We just returned today from a 2-night stay at the Daemyung Sol Beach Hotel. Our family was really surprised by what a great resort it turned out to be. We traveled the first week of October with our 3 kids, ranging 8-2, and my parents in their 60's & 70's.
To start, the resort itself is really beautiful and tastefully decorated. The public spaces and the rooms are extremely clean and very well maintained. Additionally, the decor itself is simple and sophisticated, especially for a Korean resort. No fussy light fixtures or gaudy finishings. (Korean hotel decor is often a bit overdone for my taste.) Our room had a huge, albeit not toddler-friendly, balcony with a gorgeous ocean view. The balcony doors even had a sliding screen door, so we could keep the doors open at night to enjoy the wonderful ocean breeze. However, the balcony itself could be very dangerous for a young child because the railings were too widely spaced. Our toddler could have easily squeezed himself through and fallen 5 stories. We kept a close watch on that door. The bedding was a bit smaller than we expected - a double bed and a larger-than-average single bed, rather than two double beds.
The food at the restaurants was very good. We especially like the Spanish restaurant for the pizza. They were also very child-friendly, with special plates and cutlery for kids. Go early to the buffet restaurant for breakfast because it fills up quickly. (We waited 20 minutes for a table at breakfast.) Huge variety of food at the breakfast and the dinner buffet.
There is a special pool facility, Aquaworld, at the hotel as well. Our kids spent several happy hours there. The facilities are perfect for kids of all ages, including babies. Be sure to bring a swim cap or baseball cap, however. They charge for renting them, and they strictly enforce the cap rule. You can also rent life jackets, floaty toys, and other pool toys for the little ones. Aquaworld is not cheap, however, and they want to charge you if you leave the facility and return later.
The location of this resort is quite nice. It's literally on the beach, not more than 100 meters from the water. We didn't spend any time on the beach because it was a bit chilly and we were short on time, but the beach looked immaculate and the water beautifully blue and clear. It's also about 5 minute drive to Naksansa Beach and a 20 minutes drive to either the Yang Yang side or the Sok Cho entrance to Soraksan National Park. We mainly went to the area to hike in Soraksan, but I'm glad we stayed a little further away at this resort.
There are 2 main reasons I didn't give the resort a full 5 stars. The first is that they only have room service from 10pm -2am, and even that is a very expensive, limited menu geared more towards drinkers. This is really inconvenient if you want to spend a quiet night in your room or enjoy your breakfast out on the beautiful balcony. They second reason is that, while they have a free lan internet connection in the room, there isn't any reliable, free Wifi. There's a PC-bang in the basement, next to the small kids' club (aimed at the baby-4 year range) and the small but well-stocked grocery store. Wifi in the rooms, however, would be ideal.
All in all, I would highly recommend this resort to anyone headed to the beach in Korea. Very family friendly and fun.
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