Destination: China: Shanghai
With one of the best reputations in Asia, Banyan Tree is a Thai resort company that has expanded its spa business into a few city hotels like this one at Westin Shanghai. The treatments incorporate Asian healing practices.
If you want to discover why the Shanghainese never seem to falter, try a foot massage, a daily ritual for many. For an authentic Shanghai experience and a terrific treatment, head to one of the branches of this contemporary Chinese spa. Reflexology massages are given in a candlelit room, which you share with fellow customers, everyone stretching out on comfortable chaises. A one-hour Shiatsu or Chinese massage costs $18. The Nanchang Rd. outpost feels like a private home, put your feet up and discover heavenly renewal.
The first of the brand’s outposts outside France, this is a world-class spa and salon with French products and attentive service. From $62 for a one-hour Chinese massage.
Treatments at the beautiful Mandara Spa at the J.W. Marriott incorporate Asian healing practices. However, the prices are comparable to an upscale spa in the West—about $100 for an hour’s massage.
Shile Boutique Lifestyle Center
Shile, which means the ten essential pleasures, calls itself a lifestyle center but is really more of modern Shanghai’s take on a club without the elitist membership requirement, of course. Japanese starchitect Arata Isozaki designed a sleek structure in Pudong to house zones of pleasure seeking such as the Fei Fei Xiang spa and Xiao Shan Qing restaurant. There is also an elegant library and a lounge, Bo Bo Jiu, that draws the city’s style setters nightly. With an emphasis on healthy Chinese food, the restaurant serves traditional dishes cooked without any MSG and minimal amounts of oils and salt, which is clearly the next wave in haute Chinese cuisine.
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