Travel Guide: South Korea

While Korea has been on our radar for many years, South Korea floated into the spotlight recently due in no small part to their hosting of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. South Korea is a gorgeous country that hosts festivals year-round, has four amazing seasons, a multitude of entertainment options including a wildly popular K-pop culture, peaceful countryside, vibrant cities, delicious food, and stunning scenery. One of the things about South Korea that has become wildly popular in the United States, however, is their make-up and skincare. What better way to visit South Korea than to stay in locations with amazing spas that will allow you to experience the art of Korean beauty first hand?

Ocelas Spa at the InterContinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort


Travel Guide: South Korea
Photo courtesy of InterContinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort


Taebaek Mountain in Pyeongchang – the host city of the Winter Olympics – is also home to Ocelas Spa at the InterContinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort. While in Pyeongchang you’ll be able to visit the sites of the Olympics and enjoy the stunning beauty of this mountain town whether you visit in the winter or any other season. While you’re staying at the InterContinental, you’ll enjoy their take on European elegance with a Korean twist and you’ll be able to experience the World Luxury Spa Awards-recognized Ocelas Spa and experience their wide range of services to pamper yourself including their most popular treatment, the Tranquillity Face and Body Ritual.

Conrad Spa Seoul


Travel Guide: South Korea
Photo courtesy of Conrad Spa Seoul


Awarded Spa of the Year in the World Luxury Spa Awards, next on our list is Conrad Spa Seoul.


Escape to a haven of tranquility in the heart of the city at the luxurious Conrad Spa Seoul. Innovative techniques and the latest technology meet the holistic insights of the East in the full range of treatments, designed to gently guide you to your optimum state of well-being.


In a city as bustling as Seoul, you’ll have a lot to explore and you’ll need some award-winning spa treatments to rejuvenate your body and soul. The Conrad is, of course, part of the Hilton family of hotels so you can be certain their level of attentiveness and luxury will be on par. Their spa facilities and services range from hydrotherapy to indoor relaxation lounges and gardens.


Two hour Conrad Rituals are tailored with your preferences in mind, offering a chance to escape into complete relaxation. Our Aromatherapy Associates treatments showcase the power of organic essential oils through a range of therapies including reflexology, hydrotherapy and body scrubs.


On top of all that, they have expert hair and nail services as well.

The Suites Hotel Spa


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Photo courtesy of The Suites Hotel Spa


Specializing in aromatherapy massage, The Suites Hotel Spa operates from the philosophy that “once a guest, always family” and strives to make each guest feel welcome, cared for, and special. Located off the southern coast of South Korea on the island of Jeju, you’ll enjoy the seaside hotel as well as the island’s Hallasan National Park. The hotel has several restaurants and offers a wide range of facilities to make your stay on the island as enjoyable and relaxing as can be.


Located at Jungmoon Tourism Complex in Jeju. The Suites Hotel Jeju offers you easy access to all the magnificent attractions in Jeju island as well as picturesque scenery just steps away from your room.


Beyond The Spa


Travel Guide: South Korea


If you’ve traveled all the way to South Korea, you may be thinking, “I need to do more than get pampered in a spa” and you’re probably correct. For a quiet outing away from the tourist crowd, we’d recommend a visit to the Wolchulsan National Park and the nearby village of Gurim which is filled with beautiful artisan pottery housed in some of the country’s oldest buildings. As for the park, it is one of the least well-known in the country yet it offers outstanding views from its highest point which is nearly one-half mile above sea level. In addition to this amazing, almost secret national park, South Korea is a virtual wonderland of sights and experiences.

Are you ready for a spa and sightseeing adventure in South Korea? While you’re there, you can cross bibimbap off your Culinary Bucket List.

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Travel Guide: South Korea