Christian Stan, at 1 Oct. 15, in News

Constantly surprising, always captivating, Seoul is a city of contrasts, where deep tradition lives in harmony with innovative technology and leading-edge fashion, imaginative pop culture and fiery food, trendsetting style and a playful attitude. Now, in the heart of it all and welcoming the world for the first time, is the new Four Seasons Hotel Seoul.

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The new building in the Korean capital’s Central Business District, designed by Heerim Architects & Planners, is also home to the city’s best choice of event venues ranging from elegant ballrooms to myriad private entertaining options. Opening his first shop in Korea within Four Seasons, celebrated Tokyo-based floral designer Nicolai Bergmann’s beautiful creations are on display throughout the Hotel, complemented by an expertly curated art collection in rooms and public spaces created by LTW Designworks.

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Four Seasons Hotel Seoul invited some of today’s most creative minds into a world of possibility guided by an unwavering commitment to quality, and the result is truly extraordinary. Sensory delights abound from the finest textures and finishes to the carefully chosen music in each area of the Hotel and the signature scent created exclusively for Four Seasons by Lorenzo Villoresi Firenze.

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In 317 rooms and suites, guests will find a private sanctuary for rest and relaxation. The new, fully customisable Four Seasons Bed is in every room, and thoughtful features include motorised window coverings that allow guests to instantly choose between complete darkness, veiled natural light or crystal-clear vistas across the city – including unobstructed views of Gyeongbok Palace and the landmark N Seoul Tower from selected suites. More than 160 contemporary artworks feed the soul, while attentive Four Seasons staff ensure every need and want is met.

Seven New Restaurants and Bars, All at One Address

Coinciding with the opening of the Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Seoul also introduces seven new dining and entertaining venues, plus two specialty food shops.

Each new restaurant and bar is a destination unto itself, with one-of-a-kind concepts and menus created by an international culinary team led by Executive Chef Ralf Dohmeier.

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With Chef Loris Pistillo at the helm, Boccalino and the adjoining Bar Boccalino present a complete rethinking of the traditional Italian restaurant. At Yu Yuan, Chef Simon Wu’s culinary vision is on the menu in a space inspired by 1920s Shanghai. Chef Sawada Kazumi brings his precision skills to the three-story Japanese restaurant Kioku. In The Market Kitchen, diners are transported to a European-style market hall with myriad cooking stations manned by Chef Matthieu Moles and his team. Christopher Lowder is behind the bar at Charles H., the modern interpretation of a Prohibition-era speakeasy that promises to be Seoul’s best destination for spirited gatherings. At Maru, Four Seasons Hotel Seoul welcomes the world to its very own living room for dining, drinking and socialising.

The Market Larder offers gourmet meals and pantry items to go, while Confections by Four Seasons tempts with Executive Pastry Chef Reinhard Lackner’s sweet creations.

The Spa at Four Seasons Club Seoul

In a culture obsessed with wellness and beauty, Four Seasons introduces a new sanctuary of total pampering for local guests and world-weary travellers. Signature treatments at the Spa at Four Seasons include the indulgent three-hour My Present of Beauty, the Miyeok Slim-Steam Wrap and the Um Yang Ritual, a botanical cure using herbs found in the ancient healing bible Dongui Bogam. Guests are also encouraged to enhance treatments with time in the Korean sauna for maximum effect.

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And there’s a special surprise for those booking a massage: the Mask Bar, offering a choice of Fedora facial sheets to be applied during the treatment. At the Nail Bar, a full menu of manicures and pedicures includes expertly applied Nail Art by the Spa’s artist technicians.

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For local professionals and business travellers, the Spa + Snack menu combines 30-minute mini-treatments with an express lunch for midday rejuvenation.

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