The best Four Seasons hotels & resorts in the world include Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, Four Seasons Lanai and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Hawaii, Four Seasons Whistler, Four Seasons Shanghai At Pudong and Four Seasons Los Cabos. Specifically, in Europe, you will find Four Seasons hotels in Baku, Budapest, Florence, French Riviera (Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat), Geneva, Hampshire, Istanbul at Sultanahmet, Istanbul at the Bosphorus, Lisbon, London at Park Lane, London at Ten Trinity Square, Madrid, Megève, Milan, Moscow, Paris, Prague and St Petersburg.
Within Europe, I am a huge fan of the Four Seasons in Florence in Italy and the Four Seasons up the road in Milan. Although there’s no Four Seasons in Venice and no Four Seasons in Rome, the two Italian Four Seasons are excellent and some of the best in Europe. There are two wonderful Four Seasons in France, three in England and many beyond. In fact, all the European Four Seasons hotels are wonderful and we have picked our top 10 best Four Seasons in Europe below.
Wherever you go in the world, Four Seasons rooms will be large and luxurious, the bathrooms, in particular, are always enormous, even in the base rooms. Their cheapest rooms are still of an excellent size, standard and quality. In fact, they are usually identical to the rooms with a larger price tag and are often only differentiated from each other by the view.
Whichever Four Seasons Hotel or Resort you chose, get the following FREE benefits* at no extra cost, by booking via our luxury travel concierge:
- Breakfast for two people per bedroom
- Food and beverage credit or spa credit of USD100 per stay (where you can spend your credit depends on the hotel but the value is always $100)
- Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
- Complimentary basic Internet in all guest rooms
- Complimentary welcome gift (usually a box of chocs, bottle of wine etc)
Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (this usually excludes suites)
1. Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel
Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons hotel is the only luxury hotel air-conditioned glass lift down to their beach club (that I have come across) in the world. This Willy Wonka lift along with the large saltwater pool (pictured above), beautiful gardens and, IMHO, the best terrace for sitting out on and drinking and eating through the day and into the evening, means that Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel is our best choice in Europe and a must for your bucket list.
The Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotel, is actually located in France between Nice and Monaco. It sits at the tip of the Cap-Ferrat peninsula, facing the Mediterranean, in a private 17-acre estate with pine trees and flowers of a thousand colours. The hotel has just 49 double rooms and 24 Suites which have been entirely renovated and redecorated by the famous designer Pierre-Yves Rochon. It has an 8500-square-foot spa with indoor swimming pool, indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor gym, Jacuzzi, saunas, steam rooms and spa gardens.
This luxury hotel is open from March to November, and you will find the best deals here at the end of March and start of November. The spectacular Club Dauphin, with an Olympic-sized heated seawater swimming pool, is open throughout the season and the hotel has two restaurants under the direction of Michelin-starred Chef Yoric Tièche, who reinvents Provençal and Mediterranean dishes using the freshest of ingredients, some from the Hotel’s gardens. There is also the bar where you can enjoy a bite and a drink.
My lasting memory of a stay at this hotel, is sitting on that magical terrace, watching the distant ships pass by at the end of the Cap Ferrat peninsula, while twinkling planes negotiate the skies above, on their way into Nice airport. I love smelling the greenery in the gorgeous gardens, at the end of a hot day under the Mediterranean sun and of course, sipping a beer as live jazz plays into the starry night. If you have a soul, you cannot fail to fall in love with this hotel and the person you share it with.
2. Four Seasons Florence, Italy
Four Seasons Florence in Italy is a great place to stay. It is also the perfect venue for your wedding or a romantic break and this hotel has at least two amenities that are very rare in Florence; an 11-acre private park and an on-site spa.
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze takes luxury living to new heights in this Renaissance capital. Original frescoes and reliefs grace the walls, while outside a centuries-old private park invites quiet exploration. The Uffizi and Duomo are just a short stroll away.
Your room will either be in the 16th-century Conventino, formerly a convent, or the 15th-century Palazzo della Gherardesca, once a palace. No two of the 116 bright guestrooms are alike. As for the spa, it boasts an outdoor swimming pool, whirlpool and myriad treatments.
If your budget allows, splurge on the Duomo Suite for a truly romantic night. You may never want to leave the room!
3. Four Seasons Hotel London At Ten Trinity Square, England
Set in the heart of the City, overlooking Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, Four Seasons Hotel London At Ten Trinity Square is as impressive inside as it is from the outside. This Four Seasons Hotel is one of the best luxury hotels in London and is located in a 1922 Grade-II listed former Port of London Authority HQ, opposite the Tower of London.
