9D8N Wellness Rejuvenation Retreat in South Korea
Begin your Korean revitalization journey in Korea. Relax and unwind in some of the finest spa days and wellness experiences in South Korea. Leave your troubles, stress, and worries behind.
Please note that the following itinerary is an example, as all of our journeys are custom-made.
- Spend the night at a traditional hanok accommodation with a history of 140 years
- Discover Korea’s royal cuisine through Jihwaja, a world-famous traditional restaurant. And experience eating like a king or queen from the Joseon era
- Experience “Tea Therapy” with a foot bath spa in the restored birth house of Yun Posun (Former President of South Korea)
- Explore the stunning Gwangmyeong Cave and sip on some of Korea’s finest wines in the natural wine cellar
- Go behind the scenes on a private guided tour and watch how wine is at a premium local winery that uses grapes grown in the pure nature of Daebudo Island
- Indulge in a multicourse Korean barbecue spread during a private dinner at a yacht club, and then board your own private boat for a 1-hour cruise along the Han River
- Dine at the World’s 100 Best Restaurants (2015), Ryunique, a semi-eponymous and Michelin-guide recommended restaurant which specializes in modern fusion cuisine
- Feel like a Hallyu Star and steal their look. Visit a renowned celebrity hair salon and leave your hair and make up to the top k-beauty experts and stylists in Korea
- Enjoy a barbeque in the snug yet spacious cabana-style tent and savour special moments in a high-class glamping barbeque in the Glamping Villag Indulge yourself with a night of fun – including complimentary board games or a Galaxy Tab tablet PC in the tent.
- Attend wellness programs with pure water and the power of the forests of Jeju, such as Hydrotherapy and Forest Therapy
Day 1: Seoul, South Korea
Depart Singapore for Seoul, South Korea.
Upon arrival, be greeted by your local guide and be whisked off to your accommodation in your private vehicle and check into your accommodation.
Spend the night at a traditional hanok accommodation. Located at the entrance to the famous Bukchon Hanok Village. Experience traditional HANOK right in the heart of Seoul.
Rakkojae Seoul is a Korean traditional culture space with a history of 140 years. It was renovated by Human National Treasure-Master Carpenter Young Jin Chung in 2003 and has since received international acclaim.
Enjoy the true elegance of Korean traditional culture and experience the traditional beauty of Korea. Savour a traditional Korean course meal, experience a tea ceremony, relax in the yellow-mud sauna, try on a royal hanbok, or making your own kimchi.
This evening, head to Toksochon for some Samgyetang (Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup) for dinner. The restaurant is said to be frequented by Korean’s late President Roh Moo-hyun.
Accommodation: Rakkojae 락고재 (Seoul, Bukchon)
Day 2: Seoul, South Korea
This morning, savour a traditional Korean course meal at your accommodation before begin your Korean revitalization journey in Seoul. Today, you will meet explore the neighbourhood of the historic Bukchon Hanok Village. Ride through the narrow streets on a private rickshaw ride.
Bukchon Hanok Village is home to hundreds of traditional houses called 'hanok' that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. The village contains about 860 beautiful traditional houses. Today, many of these hanoks operate as cultural centres, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses, providing an opportunity to experience, learn and immerse in the Korean traditional culture.
Then, head into one of these traditional houses, in the restored birth house of Yun Posun (Former President of South Korea), which has been selected as a cultural asset. Here, take an afternoon tea and find a tea that best suits you. Koreans have enjoyed herbal tea for a long time, from barley to corn and boxthorn and Solomon's seal. You will get to comfortably try traditional teas and all the ingredients that go into the teas are prepared in-house.
If you are unsure of the various tea flavours to choose, do a simple test on the spot. There are different tea types that will suit you depending on your needs. If you are aching in your shoulders from stress, then you might want to try the local “Hyangtong” tea. If you feel tense and can't sleep well at night, you can try the “Anshim” tea with jujubes.
Then, head to the foot bath located in a cosy healing space where you relax over a cup of aromatic tea or a book. Additionally, you may opt to attend a class if you are interested in learning more about tea. Topics include “tea therapy for stress relief” or “tea therapy for women,” which are closely related to daily life and are also easy to follow.
This evening, dine at one of Seoul’s finest restaurant, Jihwaja. Discover Korea’s royal cuisine through Jihwaja, a world-famous traditional restaurant. Taste Korean delicacies at this Michelin-recommended restaurant in Seoul.
Operated by “Living Treasure Of Korean Royal Cuisine” since 1991, Jihwaja is a high-class traditional Korean restaurant located in the centre of downtown Seoul. It has enjoyed a high reputation as the finest restaurant that offers The Legitimacy of Korean Royal Cuisine, the essence of the Korean food culture.
Jihwaja reflects the sophisticated ambience of the neighbourhood that features a 600-year Joseon Dynasty history. And has been offering very healthy and nutritious dishes, as they are prepared with only natural ingredients and royal culinary techniques, without using any MSG, artificial flavours or additives. Jihwaja has been committing to promote Korea's authentic traditional food culture-Korean Royal Cuisine across the world through the generations.
