Everyone across the globe is united by one common dream: the dream of living a healthy and balanced life. As cities and countries worldwide continue to evolve and industrialize at a sometimes alarming rate, people are increasingly seeking a quiet retreat from their busy, hectic lives. This desire to find refuge in nature has resulted in the creation of various types of spas, which are now (somewhat ironically) among some of Korea's major travel destinations. So kick back and relax and continue reading for more on spas in Korea—hotel spas, resort spas, day spas, and medical spas. You're sure to find the perfect type of spa for you!
Hotel spas are the ultimate experience in indulgence and offer customers an array of luxury spa products and services. Though initially offered as a subsidary service for hotel guests, hotel spa services have come into their own and now cater to an ever increasing number of outside guests.
Guerlain Spa is a joint venture between The Shilla Seoul, a leading hotel in Korea, and the French cosmetics brand Guerlain. At the spa, one of ten professional therapists trained at the headquarters of Guerlain in France meet with each client and recommend the best treatment program for each individual.
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A luxury Oriental spa, the Banyan Tree Spa is famous for massages and treatments based on traditional Oriental therapy. The Seoul location is one of 60 or so Banyan Tree Spas worldwide and offers all of the spa chain's major treatments, including its signature Royal Banyan and traditional Thai massage.
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Based on the concept of 'a garden in the city,' The Spa offers clients high-quality hotel spa services at reasonable prices. Spa treatments are customizable based on each guest's physical makeup and personal preferences, leaving the choice of background music, aroma oil, and even after-treatment tea to each customer.
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Located on a hill overlooking the Hangang River, Away Spa is a unique space that combines soothing white walls with tastefully-placed neon lights. The spa's signature treatment, called 'Awayssage' is a whole body treatment using the product 'Marine Bowler,' made of lavender petals and warm salt, which eases tension from the body and mind.
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Featuring a swimming pool filled with hot spring water and a number of other amenities, the Marquis Thermal Spa & Fitness Club is the top facility of the JW Marriot Hotel in Seoul and is the largest fitness club in Asia. The Therapy Center offers a wellbeing program that combines Western and Korean traditional massage methods and uses top organic massage ingredients.
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The Plaza Spa Club of Hotel The Plaza, which overlooks the Seoul Plaza in downtown Seoul, is a luxury medical spa with a convenient urban location. A range of customized programs are available, including a rejuvenation program for office workers and a treatment program for men.
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The Spa Hasta of the Sheraton Incheon Hotel applys an 'environmentally-friendly' concept throughout its interior and exterior decor and includes natural elements in every corner of the facility. One of the most popular treatments is the romantic 'One & Only Spa Journey,' a one-day, two-night therapeutic spa program for couples.
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Located in Busan's famous Haeundae Beach area, the Le Bois Spa at Paradise Hotel Busan has five outdoor hot springs with waters of 40 to 44 degrees Celcius. The Hinoki Tub is a tub made from 150 year-old wood imported from Japan that gives off a unique and earthy aroma. The spa is popular for its open view of the sky and Oryukdo and Dongbaekseom islands.
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Located inside the sauna of the Lotte Hotel, de L Spa features individual and couple rooms, an aqua room with an aquabed, and a hydroroom with an aroma whirlpool. In the Real Aroma Whole Body Therapy, customers can pick the aroma oil of their choice, which relieves stress and relaxes the body as it is quickly absorbed into the skin.
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As a reflection of the basic natural elements of Jeju Island, Aqua View Spa offers spa treatments that fall under the themes of water, stone, and air. The Hydrotherapy has anti-aging effects and includes a body scrub using sea salt, sugar cane, or seaweed. Followup treatment includes a facial using mandarin orange that expels the accumulated toxins from the body and supplys moisture and nutritients to the skin.
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Located in the Jungmun Tourist Resort, the Seaes Hotel & Resort has an elegant layout that is ideal for guests looking for privacy. The individual thatched cottage guestrooms provide a unique accommodation option. Visitors can rent out the Spa & Sauna for a private gathering with their family, friends, or loved one and resort guests are given a 20% discount.
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The Spa Ara of Haevichi Hotel & Resort, located on the southeastern coast of Jeju, offers a spa experience based on the local folk culture. Its therapeutic treatments are unique and use traditional local Jeju massage, acupressure, and moxibustion techniques. Natural local ingredients are used for both baths and packs.
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The exterior of the Ramada Plaza Jeju Hotel faintly resembles that of a luxury cruise ship, an image that is enhanced by the hotel's seaside location. Helios Spa Center is located on the sixth floor (overlooking the ocean) and contains a sauna, fitness club, yoga room, and swimming pool. The center offers various programs, including the Jeju Natural Sea Water therapy, an aroma therapy program using pine needles, and a basalt stone therapy treatment.
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