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With ever-expanding offerings for luxury tourists, South Korea isn’t a stopover destination anymore. From the food and the festivals to the hiking and culture, more travelers than ever are heading to the country, and Seoul is the beating heart of the peninsula’s sophistication. For the ultra-luxury traveler, though, there are only a few accommodations that really measure up to the hype.

CONRAD SEOUL

Situated in the heart of the Yeouido business district on the island of the same name, Conrad Seoul is a Remote Lands favorite. With convenient access to subway lines and the airports, Conrad Seoul features unique island views without sacrificing the amenities of the city.  

Visitor comfort is the priority at Conrad Seoul, which features luxury details like modern decor, quality bedsheets, and Apple-based entertainment in every room. The bathrooms offer an added level of indulgence with in-mirror televisions, deep marble bathtubs, and modern, high-tech showers.

Those looking to unwind will find the spa, steam room, and sauna an environment of relaxation and rejuvenation one of the finer spa experiences in the city.

ABOVE: Pool at the Conrad Seoul.

For some private quiet time, guests can stroll through the rooftop garden or lounge around the expansive indoor swimming pool. For the active traveler, personal assistance is available at the fitness center and the driving range. There are seven dining and lounge options at the Conrad Seoul of every type and description, so go hungry.

BANYAN TREE CLUB AND SPA

Found at the base of Mount Namsan, the scenic views are likely the first thing a guest notices; the second is the resort’s central access to many of Seoul’s must-see attractions. Less than four miles from Seoul Station, Banyan Tree Club and Spa is ideal for getting the most from this dynamic city while keeping things in style.

Deliberately designed with a maximum of only four rooms on each floor, the hotel balances exclusivity and tranquility. The “relaxation pool” in each living space is next-level leisure and indulgence.

From curling up with a book in the in the cozy corners of the library, to practicing that golf swing at the two-story driving range, there is no shortage of in-house activities. In the summer, patrons can enjoy the sun at the poolside bar for cocktails and snacks. In the winter, gliding around the converted ice rink is a more apt activity.

ABOVE: Seoul’s Banyan Tree Club & Spa exterior.

Also, this is a Banyan Tree. The spa was always going to be great. The hotel does not neglect to provide a repertoire of rejuvenating experiences. Specializing in rainmist therapy and the use of exotic natural ingredients, the spa – with its sauna featuring several temperature-controlled pools, an aroma steam room, an ice fountain room, and an herbal sauna room – is designed to cater to guests’ most discerning demands.

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL SEOUL

Combining traditional Korean and modern styles, the Four Seasons Hotel maintains its reputation as a destination for the luxury traveler in Seoul. The rooms at the Four Seasons Hotel Seoul are bathed in natural light and come with that famous Four Seasons opulence.

With a myriad of restaurants, this hotel offers cuisines from all over the world in themed restaurants, all carefully designed to engage each of the five senses. Korean, Japanese, and Chinese restaurants feature traditional music and decor to complete the atmosphere for an Asian dining experience, while a large wood-burning fireplace warms guests awaiting an authentic Italian style meal.

ABOVE: Italian white marble at the Four Seasons Hotel Seoul.

Finishing touches of white Italian marble countertops, the Four Seasons’ rooms are designed to accommodate large family gatherings or special events. The three-bedroom Presidential Suite features wrap-around floor-to-ceiling windows and all guests can avail themselves of the year-round pool and the Korean spa and sauna.

LE MERIDIEN SEOUL

Renowned worldwide as the artsy, chic hotspot of the city, Gangnam-gu district sets the stage for Le Meridien as it aims to be Korea’s premier luxury European-style art hotel. Set amidst the Bongeunsa Temple and COEX exhibition center, traditional and modern attractions can be found both in and all around Le Meridien. For the art and design lover in South Korea, this is the ideal luxury hotel. 

The lobby serves also as a gallery, M. Contemporary, presenting both conventional and leading new-media artists. Large, multi-compatible meeting spaces makes this hotel ideal for corporate or personal events of any kind. A hotel of the caliber of Le Meridien would not be complete without restaurants of a similar repute. Mediterranean, Southern French, and Italian cuisines are all on the menu of Le Meridien’s selections.

The hotel’s sleek vibe continues to the guest rooms, with chic European-inspired decor and high-end bedding. With two stories and six rooms, the Presidential Suite aims to impress even more, with an extravagant foyer and high ceilings.