Part hotel and part exclusive members' club, the Banyan Tree’s South Korean outpost overlooks the stunning surrounding scenery, from Mt. Namsan and the Han River to Namsan Park’s lush greenery. Apart from the main swimming pool, each of the guest rooms and suites has its own relaxation pool (and with only four rooms to each floor it’s seriously serene) too. We say stray from the main area and bag yourself a Grand Cabana with billowing white curtains and private plunge pool surrounded by heavenly lantern light.

UJ’s Insider Tips

The ‘Oasis’ is Seoul’s largest outdoor swimming pool, and turns into an ice-skating rink and snow sled field come winter. But if you fancy getting your endorphins elsewhere, the resort’s just launched its Roof Gym including a sky high walking trail and twenty specially-made outdoor treadmills with sweeping views over the city.

Banyan Tree, San 5-5, Jang Chung-Dong 2-Ga, Jung-Gu, Seoul 100-857, South Korea | +82 2 2250 8000 |