Accommodation: Cheong Yeon Jae Hanok Hotel
Day 3: Seoul, South Korea
This morning after breakfast, meet your driver and local guide at the lobby.
Today, you will satisfy your palette and sip on some of Korea’s finest wines on this ultimate wine tour. Explore the stunning Gwangmyeong Cave and taste domestic wine store in the natural wine cellar. Gwangmyeong Cave was a former gold mine that now houses a 194m long wine cave.
Then, go behind the scenes on a private guided tour and watch how wine is made at Grand Coteau, a premium local winery that uses grapes grown in the pure nature of Daebudo Island. Here, enjoy wine tasting with wines made of Daebudo grapes. You may also wish to decorate your own wine bottle for keepsake. After which, we return to Seoul in the late afternoon.
End the day with a luxurious night out in Seoul. Indulge in a multicourse Korean barbecue spread during a private dinner at a yacht club, and then board your own private boat for a 1-hour cruise along the Han River, taking in sights such as the glowing N Seoul Tower.
Enjoy the stunning night views of the Seoul riverfront while dining on a delicious Korean barbecue feast. You’ll be served a tempting array of dishes such as baby back ribs, marinated beef ribs, assorted sausages, grilled shrimp and vegetables, chicken-fried rice, smoked salmon, salad, and dessert, accompanied by unlimited beer, soda and orange juice.
After your meal, follow your guide to your private yacht, which awaits you at the dock next to the club. Step onboard and sink into the luxury of the interior cabin. The boat's exterior deck is the perfect place to see the sights of downtown Seoul and the Han River during your 1-hour cruise.
Your captain can get you closer to landmarks and will provide informative commentary about Seoul if you like. Admire brightly illuminated city landmarks such as the N Seoul Tower, 63 City Building and Seoul Olympic Stadium, which was built for the 10th Asian Games and 1988 Summer Olympics. See some of the city’s 27 bridges that features colourful and artistic lighting displays.
Spend the night at Banyan Tree Resort, with full access to their world class spa facilities.
Accommodation: 5* Banyan Tree Resort
Day 4: Seoul, South Korea
Today, get ready to pamper yourself like a hallyu star. Spend your afternoon in renowned celebrity hair salons and leave your hair and make up to k-beauty experts.
After breakfast, meet your local guide and driver and head towards Gangnam, located in the heart of Seoul. Gangnam-gu is Seoul’s upscale, modern centre, home to gleaming skyscrapers, designer brands and is s known as one of the richest districts in South Korea.
Your first stop for the day will be Jenny House, which is frequented by over 500 Korean celebrities and get ready effortlessly with the top stylists in Korea. Choose from a wide selection of services and programmes.
- Hair - Enjoy customized styling that incorporates your individual personality and face shape with the latest trendy styles in Korea. Cut, Coloring, Styling, Perm, Hair & Scalp Care are available.
- Celebrity Makeup - Jenny House Makeup can create makeup looks that bring out your natural beauty for any occasion. Experience the wonderful skills of the makeup artists that top actresses in Korea love.
- 1:1 Makeup Consulting - You will receive coaching on the techniques to use for the features and characteristics of your face using the daily products that you already own in your makeup pouch.
- Nail Care - Get trendy manicures and pedicures including spa care (scrubbing, paraffin and more) here in a 1:1 VIP space for Jenny House’s nail care customers only.
Then, visit Apgujeong Rodeo Street nearby. Spend your time at leisure here to do some shopping.
After which, head to Ryunique, a semi-eponymous and Michelin-guide recommended restaurant which specializes in modern fusion cuisine with an undeniably French accent and Japanese sensibilities using contemporary cooking techniques. Avant-garde presentation is a notable feature here, with the dishes often taking on the visual image of their names. Signature dishes include quail two ways and seared cod topped with paper-thin shaving of dried chicken.
Accommodation: 5* Banyan Tree Resort
Day 5: Seoul, South Korea
This morning, after breakfast, meet your local guide and driver and head towards Suwon.
Visit a quaint little seaside town, Jebudo and witness the “parting of the sea”. It is the place where the phenomenon, dubbed Miracle of Moses, occurs most frequently. In Jebudo, you can witness some of the many rare sights during low and high tides as the waters retreat and return twice daily.
A mudflat that seems boundlessly alluring will be revealed as the seas part at low tide. Manoeuvring through the mud and sand with your bare feet is a light exfoliating and rejuvenating mud-bath for your tired feet. Alternatively, you may travel across the sea by vehicle after the sea has parted.
Then, head for a sumptuous seafood lunch on the island.
After lunch, return to Seoul and rejuvenate yourself through a detox yoga class in the later afternoon. Yoga is known to help you to relax your body and mind. Come to class with a relaxed mind and release your stress during the process. Improve your sleep cycle and blood flow by concentrating on your breathing habits during class and improving on the postures.
Detox yoga helps to release toxins through exhalation and the detox will help to get rid of all the bad toxins in your body. This class will allow you to enjoy yoga with various themes and taste different types of teas to boost your immunity.