The grand lobby lies at the heart of the hotel, which hosts all-day dining and afternoon tea and drinks under a backlit art-deco style dome. Off this hall are two restaurants, Le Dame de Pic, from Michelin-starred French chef Anne-Sophie Pic and an Asian restaurant serving Chinese and Japanese food. All the communal areas of this hotel are particularly stunning and steeped in history as you can see from the photo above.
The hotel has just 100 rooms, including 11 suites, so is boutique in size. Executive rooms have separate living areas and can sleep a family of four, while nine Heritage suites on the ground floor boast ceilings at least five metres high.
The lower-ground floor is home to a 1,600 sqm spa with eight treatment rooms, including a hammam suite, plus a 14-metre pool. The wood-panelled UN ballroom is THE event space in the city and has views over the Tower, Tower Bridge and the Thames.
This Four Seasons hotel is probably the most highly luxurious Four Seasons in London, and is certainly one of the best Four Seasons in England, but in terms of location for shopping, the parks and theatreland (Soho etc), the Four Seasons Hotel London At Park Lane (below) is best.
3. Four Seasons Hotel London At Park Lane, England
Four Seasons Hotel London At Park Lane is a beautiful property in a modern building. The foyer of the Four Seasons London is decadently attired in black marble and warm burgundy reds.
The rooms are exactly what you would expect from a Four Seasons and exactly what you’d wish for from a hotel of this calibre. Beautifully finished, perfectly appointed. Your every need is catered for.
The decor in the rooms is traditional and classy, with a plush feel. Objet d’art are scattered throughout with black and white prints of stars from the past hanging from the walls. The decor is a mix of warm golds, browns and deep reds. Bathrooms are black shiny marble and luxurious. Each of their rooms have been recently refurbished so the whole hotel feels brand spankingly new!
Even the plush corridors are worth a mention. Adorned with photos of glamorous stars in the vain of Marylin Munroe, they feel safe and luxurious (you need to use your room key to get the lift to take you up to the corridors and rooms).
In fact, even though this isn’t a small hotel, the Four Seasons London has the feel of a large boutique hotel with just the right number of rooms and with that “just right” lighting level everywhere – you look fabulous but can still see!
Four Seasons Hotel London At Park Lane is a wonderful place to be, whether you are staying or just popping in for a drink at their bar.
4. Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, England
If you are looking for immaculate British history, look no further. Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire is located in Dogmersfield Park which has been home to Bishops, Lords and Baronets and has hosted Kings and Queens over the last ten centuries. In fact, the first record of the Estate which now makes up the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire dates back to 1086.
For the following 700 years, the Estate passed between the Crown and Church before becoming a family home, then a billeting for airman during World War II as well as being a school. In 2005 this manor house became a Four Seasons hotel and this beautiful house sits on the top of a hill looking out over the endless fields and rolling hills of middle England.
Things to love about this hotel are the activities, from shooting to biking to horseriding to hiking down to the lake, this Four Seasons will satisfy the country gentleman (or lady) in you. It also has a beautiful adult’s indoor-outdoor pool flanked with stylish loungers, and excellent ESPA spa and the Shark reef pool with a massive red slide and loads of sprayers, an absolute highlight for the kids.
The hotel itself is classic in design in the bedrooms, classy marble and dark woods in the foyer and entrance lounges and the Wild Carrot bar and restaurant offers a chic and stylish place to eat and drink with tropical green wallpaper, lots of dark woods and a beautiful terrace which leads onto the lawns and is the perfect place to watch the sunset.
If you are in England, experience the best of town and country at the Four Seasons Hotels in London and in Hampshire. Combine the best of both worlds! Our concierge team can help you plan your Town & Country experience to ensure you make the most of both locations.
5. Four Seasons Paris Georges V, France
For stylish sophistication in Europe, pick Four Seasons Paris Georges V in Paris or Four Seasons Cap Ferrat (South of France). Paris is the city of love, and the Four Seasons in Paris has one of the best hotel pools in Paris, whilst the suite at this Four Seasons has one of the best hotel rooms with a view of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Just steps from the Champs-Elysées, on the Georges V Avenue, Four Seasons Hotel George V features private terraces with commanding Paris city views, signature lavish flower displays imagined by Jeff Leatham, top-of-the-line spa treatments and Michelin-awarded dining. The rooms are palatial rooms and suites, many with private terraces overlook the city of Paris.
