Spa Land sounds like the name of an amusement park, but it’s much better than any Six Flags I’ve ever been to. Spa Land offers your favorite attractions…naked! For me just the mention of Spa Land brings back dreamy memories of a sort of Disney Land with clean towels, relaxing whirlpools and cucumber facial masks. With a name like Spa Land you have to be ready to deliver on your amusement park-esque name. Believe me, Spa Land does just that, it is a carnival of relaxing treatments and a fun house of sauna rooms and hot baths that do much more for you than those crazy mirrors you find at the State Fair. This best part is that this place is just for adults, no crying, screaming, over-sugared children to disrupt your blissful experience.
Spa Land, equipped with all the benefits of a traditional Korean spa, is located in ‘Shinsegae Centum City’ in Haeundae, Busan. Spa Land consists of 22 spas fed by two different kinds of all-natural spring water pumped up from 1000 meters underground, 13 distinctively themed ‘Jjimjilbangs’ and saunas, and an open-air foot spa. If that doesn’t sound enticing then I don’t know what your spa expectations are. Spa Land over-delivered on every account.
A glimpse into the indoor whirlpool area at Spa Land, this is just a fraction of what is on offer and there is also an entire outside spa.
Spa Land is unparalleled when it comes to spa amenities, they have thought of it all. When you arrive you are given a locker for your shoes, so that no one is tracking dirt into the locker rooms where you are walking around barefoot. Your entrance fee includes a locker, two towels, a set of loose fitting clothing for the co-ed saunas and a scrubbing loofah with soap, shampoo and conditioner to be used in the spas. After you have enjoyed your alloted four hours in Spa Land, they provide sterilized combs, hair products, hair dryers, straighteners and curling irons. They even provide Q-tips, they have really thought of it all.
A “styling station” where sterilized brushes and all the hair products you could need are provided free of charge.
The only tough part is determining where to start. I scouted out each of the 13 Jimjibangs located in the clothed, co-ed area first. The diversity of sauna options was mind-spinning. The rooms ranged in temperature from a stifling 68 degrees Celsius to a chilling 5 degrees Celsius and offered much more than just a temperature change. Some rooms had vibration therapy, before you let your mind slip too far into the gutter let me explain, you lie on raised platforms that vibrate much like a massage chair would. Another room offered salt therapy, the walls are made of mineral halite and help improve your breathing among other things. Other rooms included regular saunas, an entertainment room with lounge chairs and private TV’s and even a healthy cafe if you want to get a snack.
One of the 13 jimjibangs at Spa Land, this one shaped in a pyramid.
After the Jimjibangs I took a stroll through the outdoor foot bath and then headed inside for the female spa. It was incredible, pools of different temperatures with perfectly placed water jets and a serene outdoor area complete with a natural spring waterfall. When you enter, a scrubber, soap, shampoo and conditioner is provided to you by the friendly Spa Land staff. After you have scrubbed yourself clean you can spend the rest of your time relaxing in the whirlpools. It is a blissful experience despite the crowds.
Regardless of what saunas you seek out, or how wrinkly you get from spending time in the myriad of spas on offer one thing is for sure you will leave relaxed and refreshed. It is the perfect city reprieve and a must- do on any tour to Busan.
IF YOU GO
Arrive after 8:00 pm and the entrance fee is only 8000 W. Don’t worry you can still get your money’s worth as Spa Land doesn’t close until midnight. You are allowed to stay for four hours on any one visit to Spa Land.
No need to bring anything, Spa Land provides towels, brushes, Q-tips, soap, everything you need so pack light if at all and enjoy the amenities.