Seoul Revival

Writer Karen Fong | February 21, 2014

Offering much more than entertainment and a bit of nip and tuck, Seoul is one of the most visited destinations in Asia. Prepare to be thrilled and soothed as you discover the impressive spas in this capital of beauty treatments.

Something about the city of Seoul just screams vibrant energy.


From its late-night, never-closing malls to its many Korean barbeque joints (also open late), the city seems to pulsate with a youthful energy. At the same time, relaxation and, of course, beauty are deeply ingrained in the culture. Late-night shopping and drinking can often lead to soaking time in local jimjilbangs (bath houses), massages and facial treatments that delve into Korea’s famous herb lore, or intense, results-oriented treatments, which are coming on to the scene in many of the city’s top hotels. Overall, it’s a city to look and feel your best in, whether strolling the chic streets of Garosu-gil, shopping it up with the youngsters in Hongdae or joining the very fit elderly for a hike up Namsan.



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This former airport, now turned into green island space in the west of Seoul, plays home to the city’s main financial district as well as major shopping mall, the International Finance Centre and many of Korea’s top broadcasting corporations.



AEQUALIS SPA AT SHERATON SEOUL D CUBE CITY HOTEL


This eco-friendly Sheraton has 269 rooms, including 12 suites each with Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed and 42-inch LCD TV. Located in D-Cube City, a mixed-use complex that includes a department store and art centre, the hotel has a fun, youthful vibe. The MSpa International-operated Aequalis Spa is located on the 28th floor and focuses on treating the fatigued body and mind with targeted treatments from Elemis and Intraceuticals. The spa has seven treatment rooms, including a traditional Thai room, which is heated and used during scrubs and body treatments, and a Stone Bed room, which has energy health benefits for clients. The first spa to introduce Intraceuticals to Korea, the signature facial uses therapeutic-grade oxygen and hyaluronic acid technology to reveal brighter, healthier skin in just an hour.

www.sheratonseouldcubecity.co.kr

SOO SPA AT MARRIOTT EXECUTIVE APARTMENTS


Open for six years, the Marriott Executive Apartments are the most luxurious long-stay hotel rooms available in Seoul. And the loyalty of their guests (one who has stayed for as long as the hotel has been opened) attests to their level of service. A popular filming location for Korean dramas (as well as for recovering from plastic surgery, thanks to its ultra-private setting and all-inclusive rooms), each room is well-turned-out and features Aromatherapy Associates amenities. SOO Spa takes its name from a combined meaning of water, health and beauty, and features the city’s only head spa, which is particularly popular with the spa’s male guests. The head spa treatments use Leonor Greyl products from France and include a deep cleansing, steam and hair mask. While the mask does its work, so does the therapist, who performs a full body massage and then later finishes off the treatment with a shampoo and wash of your now totally cleansed tresses.


www.marriott.com

Overall, it’s a city to look and feel your best in, whether strolling the chic streets of Garosu-gil, shopping it up with the youngsters in Hongdae or joining the very fit elderly for a hike up Namsan