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The Four Seasons Hotel at Westlake Village offers an unparalleled wellness escape in a blended setting of home comfort and 5-star indulgence.

The Four Seasons Hotel at Westlake Village is all about health, wellness and retreating from pressures of modern life. It is set in the pristine environment of the Santa Monica mountains, not too far from the Malibu beaches, but close enough to the heart of LA to get away for a night or weekend.

This hotel was probably the most impressive and luxurious hotel in which I have ever stayed.

This hotel was probably the most impressive and luxurious hotel in which I have ever stayed, with all the trimmings one would expect from a 5 Star establishment including opulent furnishings, stylish décor, ambient lighting and fantastic service.

We stayed in an enormous corner suite which possibly had more comforts than home! It was well-appointed with a private bar, coffee machine and electric curtains which opened into breathtaking views from the floor-to-ceiling views of the local mountains.

The rooms were adorned with lavish furnishings including mahogany furniture, polished boards, handmade rugs and grand chandeliers. The linen was plush linen and there was loads of space.

Our accommodation included two bathrooms, one of which was enormous and included a deep marble spa and satellite TV.

The reception at the Four Seasons Hotel is warm and accommodating, and instantly one feels relaxed and peaceful. The hotel throughout is quiet, spacious and extremely comfortable.

We were welcomed on arrival with a complimentary glass of champagne, fresh fruit and a “mini chocolate mountain on a plate” as described by my children.

We were welcomed on arrival with a complimentary glass of champagne, fresh fruit and a “mini chocolate mountain on a plate”.

There were two pools on the premises, one for adults only and the family pool area which was also deluxe with comfortable day beds, fluffy towels, a jacuzzi and poolside service for refreshments.

The hotel is family friendly, but also perfect for that much-needed adult escape time, to take advantage of the wellness programs on offer, which comprise retreats and individualised health services inclusive of the services of a team of doctors and health experts.

For more information visit www.fourseasons.com/westlakevillage/

The Elan Hotel in Los Angeles was a wonderful stopping place to soak up the Hollywood experience.

The Elan Hotel is an intimate boutique hotel situated in West Hollywood, close to Beverly Hills, perfect for our Hollywood tours, Walk of Fame and visit to Universal Studios.

The Elan has been refurbished with modern décor and furnishings and the rooms included all the commodities one could hope for – an iPad, two plasma TVs, free Wi-Fi, a coffee machine and attractive, spacious bathroom.

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We stayed in a Family Suite which was perfect for our family of four. It included a King size bed and a lounge suite which was set down by housekeeping staff in the evenings as a queen size bed for the children. Both beds were very comfortable; I even noticed how luxurious the pillows and linen were. Attention to detail was evident throughout.

The Elan was a quiet, stylish hotel and felt rather homely.

The rooms were very clean and the housekeeping service was excellent.

The Elan was a quiet, stylish hotel and felt rather homely. We were invited to free breakfast and a complimentary wine and cheese during the evening cocktail receptions.

There was a common dining and seating area which included free use of computers for guests.

The hotel is great value for families – it is tasteful, comfortable, clean, well-priced and in an excellent location.

For more information visit www.elanhotel.com