By Travel Editor Lee Sam-sun with Reporter Sunny Jang
With the international cooperation-friendly President of the Republic of Korea in place, it appears that the super-deluxe hotels in Seoul and around the country appear to be preparing in real earnest to meet the demand for diplomatic and other social functions hosted by the Embassies and other government, public and social organizations in Korea. In coincidence with this situation, the super deluxe hotels have started preparing and transmitting English-language news releases to the prestigious media in Korean and English.
Here is one from the five-star Four Seasons Hotel near Gwanghwa-mun Intersection in Seoul:
The spirit of Baccarat shines brightly at Four Seasons Hotel Seoul this festive season, where the iconic luxury of the renowned French crystal house sets the glittering scene for the Hotel’s glamorous ‘Time to Celebrate’ highlights – complete with incredible photo opportunities.
Known as ‘King's Crystal’ – thanks to the company first royal commission from King Louis XVIII in 1823 – Baccarat has been hand-crafting fine crystal products for dignitaries for over 250 years. Now, for the first time, guests to the contemporary Four Seasons Hotel in Gwanghwamun, Jongno-gu, Seoul, can savour the fruits – and flair – of a classic collaboration between two iconic luxury brands for the ultimate in festive style.
Throughout December and into the New Year, a dazzling arrival awaits guests on the Hotel’s first floor where stunning Baccarat crystal showpieces meet with the exuberant festive floristry of world-renowned floral artist, Nicolai Bergmann. Baccarat also dazzles in an exclusive festive Room Package with a Baccarat Tumbler Gift as well as a unique jewel-inspired Christmas cake featuring red octagon crystals and four festive cocktails served in luxurious Baccarat glasses.
Divine Dining and Drinks
From December 1, 2022 to January 1, 2023, Hotel guests can savour a gourmet journey inspired by the Baccarat brand. Sophisticated speakeasy, Charles H. – voted Korea’s number one bar – showcases four Instagramable cocktails, each served in a unique Baccarat glass which is priced from KRW 250,000 to KRW 400,000.
Cherry Manhattan – served in a Harcourt 1841 coupe glass – combines warming whiskey with sweet cherries and festive spices for a classy winter tipple, while Crystal 75 merges citrus flavors with a gin and champagne base in an elegant Mille Nuits Flutissimo glass.
Chestnut Eggnog, a quirky take on the festive favorite, artfully blends chestnuts and custard cream in a Harcourt 1841 glass, while Hibiscus Highball is a berry-scented marvel in a Harmonie highball glass that harmoniously unites sweet rum, sour hibiscus and soda.
The special edition cocktails are priced from KRW 32,000 to 33,000 each.
Looking to take home a slice of Baccarat magic? Confections by Four Seasons – the Hotel’s creative first floor bakery – presents Christmas Jewel: a limited-edition cake (just 1,000 available) representing Baccarat’s signature red octagon jewellery. Gingerbread mousse spiced with cloves meets sweet vanilla crème brulee and refreshing orange compote in each flavourful and texture-rich mouthful. Each Christmas Jewel cake (KRW 76,000), comes in Four Seasons Hotel Seoul and Baccarat branded box and bag: the perfect festive table centrepiece or gift for someone special. The cake can be served at Maru – the Hotel’s lobby lounge.
Every guest to the Hotel from November 25, 2022, can enjoy beautiful festive decorations as part of the collaboration. Combining unique Baccarat items from classic chandeliers to glistening tree ornaments, rarely seen in Korea – with Nicolai Bergman's avant-garde flower arrangements, the elaborate decorations are set to become one of the city’s most sought-after festive photo backdrops.