Accommodation: 5* Banyan Tree Resort
Day 6: Jeju Island, South Korea
This morning after breakfast, depart to Gimpo Airport and board your domestic flight to Jeju Island.
Arrive in Jeju, the largest island and honeymoon capital of Korea. This gorgeous isle recently joined the list of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Make your way to your accommodation, The Shilla Jeju. Take the day to unwind and explore the beaches surrounding the resort at your leisure.
In the evening, head to the Glamping Village and enjoy a barbeque in the snug yet spacious cabana-style tent. Savour special moments in a high-class glamping barbeque in The Shilla’s beautiful garden. Indulge yourself with a night of fun – including complimentary board games or a Galaxy Tab tablet PC in the tent.
Return to your room and rest for the night.
Accommodation: 5* The Shilla Jeju
Day 7: Jeju Island, South Korea
This morning after breakfast, arrive at Seogwang Tea Garden. It is known as the most well managed and the largest tea plantation in Korea. Here, the tea leaves receive just the right amount of sun for it to be made into the highest quality product. The plantation also allures visitors with a very pleasant scent of green tea. Be sure to snap some pictures of the vast greenery.
After which, we visit the O’sulloc Tea Museum located nearby. The “o” in “o’sulloc”, means to appreciate and enjoy, and it also stands for the origin of sulloc, only sulloc, and of sulloc tea. Learn about Korea’s traditional tea culture. Enjoy a unique blend of o’sulloc teas. Then, head up to the second floor of the building where the observatory is located and enjoy the views of the nearby green tea fields and the surrounding landscape.
Then, visit the famed Innisfree Jeju House. Here, visitors can experience everything about the brand with a variety of activities that satisfy the five senses, as well as spending a relaxing time surrounded by the beautiful nature on Jeju Island. Innisfree Jeju House was built to preserve the natural environment of the area.
Shop for Innisfree's cosmetics made with quality ingredients harvested from Jeju. Have an organic lunch made with fresh local ingredients at the restaurant
Thereafter, head to another Instagram worthy café, Aewol Cafe Monsant. Stop here for a quick tea break. The café is located along the Handam Aewol coastal walk. It is known for its architecture, featuring the huge glass-mirror panels can be tilted open, reflecting the sunset at various angles.
If the weather is good, you may choose to opt to take a transparent kayak out into the crystal clear waters at your own expense, available for rent in the vicinity.
Accommodation: 5* The Shilla Jeju
Day 8: Jeju Island, South Korea
This morning after breakfast, drive through a winding tunnel in the forest following the clean energy of Hallasan Mountain and arrive at We Hotel. We Hotel runs wellness programs with pure water and the power of the forests of Jeju, such as Hydrotherapy and Forest Therapy.
The WE Hotel boasts the highest-quality water therapy facility in Korea that features natural water from volcanic bedrock along with indoor and outdoor pools. You may spend your day at leisure and choose from the many programs available in the accommodation.
Professional therapists will assist you with programs held in the Aqua Meditation Pool. Inside the quiet and serene pool, you can relieve your physical tension during an aqua acupressure massage and a surfing yoga. The centre also runs programmes such as Aqua Exercise, which helps strengthen your muscles and flexibility using sports equipment underwater, and swimming classes.
The Medical Spa Therapy Centre, the first of its kind in Korea, provides skincare as well as spa programs that promote health, such as strengthening the immune and brain functions, as well as relieving pain, and a spa for pregnant women.
In the Mind Healing room, you can meditate while listening to the sound of resonating crystal glasses under low illumination, and you can also receive personal training at the fitness centre.
Accommodation: 5* We Hotel, Jeju
Day 9: Jeju Island, South Korea
This morning, embark on a Forest therapy experience and take a walk along the forest path together with a forest commentator and guide. Learn about the many stories about plants in the Jeju forest and learn how ancient people used them. Have a friendly chat, breathe, and meditate together with your guide. Soft music will emit from speakers in the forest, and birds sing without rest. The comforting warmth of the mysterious forests in Jeju and Mother Nature brings peace to your soul.
Then, make your way to the airport to depart for your flight back to Seoul.
Make a private transfer from the Domestic Airport to check into your hotel for the night, located just across from Incheon airport.
Visit Cimer, a new spin on Korea’s jjimjilbang (traditional bathhouse) culture that combines hi-tech with Haute healing. Cimer’s more intimate spaces include the transcendental Wave Dream room and the Virtual Spa, where spirit-boosting landscapes are projected onto the walls.
Treat yourself with a rejuvenating hot spring water experience enriched with organic elements, spice it up with the Hot Shot services and choose a variety of body treatments and detox programs or simply immerse in pure luxury as you dip in the exotic, trendy indoor and outdoor pools.
Then return to your accommodation to rest for the night.
Accommodation: 5* Paradise City Hotel
Day 10: Depart for Singapore
Please note: This itinerary is designed to give you an idea of what to expect on the tour but is not set in stone. What we actually do on a given day is flexible and can be tailored based on the interests of the group.
This itinerary and its package inclusions might be changed later in time, subject to availability.