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KOREA’S MOST UNIQUE ACCOMMODATIONS (4)

Beautiful Places With Picturesque Views

When a guest room is an art gallery in and of itself, you can enjoy art and culture from the comfort of your own room. Allow your mind and body to rest and be at peace. These hotels are so relaxing that they are not merely places to sleep; they are sometimes the very reason to travel.

Haevichi
Hotel & Resort Jeju해비치 호텔 & 리조트

Haevichi Hotel & Resort is a luxurious hotel and resort located by Pyoseon coast on Jejudo Island. The beauty of this part of Jejudo Island was captured in a recent Korean TV show that was filmed in this area. Indeed, the view of the sea from here is breathtaking.
The hotel and the resort are built next to each other. Hotel rooms are available in Standard, Executive and Suite, with Executive guests given access to the spectacular ninth floor lounge, which offers a continental breakfast in the morning and tea and refreshments throughout the day. Wine, cocktails and other drinks are served during happy hour from 5 to 7 every evening.

The resort offers two types of rooms, Standard and Suite. Unlike the rooms at the hotel, both types come outfitted with a kitchen, helping the room feel more like home. The outdoor pool is warm even in the winter, allowing guests to swim outside all year round. The indoor pool features a baby pool and Jacuzzi so children can swim in a safe environment. There is also a spa, where professionally trained staff members provide the highest quality of care.

For families traveling with children, Haevichi has a Kids’ Experience Zone offering a number of fun classes, including making paper dolls and wooden accessories, and painting T-shirts. All classes cost 15,000 won and are offered every day in the atrium of the hotel.
And what good is a hotel and resort without great food? Haevichi has that covered as well, with a variety of restaurants, a bar that features live music, and a bakery. There are also a number of restaurants and seafood places not far from Haevichi. After dinner, many guests enjoy walking along the shore at Pyoseon Beach, which is just a hop, skip and a jump from the hotel.

information

Address : 537 Minsokhaean-ro, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju Special Self-governing Province
Tel : 064-780-8000
Website : www.haevichi.com
Rooms : Hotel: 288 rooms; Resort: 215 rooms
Hours : Check-in: 3pm / Check-out: 12pm
Services : Baby products rental, parcel services, etc.
On-site : Spa, business center, convenient store, souvenir shop, play room, outdoor pool, arcade, screen golf, fitness center, restaurant, etc.

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Sun Cruise
Resort & Yacht 썬크루즈 리조트 & 요트

Who says you need a body of water to take a cruise? There’s one place you can enjoy the same romantic feeling on land, and that’s Sun Cruise Resort & Yacht. Located in Jeongdongjin, this cruise-themed resort sits atop a hill, not the sea. The inside of the resort, which actually resembles a full-scale five-star cruise ship, will remind guests of what it feels like to be on the high seas. Indeed, the resort so resembles a cruise ship that it could, in theory, stay afloat if pushed into the sea.

Sun Cruise Resort & Yacht is situated in an area of eastern Korea that is said to afford some of the best sunrise views in the country. Every room above the third floor has a terrace that allows for a breathtaking vista. On top of the hotel and condominium rooms, there are eight suites available. The royal suite, set in the resort’s bow, boasts a commanding view of the East Sea through its windows. On the tenth floor is the Sky Lounge with a rotating floor, which allows visitors to enjoy a 360° view of the surrounding area. Horizon Restaurant, located on the eighth floor of the ship, offers both Korean and Western dishes, while the bakery in the lobby is known for its oven-fresh breads and cakes. With a theme park and a promenade nearby, there is something fun for everyone to do here.

Right next to the resort is Delaluz Yacht Club, which has real sailboats on hand. Enjoy a variety of marine sports, from yachting and kayaking to speed boating and parasailing.

information

Address : 50-10 Jeongdongjin-ri, Gangdong-myeon, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do Province
Tel : 033-610-7000
Website : www.esuncruise.com (Korean)
Rooms : 121 hotel rooms, 8 suites, 82 condos
Hours : Check-in: 2pm / Check-out: 12pm
Services : Hotel yacht club shuttle, special rates for yacht rental and other aquatic sports, etc.
On-site : Hotel yacht club shuttle, special rates for yacht rental and other aquatic sports, etc.

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Namoonjae 나문재

Namoonjae is a pension complex on a small island called Soeseom, which is located off the northeastern coast of Anmyeondo Island, Korea’s sixth largest. Anmyeondo Island, which is by the Yellow Sea, is connected to the mainland by a bridge that stops in Taean. Amazingly, the whole island has been turned into a European-style tourist resort, making it very popular among Korean and foreign tourists alike. It was named after a plant called “namoonjae” (seablite), which grows along the coast and turns from green to red every autumn.

