Seoul Revival

Writer Karen Fong | February 21, 2014


Having just celebrated its first anniversary, the Conrad Seoul has the honour of being the newest luxury hotel in the city. On the ninth floor, radiating a sense of quiet opulence, the Conrad SPA has seven single rooms, a couple’s room and a hydrotherapy room. Each room has a separate powder room and shower facilities, with two including a steam shower. Private relaxation spaces also give guests a beautiful view of Yeouido Park as well as access to an outdoor garden. The spa’s signature treatments, using Aromatherapy Associates products, are two hours long and focus on face, body or a combination of both, depending on the needs of the individual guest. Essentially Yours is the facial option, which includes a hand and scalp treatment to replenish and restore vitality to the skin.


Home to the Seoul Tower, Namsan turns beautiful shades of gold, red and orange in autumn, and blossoms to life with green in spring. The mountain makes for a nice stroll and is easily accessible by bus or subway.


An elegant escape from the city, the Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul features the brand’s signature in-room pools as well as breathtaking views of Namsan. The building was formerly the landmark Tower Hotel built in 1967 to commemorate the Korean War. Guests at the hotel are automatically considered club members and are given access to the facilities that include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna, driving range, tennis court, and the members-only restaurants The Festa Bistro & Bar and Granum Dining Lounge. The Banyan Tree SPA features 11 treatment rooms, including five deluxe singles, four deluxe rooms and two spa suites. Each room features private steam facilities and relaxation areas. The spa suites also have the brand’s signature Rainmist rooms for the Tropical Rainmist experience. In addition to signature treatments, the spa also offers Korean influenced treatments as well as facials by luxury brand La Prairie, in answer to the city’s search for results-oriented treatments. Highlights include the signature Korean green tea scrub, which buffs away dead skin cells gently for a glowing finish. The green tea comes from a farm in Boseong, a town famous for its green tea production. Its healing properties are particularly soothing for sensitive skin.

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