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Jeju Island - Luxury Wellness Hotel

The architecture and interior concept are inspired by the rich cultural and environmental beauty of the volcanic island, the local Tamna culture and the historically significant existing hotel.

Jeju Island - Luxury Wellness Hotel

Heta Architects were involved in design of a luxury wellness hotel and island resort on Jeju Island. The brief called for full a renovation and extension to the existing hotel to create a new 5-star hotel and resort incorporating a blend of luxury, leisure, retail and cultural experiences.

Project Details

  • Category: Architecture / Interiors Design / Design Advisory
  • Location: Jeju Island, S. Korea
  • Status: Active

Located on Jeju, a South Korean island rich with natural landscapes; waterfalls, mountains, rock formations, beaches and the local Tamna culture. Heta’s competition winning design was developed through building a strong narrative around connection to nature and sense of place. Taking influence from the natural beauty and the dramatic topography of Jeju island Heta created a distinctive identity for the resort and a vision for an authentic and transformative guest experience.  


Jeju Island; Korea’s favourite domestic holiday destination thanks to its beautiful beaches, lush countryside and seaside hotels designed for rest and relaxation.
Jeju Island; Korea’s favourite domestic holiday destination thanks to its beautiful beaches, lush countryside and seaside hotels designed for rest and relaxation.
Exterior view
Reflecting the horizontal grain of the rock strata into the architecture of the extension

The initial research by Heta examined global and Asian wellness trends to define a business case for the hotel, informed by domestic tourism trends. This became the main driver for the architectural and interior concepts and was a key differentiator from neighbouring hotels.   

The design developed as a response to place. The siting of the extension seeks to respect the natural surroundings by integrating into the existing topography. This preserve and enhances the best assets of the hotel, its lawn, and terraces. The design of the extension embraces the breath-taking views of the ocean and forest, wrapping in an organic form around the slopes of the adjacent hills to avoid impeding the views from the existing hotel. The architecture was intended to become emblematic of the drama of the coastal site. Horizontal projecting balcony terraces and basalt stone facing married with the horizontal rock strata of the cliffs below. 

The massing integrates into the existing topography by following the contours of the hills to the West.

This design of the hotel was focused on bringing in the beauty of the surrounding nature to be experienced in a sequence of public spaces; dining options that nurture the connection to nature, a healing courtyard for wellness related activities and an immersive thermal spa inspired by local volcanic lava tube caves. 

The hotel design features innovative building technologies and systems designed to mitigate the environmental impact of the building's operation and embodied energy. Passive environmental design was considered in every aspect of the building form and fabric showing Heta’s commitment to climatically appropriate architecture. 

At the southern end of the extension, the restaurant offers views of the ocean framed by basalt lined structural fins
Swimming pool view
The design of the infinity pool echoes the lava tube caves found on the island.
The healing garden courtyard gives guests an authentic cultural experience through local, flora & fauna and wellbeing activities

Heta Contact

Daniel Birdsall

Heta Contact

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