Everywhere I look there is nudity, brightly-lit and mostly unapologetic: on me, on my three friends, and on the dozens of other women here on a Saturday evening for a series of soaks, scrubs, saunas, and steams. The towels are too small to provide any sort of coverage, perhaps by design. I start out in the nudity-required area, where I move from a shower to a steam room, to a hot sauna and a freezing-cold pool, then back again. I also take a dip in the hot whirlpool and begin to feel my tired muscles—and my Puritanical inhibitions—relax. Then I lie down on a stone slab beneath infrared lights, feeling a little bit like a Big Mac abandoned under a heat lamp.
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Dreamy memories of Jeju Island, South Korea. Photo credit: Kary Kern. Jeju was declared one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature in a global poll. Exploring the island was a highlight of our trip. If you go and I highly recommend that you do! The building was renovated in and opened in All workers came from Korea with housing provided during the entire construction process. Greeted by a grandfather stone. On Jeju Island in South Korea, these large rock statues are scattered around the island and are considered to be gods, providing both protection and fertility.
The stones were traditionally placed just outside of gates to shield against demons traveling between realities. Not because of fear of injury, but it has a scanning code so you can easily purchase services or food. We were then temporarily separated and guided into gender-segregated locker rooms.
Here, you can either put on the issued clothing or….. While a bit intimidating to Americans, public bathhouses are common throughout Asia. You can choose to immerse in one or all of the Goldilocks pools — one is very hot, one is very cold, and one is warm aka just right. In this bathing area, you can choose additional treatments such as a Korean demandi body scrub shampoo to exfoliate dead skin or a hip bath yikes, vagina steam.
I soak for about 10 minutes, then get bored and get out. Full transparency: I am basically a hedonist fraidy-cat when it comes to being uncomfortable so I only do the warm tub and forgo the scrub. There was an endless line of women waiting for their turn for the hardcore skin-polishing. After drying and dressing, I head out to the common area to meet Kary at our prearranged meeting time.
We study the various sauna rooms, which look like big igloos, each with different temperatures and lined with different elements to promote specific health benefits. So many choices! The Gold and Silver room is lined and covered with gold and silver, claiming to have positive effects on nerve stability and neurosis.
The Jeju sauna with semi-precious jewels was amazing! The Jewel Sauna surrounds you with semi-precious stones and crystals said to have great healing and calming powers. The Baked Clay Sauna helps dilate peripheral blood vessels, bring relief to tight muscles, increase blood circulation, help to eliminate waste products.
The Thermal Jade Room is made from imported Korean jade stone providing the benefit of dry heat, heated jade, and infused Chinese herbs to increase metabolism, improve circulation and relieve arthritis pain. Steam Jade Sauna helps to reduce stress, raise your metabolism, improve your complexion, alleviate pain due to sports injury, prevent injuries, and can also ease the symptoms of a cold.
The Wood Sauna is a standard traditional sauna that helps reduce muscle tension, promoting relaxation and general well-being. The heat helps improve circulation and, of course, promotes sweating, which opens up the pores and cleanses the skin. We choose the Thermal Jade kiln because anything that helps increase metabolism is worth a try. The seating is limited, so after we pick up our places, we scan the dining area but find no free tables.
They are simply lovely and we enjoy a pleasant conversation while we devour our lunch. The massages are fabulous and the hour goes by very quickly. Kary was so excited about getting a pedicure. Me, not so much. You have probably guessed that my feet are sensitive and ticklish.
This will only be my fourth pedicure, ever. But I give in. That rectangular metal instrument of torment that scrapes dry skin and callouses from your tootsies. He clenches my foot firmly in his hand and starts swiping. The other foot now. The crowd is loving every minute of it. Finally, the manicurist next to him tells him to stop, so he does. Applying polish is much more civilized. I swear this is the truth. You can ask Kary.
Korean spas claim that frequent visits can help improve blood pressure, fatigue, stress levels, and chronic pain. Some of these claims are backed by science, with studies showing that some saunas can detoxify and improve circulation and cardiovascular health. Your entrance ticket gives you access to the spa for 24 hours, and you can even stay overnight and sleep on mats, pillows, and blankets which they provide.
Consider this…your connecting flight in Atlanta is delayed or canceled and you have to stay overnight. Jeju Sauna. Click here to compare prices on hotels in Atlanta. For full information, please see our disclaimer. Patti Morrow is a freelance travel writer and founder of the award-winning blog Luggage and Lipstick.
Patti has traveled six continents looking for fabulous places and adventure activities for her Baby Boomer and Gen X! Karen Warren Reply February 6, at pm. Carol Colborn Reply February 4, at pm. Oh, I am envious! Something like that would be great for Valentines for Bill and me.
And yes, I will plan on a longer layover in Atlanta! Irene S. Levine Reply February 4, at am. What a fun experience for a couple! Maybe I should reconsider Ruth Reply February 1, at am.
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For Businesses. Write a Review. I've been here several times. Love it! For awhile I would just come in to enjoy the hot tub and saunas, have a meal, soak some more and leave. Lately I've been trying different foods and services and so far I have not been disappointed.
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