Yes, after three (!) months of blog silence, I’ve returned! I’d been prepping for a new big job and new (not-so-big) apartment, and it took up most of my time and energy. HOWEVER, in this three-month span, I managed to squeeze in not one, not two, but *three* lux staycations, and my first one was at the Hyatt Regency on the gorgeous Jeju Island!
Jeju-do is considered the Hawaii of Korea: everybody goes there to take in the spectacular scenery and good food. Because I can’t rent a car (no Korean driver’s license), I wanted to stay somewhere that was easy for me to get to, had easy access to a beach, and wasn’t outrageously expensive. I’m a Georgia girl, so I love my mountains, but really…I was there for the beach. The place that fit the bill was the Hyatt Regency: located in Seogwipo’s Jungmun Complex, it’s the oldest hotel of a big-hitting trio that includes The Shilla and Lotte Hotel. The latter two hotels were outrageously expensive: I got a club-level room at the Hyatt at a cheaper price than what a basic Deluxe room would go for at the other hotels, AND I had enough points to cover one of my three nights there. And really, experience-wise, I feel like I didn’t really miss out on much!
I went for the Regency Club King Room with a mountain view, and I was a little taken aback by just how small the room was: the actual bedroom was tiny for a club-level room, especially when compared to some of the heavy-hitters back in Seoul. The square footage described on the site is eaten up by the bathroom and the balcony, which was the biggest draw: I was lucky enough to have a partial ocean view, and it was gorgeous.
Speaking of club-level, the Regency Club is a cozy yet clean space. The happy hour keeps the hot/cold foods and drinks flowing; even though the lounge was pretty pretty crowded, I was never afraid of the staff running out of food. Most of my time there was spent drinking, eating, and doing The NY Times crossword puzzles.
I spent a lot of my time taking advantage of the other hotel facilities. The Aqua View Spa houses the sauna, which is clean and simple: there were two hot pools, a cold dunking pool, the hot sauna itself, and a mixture of standing and squatting showers.
I got the spa rate with my room, so that included a 40-minute back massage and a citrus juice. When I got there for my treatment, however, there was a tiny issue: the spa rate was intended for two people, and I was there all by myself. The staff scratched their heads at first, but eventually we came up with a solution together: double my treatment time! So…I got an 80-minute treatment, which I was totally and completely okay with.
But my favorite area of the hotel complex was definitely the outdoor pool area, and that was all thanks to the cabana packages. The cabana packages are available in blocks of 3 hours, going all the way to 12-hours, and include big bottles of water (both Acqua Panna and San Pellegrino, which I can’t drink), sparkling drinks, iPad rentals, appetizers and, if you’re there long enough, foot massages. What’s more is that they’re ridiculously cheap: 3-hours with the drinks and appetizers costs 100,000 won. I did a 3-hour block on my second day there, and I enjoyed chilling out there so much that I got a 6-hour block the next day!
The pool area itself is beautiful. There’s even a swim-up bar in the little “grotto.” The jacuzzi is a set of stairs above the fray. For the colder months there is also an indoor pool next to the Aqua View Spa; there’s a gym in that area, too
which I took no parts in using.
Overall, I loved my stay at the Hyatt Regency and had an incredibly relaxing time. The Jungmun Convention area is pretty isolated from the rest of the island, so unless you only want to go to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum, you’ll have to go a little bit out of your way. However, if you just want to take in the views and have the beach on your doorstep, this is the place for you!
Hyatt Regency Jeju
114, Jungmungwangwang-ro 72 beon-gil, Seogwipo-si
Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, South Korea, 63535
+82 64 733 1234
Note: This was not a comped stay; I stayed here on my own dime and wrote this blog post for both my own pleasure and the pleasure of my readers.