If you’ve been to Shanghai, then you know how fast-pace life can be there. Moving around from East to West side of the river, Pudong and Puxhi, meeting to meetings, it’s like being in New York, always buzzing around with something to do and someplace to go. Sometimes it’s hard to just take a second, step back and enjoy the ride. Even if you go to the gym, or a restaurant there’s so much noise around you that you can’t really relax as you should. Here’s my go-to solution for this : hotel spas! It’s literally life changing, when you can spend a full day relaxing at a spa that is completely quiet, and meant for repos only. Unlike other places in the world, like Quebec that is renown for its water bath spas, Shanghai is very well equipped for downtime hotel spas. You’re welcome!
1. Bvlgari Spa
It’s a piece of heaven, tucked inside the luxurious Bvlgari Hotel. Enjoying a serene riverside location amid private parks and gardens, The Bvlgari Hotel Shanghai’s 2,000-square-metre spa and fitness centre is a harmonious retreat to balance the body, mind and spirit in elegant Italian style. A highlight of the Bvlgari experience, the Spa offers best in class beauty treatments using La Mer products, alongside rituals inspired by traditional Chinese medicine.
The BVLGARI Spa features eight spa treatment rooms, including the 2 Deluxe Couples’ Suite where guests can enjoy the luxury of a private sauna.The centrepiece of the Spa is a 25-metre indoor heated swimming pool, surrounded by statuesque columns recalling the grandeur of a Roman bath. Long strips of louvered teak line the ceiling while a ‘skylight wall’ incorporates natural sunshine to nourish the tropical interior garden.
They have endless treatment and spa packages that you can look at here.
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2. Chuan Spa, Langham Xintiandi
When I first walked into this hushed haven of blissful indulgence, I finally understood what I was missing in my life. The spa sits on a relaxed piece of stone that leads to the massage rooms. You literally feel like you’re walking into the gated peace of Alice in Wonderlands garden. They pay special attention to the five elements, Chi, so expect woods, metals, and lots of water treatments. At Chuan Spa you can discover the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) or experience the pure pleasure of a massage. I highly recommend this one for its aesthetic look and feel.
You can book your appointment directly here.
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3. Shangri-La, Jing An
Shangri-La’s signature spa takes its inspiration from the roots of the Shangri-La legend and traditional Asian healing techniques. CHI, The Spa, provides a soothing ambience to fully embrace luxury wellness.
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4. Spa Ritz Carlton Pudong
Rise above the energetic streets of Shanghai to a peaceful retreat, where relaxation is effortless. From the 55th floor of the Shanghai IFC complex, overlooking the breadth of the city and The Bund, The Ritz-Carlton hotel spa is a place like no other. Dedicated therapists provide personalized massage, beauty and wellness treatments, using ESPA and VALMONT products. Serenity sweeps over you, as your mind and body find balance at a stunning sanctuary that includes a 24-hour fitness studio, dry sauna, steam room, and indoor heated pool. Indulge in some luxurious treatments such as the Oriental pearl spa treatment or a Valmont facial. Like never seen before.
For more information on services and treatments visit Ritz Carlton.
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5. Away Spa, W On the Bund
Plunge into the freedom and fun of our full suite of bespoke and luxuriant AWAY® spa treatments, designed to revamp your mind, body and spirit in extraordinary fashion. Featuring Versa Machine Healing, Shanghainese infusion massages and facial treatments, our hotel spa infuses your senses with elixirs from exclusive lines by Intra-ceutial, Botanywell, Comfort Zone and Givenchy through the expert touch of talented therapists. Surrounded by soothing settings in a two-level sanctuary set against views of The Bund, targeted tune-ups and decompressing on-demand fixes get you up and going for your main event. Unwind after a night on the town with three couple’s rooms, four single rooms and one spa suite to get your om on. Linger and lounge in the hotel’s sauna, plunge pool or by the firepit with snacks and detox juices.
Book your appointment here.
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6. Bellagio Shanghai
Located on the 4th floor, Spa at Bellagio comprises five contemporary and luxurious treatment suites with a spectacular view over the river. There are two doubles and three singles—all featuring an experience shower, a vanity area, bathroom, with the biggest 68-sqm spa suite housing an additional steam, sauna room and lounge area. Spa at Bellagio represents your own Land of Peach Blossoms within the urban jungle, delivering a unique experience of the best of fitness and customized treatments in perfect harmony.
For more information, visit their website here.
Photo Credits – Shangri-La Pudong
7. Chi Spa, Shangri-La Pudong
Luxury Spa in East Shanghai. CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, draws inspiration from the origins of the Shangri-La legend, a place of personal peace, enchantment and well-being. Internationally acclaimed for its award-winning spa treatments and interior design, the spa offers a range of spa treatments, including relaxing massages, revitalising facial therapies and pampering body treatments, all based on the Chinese philosophy of “qi” and the ancient healing traditions and rituals of Asia.
In traditional Chinese philosophy, “chi” or “qi” is the universal life force that governs well-being and personal vitality. For good health to be maintained, it is believed that “chi” must flow within the body.
At CHI, The Spa, a team of highly qualified therapists is on hand to recommend treatments to suit your individual needs, and thoughtfully selected essential oils and aromatic herbs are used to provide a restorative experience that will leave you feeling refreshed.
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8. The Waldorf Astoria Spa
The Waldorf Astoria Spa features an enticing selection of therapies and experiences focused on delivering visible results. Inspired by our iconic location on the Bund, the Spa embraces the local cultural influences through both simple and intricate details and healing practices, blended and enhanced by luxury product ranges selected from around the world.
To ensure privacy and seclusion, each treatment room is equipped with a private steam room. Our Spa Suite ensures a luxury experience, designed and intended for pure pampering.
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9. UR Spa, The Puli Shanghai
An Urban resort,
These are the core principles of UR SPA. Amidst the stress of an occasionally overwhelming city, we have created a signature story of integrated, result-driven wellness within an urban and chic sanctuary of revitalisation.
Located on the 3rd floor of the hotel along with a state-of-the-art gym as well as wet areas and the hotel’s signature pool, overlooking Jing’An Park, UR SPA, at its core is about tangible, genderless and result-driven treatments that work around our guests’ schedules. Tailor-made treatments using bespoke and organic formulations from industry-leading creators of wellness products, COMFORT ZONE and VALMONT offer anything from express treatments to whole day rituals.
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10. Amanyangyun Resort
Saved the best for last, literally.
Surrounded by an ethereal and ancient camphor forest and a quiet river, creating a peaceful and spacious retreat
A 2,840-square-metre Spa & Wellness Centre features two swimming pools, a Russian Banya Spa House and a Moroccan Hammam Spa House.