For the third and final installment of my Four Seasons Seoul series, I’ll talk about the facilities in the hotel: during my stay I visited the spa, the pool and the fitness center. I didn’t spend as much time taking care of myself as I did eating and drinking everything in sight, but I did enough to be able to write a little bit…
The spa is located on the ninth floor of the hotel. I made reservations for my spa treatment about a week in advance just so I’d have more of a chance to get the timeslot that I wanted. The spa lobby is spacious and open, its decor a little more conservative than that of the rest of the hotel. After checking in, I was escorted to a cozy waiting area, where I filled out the health and request form. After a few minutes, my masseuse came, and it was time to get started.
At the Spa, there are two room options you can request: there’s the single room, and then there’s a couple spa room: because it was just me I decided to just go with the regular single room. And really, considering the size of it I really didn’t need anything else.
I got a 90-minute thermastone massage treatment, and the first thing the masseuse did was wash my feet (which is a thing at all of these luxury hotels in Korea). Then I stripped, laid down on the table, and she got started. The massage was AMAZING: the pressure was just how I liked it and that, combined with the heat of the stones, made my muscles melt. The only downside to the experience was that my allergies kept me from fully enjoying it. However, my masseuse was perceptive enough to put the box of tissues right below my head — and she could also tell at first glance that my arms would be long enough to reach for them without disrupting my massage — so that I had easy access.
Again, what a nice experience overall. The prices, for a Four Seasons hotel, are pretty standard going rates for hotel-based spa treatments, so that was good. They also offer monthly deals, so it’s always good to check out the website and see what’s going on.
I did get the chance to use the pool while I was there, but I didn’t go as much as I should have mainly because there were just too many kids (Children’s Day weekend be damned). But gee, the area was nice to look at.
The pool itself is smaller than the Conrad’s, but it compensates by having two good sized jacuzzis that take up space. One jacuzzi is, in reality a really warm mini-pool with a depth of about four feet. It has two underwater metal lounge chairs where guests can sit back and relax, and there’s also a little corner where you can relax in the underwater jets. But the coolest thing about this “mini-pool” is the large faucet that shoots out massage-level streams of water.
To be frank: no, I did not use the fitness center
as I should have with everything I ate, but I did go inside to check it out…and really, a fitness center should not look this pretty.
Hardwood floors, large flat-screen TVs, brand new machines with tan leather accenting…like, this makes no sense. But, like, in a good way. If I get another opportunity to go back to the hotel, I’ll definitely try to take advantage of the fitness center.
So that’s the end of my Four Seasons Seoul series!
Finally. Summer is practically here (as is monsoon season), so I’m hoping to get my feet wet and try some new things this summer before the major changes in my life begin to take effect. Stay tuned, everybody!
Note: This was not a comped stay; I stayed here on my own dime and wrote this blog post for pleasure.