Luxurious pampering sessions at these five-star hotels
From the expert service and professionalism to the fluffy slippers and thick bathrobes, these luxurious hotel spas offer nothing short of excellence. You’ll find glamorous art deco rooms and top-of-the-line amenities, as well as access to their other facilities like saunas, steam rooms and whirlpool tubs. It might cost a pretty penny, but it’s a small price to pay to be treated like a king. Or make an event out of it and celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. Here are the best hotel spas in Shanghai.
The Peninsula Spa, Peninsula Shanghai
When it comes to luxury, look no further than The Peninsula Shanghai. Awarded five stars by Forbes Travel Guide, the chic 1930s Shanghai-inspired Peninsula Spa is decked out in soothing tones of navy and ivory with heated dark wood floors. Bespoke treatments are designed by ESPA, a leading authority on spa design, training and management worldwide—massages, aromatherapy, facials, ayurvedic, manicures and even specific treatments for men and eco-conscious rituals. Signing up for a treatment also gives you access to their pool and the Thermal Suite—steam rooms, saunas and showers with customizable jet-streams like “tropical rain” and “cool mist.”
Address: 3/F, The Peninsula Shanghai, 32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (near Beijing Dong Lu)
Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Peace Hotel
Like the hotel, Willow Stream Spa is dressed in 1920s Shanghai art deco, making the experience particularly special. The luxurious spa offers a range of traditional and modern treatments from TCM treatments, massages, body wraps, facials and waxing services. They have 11 treatment rooms and a private sky-lit swimming pool, and limits the spa area to guests 18 and older. Try the full-body 210-minute Escape treatment (¥2,580), which combines all of Willow Stream’s signature therapies—the Ginseng Revitalizing Bath, Stream Stone Massage, and Anti-Aging Relaxing Jade Facial—to ease fatigue and enhance your sense of calm.
Address: 20 Nanjing Dong Lu (Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu)
Tel: 6138 6818
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Pudong
The Ritz-Carlton Spa offers luxurious spa treatments in sky-high rooms with staggering views. Personalized facials and massages make each experience individual. Indulge with a soothing, tension reducing “bliss out back massage” or stretch sore muscles with the “pure sports massage.” You’re in expert hands here. Treatments include hot stone, Swedish massages, aromatherapy, TCM, couples packages and men’s treatments. Other treatments include the Jade Qi Yun, Maternity Massage and Chocolate Spa, a 120-minute treatment that includes chocolate scrub and body massage, chocolate facial and dessert.
Address: 55/F, Ritz-Carlton Pudong, 8 Century Avenue (near Lujiazui Dong Lu)
Banyan Tree Spa, Banyan Tree on the Bund
Launched in 2013, Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund’s award-winning spa has three floors, 11 beautiful treatment rooms including two Imperial Rooms with a rain mist facility and Thai Massage area, four Double Deluxe Rooms and five single rooms. Some of their signature spa treatments include the 150-minute Banyan Hot Stone massage that finishes off with a rose body scrub, a chrysanthemum body conditioner and a rose bath, leaving the skin feeling nourished and soft.
Address: 1/F, 19 Gongping Lu （near Haiping Lu）
CHI, The Spa, Pudong Shangri-La
Inspired by Shangri-La, CHI offers a range of therapies that incorporate the ancient healing traditions of China and the Himalayas in their massage and facial therapies. Indulge in one of their signature spa rituals that will walk you through a combination of several indulgent therapies.
Address: 6/F, Grand Tower, Pudong Shangri-la, 33 Fucheng Lu （near Dongchang Lu）
FLARE Spa, Four Seasons Hotel Pudong
This ultra stylish spa offers facials, massage, body treatment and salon services. Whether it’s a body treatment or facial, or a mani-pedi at Sparkle Nail Bar, FLARE is the one-stop spa for all your primping and pampering wants and needs. Along with four spa treatment rooms, the spa also has two VIP spa suites equipped with a whirlpool and rain shower for two. Guests can also take a dip in the 18 meter long indoor infinity lap pool, which boasts an incredible view of the Lujiazui skyline. Separate his and her “Spa Zones” allow ladies to enjoy an herbal steam and tepidarium, while the gentlemen can enjoy a Finnish sauna and brine inhalation.
