Shangpree Spa, Cheongdam: Seoul’s Chicest Facial

Shangpree Seoul
Shangpree Seoul

As recommended by the likes of Vogue, Conde Nast, Forbes and The New York Times, and as an official sponsor of Alexander Wang, Shangpree Spa’s reputation precedes it.

Shangpree spa Seoul is the preferred choice for Seoul’s elite and has a cult following of exclusive clientele that includes K-Pop stars and celebrities from around the globe.

As you can imagine, when the spa invited me to review one of their facial treatments, I jumped at the opportunity to do so. Shangpree Spa’s treatments, are considered among the best facials in Seoul.

Shangpree Spa Seoul
Shangpree Spa Seoul


Shangpree Seoul:
Branches in Glamorous Locations

Shangpree has three spa locations throughout Seoul:  these are located in Cheongdam, Gangnam and Myeongdong respectively.

I visited the spa’s Cheongdam branch. Nestled between the designer boutiques and quirky coffee bars of this glamorous Seoul neighbourhood, this acted as the perfect location to enjoy a facial as part of a girly day out in Seoul.

Since first publishing this article, Shangpree spa has expanded upon their presence in Korea and now also has branches in Suwon, Daejeon, and Daegu respectively.

From the moment I stepped into the Shangpree Seoul spa lobby, I was met with luxury – beautiful wooden flooring and a sculpted wooden back wall, a water feature in the center of the room, golden lockers for your shoes and an elegant sofa area with refreshments prepared ready for my arrival.

Shangpree, Seoul Facial Procedures

Shangpree Spa Facial Step One:
Arrival at Shangpree Spa

Shangpree Seoul
Shangpree Seoul: The Shangpree Cheongdam branch


Shangpree Spa Seoul
Shangpree Spa Seoul

The two ladies that greeted me were extremely friendly and spoke a good level of English; they explained the process to me and I was then whisked away to my private room to change.

The room had all the amenities that you could ask for – a wardrobe to hang your clothes, and a vanity table with a number of products available for your use after the treatment to make sure that you are in pristine condition for the rest of your day.

Soft, traditional music played in the background creating a very relaxing environment.

Shangpree Spa Facial Step Two:
Assessing the Skin for a Shangpree Facial

Shangpree Spa Seoul
Shangpree Spa Seoul: The beautiful waiting rooms at Shangpree

Once I was changed, the aesthetician entered the room to assess my skin and determine the best treatment option for me. Throughout this procedure, and the treatment itself, a high level of professionalism and expertise was evident.

In order to work at Shangpree spa, experienced aestheticians must be trained for three years before they are even allowed to touch a client’s skin. To me, this reassured me that I was in good hands.

As someone who has always struggled with acne breakouts, I really appreciated the time that she took to assess my skin and choose a tailored treatment for me as I find that all too often, many spas just provide you with a generic package.

Shangpree Spa Facial Step Three:
Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise, Massage!

Shangpree Seoul
Shangpree Seoul

The aesthetician spoke English, which I wasn’t expecting, but was definitely a welcome benefit as she explained each step of the procedure to me.
Firstly, she removed all of my makeup and cleansed and toned my face.  

I have recently started having laser treatments here in Seoul to even out my skin tone so a combination of this, and the extremely cold temperatures in Korea recently have left my skin very dry and sensitive. 

After cleansing, she applied some soothing cream to my face, and then a moisturizing sheet mask which she left on for ten minutes to begin to combat some of this dryness.

Whilst all of this was taking place, another lady entered and cleansed my feet, massaging them with hot towels which was a nice touch. She asked if I would like to have a leg massage which I agreed to.

To my surprise, this turned out to be an air compression massager which I had never experienced before –  it reminded me a little of the machine that takes your blood pressure at the GP.

Essentially, it was like putting your legs into long plastic socks which filled with air of varying pressure at different points around your leg to encourage better circulation. I was a little uncertain about this at first, but it did feel quite pleasant.

Shangpree Spa Facial Step Four:
Application of the Face Mask

With the sheet mask removed, the aesthetician used an ionic device to remove excess sebum from my skin and massaged my face before moving on to the main aspect of the facial: the modeling mask.

The treatment option that she selected for me was Shangpree’s popular ‘S-Energy’ treatment. Made from a combination of natural herbal ingredients, and containing no artificial fragrances or preservatives, this particular treatment is very popular as it is suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types.

The aesthetician blended all of the ingredients together there and then and applied the mask to my face. The mask was extremely thick in texture, and she asked if it was okay to cover my eyes and mouth with the formula which I agreed to.

