Olympus is a traditional Korean spa that has drawn spa lovers from far and wide looking to experience relaxation and rejuvenation. Note: Olympus is a women-only spa. The nearby Q Sauna and Spa is a great option if you’re looking for a co-ed spa experience.
After a quick outfit change into the provided spa robe and hat, my first stop was the pool area, home to four soaking pools, an herbal sauna, and an herbal steam room. Before hopping in the soaking tub, I rinsed off with hot mugwort water, which had an incredible herbal scent and is said to have medicinal properties for women.
The hours flew by as I rotated between the different soaking pools, ranging from the 60-degree cold plunge to the 104-degree hot tub. As I soaked, I watched women heading to get their Korean body scrubs, one of Olympus’ signature spa services. I didn’t book far enough in advance to try it this time, but I’ve tried a similar scrub at spas in Korea, and it is heavenly!
Olympus encourages all spa visitors to use their “spa voices,” so the only sounds in the pool area were rushing water and the low whispers of spa-goers. It was a truly peaceful experience. Feeling sufficiently soothed after my soak, I headed to the herbal steam room, where I sweated out my stress and breathed in the herbal scent of mugwort. I continued my rotation between the steam room, sauna, cold plunge, and hot tubs until my curiosity drew me to explore the FIR (far infrared rays) heated rooms.