Address: 41/F, Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, 210 Century Avenue （near Pucheng Lu）
The Waldorf Spa, Waldorf Astoria on the Bund
Situated on the third floor of the historic five-star hotel, the luxury spa boasts eight secluded treatment rooms and one spacious VIP suite, each equipped with private steam room and shower. The spa is also the first in Shanghai to offer products by Valmont, a luxury beauty and skincare brand developed from Switzerland. Treatments offered include ones for couples, facials and TCM, as well as manicures and pedicures. Interestingly enough, they also offer a “Private Spa Party，” a three-hour treatment in the VIP Suite for four people that includes afternoon tea and champagne.
Address: 3/F, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, 2 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (near Guangdong Lu)
The Spa, Grand Kempinski
Located on the 30th floor of the Grand Kempinski Hotel, this exclusive spa only has three treatment rooms, all of which are equipped with a bathroom, shower and sauna. Additional amenities include access to a hydro-pool and additional saunas and steam rooms. The Spa offers a wide range of treatments including facials, massages and relaxation packages. Rooms also have a view of the Huangpu River and North Bund.
Address: 30/F, Grand Kempinski Hotel, 1288 Lujiazui Huan Lu
Talise Spa, Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel
This spa is an oasis of Oriental healing that combines traditional well-being wisdom perfected over centuries in China, Asia and the Middle East with the latest international high-tech products and spa luxuries. Talise Spa offers a wide range of facials and Talise Spa massages. Guests of Talise Spa also have access to the hotel’s 24-hour fitness center, indoor swimming pool, Fire and Ice Room and Hot Stone Bath. Their more curious treatments are the Luxury Arabian Gold Bliss series, which includes a gold body mask wrap among others.
Address: 1108 Meihua Lu （near Fangdian Lu）
The Spa, Mandarin Oriental
The next time you’re in need of a little rest and relaxation, head over to Mandarin Oriental Shanghai’s world-class luxury spa. Based on a “butterfly” theme, two “wings” harbor 13 luxurious treatment rooms, as well as two couple’s suites and two VIP suites. They also have two beauty rooms, manicure and pedicure stations, and a foot massage lounge, a 25-metre indoor swimming pool and fitness center. Offering bespoke treatments from massages, facials, rejuvenation and scrubs, they also have half and full-day programs that start at RMB3,300 per person for four hours.
Address: 111 Pudong Nan Lu (near Yincheng Zhong Lu)
Anantara Spa, The PuLi
The Anantara Spa at the PuLi Hotel is known for their tea-infused treatments. The treatments are inspired from artisan teas in Chinese history. Balancing the detoxifying powers of green, white, chrysanthemom and rose tea, they blend the teas into scrubs, wraps and aromatic oils. In addition, they also offer Swedish, Sports, TCM and facials. Anantara has five treatment suites with steam and shower rooms.
Address: 3/F,The PuLi Hotel and Spa, 1 Changde Lu (near Yan’an Zhong Lu)
Chuan Spa, Langham Xintiandi
This world-class spa within the new Langham Hotel specializes in traditional Chinese treatments and includes infinity baths, wet and dry saunas and four private treatment rooms. The signature Chuan Harmony massage uses traditional Chinese five-element essential oils. Try Chuan’s traditional Chinese medicine treatments including acupuncture, moxibustion, and huoguan (cupping), all of which are holistically designed to restore the balance of yin and yang in the body and improve your wellbeing.
Address: 99 Madang Lu (near Xing’an Lu)
Yuan Spa, Hyatt on the Bund
Spread over Hyatt on the Bund’s lower lobby, Yuan Spa is dedicated to all aspects of health and wellbeing. Inspiration for Yuan Spa derived from the flow and natural beauty of a river (yuan translates as “source of water” in Chinese), coupled with the simple serenity of ancient Chinese bathing rituals. There is, quite literally, water everywhere from indoor steams and ponds to saturate the senses. They combine traditional Chinese wellness and beauty philosophies with European aromatherapy and skincare treatments (their product of choice is Clarins) and include other treatments like Balinese massages, facials, body wraps and baths.
Address: Lower Lobby, Hyatt on the Bund, 199 Huangpu Lu (near Wuchang Lu)
Qin, The Spa, Four Seasons Puxi
This chic hotel spa offers almost 40 spa treatments and beauty therapies inspired by traditional Chinese medicine. Qin also provides manicures, pedicures, acupuncture and foot reflexology services, as well as separate men’s and women’s saunas, steam rooms, hot whirlpools and a hair salon. The TCM treatments also includes acupuncture, weight loss and stress management. Treatments for men are also available.
Address: 6/F, Four Seasons Hotel, 500 Weihai Lu (near Shimen Yi Lu)