Seeking some winter solace . . .
Christmas is coming and with the holiday season fast approaching, it can sometimes be a little difficult to get a taste of home when it comes to festivities. However, the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Seoul with many of the top-end hotels offering a little winter solace away from Korean festivities. Here, the Ritz-Carlton, Seoul, the Grand InterContinental Seoul COEX, Grand Hyatt Seoul and the Conrad Seoul share some of their Christmas goodies with the expat community.
Christmas Treat: Christmas Grand Dinner Buffet
Hotel: Conrad Seoul
When: December 24, 25, 26, 5.30pm-10pm
Cost: KRW 120,000 (adults) / KRW 60,000 (children)
For the ultimate Christmas dinner experience, head to the Conrad Seoul’s Zest & Atrio restaurant this month. For three evenings only, the biggest Christmas Dinner buffet will encompass the entire 2nd floor of the hotel to offer a tasty selection of the best Western and Eastern festive cuisine. Alongside culinary holiday favorites roast turkey, roast pork and roasted vegetables, seafood stations will also serve the finest snow crab, abalone and scallop dishes. Over in the Asian Corner, Korean dishes galbi and beef sukiyaki will be offered along with other oriental favorites. No meal is complete without dessert and the buffet has visited every country imaginable to bring Buche de Noel, Stollen, Panettone and Mince Pies to the table. Dining room entertainment sees traditional Christmas carols and live musical performances throughout the evening to accompany the fully decorated Christmas ambience and a photo zone where the festive evening can be remembered with the Conrad Santa Bear.
Christmas Treat: Winter Cocktails
Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul
Cost: KRW 30,000 (inclusive of taxes and service charge)
The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul has designed three exclusive Winter Cocktails to enjoy over the festive period. Cocktail favorites Hot Toddy, Irish Coffee and Hot Buttered Rum make a welcome appearance on the menu to while away those cold winter evenings. Carefully selected spirits have been combined with the freshest of winter herbs (in the case of the Hot Toddy) to develop a warm and deep flavor in these limited edition cocktails. Each drink is also accompanied by a side serving of lemon cheesecake (to match the citrus flavors of the Hot Toddy), a macaroon (to complement the coffee aromas of the Irish Coffee) or a soft muffin (to soften the rich butter and hot milk notes from the Hot Buttered Rum). Served in the warm and comfortable surroundings of The Ritz Bar, visitors can also enjoy the ambience of a wood-burning stove while sipping away at their beverages.
Christmas Treat: Winter Movie Fun Package
Hotel: Grand Hyatt Seoul
When: December 4, 2015 – January 17, 2016 (excluding December 24, 25, 30. 31)
Cost: Starting at KRW 250,000 (for 2 adults and 1 child under 12 – excluding tax and service charge)
The Grand Hyatt Seoul presents its room package with a festive twist. Bringing families and loved ones together, enjoy an evening in one of the hotel’s plush rooms which boast impressive views of Namsan. Guests will have access to the Hotel Transylvania lounge to see Hotel Transylvania 1 with the Grand Hyatt, Seoul providing popcorn, nachos and other refreshments to enjoy the movie. The Hotel Transylvania lounge is a welcome addition over the festive period to celebrate the upcoming release of Hotel Transylvania 2 on Christmas Eve. Guests staying at the hotel in December will be given additional tickets to attend the premier. For children, the zone includes a coloring corner and a photo zone while the family can enjoy a 50% discount on tickets and skate rental fees at the ice rink. In addition, the indoor swimming pool facilities and 24-hour gym are available to all and receive 10% off all restaurants and spa treatments at the hotel to fulfil any holiday break need.
Christmas Treat: The Electronic Christmas Party
Hotel: Grand Intercontinental Seoul COEX
Date: December 24
Cost: KRW 85,000 (Ticket + World Christmas Buffet), KRW 30,000 (Ticket + 3 beverages) (10% service charge and 10% VAT inclusive)
The InterContinental Seoul COEX are getting into the party spirit with a Christmas Eve party on December 24. Transforming the Harmony ballroom of the InterContinental Seoul COEX for one evening only, the Electronic Christmas Party will bring some high-energy entertainment, a selection of drinks and a special Christmas buffet to the festive season. Music from top Korean DJ and hip-hop artist KINGMCK and his crew will accompany the hot buffet station which will serve up some traditional Christmas fare. The drinks will also be flowing with a ‘food only’ or ‘drink only’ option to cater for any party need. Head to the Harmony Ballroom this Christmas Eve to get the party started in style.