Treat your body to a refreshing, relaxing and authentically Korean vacation. In Korea, health is a national obsession, which has led to the creation of numerous facilities, methods, and elixirs to treat the body. Begin in the capital of Seoul, which features the finest Korean medicine and traditional healers in the nation. Embark on a hike in the scenic Bukhansan National Park, embracing the Korean belief that hiking is one of the keys to longevity. Venture to Busan to indulge in the country’s largest jjimjilbang, or spa, a truly revitalizing and authentically Korean experience. Travel to the southern Jellado-province, where you will indulge in the verdant green tea fields and unique spas of Boseong on your way to the city of Yeosu, renowned for possessing one of the most beautiful coastlines in Asia. Cap off the trip with an island getaway to Jeju, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the New Seven Wonders of the Nature, and a pride of Korean people.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
• Jjimjilbangs: Indulge in traditional Korean health and spa treatments throughout your journey, including visiting the famed communal healing experience of jjimjilbangs for massages and skin revitalization.
• Bukhansan National Park: Heal your body with Korea’s favorite pastime: hiking. Just outside of Seoul, explore Bukhansan National Park where travelers will find stunning city vistas and, according to locals, the secret to longevity.
• Boseong Tea: The tea at the Boseong plantations has been cultivated since the second century BC and is famed for its restorative properties.
• Jeju: Volcanic rock, clear waters, and white sand beaches — Jeju is Korea’s perfect getaway. Here, travelers can mix their healing with exercise as they hike the mountains, explore the countryside, swim, dive, or fish in Korea’s most exciting island destination.
Begin your Korean revitalization journey in Seoul. Today, you will meet with a traditional Korean healer, who will provide you a number of herbal remedies native to the Korean peninsula. Dine at one of Seoul’s finest seafood restaurants, where you will be presented with a plethora of banchan (Korean side dishes), specially designed for a healthy digestive system. Spend the night at Banyan Tree Resort, with full access to their world class spa facilities.
Spend the day on a health-centric culinary excursion with an expert epicurean who will escort you on a journey of Korean food and drink designed to boost stamina and fight disease. Later, take a shopping tour, hitting both traditional and contemporary markets for upscale cosmetics and medicine. End the day with a luxurious cruise along the mighty Han River.
Head outside the city limits for a hike in Bukhansan National Park, a favorite activity among Koreans who claim it the secret to longevity. Choose from a variety of routes, ranging from light walks to intense treks, all of which culminate in a stunning vista of Seoul’s skyline. When finished, return to the city and decompress in the spa.
Fly to Yeosu, a southern coastal city with a breathtaking coastline. Explore the Hyangiram Temple, where you can take part in some light hiking. Next, visit the small island of Odongdo, a fantastic destination to refresh in the clean, coastal air. Golfing, boating, and fishing options are also available.
Explore the Boseong Green Tea fields. These almost alien-green fields produce some of the country's best green tea, which is widely known to be very beneficial for your health. Spend the morning hiking, biking, or simply cruising past these stellar vistas (especially in the springtime). Cap-off your experience with a visit to the green tea sauna, a rare experience for visitors to be treated to this revitalizing skin treatment.
Fly to Jeju, the largest island and honeymoon capital of Korea. This gorgeous isle recently joined the list of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Take the day to unwind and explore the beaches surrounding the resort-- we recommend The Shilla or the Hyatt Regency.
Experience the island paradise at your leisure. Hike the mountains, explore the countryside, golf, swim, dive, fish, or just stroll the beaches of this stunning locale. If you wish, Remote Lands can schedule an appointment with an acupuncturist, a method of healing popular in Korea.
Enjoy your final day on Jeju Island as you wish. We recommend a trip to Seongsan Ilchulbong, also known as “Sunrise Peak,” a volcanic crater ideal for viewing the sunrises (or sunsets) of this island escape.
Fly back to Seoul and board your international long-haul flight, refreshed and ready for life back at home.
The Banyan Tree Club & Spa is centrally located at Mount Namsan, just 10 minutes from downtown Seoul. The hotel was renovated from the Tower Hotel which was created by the first generation of Korean architects. Each of the rooms and suites offer contemporary accommodations that includes a walk-in closet, a private pool, complimentary Wi-Fi, and high levels of privacy as each floor contains a maximum of four rooms per floor. Guests may dine at any of the 12 establishments which serve Italian, Spanish, Mediterranean, and Moroccan cuisines. Additional facilities at the hotel includes indoor and outdoor swimming pools, Korean sauna, soccer field, basketball and tennis court, ice-skating rink, golf range and a fully-equipped fitness center. The Banyan Tree hotel is approximately 55 minutes from Incheon International Airport.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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