Travel Review: The Most Rejuvenating Experience Ever at O Hui Spa

Greetings, travelers! I’m a member of Trazy Crew, this time here with a review of O Hui Spa and my experience there!img_8575It’s no secret that Korea is a country obsessed with skincare and beauty. I love makeup and skincare, but I’ve never been to a spa before where they massage your face and back with oils and everything. I guess it’s because I don’t really want to be splashing out so much cash on something that doesn’t have results obvious to others. The only relatively similar place I’ve gone to is a dermatologist. However, I really did want to wind down and relax, so I couldn’t refuse when O Hui Spa offered a body and facial care experience.front

What is O Hui Spa?

O Hui Spa is known for being a “beauty secret healing hideout” to its customers, providing various facial and body aesthetic programs that guarantee amazing results.

People from all over the world visit and many Korean celebrities also get pampered here such as Choi Yeo-jin, Park Ha-sun, and Cho Yeo-jung. It is also the only spa entrusted as a Gangnam Medical Tourism Partner.fotorcreated

Where is it located?

The spa is located in Garosu-gil in Sinsa-dong, a trendy, hip, and upscale neighborhood with lots of places to dine and shop in. You’ll also see a lot of well-dressed people passing by. The area is full of energy and vitality regardless of the time of day, so many tourists flock there.img_8563O Hui Spa is in a more quiet location up a small hill in a luxurious and secure residential neighborhood. For a map and more detailed directions, click here.

In fact, I was told that former president Lee Myung Bak’s residence was nearby. There was a park right in front of the spa, and the entrance was a wooden gate with a doorbell that made it look like a house.entrance

What were my first impressions?

Right off the bat, I could immediately tell that it was a posh and upscale place. The layout and interior were more like a house rather than a spa, with a mini chandelier and large wooden staircase leading up to the spa in the entrance. Inside, there were plush velvet seats, heavy wooden doors with gold signs, polished tiles on the walls and even a large open terrace area outside.
img_8577IMG_4267.jpgThere were three different rooms labeled ‘VIP’, ‘Special’, and ‘Refresh.’ The ‘VIP’ room is for solo customers who usually purchase the special course or more expensive treatments, the ‘Special’ room is for two people, and the ‘Refresh’ room is for group guests.

The VIP room

Why Choose O Hui Spa?

So what makes O Hui Spa different from the others? Well, first off, they use premium brand products instead of aesthetic products. O Hui is actually a skincare and makeup brand currently modeled by actress Shin Min-a and their products are used during the facials. Other brands of products used include The History of Whoo and SU: M37.

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Their concept is that they offer 1:1 specialized care. While most places would provide the same treatments with the same products regardless of the client’s skin type, O Hui lets you choose the products you want to be used or the consultant will give recommendations based on your skin type and condition.

They will also keep checking up on you throughout your treatment, adding or removing products depending on your condition, so you really will be getting unique and personalized care.

The consultation area

You will be able to fill in a sheet beforehand with information about your skin type, condition, what kind of products you want to be used, as well as any health or medical needs of concern (e.g if you’re on your period, have any injuries, or have gotten any aesthetic procedures recently). massage

What kind of courses is available?

There are five different course treatments available, and Trazy currently offers an exclusive deal on the Trazy course, Special course, and Facial course with 10% off plus an additional 20 minutes of care. Click here for more details on each of the courses. O Hui Spa rarely offers special deals, so this is a real treat! *Note that the special discount ends at the end of 2016.

Other available courses include a 150 minute ‘VIP course’ (same as the Special course + a leg massage and facial care machine) and an 180 minute Queen course (full body) that is popular with celebrities.lockerThe course that I got to experience was the Trazy course, which is an 80 minute back and face treatment. I received back and shoulder care first, then get facial care.

What were the facilities like?

I was given a gown and ushered into the powder room, told to strip from the waist up and wear the strapless gown. There was also a locker to store my belongings. img_8634The powder room was very clean and well equipped. There was a dressing table with makeup, skincare products, a hair dryer, brushes – pretty much everything you would need to freshen up afterward. The bathroom was also spotless and had a shower.img_8630I put my bag and clothes into the lockers provided and gave the key to the attendant. I was then led to the massage bed where I lay face down as she removed my gown and got to work.

The back massage took place on the orange bed in the ‘Refresh’ room

Can you explain the experience in detail?

I have a major tendency to sit hunched over in my chair so my muscles there are very tense. It also doesn’t make it any better that I wear a heavy purse on one shoulder all the time. The massage felt amazing. It was a little uncomfortable at times but never painful – probably due to the fact that I had never had my muscles kneaded, stretched, and pulled in that way. The attendant then rubbed aromatherapy oils on my back, which smelled heavenly. My favorite was when she had her hand in a fist and rolled it over my upper back area, which was painful but so refreshing and satisfying that I couldn’t bear to ask her to stop.

The facial care beds

After the back massage, it was time for the facial care. I was led to another bed, where there was an interesting contraption called an air compression leg massager. The attendant put the air massage boots, which were basically like airbags around my legs and turned on the machine. The massagers would tighten and loosen around my legs over and over again, stimulating blood flow and providing relief for my tired and tense muscles.facial-careWhile my legs were being kneaded, the facial care started. I had my face double cleansed, dry skin patches removed, peeling to clear out my pores, and face masks and oils applied. I also received a décolleté (neckline) and scalp massage.scalp-massageThe décolleté massage helps with anti-aging, stimulating the production of collagen and tightening the skin to delay the onset of wrinkles while the scalp massage stimulates hair growth. There was peaceful music playing in the background with the sound of nature as birds chirped outside. I was so relaxed that I drifted off to sleep at one point.

When I woke up, the care was almost over as the attendant asked if I wanted a BB cream or sunscreen finish – I opted for sunscreen as I was going to reapply my makeup anyway.

I felt like I was floating in paradise the entire time without a single worry in the world.

How did you feel afterward?

I was recommended to take a hot shower to soothe the muscles and warned that I might be a bit sore the next day. My back was a bit red from all the kneading but I felt rejuvenated and my skin and felt super soft, like a baby’s butt. I took a hot shower that night and the next day  I felt sore, but not in pain. The sensation was similar to the day after an intense workout. I stretched out all my muscles and after a few hours, I felt heavenly.

Skincare sets like this were also available for purchase

How was your overall experience?

Overall, I am extremely satisfied with the care and treatment. The facilities were all clean and the service was A+, with the attendants constantly checking up on me and asking if I was okay. I also really liked how they explained what products they were using and what they were doing, so I knew what kind of effect it was having on me. I was provided with 3 day’s worth of sample-sized skincare products, too. freebiesI am usually someone who flinches even if someone touches my shoulders and I don’t like massage chairs as they make me feel uncomfortable rather than relaxed, so the fact that I enjoyed this experience really surprised me. I definitely would love to look into getting massages on a regular basis.promotion-4Out of the five courses, Trazy currently offers the Facial, Trazy, and Special courses. There is also a special promotion deal with these until December 31st, 2016 where you will receive a 10% discount and an extra 20 minutes of treatment and care. For more info about O Hui Spa’s promotion, click here.

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O Hui Spa’s Official Blog @ohuinonhyun
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