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Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts: What to Know About A Leading Luxury Hotel Brand

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Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts: What to Know About A Leading Luxury Hotel Brand

Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Budapest, Hungary.

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Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts at a Glance:

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is one of the world's leading luxury hotel brands, with 95 properties in 38 countries as of March 2014. Four Seasons is rapidly expanding globally, with dozens of hotel projects in development.

Four Seasons is based in Toronto, Canada. It was founded in 1960 by Isadore Sharp, whose family is still prominent in Four Seasons. Sharp's first luxury hotel was the Four Seasons London, which opened in 1970. The company went public in 1986.

Some Four Seasons Hotels are fully owned by the brand, but it acts as a management company for many of its properties. In addition, Four Seasons owns residential properties in resort areas.

Where You Will Find Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts:

Four Seasons hotels are plentiful in the US and Canada. In addition, the company has a strong presence in capital and key cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Four Seasons Resorts are found in the world's most-wanted resort areas. These include Hawaii; French Polynesia; Koh Samui, Thailand; Bali; and the Maldives. Four Seasons offers one property in the Caribbean, Four Seasons Resort Nevis.

What Sets Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Apart:

Four Seasons is one of the world's most successful hotel companies for a reason: it does everything well. The brand claims extremely high guest loyalty because it is consistent. Guests expect and enjoy beautiful design; exceptional hotel service; and outstanding dining, spa, and golf options.

Four Seasons is not the only luxury hotel brand, or the only one with remarkable service. But Four Seasons' consistency is what gives it an edge. Despite the brand's rapid expansion and far-flung presence, there is no such thing as an underwhelming Four Seasons Hotel.

What Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Are Like:

Four Seasons properties range from boutique-style, smaller properties to large downtown hotels. Four Seasons hotels are very high-end in style, with lofty standards of design and furnishings. But there is no unifying style to their architecture and look.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts are intended to blend into and enhance their surroundings. So guests can expect handsome high-rises in New York and Toronto, "overwater bungalows" in Bora Bora; airy, white stucco villas in Punta Mita, Mexico; and shuttered villas in Nevis, the Caribbean.

Who Stays at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts:

Originally, many Four Seasosn guests were Canadian, then American and English, Today, the company claims a worldwide following of every stripe of luxury traveler: of all backgrounds and ages; senior executives, entrepreneurs, and prssperous private citizens; honeymoon couples (Four Seasons Bora Bora is 75% just-marrieds); families; golfers; skiers; spa aficionados; gourmets; design followers; and other tasteful travelers.

Golf, Spa, Beach, and Other Special Appeals at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts:

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts are sought out by various travelers for various reasons. Its big-city hotels cater to executive travelers and upscale leisure travelers. But Four Seasons also offers:

  • 25 beach and watersports resorts (Hawaii, California, Florida, Nevis, Mexico, Costa Rica, Seychelles, Maldives, Thailand, Bali, Bora Bora, Sydney, and more)
  • 15 golf resorts (US, Canada, Mexico, Nevis, France, Italy, and more)
  • 6 ski and wilderness resorts (US, Canada, Switzerland)
  • Dozens of spa resorts
  • Dozens of family-focuses resorts

Company Values at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts:

Four Seasons' core value is to honor, respect, and reward its employees. The company claims unusual personnel loyalty, and has various programs in place that permit its hotel managers and other staffers to work all over the globe.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is progressive in many ways. It has been a travel-industry pioneer in these areas:

  • Equality of the sexes; the company has had both male and female CEOs
  • Environmental commitment: Four Seasons resorts are moving toward sustainability, with advanced environmental programs; the company is also moving toward planting 10 Million Trees in the world
  • The company is very involved with cancer research

Four Seasons' Commitment to the Online & (& Mobile) Luxury Traveler:

Four Seasons was the first hotel brand to recognize the importance of online media to luxury travelers' research and planning. Proof: you're on this page right now!

Today, Four Seasons hotels are very easy to contact and book online and in various apps. (Some urls are given just below.)

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