6. Four Seasons Geneva, Switzerland
The Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva is one of the best luxury hotels in Geneva. This luxury hotel will never make it into my list of the cheapest Four Seasons hotels in the world because Geneva is expensive and this hotel sits at the very top of the luxury options in this lakeside city.
The Four Seasons Geneva is a lakefront property located in the heart of this Swiss city. Geneva airport is a short drive away, around 20-30 minutes in a taxi. The hotel itself is slap bang in the middle of the Geneva you can walk everywhere.
Geneva is a year-round destination. Summer is balmy and ideal for romantic walks around the lake and boat trips across the lake. Autumn is a misty and romantic time to visit with the leaves falling off the trees. Spring is also an uplifting tie to visit, but it can get awfully cold in the winter, so I would always choose to visit late spring, summer or early autumn to hedge my bets with the weather.
There are two entrances to Four Seasons Geneva, one at the front of the building overlooking the lake, where the supercars drop off the high-net-worth guests. This rotating door leads onto a grand marble foyer which is so swish, it will really blow you away.
The superb restaurant, Il Lago, forms the other entrance to this Four Seasons hotel. This restaurant in itself is a reason to stay at this magnificent hotel. Hand on heart, it’s the best restaurant I have ever eaten in!
The hotel itself is a mass of magnificent and historic corridors leading onto majestic bars and lounges, all encased in marble and dark woods. It offers a playground for the wealthy bankers and rich tourists. Rooms are just as immaculate and historic as down below. At the Four Seasons Geneva the rooms are beautiful and historic.
Standard rooms are the base rooms and offer the best deal whilst still taking advantage of the incredible experience of staying at a Four Seasons hotel. They are smaller than the Superior rooms at 36m2 but are still classic and beautiful. The larger Superior (25 – 29 M2) and Delux (32 – 36 M2) rooms are less cheap and consequently offer an even better experience with more space. It is worth requesting the largest room in each category.
The Loft Studio is particularly cute in the eaves of the building with a 6th-floor view. It pairs an ergonomic workspace with the views of Geneva so you can look out at the view while working. A superbly appointed marble bathroom which is around the same size as the room (enormous!) has a large vanity, a European soaking tub, an oversized rain shower and a private hammam. This room can also take 2 adults plus one crib which is useful if you travel with your baby.
A decadent spa and an elegant swimming pool offer superb rooftop views across the lake, making this the perfect hotel place to relax. Loungers face the view and with so few hotels in Geneva offering pools, this pool is a great feature of this Four Seasons. It is worth mentioning that the Kempinski Geneva also has a fabulous pool although the rooms do not match the Four Seasons level of luxury.
The Il Lago restaurant is a “must do,” whether you stay at this Four Seasons or not. It spills out a decked area that overlooks one of the prettiest streets in Geneva. The decking is protected by olive trees and flowers, candlelit and romantic, whilst still is undoubtedly in the heart of Geneva.
Sounds of clip-clopping horse-drawn carriages mix with the farty exhausts of the occasional Ferrari (which all, by the way, seemed to be stopping by the Four Seasons), but somehow the protective olive trees and greenery simultaneously whisked to a romantic garden on a Tuscan hillside. Read more about the food in my full restaurant review of Il Lago At Four Seasons Geneva to find out how good it is.
In the winter you eat inside in the historic dining room which offers old European charm and the same incredible fine dining, but if you can, visit in the summer as the alfresco experience is truly fantastic.
This alfresco eaterie is just across the water from historic lakeside buildings which stand to attention, topped with sparkling letters from Cartier, Hublot and Rolex, which light up the night sky.
7. Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul At The Bosphorus, Turkey
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus (on the European bank) feels like a palace because it was originally a beautiful 19th-century Ottoman palace. This Four Seasons hotel is well located for exploring the famous Dolmabahçe Palace, a few buildings away, along with the Naval Museum and Yıldız Park, a steeply sloped park with pretty pavilions.
The Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus is badly located for public transport, but you can taxi to the transport hub of Kabataş and then tram across the Galata Bridge to the Old City and take the funicular up to Taksim Square.
This waterfront palace offers decadent dining venues providing views of the Asian shore, while the urban day spa boasts a Turkish hammam, famous for its purity and cleansing rituals. The highlight is the wide terrace decked in comfy seating, where you can sit out and enjoy watching the boats criss-cross the Bosphorus strait and look over to the hills on the other side, in Asia.
In the evening, you can dine alfresco on the terrace in the Italian restaurant Aqua and the bar area is lit by a large tikki torch. It is utterly atmospheric. Aqua is also where you have breakfast. It has an indoor section for the colder weather, but in the summer is a wonderful place to munch through the generous Four Seasons buffet breakfast.
