Korean beauty products are now famous all over the world, and the desire of European customers has skyrocketed. In Italy, Sephora offers the widest variety of K-beauty products, although they are often sold out. If you don’t want to be left empty-handed, we recommend packing your bags and leaving for Seoul, where you can stock up on rejuvenating masks and visit an incredibly innovative city, which will be hard to forget. In the meantime, here are the five best spas in the city, which you can’t miss out on.
The Shilla Guerlain Spa
The Guerlain Spa is located on the third floor of The Shilla, one of the best hotels in South Korea, and its windows offer a wonderful view over the Namsan mountains. Beautiful wooden floors immediately capture your attention and the scent of the spa will remain unforgettable. The staff comes from Paris’ headquarters and is able to create customized treatments for each client. Among the most famous: the Take a Break and the Stress Relief, both working on the most stressed areas of the body. Even in Seoul, as in the other Guerlain spas, it is mandatory to try the Foot Bath Lounge, a 15-minute pedicure session accompanied by green tea.
202 Jangchungdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Recommended by Vogue, Forbes and also by the New York Times, Shangpree is one of the most famous Spas in all South Korea, and it boasts numerous celebrities and wealthy personalities among its guests. This Spa is only accessible to female customers and finding a spot for an appointment is a bet, so our advice is to book well in advance.
All beauticians undergo a thorough training of at least three years before being able to touch the skin of customers; so one of the main reasons for the fame of this spa is definitely professionalism. The treatments offered are designed specifically for different types of skin and they only use products created by their master estheticians. Your skin will become soft and bright and you will not be able to live without it.
655-17 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The Spa inside the W Hotel is called Away and, with its kaleidoscope of colours, is able to isolate customers from the rest of the world and offer an escape from the noise of the city. Its philosophy is based on the mix of Western and Eastern cultures, and its goal is to rebalance the yin and the yang through the use of innovative technologies. What differentiates this Spa from others in the city is the incredible quantity and quality of treatments offered. There is, in fact, the possibility of doing hydrotherapy, aromatherapy and detox programs with natural herbs, even combined with yoga and tai-chi classes.
177 Walkerhill-ro, Gwangjang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, 서울특별시 South Korea
Banyan Tree Club & Spa
The Banyan Tree Club & Spa is an urban paradise in the South Korean capital, offering ultimate luxury combined with exclusive rooms and a globally known wellness centre.
The Spa’s offer is a mix of all Asian cultures, ranging from Thai massages to traditional Korean masks. In this resort, the attention to wellness is not only found in the Spa but is a true philosophy of its own. In fact, all rooms have a sauna and a large bathtub at the end of the bed.
60 Jangchungdan-ro, Jangchungdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
This spa is completely different from the previous ones, as it is located inside the brand’s flagship store. As soon as you step inside, you are overwhelmed by the architectural beauty of the shop, which is luxurious and futuristic with its golden colour. It goes without saying that also their treatments armind-blowingng, revolutionary and impossible to forget.
Lotte Department Store F2, Jamsil-dong, Songpa-Gu, Seoul, South Korea