All posts filed under: Seoul

Missing service, stars and more at Signiel, Evian spa, Seoul 

Miss Spaist is back after a long hiatus.  A combination of WordPress apathy, social media (hello Instagram!) and changing careers put the digital quill and paper away.   I’m back to tell you about the mainly bad from Seoul’s newest spa, Evian @ Lotte Signiel.  Many worship at the altar of Lotte Corporation. Koreannially (I made this up from Korea and perennial. Maybe, it sounded cleverer in my head but I distress) renown for department stores,  hotels,  confectionery, cinemas,  construction, subpar burgers and baseball teams and a whole lot more.  I do not. Lotte is a very successful Japanese company but I’ve never really liked any of their stuff.   I’ve also felt that something changed ever since they change their logos and color schemes in the early 2010s.   I’ve never been a fan of their flagship Lotte hotel in Myeongdong either.  Just very cheap feeling without the luxury service to match. Amenities,. touches around the suite and even the room height.  At the time,  it seemed geared to Japanese guests more than anything.  …

Cuticle hell at Grand Hyatt Seoul’s the Spa

Cuticles DO matter (ultra, fantastically, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!). I had the unpleasant experience of being a treated by a good, great therapist that unfortunately had loose cuticles on her nailsides and fingertips.  Now, I know we’re all human beings and this is a normal thing when balancing from hands washing to drying to products to summer heat to blasting AC.  Hands have a rough time in summer. 90 minutes of hanging, almost microscopic skin rubbing down, across and on your face and during a facial massage no less – this is doubly worse.  Just couldn’t put it out of my mind. Sooooo Just stop the treatment if any Spaists out there encounter similar because the minute pressure and touch just ruined my whole #thespagrandhyattseoul Sunday. And To all you therapists: get your cuticles done! Spaist out

SALTY: Korea and Japan Hyatt’s luxe bathing put to the test

Bath salts are such a gift to any hotel stay and today, Miss Spaist, has the pleasure to review some of the finest from my favorite Hyatt hotels in Korea and Japan!   ANDAZ Tokyo (Coriander and eucalyptus, Spring variety.  Seasonal blend and in all rooms) What I Liked: Balanced seasonal ingredients with unique, inspiring blends. What I’d Improve: A little more scent and bathwater presence. Conclusion: A unique bath salt that needs more ooophf. Delivers seasonal variety and organic, locally sourced Japanese quality though. Park Hyatt Busan (Yuzu citrus bath, all rooms, general hotel amenity) What I Liked: Impressive wet bathwater presence (flower pedals or herbs) and soothing Yuzu citrus scent. What I’d Improve:  Packaging fits Park Hyatt motif but feels cheap and uninspired.  Questionable composition with strong, possibly orangey artificial coloring and scents.   Conclusion: An okay choice for anyone wanting a yuzu warm bath and unconcerned with organic credentials. Hyatt Regency Kyoto (Yuzu Kousaido brand locally sourced bath salts, made in Kyoto Prefecture) What I Liked: Elegant, cute packaging and appearance. Very …

Park Hyatt Seoul: putting the boutique (read: small) into boutique spa

http://seoul.park.hyatt.com/en/hotel/activities/hotel-activities/spa.html  Park Hyatt’s “Park Club spa” is Hyatt Korea’s only Seoul, south of the Han River based spa offering decent facial treatments but crowded, claustrophobic facilities and a snooty, Gangnam staff attitude.  Park Hyatt Seoul’s Spa isn’t a successor to the Spa in the Grand Hyatt Seoul either.  Not by a country mile.    Nor does it look, or spa like its relative on Namsan. The bland beige wood decor and worn treatment room chairs from the 2005 opening need a refresh.  The treatment rooms are even smaller than Grand Seoul’s with the only difference being high above ground vs. B1 at Grand Hyatt’s spa. A lot of Gangnamers dislike going north of the Han — the driving distance, age of places, perception that their zipcode and Gu is better.  This spa is right up their alley and Gangnamers do frequent here, if not smaller ones like the SK-II spa in Cheongdam. Miss Spaist’s problems with the Park Seoul’s spa lies elsewhere. Receptionists seem to have been hired largely for having the right look Gangnam girl look and attitude.  Don’t expect them to candy coat …

Bespoke in Seoul: Anne Sémonin facial at Grand Hyatt Seoul

When something new spa related comes to town then I’m usually the first in line to try it out. Therefore, it was only natural that I go to the Grand Hyatt to try out their new Anne Sémonin bespoke ice cube serum facial.  I’m a sucker for all things spa related. This facial claims to get to know my skin like my best friend and then put everything right that’s wrong with it.  Parisian beauty brand Anne Sémonin is all about customization to create a truly personal facial.  I was intrigued to see whether what they offered was any more bespoke than anything else I’ve had in other high end spas around the world. My skin was analyzed under a lamp by my therapist, who decided I needed a soothing, balancing facial. But rather than just selecting a specific type of products, she began to blend ingredients and create the products herself.  This is the bespoke part that I appreciate more than spas where they just cleanse, exfoliate, lavish your face and done. I really enjoyed …

Something dear to my heart: Uber, I love em’

Disclaimer:  I do not work for Uber. And, I usually do not blog about anything non-spaist so this is definitely a momentous occasion here on MissSpaist.com The truth is that, Uber is something dear to my heart, as I do not really drive here in urban (pick: your negative traffic adjective and insert now) Seoul.  Spaing around the city needs wheels and that’s where Uber comes in.   I used to play the taxi Russian roulette game and came up *facepalm, snake-eyes many times. I’ve had the verbally abusive (40%) fare inflating (60%) sexual perverted (20% but this goes up and up later in the evening) nasal inhibitor requiring stinky (80%) rare polite, educated and entertaining chatty cabbie (1%)  Do the maths before the maths do you and you can see it’s a losing proposition for Miss Spaist.  Hence, line in the sand moment and no more if I can avoid it now with Uberrrrrrrr! Let’s cover the basics for those unfamiliar with Uber. Uber is a private driver/car hailing service that allows you to get a …