145 guestrooms and 25 suites all have windows that open to the sea breezes, contemporary mahogany furnishings and handpainted ceilings. “Palace” rooms in the older buildings are the ones to choose and these have been stunningly preserved. Two more modern buildings house the remaining rooms and suites.
Standard rooms can be found in the two modern buildings and offer views through large windows onto the courtyard. We like the rooms in the Palace building. The ones to pick are those looking onto the Bosphorus with large floor-to-ceiling windows, high ceilings and marble bathrooms. Children are welcome in all Four Seasons hotels and free rollaway beds, high chairs and cots are provided free of charge.
There is a pretty waterside outdoor pool (pictured above), a whirlpool tub and decking plastered with deeply plush loungers, which are positioned to make the most of the views. It is a great and sophisticated place for families and couples to hang out together between May and October. An indoor pool is ideal for the rest of the year and offers attractive lighting and grand pillars for an atmospheric swim. A large fitness room will keep you fit.
8. Four Seasons Resort, Megève, French Alps
Situated in Megève in the French Alps, the Four Seasons Megeve is the only hotel located on the slopes of Mont d’Arbois, five minutes from the village centre. This is one of the best ski hotels in Europe.
Megève is superbly pretty but low lying, so be careful when you book. This is not a ski resort you want to visit in November or April as you are unlikely to find brilliant conditions, much like the expensive but lovely Gstaad. However, Megeve does, however, have direct access to more than 400 km of ski slopes.
This Four Seasons hotel is the first to offer a Ski Valet and Ski Concierge service and Ski Safaris by helicopter, to allow skiers to discover more ski areas. A host of winter outdoor activities are available near the hotel, from snowboarding, dog sledging, rock climbing and ice sports such as hockey skating and curling.
9. Four Seasons Resort, Megève, French Alps
Following more than EUR 10 million in investments, a historic five star hotel is reborn as a Four Seasons experience. Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois, Megève, A Four Seasons Hotel, a cosy 41-room hotel located in the enchanting community of Megève, France, offers an exceptional opportunity to enjoy Alpine ambience with easy access to the valley’s numerous leisure activities.
Both Four Seasons hotels, and indeed Megève itself, are the legacy of the Edmond de Rothschild family. The meticulous restoration and refurbishment of Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois was personally overseen by Ariane de Rothschild, Chairwoman of the Board of the Edmond de Rothschild Group, in collaboration with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, famed for his interior design of Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris.
With three unique buildings to choose from, guests may enjoy a stay that suits their personal style, whether in the classic luxury and refined atmosphere of Chalet Noémie, the bohemian chic of Chalet Alice, or the more traditional Chalet Eve. Both Chalet Alice and Chalet Noémie are available for exclusive buyouts. Next season, Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois will unveil the Suite Idéal, a very special accommodation high up in the mountain wilderness, fully serviced by Four Seasons.
Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois is also home to Prima, the Michelin-starred restaurant helmed by Chef Nicolas Hensinger and overseen by Executive Chef Julien Gatillon of Michelin two-starred Le 1920, located within sister property Four Seasons Hotel Megève.
Additional on-site facilities include a welcoming lobby lounge and bar; a spa with treatment rooms, hammam, sauna and indoor/outdoor relaxation areas; a heated indoor-outdoor swimming pool; and in winter, a skating rink adjacent to Chalet Eve. Guests of both properties enjoy seamless access to all facilities, including preferred seating at restaurants, signing privileges, and transfers.
10. Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens, Greece
The dramatic new Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens opened in 2019 and is pictured above. In our opinion, this hotel is the very best luxury hotel in Athens. It is located on the newly revived Athens Riviera, on the end of a pine-covered peninsula in Vouliagmeni.
The eclectic and dynamic nature of Athens stretches from the city’s centre to its sun-kissed coastline and Blue Flag beaches. Amid the surrounds of nature and the deep blue sea, visitors can experience an entirely different pace along the Athenian Riviera. Families looking for a holiday that can be both fun-filled and educational, and couples who are beginning or renewing their lives together, can now do this in one of the world’s most romantic destinations.
Four Seasons offers the best of both worlds: a laid-back seaside escape just 30 minutes from the historical city centre. Discover the wonders of ancient civilization at the Acropolis, then return to Four Seasons to unwind and relax.
Located in the former legendary Astir Palace, a convenient 30 minutes from the airport, this 1960s landmark is an iconic destination that has welcomed VIPs, from foreign leaders to film stars. The secluded private beach inside the complex was the beach that Brigitte Bardot famously posed for photographers in her pink bikini in 1969.
Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens offers three private beaches strung together by a thousand foot (300 metre) boardwalk, three pools (free-form family pool, sleek infinity pool and indoor lap pool), five tennis courts, myriad watersports from windsurfing to sea kayaking plus a sunset sail every evening, an onsite basketball court and a golf club just steps away, extensive trails for jogging and walking, a fully-supervised complimentary Kids for All Seasons program housed in its own facility, boat access and even a helipad – in the words of Hotel Manager Panagiotis Sopiadis, “need we say more?”
“If you’ve ever had to make the tough decision between staying in Athens or going to an island resort, Four Seasons Astir Palace has it covered in one seaside destination.”
Dining at Four Seasons: An International Tour Begins with Contemporary Greek Cuisine. Helmed by Executive Chef Bertrand Valegeas who brings more than a quarter century’s experience in kitchens all over the world, the Hotel’s culinary offering is as diverse as Greek culture.
Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens also offers the lobby gathering place Astron Lounge and Terrace for light fare, afternoon tea and cocktails; the elegant Avra Lounge and Terrace; and the Hotel’s homage to the Astir Palace’s golden age at Aristotle’s cigar and cognac lounge. Four Seasons also offers chairside food and beverage service at its outdoor pools and beaches.
The Spa at Four Seasons offers a comprehensive menu of treatments and services attuned to modern life. The Fountain House is their hydrotherapy zone inspired by ancient Greek traditions updated in state-of-the-art facilities that include an aroma steam grotto, hammam, vitality pool and chill showers. Experienced spa goers will delight in their innovative, results-oriented treatments, while those in serious need of relaxation and pampering will be very well taken care of.
Housed in two distinct buildings and a collection of private bungalows, accommodation options at Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel range from light-filled rooms and suites to ultra-exclusive garden cottages.
At Arion with its modernist architecture and retro-chic design, guests will find a laid back vibe expressed in breezy rooms and suites. Four of the Hotel’s restaurants and lounges are also here, along with the Spa and indoor pool.
At Nafsika, azure sea views dominate every room and suite – including some with private pools. The social hub Avra Lounge and Terrace is here along with two other restaurants, the fitness centre and several luxury boutiques.
For guests seeking more space and privacy, and perhaps a little nostalgia, Four Seasons offers The Bungalows, originally built in the early 1960s, and now reborn with a fresh look and up-to-date amenities for today’s travellers.
Book a stay here with our luxury travel concierge for exclusive free upgrades, free breakfasts, free hotel credit and VIP gifts.
11. Four Seasons Madrid
This is the newest Four Seasons in Europe and is about to open. After a seven-year reconceptualisation and meticulous restoration of a collection of seven historic buildings, the new Four Seasons Hotel Madrid is now confirming reservations for arrivals beginning May 15, 2020.
The Hotel, the first Four Seasons in Spain, offers 200 rooms and suites. Hotel guests and locals will find a four-level spa retreat capped by a sky-lit indoor pool and sun terrace looking out across Madrid’s rooftops. The spa will be the largest in the city, offering eight treatment rooms plus a salon and 24/7 fitness centre.
For dining, Spanish celebrity Chef Dani Garcia will unveil Dani, a new concept from the three Michelin-starred chef, with an unmatched rooftop setting. A gastro bar will continue to move forward the tapas trend that began in Spain, adding modern Asian flavours paired with cutting-edge cocktails. The Hotel will also offer a bar and lounge adjacent to the lobby.
In this truly pedestrian-friendly city, most of the main points of interest are within a 20-minute walk, including three of the world’s best museums – the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Guests can also easily access Retiro Park with its incredible Glass Palace and endless pathways amid trees, fountains and ponds, and the Galería Canalejas luxury shopping mall.
So what of the other cities in Europe, what if I want to stay in Amsterdam, Brussels, Salzburg, Hamburg, Venice or any other city which doesn’t have a Four Seasons? Where Should I Stay?
Well, we have an answer for you in Venice. The best luxury hotels in Venice include The St. Regis and the Gritti Palace which are part of the Marriott Bonvoy group, but we think the hotel that is most like a Four Seasons hotel is the Belmond Cipriani, an other-worldly resort with a gorgeous pool in Venice.
Here are some more of the best Four Seasons resorts in the world that we have reviewed:
*benefits offered were correct at time of writing but may be amended at the hotel’s discretion.
Disclosure: Most reviews are sponsored by the proprietor or brand being appraised. All opinions remain our own & are in no way influenced.