The Park Hyatt Redefines Korea's Second City

Courtesy Park Hyatt

The new marina hotel offers visitors to Busan a stylish way to stay.

At once an industrial port city and a local vacation spot, Busan, South Korea’s second-largest metropolis, is also home to a new Park Hyatt. It’s good timing, as the city’s been gaining more attention, with popular events like its annual international film festival. Located on a marina 15 minutes from Haeundae Beach—don’t miss the shabby-fabulous waterside eateries offering fresh, Korean-style sashimi—the building, by award-winning architect Daniel Libeskind, features curves reminiscent of a sail. Inside are two restaurants, a bakery, a spa and a pool. The 200 minimalist rooms and 69 suites are spacious, with warm wood tones, spa-like bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows. As can be expected from Busan’s first true luxury hotel, the constantly bowing staff even goes beyond the Korean service industry’s famous hospitality standards. Rooms start at $255; 51 Marina City 1-Ro; 82-51/990-1234;