If you need any further reason to visit the South Korean capital, this decade’s most fashionable destination – then let a stay at the Four Seasons Seoul be it. Paying homage to the city’s imperial past, this brand new residence is fit for royalty in its Gwanghwamun location, overlooking the centuries-old road to Gyeongbokgung Palace. A charming, Korean front-desk manager with an impeccable American accent led us to our suite, pointing out the hotel’s vast collection of contemporary art along the way. The property is a perfect fusion of old-world tradition and newwave cool, summing up the spirit and energy of Seoul. On entering our room, the first thing we noticed were the floorto- ceiling windows, offering fabulous views of the city and flooding the neutral, minimalist living quarters with natural light. Don’t blame us for making the most of our time here, we were regulars in the spa, pool and cocktail bar and a particular highlight for us being the amazing buffet breakfast. And if it is even possible that you tire of Korean food, the hotel’s designer Japanese restaurant, Kioku (meaning memories) headed by Michelinstarred chef Sawada Kazumi, certainly created a happy foodie memory.

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