As one of the centers of the world, Shanghai has developed hotels to meet every market need, including luxury. One of the city’s newest hotels is the PuLi Resort & Spa, which is ideally suited to a traveler who wants a stylish, high-end retreat in the heart of one of China’s most dazzling cities. A member of Leading Hotels of The World, Virtuoso and Design Hotels, the hotel already has a fashionable following, including the designers Giorgio Armani and Paul Smith, and many Chinese celebrities, including the movie star Jackie Chan.
A key attraction is the hotel’s central location, in Shanghai’s Jing’an District, a stone’s throw from the best shopping, sightseeing and entertainment. Situated between the famous Nanjing West Road and Yan’an Middle Road, the hotel overlooks Jing’an Park and is connected by a skybridge to Park Place, a high-end shopping mall. The hotel can easily arrange for you to experience local attractions, including the Bund or Yu Garden. What’s more, the property is just 20 minutes to 45 minutes from two international airports.
Accommodations: There are 90 Deluxe rooms (485 square feet), 85 Grand rooms (505 square feet) and 18 Grand Studios (560 square feet). In addition, the hotel houses 16 Junior Suites (540 square feet), 17 Deluxe Suites (915 square feet), two Grand Suites (1,020 square feet) and one Jing’An Suite (1,400 square feet). The décor is contemporary, with traditional Asian details. All rooms and suites offer flat-screen LCD TVs, Bose Wave stereos with iPod docking stations, DVD players, Nespresso machines, free Wi-Fi (available throughout the hotel), bathtubs and complimentary breakfast. You can also get 24-hour room service, laundry and valet services, and a concierge.
For extra luxury and privacy, there are the club floors (20th to 25th). These 61 rooms and suites provide access to the club lounge, a daily beverage allowance, a complimentary minibar, two hours of boardroom use per day, 20 percent off treatments at the Anantara Spa and one free night for every 10 nights paid.
Public Spaces: You can relax in the sleek lobby and enjoy the 32-meter Long Bar, which offers Shanghai’s largest menu of wine and champagne by the glass. Bar snacks include seasoned fries and a beef burger with bacon, tomato, cheese and aioli. There’s also a cozy library with an open fireplace. Internet access on the public computers at the 24-hour business center is free; there is a charge for fax, printing and copying. Two private dining or meeting rooms can accommodate up to 16 people.
Dining: The 120-seat Jing’An offers a fusion of Western-Asian cuisine and superb views over the park. Lunch entrees include creamed corn soup with hen’s egg, as well as the Jing’An cheeseburger. For dinner, light items range from potted prawns to Osetra caviar. Guests also can enjoy larger plates, ranging from chicken with parsley and vine leaf to Wagyu beef. Desserts range from sorbet to coconut panna cotta. For breakfast, guests are offered five options: an à la carte menu or extensive buffet at Jing’An, breakfast at Long Bar, in-room dining or “breakfast on the go.”
Pool & Spa: The PuLi offers stunning surroundings for those who want to unwind in the fitness center or spa. They can swim in an infinity pool or work out in the gym, which features treadmills, exercise bikes, elliptical and weight machines, and free weights. Afterward they can relax in the hot tub, sauna or steam rooms. Shanghai’s first Anantara spa has five treatment suites. Treatments include a traditional Chinese massage and an Anantara signature facial.
For more information, visit www.thepuli.com.--Carrie Buckle