A Luxury Resort In North Korea
Chandeliers, mountain views and an 18 hole golf course... but would you stay
at a luxury holiday resort inside North Korea?
- Officials in Seoul said 100 people from each side would meet in September at the
North's Mount Kumgang resort
- Between 2000 and 2010 more than 22,000 met with their families there before
North Korea stopped the reunions
- Negotiations began between the two nations on Friday in the border village of
Its once perfectly manicured golfing greens have grown unkempt and dust gathers
on the chandeliers hanging in the opulent - but empty - dining rooms of its many
The luxury Mount Kumgang resort, which lies just within North Korean territory,
was once a thriving destination for families from the South and was seen as a
symbol of inter-Korean cooperation.
But it has been rendered a ghost town since tourism from the South shut down in
2008, following the shooting of a South Korean tourist by North Korean guards.
Now it is hoped the resort will flourish once again as North Korea has announced
it will open up the extravagant mountain resort to visitors from the South,
offering family members split up by the Korean war a chance to be reunited for
the first time in three years.
North Korean hotel staff members walk through a hall under tall chandeliers at
the exclusive Mount Kumgang hotel. Once, South Korean tourism to the resort was
worth $20million a year
Abandoned Sea Fort Transforms Into A Luxury Hotel
With defense embedded in its DNA so to speak, the Spitbank Fort is sure to disarm any qualms as to why it shouldn’t be the luxury property of choice for those thinking of visiting Hampshire. The adventure begins when the fort's skipper promptly picks guests up from the departure lounge at the Royal Clarence Marina in Gosport. Days at the fort itself begin with an unforgettable breakfast served on the copper roof of the 1890’s ''Lighthouse'' with views over the Solent, Portsmouth, and the famous Spinnaker Tower followed by a bracing dive into the open air ''Hot Pool'' or a total face and body treatment at the Spa. If you’re fond of billiards or poker, the ''Recreation Rooms'' offer the perfect space to play for hours. Later on in the day, an aperitif awaits in the ''Victory Bar'' which is sure to whet one’s appetite for chef Nikolaus Boyle’s culinary creations under the historic arched brickwork ceiling of "The Officer's Mess" restaurant. Afterwards, a range of digestifs can be enjoyed in ''The Fire Pit'' with its unobstructed views towards the Isle of Wight. And to follow? Being lulled to sleep by the sound of the sea on a super-king size bed in one of the previous gun emplacements which have been magnificently transformed into sumptuous bedroom suites.With nothing left to defend except our desire to be whisked away on our own fort adventure in one of the most unusual hotels in England, it’s safe to say that Mike Clare and his team have created a highly imaginative property that has definitely piqued both our interest and our travel imagination.
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