The ocean air fresher with every breath. The morning breeze, sliding through the balcony doors for that faint, early hour wake-up. The warm-lit sunrise, breaking over the beach as the shine reached into my top-floor room. Peace and tranquillity had come at Hyatt Regency Jeju.
Situated southwest of Jeju island, Hyatt Regency Jeju has arguably the best location on the island. On the foot of Jungmun beach and the only hotel exclusively right by the ocean, it’s one of the definitive ocean view all day. The sun beamed throughout my stay, allowing me torelaxing on my double balcony room, enjoying a panoramic view that draws into the far distance.
Hyatt Hotels & Resort
Jungmun, Seogwipo, South Korea
Fitness Centre, Indoor Pool, Spa, Sauna, Camp Hyatt
As one of the most long standing Hyatt hotels worldwide, Hyatt Regency Jeju offers a refreshingly atmospheric welcome on arrival. The floors converge to the glass dome ceiling as the elevator glides down.
The view top-down is equally as stunning, designed and intended to showcase the wandering stream and tropical bar in the centre that heightens the sense of Jeju island inside. The sound of water ripples from the strokes of fish among ambient chatter from guests in the foray. This is a destination designed to step away from the rush of life for pure, uninterrupted relaxation.
Hyatt Regency Jeju is the family-friendly luxury brand of the Hyatt group and it certainly makes everyone welcome. The expansive garden that reaches the edges of the cliff with the ocean in sight is pure bliss. The path that sidles the edges guide a wandering journey as you gaze into the sunset or sit on the benches placed throughout.
I stayed on the top floor in the king-sized bedroom (360sq.ft) with an ocean view. I’m particularly enjoy open-space rooms, so when I walked past the hallway to reveal the shared living room and bedroom with bright windows spread across one side, it immediately felt spacious. Sliding the balcony doors and walking onto the floor, it was something special. The double balcony gave me both the Jungmun beach and ocean view for that perfect sunrise and sunset moment.
Mirrors hugging the walls increased the sense of space, bouncing outdoor light. Generous water and beverage condiments to the right of the lounge sofa and table are very much welcomed and presently pleasantly. The bathroom and wardrobe area shared the same entrance. It was a little narrow, but well supplied with elegant marble décor.
It has enough wardrobe space to unpack several luggage if you carry a lot with you, though I’m a minimalist so this was plenty of space. If I had to summarise the experience in this room, it would be a mix of home comforts and class – warm colours co-ordinated throughout the room with complimenting, understated furniture.
The carpet shows its age compared to modern luxury standards, but balances very well in this family-friendly luxury hotel. For me, the room is all about the outdoors, natural light and space… Hyatt Regency Jeju certainly lives up to that in this respect.
The only hotel in Jeju island to be located by the ocean, Hyatt Regency Jeju has a view like no other.
Like in all Hyatt properties, they have rooms with a local touch. The traditional Korean ‘Ondol rooms’ are minimal, with a fusion of contemporary and korean culture for a familiar yet sophisticated touch. The Presidential suites are one of the most stunning experiences I’ve come across so far, while those looking for a smaller setup with find plenty of comforts with the beach and ocean view the focal point from the single balcony.
Taking the elevator to the 9th floor brings me to the Hyatt Club lounge, serving breakfast, snacks and beverages throughout the day. A wide selection of beverages during cocktail happy hour happens every evening. Friendly, professional and warm-invitations welcomed me to enjoy the range on offer and I happily obliged. Breakfast consisted of a variety of western and traditional cuisines, while attentive hostesses made sure I was comfortable. Food is always served fresh and hot from the live-kitchen too. It isn’t a large Hyatt club lounge, but I was very impressed with the service and food.
I was surprised to see I could rent the electric bike from Hyatt Regency Jeju and wow was it one fine ride. Thick tyres and a motorised electric system to get through the steep and hilly roads of Jeju. I managed to cycle from Jungmun beach to Seogwipo there and back 2 hours each way with breath-taking scenes of Jeju and the surrounding ocean. You don’t get that on the bus or taxi. I recommend it as a way to immerse yourself within the local scenes of Jeju island, especially if you’re an outdoor, adventuring person.
Hyatt Regency Jeju is a destination to unwind, relax and enjoy the tranquil surrounding areas. Easy to get to from Jeju City airport on the airport shuttle bus, you can expect a smooth stay all-round. There is something for everyone to enjoy, whether that be nature, pampering or outdoor activities, while the regular local buses take you to Seogwipo and east of Jeju for exploration and sightseeing. The exclusive ocean location and views around Jungmun beach are one of the best on the island. Sunrise and sunset are personal highlights of mine, enjoyedfrom the room or on the beach. If there was ever a place in Jeju island I had to choose, Jungmun beach and Hyatt Regency Jeju would be one of them.