Seoul Revival

Writer Karen Fong | February 21, 2014


An area that needs no introduction, Gangnam is known for its cosmopolitan luxury. Around the area, luxury shoppers can visit the Rodeo Drive of the city at Apgujeong, while those looking for a more interesting experience can visit the cafes and boutiques of Garosu-gil where the beautiful people hang out.


On a subtle corner across from the COEX Mall, Park Hyatt Seoul is the perfect place for quiet luxury. Each of the hotel’s 185 minimalist- chic rooms boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, wood finishes and a spa-inspired bathroom with Aesop amenities, a deep-soaking tub and a granite stone wall shower. The exclusive Park Club Spa boasts just three rooms and offers treatments designed under four natural themes: Namu signifies renewal, Mul is hydrate, Dol is for detox and Korean is for energising. The Namu Signature Massage is a relaxing, rhythmical massage that rejuvenates the whole body as the therapist uses the whole palm (as opposed to just fingers), creating a butterfly movement that works best for stretching. Another signature, the Korean Brightening Facial, uses Natura Bissé to exfoliate dead skin with the brand’s Glyco Peeling product, followed by a massage and an application of the Diamond Ice-Life mask. The result is a skin-firming, brightening look that increases the levels of hydration.



Located in Central City, an area across the Han river, the JW Marriott Hotel Seoul boasts nine restaurants and extensive recreational facilities, including an indoor putting green, driving range, a six-lane swimming pool, scuba diving training pool and a 280-foot indoor jogging track. Soaking tubs and pools are supplied by a natural spring located 2,000 feet below the hotel, which is rich in minerals. The Marquis Thermal Spa is one of the city’s largest spas and offers a range of treatments from Comfort Zone. Popular choices are the anti-ageing treatments, including the Gold – Soin Collagen White Treatment, a facial that infuses collagen and vitamin C into the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by 40 per cent.


Near the popular Namdaemun night market and City Hall area, The Plaza is in the heart of the city and is easily accessible by metro and bus. Newly renovated in 2010, the boutique-style business hotel offers sleek modern rooms with beautiful views and amenities designed for ease and convenience. The Plaza Spa Club is in a separate building from the rooms on the top floor and offers a range of relaxing and medical-type treatments. The spa offers seven treatment rooms, including a couple’s room and a spa suite that includes its own private powder room, therapeutic hydro bath and private lounge. In addition to a range of traditional massages and facials, the spa is known for offering medi-spa options, including laser treatments for wrinkles, whitening and improving the skin’s texture, as well as Botox, nutritional analysis and hair growth programmes.

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