The PuLi Hotel and Spa, Shanghai is smack bang amid all the action between Nanjing West Road and YanAn Road in the city’s Jing’An district. China’s first urban resort impresses from the moment you enter the lobby – polished black stone floors, minimalist lines, silk wall coverings, ancient Chinese artefacts and loads of beautiful people. The 229 Zen-like rooms are sleek spaces with dark wood, crisp white linen and huge soapstone baths overlooking the city. The Puli’s spa is by the renowned Thai hotel and wellness group Anantara, and treatments are accompanied by time in the jet pools, sauna, steam room and gorgeous 25-metre indoor swimming pool that overlooks the city.

Stretching the length of the lobby, the showstopping 105-foot Long Bar is a favourite with Shanghai’s fashion set who come for photoshoots or just to hang out with friends – champagne flowing. On the second floor, one Michelin starred Phenix restaurant serves French classics under the supervision of Chef Michael Wilson. Across from the hotel is Jing’An Park, a green oasis in the middle of Shanghai where locals can be spotted ballroom dancing at dusk.

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