Seoul’s urban escape with a view
9 Treatment Rooms
Up on the ninth floor of the glass tower of Conrad Seoul hotel sits Conrad Spa Seoul, an urban wellness escape with a fantastic view. At the spa and its adjacent wellness facilities, you can exercise, relax and get pampered while enjoying vistas of the majestic Han River and the Seoul skyline.
The Seoul spa has a well-appointed reception room where hosts check you in, fill out consultation cards, ask questions, check massage pressure and provide tea and apples. Those who book a service can look forward to a complimentary foot bath meant to stimulate circulation and warm the lower body.
Inside, there are seven individual treatment rooms, one couples room, and a hydrotherapy room. (The hydrobath is a unique experience. The body lies cocooned within it while dozens of separate nozzles spray water and air, to exfoliate and clean in an unusual way.) Each room has a large, separate powder room, plus a toilet and shower, so you can enjoy a completely private experience.
Post-treatment, head to the Serenity Garden or to one of three relaxation lounges, which have views of the city as well as drink services.
Expect a full range of spa treatments, from facials and massages to hydrotherapy and signature rituals — there is a distinctive ancient Eastern flair to services that also use the latest technologies to make them as effective as possible. Renowned French skincare brand Clarins is used in many treatments, as is Aromatherapy Associates products.
There are three intense two-hour signature rituals to consider: Essentially Yours, a facial enhanced with back, hand and scalp treatments; Follow Your Bliss, an intensive body massage; and Stay Inspired, an hour of a body treatment complemented with another hour of facial services.
A series of 60- to 90-minute facials are available, which feature options like a youth recovery treatment with hop tree extract (known for its energizing and skin-firming benefits), and a hydrating facial with katafray, an extract that helps stimulate the skin’s natural hydration.
And then there are the body treatments to consider. The contouring body treatment uses Uncaria tomentosa, which helps stop the formation of excess lipids in the body, so as to slim and shape. A moisturizing body treatment employs peach extract for its hydration and nourishing virtues, and the firming body service with lemon thyme maintains skin’s elasticity, restores tone and creates firm, soft, supple skin.
Opt to stimulate the lymphatic system and relax muscles with an aromatherapy experience that balances chakras or go for a shiatsu or reflexology massage to release tension and pain.
Bonus: Every spa therapist is trained at the Conrad’s headquarters in aromatherapy techniques, and holds an aromatherapy license.
The Gym and Pool
On the eighth floor is a state-of-the-art gym, open 24 hours, seven days a week, perfect for jet-lagged travelers. Trainers are always on hand, and the private GX, yoga and Pilates studio has some of the best views of the city around.
From the gym there is a direct entrance to the indoor pool. Covered with skylights, it is most beautiful in the early morning at sunrise, or at night when you can swim under the stars. There are aquafit classes and a golf range next door, too.
When you’re finished working out, head to the sauna (for an extra fee). Though not as large as most traditional Korean saunas, it is equipped with a steam room and three different baths of varying temperatures — everything you need to relax that torn muscle tissue.