Namoonjae is divided into two complexes, each located at the tip of the island. The spectacularly manicured garden is adorned with a number of interesting sculptures and the walkways between the two complexes allow guests to easily and comfortably tour the island.

The buildings of the first complex are surrounded by legions of trees and plants; from spring to fall, wildflowers can be seen blooming everywhere on the island.
Namoonjae is a theme-based pension with different concepts applied to each room, where bright colors and unique designs captivate the imagination and make staying here a true pleasure. The stunning interiors at both complexes are filled with fresh ideas. Whether you choose a standard or ondol (underfloor heating system) room, you are sure to enjoy yourself during your stay.

For the artistically inclined, Gallery Jun is worth visiting to check out its diverse assortment of ornaments and antique decorations. Also, Namoonjae Avocado Restaurant offers a whole range of family favorites, including pork cutlet and spaghetti, as well as a great salad bar. There is also an on-site bbq site by the sea and an outdoor pool for children.
Families with children often like exploring the shores of the Yellow Sea, which lies directly in front of Namoonjae.

information

Address : San 19 Changgiri 3-gu, Anmyeoneup, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do Province
Tel : 041-672-7634
Website : www.namoonjae.co.kr (Korean)
Rooms : 13 rooms
Hours : Check-in: 3pm / Check-out: 12pm
Services : Pick-up service until 5pm
On-site : Bbq site, gallery, outdoor pool, restaurant, pond, hiking trail, etc.

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Tropical Dream트로피칼드림

Tropical Dream is located near the beautiful Hallyeo Maritime National Park by Geojedo Island. At this modern resort-style pension designed for complete harmony with the surrounding nature, it is hard not to relax and take in the view.
As its name implies, Tropical Dream is full of palm trees, a plant not common in Korea. Located in the southern part of the country, it enjoys mild to warm temperatures all year round.
Designed by Professor Q.M. Min, the same architect who built the unique House of the Mind pension in Yangpyeong, Tropical Dream employs a similar architectural style. Modern and contemporary, it is built with exposed concrete, one of Min’s architectural trademarks. Also, this high-end resort-style pension boasts an interior design and decorations that are simple yet sophisticated. The pension was built to capture the idea of a warm tropical area, and the rooms accordingly bear names taken from tropical fruits, including mangosteen, coconut, papaya, and avocado – colors inspired by these fruits are used in the rooms as well. As a result, each room has its own character, ranging from majestic to upbeat.

All the rooms consist of five separate spaces, with each room affording a view of the sea. And, of course, you can enjoy a private spa in comfort of your own room.
The Avocado Room, for example, has an outdoor spa jutting out toward the sea. The Mangosteen Room consists of two areas connected by a hallway, with each room having a separate exit and passage to preserve guest privacy.
Geojedo Island is well known for its clear sea and blue sky. Even though it is not actually located in a tropical region, a warm and relaxing atmosphere can be felt throughout the pension. Also, visitors can enjoy a number of different activities, ranging from mountain biking and all-terrain vehicle excursions to marine sports like snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing.

information

Address : 16 Mangyang 1-gil, Irun-myeon, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do Province
Tel : 055-681-5550
Website : www.tropicaldream.co.kr (Korean)
Rooms : 5 rooms
Hours : Check-in: 2pm / Check-out: 12pm
Services : Complimentary western breakfast
On-site : Outdoor hot tub, cafe, outdoor stage, etc.

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Happy House Santorini해피하우스 산토리니

Happy House Santorini was designed to look like Santorini, one of the most famous and beautiful of all the Greek islands. Happy House Santorini’s white and blue walls, wooden doors and tables, and outdoor pools lend the place a feeling that evokes a calm, soothing atmosphere. Each building is named after a real village in Santorini: Oia, Imero (from Imerovigli) and Fira.
The pensions were initially designed for couples. All 20 rooms, big and small, were set to fit two people; hence the rooms may be a bit difficult to accommodate large groups or families. Each room has a unique design concept. They are available as one-floor, two-floor and three-floor pensions. Each has a fully equipped kitchen and the areas of the pension are connected through charming passage-like hallways. Some pensions are decorated like lofts, but the bedrooms are separated to offer maximum privacy. And the split-level pensions have the bedrooms and bathrooms on different floors to create a greater sense of freedom.

