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Personalised resort hospitality arrives in Korea as Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul opens 1 June 2010

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27 May 2010

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Seoul, South Korea– The highly anticipated hotel opening of Seoul’s leading urban resort takes place this summer. Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul, which comprises a private member’s club as well as a city hotel, is the first such concept by the award-winning hospitality brand Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts. The sprawling 70,000 square-metre property is nestled in the heart of Seoul in Mount Namsan, providing easy access from downtown Seoul as a place for leisure and entertainment in a natural environment. Opening in two phases, Club facilities were unveiled to members in April 2010, while its Hotel building will be revealed to the public on 1 June 2010.

Celebrate the opening of Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul from 1 June to 31 August 2010 with rates starting from KRW402,000 + 21% tax and service charge (approximately US$345 + 21% tax and service charge) in a Deluxe Room for two, with two nights’ minimum stay. The offer includes daily breakfast at Granum Dining Lounge for two, and a choice to enjoy one bottle of champagne at 3 Sixty Wine Bar, one 90-minute Banyan Tree Spa massage session, or one Japanese set lunch for two at the contemporary Mori N restaurant.  

Unique Hotel Experiences
Guests of the Hotel at Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul are uniquely identified as Club members during their stay, and will be allowed exclusive access to Club facilities such as outdoor and indoor swimming pools, sauna, indoor and rooftop gym, golf range, tennis court, futsal, and other members-only restaurants and bars.

The Hotel also caters to guest privacy with just 16 rooms and 16 suites equipped with plunge pools in every unit, with a maximum of four rooms or suites per floor. With a minimum floor space of 50sqm ranging up to 105sqm, these units are beautifully inspired by the five oriental elements of water, fire, metal, wood, and earth. Additionally, two double-storey Presidential Suites, measuring 280sqm and 315 sqm each, provide panoramic views from four angles overlooking the tranquil Namsan Park and Seoul city.

Also located in the Hotel building are four impeccable dining experiences which are open to the public and poised to position Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul as the place to socialise and be seen at.

Located in the highest point of the Hotel accompanied by the skyline of Seoul city, the al fresco 3 Sixty Wine Bar is where guests imbibe modern tapas, top quality oysters, gourmet cheese platters, farmed caviar, and a vintage wine selection. Namsan Terrace provides an exciting selection of fresh Angus beef and seafood, in a casual outdoor grill setting with Mount Namsan views. Immediately located on the first floor  the sophisticated Granum Dining Lounge has  an extensive menu of South East Asian a la carte dishes. A relaxed place for outings, this is the place to enjoy Champagne brunches on weekends. Last but not least, Celeste is the name given to the hotel’s Destination Dining experience, where guests are discreetly served in intimate cabanas in the midst of nature. Celeste, which means ‘heavenly’ in Italian, sets the stage for a proposal or to celebrate special occasions like anniversaries and birthdays.

Banyan Tree Spa offers a range of services to the hotel guests, Club members, as well as the general public. The Spa features 11 treatment rooms, including five deluxe single rooms, four deluxe double rooms and two spa suites. All treatment rooms include bathrooms and relaxation areas and the spa suites are equipped with Rainmist rooms for the unique Tropical Rainmist experiences.

Like the tropical and sacred tree that inspired its name, Banyan Tree Spa is an intimate retreat that blends romance and serenity with exotic sensuality, providing a sanctuary for the senses. A pioneer of the tropical garden spa concept, it is a haven for physical and spiritual renewal. Using a ‘high-touch, low-tech’ approach that celebrates human touch coupled with the use of natural herbs and spices and aromatic oils, the exotic treatments are inspired by Asian traditions that have been passed through the hands of many generations. The spa therapists of Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul are professionally trained at the exclusive Banyan Tree Spa Academy in Phuket, Thailand.

Please see Annexe 1 for overview on Club, Festa and outdoor facilities.

About Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul
Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul occupies the former Tower Hotel building, a historically significant cultural landmark designed and built in 1967 to commemorate the Korean War by architect Kim Swoo Geun who also designed the Seoul Olympic Stadium. Additionally, it encompasses two more buildings in order to offer its guests and visitors a holistic lifestyle setting comprising The Hotel, The Club, The Festa, and a myriad of outdoor facilities. All facilities have been remodelled by Architrave, Banyan Tree’s in-house design arm, implementing a fresh, modern outlook in each outlet for the guests.

Access to Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul’s membership club is highly sought after, as it aims to create a social community with members who have the same interest and values. Membership applications are submitted through present members’ recommendations, reviewed by the evaluation committee, and once accepted, the applicant becomes a full member.

Contact Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul at +82 2 2250 8000, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or log on to banyantree.com.

ANNEXE 1

Exclusive Club Facilities
Exclusively for Hotel guests and members of Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul, Club facilities include the Members’ lounge, Korean sauna with hot/warm/cold pool, indoor swimming pool, and an indoor and outdoor fitness centre, as well as fitness classes like weight training, yoga, and body building. A total of 16 Club Rooms and Club Suites in this building are specially catered for use by members, with facilities such as a kids’ club where child members can enjoy fun-filled and educational programmes, and a Mediterranean restaurant for all to enjoy comfort cuisine, local and international dishes, and weekend brunches. Banyan Tree Gallery is also opened to the public, retailing indigenous handicraft by artisans over the world in addition to spa and lifestyle products, apparel and furnishings.

Extensive Festa Entertainment
Also exclusive for Hotel guests and members of Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul, are entertainment outlets in the Festa building. Adjacent the live entertainment bar, Festa Bar, which serves various selection of whiskey and live jazz music, is Festa Bistro which serves French modern bistro classics cuisine alongside a menu that features light, healthy cuisine. Tickle taste buds further at the serene Japanese contemporary cuisine Mori N that opens the doors to sake tasting and modern Japanese grill dishes featuring seasonal ingredients. An outdoor garden terrace area on the rooftop blends seamlessly with the verdant view overlooking Namsan.

Myriad Outdoor Facilities
Hotel guests and Club members are further spoilt for choice at The Festa, the choice venue to enjoy cultural and social events, thanks to its centrepiece of an expansive outdoor swimming pool, dubbed The Oasis, which perfectly complements Namsan’s natural ambiance and is transformed into a magical ice rink and snow sled field in winter. The exhaustive list of facilities also includes a tennis court, where world-renowned tennis player Hyung-Taek Lee consults on tennis coaching, a futsal field where children enjoy the game of mini football with soccer classes run by the Hong Myungbo Soccer Academy, a basketball court for shooting hoops, and a golf driving range to practice swings with coaching services provided by Troon Golf Academy.