2016.8.31 Hotel events
To Sept. 30: Combine a treatment at Provence Spa by L’Occitane with a swim in the indoor swimming pool through the “Swim & Spa Promotion.” This offer combines a 60-minute Aromachologie Body Massage and a 30-minute Express Aromachologie Rebalancing Facial for a total of 90 minutes therapy followed by a dip in the hotel’s indoor pool.
The Aromachologie Body Massage uses lavender, tea tree & geranium essential oils to impart a sense of relaxation for both the mind and body. It combines Swedish, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi and foot massage techniques and any one of the Aromachologie Revitalizing Massages.
From there, the Express Aroma Facial - a special treatment not normally included on the list of facials - detoxifies, cleanses and soothes as well as brings back balance to skin exposed to ultraviolet rays during the hot summer days. The special will be offered Monday through Thursday in addition to access to the hotel swimming pool, normally reserved exclusively for hotel members and guests.
The promotion price starts at 242,000 won ($222) for the package and spa treatments begin at 220,000 won (which includes tax and service charge).
“This exciting new ‘Swim & Spa Promotion’ starts with a subtle lavender-scented Aromachologie treatment and pairs it with use of our luxurious hotel swimming pool to offer guest the ideal opportunity to rid themselves of pent up mental and physical exhaustion from this brutal summer heat. Don’t worry about the stress of travel and instead join friends and loved ones for a true escape,” a hotel representative said.
JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul:
Cheonggyecheon-ro 279, central Seoul
Ongoing: The hotel introduces Walkee (Walkerhill Exciting Explorer), a team of leisure specialists with professional licenses in yoga, pilates, swimming, forest exploration and more. The team has been created to provide a variety of leisure programs to swimming pool guests and in-house guests during their stay. The program will run daily throughout the year and at least one program will be held each day. In addition to an eco-experience around Mount Acha, the program includes pilates and yoga lessons, along with beginner swimming lessons.
Leisure specialists were introduced to entertain guests with a variety of activities, as demands for local “staycations” have increased over time, especially during vacation periods. Similar programs are common at hotels and resorts on Jeju Island. Meanwhile, the Walkerhill Hotel is the first five-star hotel that has implemented such programs for guests. Programs will vary based on participation.
Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Hotel: (02) 450-4534
177 Walkerhill-ro, northeastern Seoul
From Sept. 1 to 18: Park Hyatt Seoul offers the “Chuseok Package” for guests who want to enjoy a relaxing “staycation” in a calm and quiet city, with many people having left town for the Chuseok holidays.
The package allows guests to eat, drink and rest in an urban hotel, and includes a one-night stay in a spacious guest room, The Timber House’s “Evening Chill-out” promotion for two, which offers premium free-flowing beverages with one Japanese main course, as well as late checkout (2:00 p.m.) and a special discount on the breakfast at Cornerstone (30,000 won per person). Prices start at 365,000 won for a Park King room (subject to 10 percent tax).
Guests will enjoy stunning views of the city from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the hotel. The happy-hour “Evening Chill-out” promotion will provide endless beverages such as sparkling wine, red wine, white wine, sake, draft beer and cocktails, with a Japanese main course of sushi, huto-maki, beef tataki or a fried-food dish, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Park Hyatt Seoul: (02) 2016-1100
606 Teheran-ro, southern Seoul
The Plaza Seoul
Ongoing: Xystum, the boutique florist shop at The Plaza Seoul has received high marks for its flower classes which offer a variety of classes in home gardening with both regular and private lessons. Xystum’s floral classes are taught by the executive florists in charge of floral decorations at The Plaza Seoul, allowing its customers to learn the first-hand, on-site experiences as well as the technical details.
Xystum’s diverse programs offer classes in flower arrangements for special occasions such as weddings and parties, as well as home gardening, basic hand-tied bouquets and table centerpieces.
The shop, located inside The Plaza Seoul, has become popular for its home gardening classes, which customers of all ages, including families and couples, join for special occasions. The Xystum 63 Branch, located inside 63 Square, offers special classes on making flower boxes and baskets, attracting business customers. Xystum at Galleria Department Store Apgujeong’s West branch offers classes focusing on hand-tied bouquets. All crafts made during the classes can be packaged at the store and delivered.
Xystum holds regular one-day classes every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Classes are limited to eight people per lesson, and priced at 150,000 won per person ($134), this includes charges for the necessary materials. Private classes can be arranged by discussing the choice of curriculum and required time with a florist. Designed for in-depth lessons on floral arrangements, private classes are priced at 200,000 won per lesson (including charges for the necessary materials).