One of the real highlights of Happy House Santorini is that all the rooms have a whirlpool bathtub and terrace overlooking the sea. The terraces are equipped with Mediterranean-style tables and chairs. Near the beach you will find an outdoor pool and an exclusive area for barbecuing. Guests can spend some quiet time as they take in a breathtaking sunset against Jebudo Island.

information

Address : 80-32 Salgoji-gil, Seosin-myeon, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do Province
Tel : 031-357-2688
Website : www.hhsantorini.com (Korean)
Rooms : 20 rooms
Hours : Check-in: 2pm / Check-out: 12pm
Services : Complimentary breakfast
On-site : Outdoor pool, pebble garden, outdoor bbq site, café, etc.

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Hanwha Resort Seorak Sorano 한화리조트 설악 쏘라노

Casa Moro is situated close to Daemyung Vivaldi Park, a resort that enjoys immense popularity throughout the year. With Casa Moro’s rooms offering beautiful views of Mt. Palbongsan and the Hongcheongang River, some people are content just to relax in their room. Perhaps the most interesting structure here is a corner building that actually looks like a rocket launch pad, and there is also a tranquil café to relax.
There are so many ways to find peace here: have a late breakfast and then read a book while taking in the outstanding scenery around you, or play one of the many board games that Casa Moro provides free of charge. Casa Moro’s swings are also very popular among guests.
Casa Moro provides all of its guests with a very special amenity in all its rooms: a private spa. All six types of rooms have a different kind of spa, one inside the room and one on the terrace.
Imagine slipping into a warm terrace spa on a chilly autumn night underneath a sky filled with stars!

Built with exposed concrete, Casa Moro’s interior is simple, yet elegant and modern. Each room has a unique design. Scene- Full rooms, also called Red Rooms, are replete with passion. All the furniture and objects within these rooms are a bright red, creating an upbeat atmosphere. Other rooms, including River- Full, overlook the Hongcheongang River through floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room, while WonderFull rooms are decked out in black, white and silver.
The Suite has an outdoor pool and a wooden deck for tanning. MegaPool rooms are royal suites that come complete with a billiards table, fireplace and outdoor spa. Plus, MegaPool guests have exclusive access to the artificially generated waves at Casa Moro’s Swim Spa Pool.
Guests can also watch movies on a beam projector, have a barbecue indoors or outdoors, rent bikes for free, or play badminton.

information

Address : 209-26 Palbonggangbyeon-gil, Seo-myeon, Hongcheon-gun, Gangwon-do Province
Tel :010-5242-7111
Website : www.p-bbodae.com (Korean)
Rooms : 6 rooms
Hours : Check-in : 2pm / Check-out :12pm
Services : Complimentary brunch, free pickup service
(off-peak weekdays 14:30 –18:00), etc.
On-site : Outdoor pool, café, indoor/outdoor bbq site, etc.

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Over the Mountain 오버 더 마운틴

Although Over the Mountain is very much about its surrounding natural landscape, the building itself is nothing less than modern and sophisticated. With its location at the end of a forest path in a secluded part of Gyeonggi-do, you will almost feel like you are in your own world out here.
From the terraces lining the building, which lies on a slope, Over the Mountain offers breathtaking views of a nearby mountain. In the morning, the fog often winds its way up the mountain, creating a mesmerizing experience. Just a 10-minute walk away, is the Garden of Morning Calm. Built in 1996, the arboretum houses 4,000 species of plants, a promenade, and hot springs.

One of the high points of the hotel is its unique room structure: each is built to maximize natural lighting. In addition to a huge glass window, other glass walls have been erected, blurring the distinction between inside and outside. The open structure of Over the Mountain, with its full-size windows in the living room, hallways and bedrooms, almost makes it feel like a maze as you walk around the pension.
All the rooms, which range from 50 to 109 m² in size, have independent exits and their own individual gardens. Guests can also take advantage of private outdoor spas during their stay at Over the Mountain.

Also available are a space for mingling with other guests, a café at the center of the pension, outdoor tables, an outdoor pool and fireplaces.
Western breakfast is served in the café, though guests are free to barbecue in their own garden whenever they want. Over the Mountain has a fully stocked grocery store, and there are a variety of summer sports to take part in, including mountain biking, water skiing, rafting, and fishing.

information

Address : 75 Sumogwonno 386-beongil, Sang-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do Province
Tel : 031-585-7575
Website : www.overthemountain.co.kr (Korean)
Rooms : 22 rooms
Hours : Check-in : 2pm / Check-out : 12pm
Services : Pick-up service to and from Cheongpyeong Station or bus
On-site : Outdoor pool, outdoor café, bbq site, etc.

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Date 11/16/2012



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