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The Shilla's location is the perfect base for day hikes

Rediscovering Korea’s Jeju Island in winter

Known to South Koreans as the perfect summertime getaway, the spectacular Jeju Island reveals a different side of itself during winter – one that’s no less enthralling, and certainly no less fun.

Heated indoor pools and sauna indoors while winter prevails outdoors

Known to South Koreans as the perfect summertime getaway, the spectacular Jeju Island reveals a different side of itself during winter – one that’s no less enthralling, and certainly no less fun. Make like a Korean A-list celeb and retreat to the Shilla Jeju this winter, where a wealth of activities coupled with the island’s naturally astounding landscape transforms the resort into a winter park.

Take to the dormant volcano of the Hallasan Mountain for a refreshing wintertime hike, wander about the snowy grounds of the Shilla on horseback, or take a romantic sunset yacht cruise – there’s no limit to the wintertime activities at this luxurious resort.

Head into the lush heated pool on cold days
Head into the lush heated pool on cold days

The hotel lobby also transforms into a specially built market during the festive season, where you can sample local delights and create memories at an adorable themed photo zone.

Wrap up a long day of wintertime fun with a dip into the resort’s heated outdoor pool and enjoy picture-perfect views of the Pacific Ocean and beyond – but if you’d prefer to soak in the view indoors, the Soombi Spa Zone also includes a heated indoor pool, numerous Jacuzzis, and a soothing sauna.

Set on a private 21-acre clifftop, the ShillaJeju commands one of the best views on the entire island. It is tucked away in the sprawling Jungmun Resort Complex amidst a wealth of lush foliage that offers serene surroundings and unadulterated privacy.

Splendid pastel tones are draped over grandiloquent Mediterranean-inspired designs here at the Shilla Jeju, and with peerless windows that overlook the pristine gardens or the Pacific, travellers are bound to be in for a visual delight whenever they return to their plush rooms.

An overview of the Shilla Jeju's exclusive perch
An overview of the Shilla Jeju’s exclusive perch

Jeju Island is at its most popular during the summer, though with all the happenings during the wintertime at the spectacular Shilla resort, you’re bound to feel the cheer in the air as well. ◼

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© This article was first published online in Feb 2019 – World Travel Magazine.

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