Shanghai Is Set to Impress Savvy Spa-goers

Earlier this week, I returned from a whirlwind trip to Shanghai in which I experienced a taste of the city’s emerging spa scene. Staying at The Langham, Yangtze Boutique, I felt as if I had been transported back to the glamorous 1930’s Shanghai. The hotel once featured The Yangtze Dance Hall, with one of the first spring dance floors. Despite wanting to soak it all in, I made a hasty retreat to the hotel’s Chuan Spa within hours of my arrival. The spa’s Harmony Massage proved to be the perfect antidote to the 15-hour flight that it took to get there. I also had an opportunity to stay at the legendary Fairmont Peace Hotel, which just recently re-opened after an extensive renovation. Located on the Bund, the hotel is ideally situated for an early morning walk or Tai Chi session with impressive views of Pudong, an emerging hotspot and area of development on the east bank of the Huangpu River, in the background. Although the new Willow Stream Spa has yet to open. I did get a chance to tour the lavish facilities. It should be up and running by late November.  Stay tuned for more on Chuan Spa and the soon-to-open Willow Stream Spa in an upcoming issue.

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