Spas are popular attractions during winter in Korea as visitors can soak in soothing, warm water. Spas offering massage facilities can be found in hotels and shopping malls within metropolitan areas. For more active fun, water parks open year-round are the best choice, with indoor and outdoor pools using mineral water to please both children and adults. This winter, get some much needed R&R at one of Korea’s spas or hot springs.
The Guerlain Spa is a joint venture between French cosmetic company Guerlain and Korea's upscale hotel, The Shilla Seoul. The body condition and lifestyle of each client is analyzed in order to develop and implement a personalized spa plan. Guerlain Spa offers various water-based spa treatments in addition to an array of massage programs, including facial and body treatments. After completing a spa program, visitors can also try on a variety of cosmetic products at the Guerlain Makeup Bar.
Designed as a “garden in the city,” Grand Hyatt Seoul‘s The SPA offers high-quality hotel spa services at comparatively affordable prices. Customers receive a program that is personally designed to suit their preferences and physical condition, choosing from traditional treatment, detox cleansing, soothing massage or the variety of other programs available.
VISTA Walkerhill Seoul, Walkerhill’s redesigned hotel, offers a luxurious spa experience at V Spa, using outstanding products from the Swiss brand Valmont. The spa features a total of twelve rooms, including single-person rooms and rooms for couples. Guests will enjoy personalized care from the best in spa service.
Banyan Tree Spa is one of the top luxury spas in Asia and is famous for its range of massage and spa services, which are inspired by ancient Oriental treatment methods. The spa features 11 treatment rooms, with private bathrooms and rest areas attached to each room. The rain mist suite room in particular offers the unique spa experience of a tropical mist. All treatments focus on offering a pleasing experience to all five senses.
The spa at Four Seasons Hotel Seoul uses a mix of classical therapy and modern treatments to find the equilibrium of guests’ body and mind. All treatments, including body massages and facials, use essential oils and healthy components extracted from plants. The hotel offers a plethora of treatments, including the highlight spa that varies with each season, signature treatment of a relaxing day at the spa, personalized special treatments, and more.
Cheongkwanjang SPA G is a spa facility launched by KGC (The Korea Ginseng Corp.), the leading producer of high quality hongsam (red ginseng) products under the brand name CheongKwanJang. Cheongkwanjang SPA G is known for their Hongsam Energy Spa that offers special care treatments for beauty and the immune system alike, making one’s skin feel soft and toned after the treatment. Spa programs include single programs for body, face, back and foot, as well as package programs for various treatment courses.
Spa Land is located within Shinsegae Centum City, allowing for a relaxing spa experience along with shopping. This traditional Korean thermal spa uses two kinds of water: carbonated spring water from 1,000m deep underground, and salt spring water from 560m below ground. Spa Land has 22 bathing pools including a children's tub, 13 themed jjimjilbangs (Korean saunas), and an outdoor foot spa area, making it the perfect place for the whole family to relax and enjoy.
Dragon Hill Spa is a large jjimjilbang & spa facility offering the chance to try a variety of sauna experiences at a great price. This eight-story facility is equipped with a wide range of amenities, including themed saunas, spas, massage rooms, and open-air bathing pools. Most notably, the spa features a grand, decorative interior and a large hardwood charcoal sauna, which is heated and scented through the use of traditional oak wood burning. Other facilities include a swimming pool and a fitness center.
Aquafield is located inside Starfield Hanam where one can refresh both body and mind. Aquafield offers a water park, sauna and spa facilities to entertain visitors. The water park is especially popular thanks to the infinity pool. A variety of additional pools are prepared for all ages to enjoy and sauna rooms built in different themes, such as charcoal, yellow clay, cypress tree, salt, and clouds, offer much to see and experience.
Seorak Waterpia is located within Hanwha Resort Seorak, putting it in close proximity to the East Sea and Seoraksan National Park,one of Korea’s most popular travel destinations. Seorak Waterpia is a year-round spa theme park that features spa facilities supplied with 100% all-natural hot spring water, and exciting water rides. Thanks to its natural water quality, this spa was designated as a health spa. Another draw for Seorak Waterpia is that all of its water park attractions are supplied with thermal spa water. It also has various entertaining attractions such as an indoor wave pool and outdoor spa facilities.
Paradise Spa Dogo is located in Asan, a region that has long been famous for its hot springs. The spa's alkaline water that is extracted from 300m deep underground contains sulfur and is known to be highly effective for brightening skin, smoothing wrinkles, and preventing hair loss.
A gigantic bade pool equipped with massage jets is another highlight feature here, proven to offer countless health benefits through its streams of bubbles emitted to spa bathers. Swimming in thermal spa water is not only great for your health, but also a fun activity in combination with the spa's myriad of sauna facilities and water rides.
Resom Spa Castle is a four-season recreational spa facility known for its multicultural water therapy theme, combining the benefits of European, Southeast Asian, Japanese and American spa treatments. Chunchunhyang, one of the most famous spa facilities in Resom Spa Castle, is said to make your skin healthier with its 40-49 degrees Celsius germanium hot spring water. The spa complex has a super-sized waterslide, wave pool, lazy river, walking path, and much more. There are over 20 different indoor and outdoor pools including a green tea pool, sulfur pool, and herbal pool.
Caribbean Bay is a tropical-themed water park that features an indoor swimming pool, hot springs, saunas, and an outdoor lazy river. As the largest water park in Korea, it employs the latest spa technology and provides visitors with a unique combination of heart-pounding rides and relaxing spas and saunas.
With a theme of an oasis in the middle of the Egyptian desert, Vivaldi Park Ocean World’s facilities are divided into 5 main areas – Indoor Zone, Wave Pool Zone, Extreme Zone, Dynamic Zone, and Megaslide Zone. Visitors can enjoy a variety of pools and slides and relax at the therapy center and sauna rooms at the Indoor Zone as well as go for an adventurous thrill ride on a 2.4m gigantic wave at the Extreme Zone.
Phoenix Blue Canyon is an ideal location for enjoying the fresh mountain air and pristine water coming from Gangwon-do’s mountainous terrain. The water park's design is based on the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea. Among the water park's many exciting amusements is the nation's first indoor-outdoor waterslide. The slide starts inside, but through a series of twists and turns, ends up making its final drop into a pool outside. After enjoying the indoor facilities, be sure to check out the outdoor spa zone for a unique winter experience.
Asan Spavis is a health-based water park that offers water therapy and a spa bath that contains all-natural organic ingredients such as sodium bicarbonate, beneficial in reducing cellulite and helpful in regenerating important body cells. It also has an outdoor water park that has exciting slides and other fun activities.
Daemyung Resort Cheonan Water Park was created based on the theme of the Norwegian Vikings and European culture, taking its inspiration from places such as Venice, Italy; Santorini, Greece; and Santa's Village in Finland. The resort has a wide range of pools using top quality hot spring water piped from Cheonan. More health benefits are added by carbonating the water, increasing the calcium, potassium, magnesium, and mineral contents. Visitors will be able to feel their skin become more smooth and silky after a dip in these pools. Moreover, there are indoor/outdoor pools available throughout the year, open-air pools, and an array of indoor waterslides.
* This column was last updated in November 2018, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.