Seoul Revival

Writer Karen Fong | February 21, 2014


The Grand Hyatt Seoul is both a leisure and business hotel with extensive facilities and dining options. The Spa constantly develops new treatments to best suit both local and international guests. “In Korea, people are very concerned with skin and hair,” says Spa Director Sue Yoon, who also notes that most Korean men and women have a seven-step skincare routine at minimal. “Koreans are always looking for something new,” she adds. “Results-oriented treatments and procedures that lift and firm are becoming more popular. For those looking to relax, treatments that use organic or more botanical/ herbal products are popular.” The Spa’s new Gold Plumping Facial uses Hungarian brand Omorovicza and its mineral-rich products to totally rejuvenate the skin, beginning with a plumping massage, followed by a copper-enriched lactic-acid peel to boost collagen and an anti-inflammatory gold serum to heal. A shimmering gold oil repairs the skin and also leaves it literally glittering.


Samsung’s flagship hotel property has just undergone major renovation by world-renowned designer Peter Remedios, making guest rooms more spacious, adding in a larger Executive lounge on the top floor and creating an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi area called the Urban Island. A beautiful key area of the hotel, the Urban Island features private luxury cabanas, a bistro and bar, tanning facilities, Jacuzzis and a Finnish sauna. Still a massive draw, the Guerlain Spa offers the French brand’s indulgent two-hour Orchidée Imperiale Prestige Treatment and the 90-minute Abeille Royale Expert Treatment, both using famed products known for their visible results. Massages can be experienced in one- to two-hour slots and range from Deep Tissue to Shiatsu. For a detox experience, try the Aesthetic Drainage massage that combines gentle, rhythmic pressure to clear the lymphatic system.

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