I was originally only looking for guesthouses near Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak), knowing that we were going to have to wake up super early to go see the sunrise. After browsing through several websites, we decided to splurge and found this little resort.
Our biggest criteria was to have a private room for three girls. Jeju Arumdaum Resort – Arumdaum meaning beautiful in Korean, gave us just that and maybe a little more. This was also the most luxurious night we had on this trip (we were traveling on a tight budget).
We found this hotel via Booking.com (Jeju Arumdaum Resort). Our triple room was $142 (which included all taxes and fees).
5 Siheung-ri, Seongsan-eup
- From Jeju International Airport – 1 hour and 45 minute drive
- Seogwipo – 1 hour and 30 minute drive
- Sunrise Peak (Seungsan Ilchulbong) – 10-15 minute drive
It is located on the east coast of Jeju island. Although the location is great for Sunrise Peak, it’s really inconvenient for everything else on the Island. I recommend this place if you are planning to rent a car, and planning to go to Sunrise Peak. There are no restaurants nearby, so always remember to eat before heading back or have some food ready in your your room – I guess that’s when having that little kitchenette will come in handy.
We stopped by the Manjang-gul Lava Tube before arriving at Jeju Arumdaum Resort making the drive a little shorter. We did have some issues getting our GPS to find the resort. There are several ways to enter in a location on the GPS: 1) phone number (the easiest) – didn’t work 2) name – English name didn’t work 3) address – sort of worked. We ended up typing in the address provided. Although the exact address did not show up, we just followed the directions hoping that we would find the resort.
You should also be careful when following the GPS directions. It took us down some small roads, making the drive a little scary – the roads were narrow, through a residential area, with some tight turns. Try to stay on the highways if possible.
I know it’s called a resort but honestly, its just a cute little hotel. Our room had a private balcony, a private bathroom (that’s a luxury when you’ve been staying at guesthouses), 1 double bed and 1 single bed, a kitchenette, a flat screen tv (with lots of channels), and AC. There are horses in the back area of the hotel, along with bbq facilities. Our one night stay included breakfast which wasn’t bad at all. That’s a lot more than what we were asking for and a lot more than what we could explore.
The kitchenette came with a stove, a bar top counter and a fridge. Of course the kitchenette was fully stocked with pots, pans, cups, plates, and utensils.
Our private balcony included an ocean view (the ocean smell), and a view of Sunrise Peak. If you don’t feel liking getting up super early to hike Sunrise Peak for the sunrise, you can always just enjoy the sunrise peak from your own private balcony. I would consider doing that next time or if I had more time and stayed at this resort for another night.
Our room was located on the forth floor giving us a great view, if you are staying at a lower level you can always make your way up to the forth floor (rooftop) terrace.