Spa-ing on Namsan @ Grand Hyatt Seoul
Intimidation factor: Nil. It is a small but airy spa with the best therapists in the country, strong product lines and an excellent work ethic and customer satisfaction factor.
Number of spa specialists on floor: Two. Miss Spaist never likes the counter to be unmanned and the Grand Hyatt’s always has someone on hand to answer questions and serve.
Response time: Immediate. Ms. Lee greets me from the back counter and takes me into the consultation area where she discusses my concerns and recommends treatment options. Minutes later I’m taken into the treatment room, changed and down face first for ‘my-time’ to begin.
Vibe: total pampering with soothing mood lighting, soft, plush towels and bathrobes and relaxing tea.
Price range: From 170,000 won for a Premium botanical facial to 500,000 for Korean ginseng ultimate wellness package. If you’re looking for somewhere to spend Mother’s Day for your day of pampering – it would be at the Grand Hyatt.
Since I am fascinated by all things cosmetic, scented and all things spa-ish, I was delighted to stumble upon the spa @ the Grand Hyatt Seoul, part Korean holistic wellness; part American Skinceuticals and the rest of their lines from American spa maven June Jacobs, and numerous other illuminating French candles and diffusers.
How could I have missed such an excellent spa? It’s been there seven years, created from a space they’d had for 20+ years as part of the Club Olympus fitness membership complex.
We stayed at the Hyatt many times but I never paid much attention. And, that’s one of the charms of the spa @ Grand Hyatt that it’s almost under advertised except for word of mouth and discreet literature in the guest rooms.
“The hotel decided they needed a spa to keep up with the times,” spa director Sue Yoon explains. “Here we had Seoul’s premier fitness, swimming and sauna facilities without the spa to match.”
The spa and Ms. Yoon are partners in work and life. Her background revolves around Hyatt spas (Yoon has opened numerous Hyatt spas around the world and is responsible for training and overseeing all the Korean Hyatt spas). We could call her the ‘Hyatt spa godmother’ for all her accomplishments and expertise in spa-ing.
She’s definitely an inspiration for me, Miss Spaist, as a spa connoisseur.
As for my Spring orange June Jacobs botanical treatment? I fell asleep and that is the great compliment to a therapist I can give. it was so relaxing and sedating (in a good way).
This is where my therapists’ skills really came into the limelight, as she managed to target some of my most weary spots (labrum and shoulders) with precise and firm movements that turned me into sleeping puddy. A refreshing two therapist- four handed facial massage woke me up from near slumber and, as with many of my memorable body treatments, the two-hour journey didn’t last nearly long enough!
Following the treatment, my therapist (sorry, I forgot to ask your name!) led me to the spa’s beautiful relaxation room overlooking the glittering city lights, and furnishes me with a cup of detoxifying peppermint tea and a plate of Korean traditional gwa jwa snacks (this is the let down part of the Grand Hyatt spa). I think refreshing Korean pear, watermelon or oranges would be better after a lengthy treatment.
Rating: Four Intrasecuticals Atoxelene Line wands out of four.