First Four Seasons Assignment: Spa Therapist, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon
- Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva; Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon; Clinique La Prairie, The World cruise ship
- Karoo, Western Cape, South Africa
- Isa Carstens Academy, Stellenbosch, South Africa - Health, Skincare and Wellness International Qualification
- English, French, Afrikaans, Portugese
Julanda Marais, Manager of the new Spa at Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg, has pampered guests all over the world, but is no stranger to the country she now calls home once more.
After growing up on a quiet farm in the Karoo – South Africa’s beautiful but arid semi-desert region – Marais studied beauty in the Cape Winelands at the prestigious Isa Carstens Academy. It wasn’t long before her wanderlust saw her working on a cruise liner for Steiner, one of the world’s leading providers of onboard spas. After a stint representing RVB, the Italian skincare brand, back in South Africa’s Western Cape province, she headed back to sea, working for The World Spa by Clinique La Prairie, the spa aboard The World private residence cruise ship.
In 2005 she dropped anchor in Portugal, joining the family of Four Seasons at Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon. She transferred to Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva in 2010, first working in its front office and guest relations departments before becoming part of the team that launched the historical Hotel’s new Spa Mont Blanc in 2013. When she heard that Four Seasons was opening its first address in South Africa, she jumped at the opportunity to work for her favourite company back in her home country.
“I’m responsible for managing a diverse team that’s committed to attention to detail and ultimate luxury,” Marais says. “Joburg has an incredible energy, but it’s no secret that life in the fast lane can take its toll. We’re passionate about creating a sanctuary of calm – a space from which guests can emerge revitalized and restored – fully able to make the most of this city’s vibrancy.”
With nine treatment rooms – many of them overlooking the 24.9 metre (82 foot) outdoor lap pool – the Spa Westcliff is an urban retreat where highly trained therapists provide advanced treatments to rejuvenate the skin and body, combined with traditional, holistic rituals to combat stress and tension.
Marais believes the Spa will soon become the city’s leading spa of choice – not only for Hotel guests, but for Joburg residents in need of a spot of pampering too. They’re encouraged to make this an all-day affair – relaxing on the daybeds or spending time with friends at the Après-Spa outdoor lounge where they can make the most of sunny skies and sweeping views of the city with a drink or light bite before and after their Spa treatment.
The Spa’s extensive treatment menu is designed to give guests a wealth of options to choose from. “We’re determined to create the perfect spa journey for every guest who comes through our doors,” Marais says.