They say that up to 47% of the world’s luxury goods market is made up of Chinese consumers, and Shanghai makes that all too believable. From massive stores of big-name European designers such as Gucci and Burberry to local boutiques, shopping in Shanghai is an eye-opening experience. It’s not all consumerism, though. From Chinese opera to fine art, and beautiful art deco buildings as a relic of the 1920’s period of excess, Shanghai is a feast for the senses.
While in Shanghai, you’ll want to stay somewhere comfortable, and the city’s boutique hotel offering is excellent. The 5* Puli Hotel and Spa, located in central Shanghai, showcases the city with its floor-to-ceiling bedroom windows. The on-site Anantara Spa gives guests the chance to experience traditional Chinese massage and therapies, while the international Jing’An Restaurant offers gourmet delights from around the world.
The Drama is no less luxurious, situated on the Bund in a renovated and sympathetically. The style is a kind of European and Asian fusion, with a hint of old world extravagance. For the rooms, think exposed brick walls, wooden floors, cool white linen, and inviting hot tubs. The bar and communal areas are typically opulent, with ornate chandeliers and marble columns.
Nearby hotel Banyan Tree Shanghai On The Bund offers frankly jaw-dropping views of the city from the windows of its large suites, and some rooms are equipped with large hot tubs- perfect for a gentle soak as you sit, Martini in hand, watching the sun set over the city.
In Shanghai, city of maximalism, when it comes to hotels more is definitely more. So if these hotels already listed don’t tickle your fancy, try Andaz Xintiandi for futuristic aesthetics, or The Waterhouse at South Bund for award-winning design. The choice is yours.