I had to keep my eyes tightly closed throughout the rest of the facial as the formula was applied over them. If you don’t like the idea of that, then it is possible to have the mask applied to avoid these areas.

Shangpree Spa Facial Step Five:
Time to Relax

As I was plunged into darkness, I was left for 20 minutes to relax before the aesthetician re-entered once more. The esthetician gave me a chest and shoulder massage before removing the mask which, whilst firm, felt very effective in relieving some of the tension in my upper body.

The mask was peeled off in one movement, and the remaining product was patted into my skin, before a day moisturiser and an SPF treatment were applied. 

Shangpree Spa Facial:
S-Energy vs S-Power

Two of the most common Shangpree spa treatments that are utilised during the Shangpree facial process are the S-Energy and the S-Power, but what is the difference between the two?

The S-Energy treatment is essentially Shangpree Seoul’s “signature” facial package and costs 130,000 KRW (approximately $110). The S-Power treatment is basically the S-Energy supercharged and costs 230,000 (approximately $230).

Both the S-Energy and the S-Power Shangpree spa facial packages are modified depending on your specific skin condition and complaints, and use different ampoules depending on your personal needs.

For first time visitors to Shangpree Seoul, the S-Energy treatment is a nice introduction. If you enjoy it, you can return again for the S-Power!

Since the S-Power treatment is the more premium of the two, perhaps it is worth opting for this one in the first instance if you have things like visible wrinkles and aging skin that you are hoping to address and combat.

Shangpree Spa Facial:


Shangpree spa Seoul
Shangpree Seoul: After the facial, my skin was literally glowing!

The entire process at Shangpree was very enjoyable and relaxing – from the initial cleansing to the massages, to the facial treatment itself. My skin felt so refreshed after the experience, and it actually had a shiny, healthy glow to it for a couple of days afterward that is so typically Korean.

The staff were eager to catch up with me after the facial and offered me suggestions for the best ways of caring for my skin type. Though Shangpree is arguably the leading spa in Seoul, often scooping up awards at international and Korean beauty expos, I was really impressed by how down to earth and friendly all of the staff on site were.

The customers at Shangpree were treated extremely well, and the staff were on hand to answer any question or query. I would definitely like to return in the future.

Shangpree Spa, Seoul:
Is it Worth it?

The skin treatments at Shangpree Seoul have won hearts all over the globe and impressed even the fussiest of clientele. The price tags are certainly not budget, but is the Shangpree facial treatment worth the money? I would say so, especially if you are wanting to treat yourself, on vacation, or suffering from particularly dry or problematic skin.

Those who follow a strict and intense skincare regime may not see such substantial results as those who are a bit haphazard with it. I mean that in the sense that if you are following a Korean ten step skincare routine, applying face masks, serums, night creams, and intensive moisturizers every day then the change will not be so dramatic, not to say that the Shangpree treatment is not excellent.

Shangpree Spa, Seoul:
Appointment Bookings

Appointments at any of the Shangpree Seoul branches (and other Shangpree spas around Korea) can be made online via email or on the phone.

Unfortunately the Shangpree website does not display the prices of the various treatments, however, it is possible to inquire and check the specifics prior to confirming your appointment.

Shangpree Spa, Seoul:
Additional Treatments

It may be their exquisite facial treatments that put Shangpree Seoul on the K-beauty map but that isn’t the full extent of their treatment packages. In fact, Shangpree offers a comprehensive menu of skincare and full body treatment products, including nourishing body wraps, massages, and nail treatments.

Shangpree products such as face masks, creams, and take-home skin treatments can be purchased on-site at the majority of the Shangpree branches.

Shangpree Spa, Seoul
Additional Information:

Shangpree Spa Seoul

Cheongdam address: 32, Dosan-daero 51-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

Cheongdam contact number: 02 511 2951

Shangpree Seoul Website: click here

Shangpree Seoul e-mail reservations: click here

Prices: A facial treatment at Shangpree spa is priced at ₩130,000 (approximately £90 or $111 USD).

Skincare range: Shangpree’s range of products are available at the spas, and in Galleria retail stores in Korea. Excitingly for my fellow Brits, their products are now also available from Harrods – making Shangpree the first Korean brand to grace their shelves.

Disclaimer: As always, High Heels & A Backpack believes in total transparency when it comes to reviewing products and services. I received a complimentary facial treatment in exchange for this review, however, all opinions expressed throughout this article are my own, and completely honest. 

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Melissa Douglas

Melissa Douglas is a British Travel Writer and Blogger based in Athens, Greece. She writes for numerous high profile travel publications across the globe - including Forbes Travel Guide, Matador Network, The Times of Israel and The Huffington Post.

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