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“Korean-style spa with a great view”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hill Spa Busan

Hill Spa Busan
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Korean-style spa with a great view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

This has to be one of the spas with the prettiest view anywhere. The building is located on a hilltop next to the sea so you can see much of the citiscape, Haeundae beach, the ocean and some coastline and little islands across the bay. Facilities include a fairly authentic (for Korea) Finnish sauna, steambath, chill room at 13 degrees, outside hot bath, very hot bath at 44 degrees, (basic) restaurant, open air roof terrace, karaoke, (chargeable) computer room, TV (only Korean channels) and what proved to be an extremely popular jimjilbang (floor-based dormitory). The price is just 6,000 Won which is way less than it costs to spend the night in a messy crowded backpacker's hostel but incomparably more pleasant. There is one female-only and one male-only dormitories, equipped with mattresses and kept suitably dim, but the vast majority of overnight customers seem to prefer sleeping in the open-plan mixed area in spite of the lack of mattresses and the hard marble flooring. We dealt with this problem by asking for several extra blankets which we piled up until we built an adequately soft surface. My only complaints are 1) the total lack of Wi-Fi (they obviously don't want to discourage customers from spending extra money on desktop computer time any more than it already happens); 2) I felt puzzled by the main mixed area marble floor when they are bound to be aware of Japanese tatami flooring which would be both vastly more comfortable and better-looking; and 3) there are NO really cold showers or really cold baths -the Koreans seem not to believe in them, even straight after a hot sauna. We loved this spa in spite of its few flaws -it's the best place to be in Busan. Remarkably, the few meters altitude gain over sea level combined with the breeze are enough to keep the terraces pleasantly cool even while the city streets below are tropically hot.

Visited August 2013
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Seoul, South Korea
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Pretty good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

Vesta is a little different from others saunas/jjimjilbang that I know. Is a little bigger, has massage, and seems new. I must say tthat I was a little shy since I was the only western in the area, but well, we need to get used with curious looks. The food there is great (you better try the Ice Tea and the Tteokpokki!This last one has a different, handmade sauce!), they have a rooftop with some pools and, wow, what a view! I had a lot of fun in the common area with my friends too; it's quiet and perfect to take a nap! :P
Also, my boyfriend came to Korea to visit me and was his first experience in a sauna: He was so amazed with the place...for him, it was the best part of the trip!.

Visited July 2013
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Watertown, New York
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Third Jjimjilbang in Korea - GREAT VIEWS!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

Vesta has been the third spa I've been to in Korea and it had all the normal baths and sauna's the other two did as well. The food there was good and so was the chinese massage (despite it being tough to find). The only improve I would have is that you have to have a credit card or cash on you while you are in the area for everyone. Usually they use the RFID chip on the key you carry around but this was not the case. The view there is awesome and you get to see it on every floor. It may be worth the money just for the view. Walk there if you are already in Haeundae. It isn't that far, but Apple Maps has issues with it. Also, TripAdvisor uses Bing so just copy the address and put it into Google Maps. This is especially a good trip after a long night of drinking in Busan.

Visited July 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“The Korean Experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

This is a typical korean sauna, the real local experience. My friends, who are local koreans living in Busan, brought us to this place. It has an amazing view of the beach and the sunset. The best time to head there is during the winter in the evening while catching the sunset.

Visited March 2013
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Busan, South Korea
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207 reviews
198 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Not much there”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

There are only 2 hot rooms and 1 cold room. I didn't go into the baths because I didn't have a lot of time so I can't comment there. The view is great though, just wish you could see the view from one of the small rooms they have that are ACTUALLY the sauna. Didn't go to the fitness part either.

Visited November 2012
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