Latest Seoul luxury spas

Latest Seoul luxury spas

Perfection takes effort. And some serious money. For those seriously obsessed with beautiful skin, three high-end cosmetic brands have opened new, private spas

As Asia's most image-obsessed city, Seoul's wide range of beauty businesses cater to Seoulites and tourists alike.

Mom-and-pop massage shops can be found on almost every other block, while high-end brands often have private rooms for facials at individual branches and department stores. 

On the back of growing demand for such services, three brands launched new spas earlier this year. All three promise to provide private and rejuvenating, if expensive, experiences for those with hectic city lives.

La Mer

Seoul La Mer SpaThe La Mer Spa has just one room, making for a cozy and private experience.La Mer Korea opened its first massage room last month. It's the third La Mer spa in Asia after those in Singapore’s Harrod’s Department Store and Tokyo's Isetan Beauty Park.

The spa has only one room. According to La Mer marketing manager Sunghee Yoon, limited space allows for more emphasis on privacy.

The facial service alone uses more than half a tub of La Mer crème. All products used in the facial treatment are from La Mer.

One type of sheet mask is sold by reservation only, and the waiting period can take as long as three months due to high demand. 

All services are available by appointment only.

Galleria Department East, 515 Apgujeong-dong, Gangnam-gu (강남구 압구정동 515 갤러리아 백화점 이스트); +82 2 3449 4114

La Boutique Bleue: Swiss Perfection

La Boutique BleueLocated in the bustling Chungnam and Apgujeong area, La Boutique Bleue is an escape from the asphalt jungle.Swiss Perfection opened its fifth spa in Korea, named La Boutique Bleue, in March 2011 in Hannam-dong. The company calls it a "prestige beauty gallery" -- all Swiss Perfection products are displayed as if at an art exhibition.

According to marketing manager Euzung Chun, the Hannam branch is the most private of the five Seoul spas, and accepts the least number of clients per day. It uses equipments brought in from the company's Switzerland headquarters.

The building itself has been constructed using environmentally friendly material. 

743-24, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu (서울시 용산구 한남동 743-24 라 부티크 블루); +82 2 797 0155

SK-II Boutique Spa

SK-IISK-II will inspect your skin with its "vision scope."

SK-II's first boutique spa in Korea is its fifth in the world. Marketing manager Jinjoo Lee says that the Dosan branch is the biggest and most luxurious spa from the skin-care company. 

The first floor has skin-care products. The second floor a reception and lounge area. The third floor is for facials and body treatments. The fourth floor is for VIPs. The top floor has a rooftop garden.

Services starts with a “vision scope” examination of skin condition. Special programs include those catering to soon-to-be brides and grooms, and complete body treatments. 

651-1, Shinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu (서울시 강남구 신사동 651-1 SK-II 도산파크점); +82 2 3447 0275