Winter at the ParK

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the Park in Seoul’s so delightful.

Cozy up to a sauna, dig into the comfort cuisine of the elite, and soak in the most spectacular of Gangnam cityscape views.  With the last of the romantic winter days among us, warm up with best that Seoul has to offer because after all, ‘tis the season for loving.  So, go ahead, enjoy yourselves and stay a while.

Your winter wonderland awaits.

 

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Dining: “Gangnam Comfort Cuisine”

Romance is the name of the game.

At “The Lounge” on the 24th floor, bask in the most breathtaking scenery at the heart of the Southside, and indulge in this exquisitely authentic, yet approachable, 5-course meal on meat munchies from bossam (thinly-sliced boiled pork belly) and Korean beef to oceanic overtures of fish and sashimi – just to name a few.  The bibimbap also gets a foreigner-friendly makeover in a paella form, as Park Hyatt has ingeniously figured out how to maintain the indigenous notes, all the while allowing the presentation and flavors to be welcoming and approachable for all audiences.  Toast the supper with a glass of Duval Leroy, which boasts a rich 156-year-old history, and get ready to be pampered with a the most excellent of services by the symphony of staff members, always willing to accommodate.

Another dining option lies at the basement of the building in a hidden live-entertainment bar & restaurant called “The Timber House”, which has been tastefully decorated to mimic multiple themes of contemporary, yet elegantly classic, Asiatic lounges and bars. From your sushi/sake bar to the cocktail and whiskey bars, the place is adorned with traditional Korean works of art, even down to the furniture and frames, to take you back to the glory days of yesteryears in a reminiscent speakeasy setting.  You can’t go wrong with anything off the world-class drink specials, so pair them with tuna tartare, wagyu beef, or the entire surf and turf gang prepared by masters of the art.  If this isn’t enough to melt away your winter blues, try the live performances every Monday through Saturday from 8PM to 1AM, featuring leading vocalists who transport you to another time, another place.

But you didn’t think that was it, did you?  Its signature restaurant “Cornerstone” is scheduled to reopen after renovation on the 24th and promises to live up to the talk of the town.  You know what that means: Reservations, s‘il vous plaît.

 

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Spa: Pamper Paradise

Nothing says “I care” like a relaxing spa.  Park Hyatt prides itself on the signature massage ritual, “Namu”, with exclusive deep-tissue rubs down your tense muscles of the body to help you relax after hard days’ work and stress. This revitalizing “butterfly technique” uses the figure-8 motions to tranquilize any remnants of fatigue and inject vitality back into your steps. Finish with a wrap, and well, that’s a wrap.

For those wanting increased intensity, the Korean series of balance or reflexology offers essential stimulation and restoration of body balance using high-pressure traditional palm and elbow techniques. Specific body-area treatments are available, as well, so prepare for some serious personalization time.

If you’re looking to just sweat off the stress, work up a storm in the fully-equipped fitness facility or the open-pool, overlooking the heart of the district.  Afterwards, cool down by the fresh juice bar before dipping yourself into the sauna for some much-needed relaxation time.

You know you deserve it.

 

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Room Accommodations: Winter Wonderland

With the control of the automated curtains that slide up and down at the command of your fingertips, reveal a wall completely covered in glass that allows the natural sunlight to kiss you a very good morning.  An oasis in the stunning Gangnam business and shopping mecca across the COEX facilities, Park Hyatt transports you to stunning, new dimensions of the Land of the Morning Calm.  The attention to detail in all of its arrangements, down to the furniture, toiletry sets, and placement of art pieces throughout the room will remind you once again what it means to be Gangnam chic.

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And there you have it: the only park you’d want to go to all winter. It’s really no wonder Tom Cruise stayed here during his time in Korea to promote his films, so check out what it takes to get his stamp of approval.

 

For additional information, please visit:

Address: 606 Gangnam-gu, Teheran-ro, Seoul

Phone: + 82 2 2016 1234

Website: seoul.park.hyatt.kr