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The PuLi constitutes 26-storeys of hi-tech, low key and deeply sophisticated contemporary hotel with enough oriental touches – incense burners, screen doors, black lacquer furniture – to give the place a firm sense of identity.
There are 229 spacious rooms and suites featuring all the mod cons (Bose sound system, Nespresso machine) guests have come to expect, but also lovely traditional details such as bronze cast basins and screens decorated with dragon scale motifs. Go for a Corner Deluxe Room for the best views of the dramatic Shanghai skyline.
Aussie Executive Chef oversees things in the PuLi's Jing'An restaurant, named after the eponymous park next door and serving up top-notch French-inspired cuisine, again with an Asian twist. Breakfasts are served in Jing'An but also in the Long Bar, which transforms each evening into one of the city's most sophisticated bars. Another evening watering hole is the Garden Terrace by the large swimming pool, which is also another place to enjoy light lunches and afternoon teas.
The third floor of the hotel is home to an extensive Anantara Spa with five treatment rooms decorated with a blend of Chinese and Thai designs. The overriding theme in the spa is that of tea, the Asian infusion that has for centuries been synonymous with the region. Guests can enjoy a detoxifying Green Tea Wrap or a beautifying Rose Tea treatment. Another area where guests can enjoy some R&R after exploring the bustling city is the elegant and comfortable library, complete with 2500 books.
The PuLi is a perfect distillation of what makes Shanghai so alluring - a blend of ultramodern design with traditional touches. Even the name means 'the beauty of carved jade'.
Frances, Original Traveller