“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives,” wrote Annie Dillard. But replace the “how” in this equation with “where” and you have the predominant thought running through the minds of most potential homeowners.
More and more, luxury real estate buyers are looking for amenities that exist as an extension of a residence to determine whether it’s the place for them. That includes everything from a place to do daily exercise to access to nature and the quality of the air and light both inside and out. Because it’s not just a home you’re buying, it’s also the environment and lifestyle that come with it. The approach is a holistic one that centres wellness and joy just as much as everything else.
From an organic farm-to-table restaurant in Belize to a serene indoor garden outfitted with private thermal pools and a spa on the shores of Lake Austin, Four Seasons Private Residences offer world-class wellness amenities, privacy and a dedication to intuitive, personalized service in Residences throughout the world. Wellness-minded buyers take note – here are some of the most impressive features and amenities you’ll find at Four Seasons:
A private island with Four Seasons service? Yes, please! Set on 280 pristine acres (113 hectares) featuring six miles of white-sand beaches, Caye Chapel is the first private island managed by Four Seasons in the Americas. Here you’ll find a brand-new resort – slated to open in 2024 – along with private residences, a Greg Norman-designed golf course, a marina and the on-site Fabien Cousteau Nature and Conservation Institute, all surrounded by nationally protected marine wildlife reserves.
A dedication to conservation is at the heart of this island community, and owners at Four Seasons Private Residences Caye Chapel, Belize, can enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds them while also investing in its protection and its future. Sustainable practices such as replanting native flora, a solar electricity program, sustainably caught seafood and an on-site organic garden that supplies the island restaurants with fresh produce all serve to nurture a healthy, mutually beneficial relationship between the community and the island itself. Residents can explore and learn about incredible dive sites such as the Great Blue Hole; try out a variety of water activities; or take it easy with yoga sessions, a day at the spa or a relaxing afternoon on the beach enjoying in the fresh island breeze. If you’re looking to reconnect with nature, absorb the healing properties of water and tap into the island way of life, Caye Chapel is a tropical escape you can feel good about.
Having a place in the country looks a little different than you might expect at
Four Seasons Private Residences Lake Austin. This standalone residential property – meaning it’s not attached to a hotel or resort – is perched high up on a secluded cliffside overlooking Lake Austin, with views of downtown Austin just a glance away. Developer Jonathan Coon has a singular vision for this beautiful stretch of 145 acres (59 hectares) in Texas Hill Country, one where sustainability, high-end design and environmental stewardship all work together to create a curated, frictionless lifestyle.
To achieve that vision, the amenities here are just as big a selling feature as the incredible setting. Residents at Lake Austin will have access to private wellness, spa, beauty and fitness experiences on-site, along with plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Orangerie, a lush indoor garden featuring an 82-foot (25 metre) pool plus ample areas for yoga and meditation, leads to a state-of-the-art Athletic Center with private training rooms, two squash courts, a full-size indoor basketball court, an indoor clay tennis court, an outdoor tennis court, four dedicated indoor pickleball courts, two golf simulators, and a children’s gym and play area. A private spa and beauty salon are also on-site.
Outside, the main draw is the waterfront. Residents can hop on a glass-walled funicular for a two-minute, air-conditioned ride down to the lake and private marina, a setting so untouched that this is the only way you can access it. Once there, a 3,500-square-foot private Lake Clubhouse and owners-only boat slips help facilitate your lakeside fun. On Lake Austin, getting out of the city comes with so much more than peace and quiet (though you’ll have that, too).
Just a quick flight away from many major U.S. cities, Cabo San Lucas remains on the hot list for luxury buyers. The pace here is fun-loving yet laid-back, providing a refreshing break from the typical day-to-day. Four Seasons Private Residences Cabo San Lucas at Cabo del Sol aims to give residents the tools they need to create a more intentional way of life guided by nature and a sense of adventure. Comprised of 61 private residences, its village-like layout features access to one of the most swimmable beaches in the area on one side, along with a rugged mountain landscape on the other. This setting, coupled with attentive Four Seasons service, makes it easy to settle into a feeling of wonder and well-being.
Like at every Four Seasons Private Residence, all the details are taken care of for you, such as pre-arrival grocery shopping and transportation assistance. This luxury of time frees owners up to experience Cabo San Lucas to the fullest. Recharge with a customized spa treatment either in the spa or in your villa, indulge in farm- and sea-to-table cuisine, challenge yourself to try a new sport, or just take a moment to sink into gratitude as you sip your morning coffee on your private terrace overlooking the Sea of Cortez.
If it’s tranquility you seek, Four Seasons Private Residences Kyoto offers a unique setting to achieve it. This collection of 57 exclusive residences was designed to maximize the art of kutsurgoi, a state of pure relaxation, by blending contemporary Japanese style with old-world charm along with panoramic views of the nearby Kiyomizu Temple and the 800-year-old Shakusui-en pond garden.
Practicing mindfulness here is easy, whether it’s sitting on your terrace admiring the cherry blossoms in the spring, wandering the tree- and water-lined paths of the pond garden, or savouring every moment of a traditional tea ceremony at Shakusui-tei in the Tea House. Owners also have access to all of the amenities and dining options at Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, including the Michelin-starred Sushi Wakon where you can sample dishes at the 8-metre long sushi counter, handcrafted out of a single piece of Japanese cypress some 200 years ago.
So much of wellness has to do with balance, and Four Seasons Private Residences Bahrain Bay gives owners an ideal mix of privacy and proximity to big city life. These residences occupy an enviable setting right on the waterfront of Bahrain Bay, a secluded enclave that feels like a world apart from the city that it overlooks. But nothing here is far out of reach. Owners can unwind at a residents-only outdoor pool, take in the views from the double-height windows as they exercise in the gym or relax with friends and family during a movie night in the private theatre.
The interiors themselves were designed to bring that oasis-like setting inside, amplifying the feeling of being connected to nature through double-height windows and the use of rich materials such as locally sourced mother-of-pearl inlay, marble and verde Guatemala stone. Furthering that balance of home and five-star hotel, all the resort-style amenities at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay are located right across a private bridge. A spa, world-class dining, family-friendly activities and a private beach are just a quick chauffeur-driven golf cart ride away.
Like in Bahrain, a home in a city setting doesn’t have to mean nature is out of reach. Four Seasons Private Residences New Cairo Capital at Madinaty plans to make the most of its surrounding park land: Its brand-new residences will feature expansive shaded private terraces while villas will be outfitted with their own private pools and spacious decks. Soaring ceilings, spa-like bathrooms and artistically minded interiors by Pierre-Yves Rochon also help to cultivate relaxation and reflection.
Residents can stroll through the gardens and along lakeside walkways en route to the private spa, stopping to find a quiet space to meditate or simply gather their thoughts before indulging in a wellness treatment. For those interested in more active ways to find their centre, residents can also enjoy the first-class sports facilities including a tennis court and multi-sport court (think basketball, handball and paddle tennis), as well as a high-tech gym, fitness classes and a dedicated aerobics area.
Your home should be your sanctuary. On top of all of these resort-style amenities,
Four Seasons Private Residences take care of all the details of homeownership in order to provide you with the most hassle-free living experience. When you have the time and space to focus on you, tending to your wellness needs can become the priority it should be. You focus on you and let Four Seasons focus on the rest.