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Hilton Lands in South Korea

Hilton International and Emerson Pacific have signed an agreement for Hilton Worldwide Resorts to manage a property in South Korea. The Hilton Namhae Golf & Spa Resort, located on the southernmost peninsula, is the first resort in Korea to come under the Hilton brand.
Scheduled to open in 2006 at a development cost of US$80 million, the 120-villa resort is located 290 kilometres south of the capital on a scenic island peninsular that overlooks the Straits of Korea. Hilton Namhae Golf & Spa Resort has a panoramic coastal view and will feature a contemporary design, in-keeping with the Hilton design blueprint.

Another highlight of this resort is the flat terrain 18-hole golf course built on reclaimed sea front land. With a mild coastal climate giving it also an all-year round playability, Hilton expects this golf course to take the lead in the country for professional golf tournaments.

The five-star resort also features a marina with boating and water activities, a spa and health club and a swimming pool. A business centre and three meetings rooms have a capacity for 200 delegates. The focal point of the resort activities will be the ultra modern clubhouse, which has been designed to resemble an unfolding prism accommodating a restaurant, sauna, banquette and spa.

President of Hilton International Middle East and Asia Pacific, Mr. Koos Klein said, “Emerson Pacific has a magnificent plan to develop a world-class resort for golf enthusiasts and their families, with every one of the 18 holes offering sea views. An equally exciting resort will match the golf course. Hilton is delighted to be a partner with Emerson Pacific.”

In addition to the guest villas, the Resort will also be home to 22 private luxury villas, incorporating an inner courtyard garden that opens to the sea. The private villas as well as the golf course will be managed by Emerson Pacific, known for their golf management expertise.


Namhae is connected to the mainland by a suspended bridge and is four hours drive south of Seoul and less than an hour’s drive from the major domestic airports of Jinju and Yeosu.