The Luxe List 2013: Banyan Tree Shanghai On The Bund, Shanghai

  • The urban retreat has 130 guest rooms and suites.

    The urban retreat has 130 guest rooms and suites.

  • Located in the North Bund area, the hotel has spectacular views of the Huangpu River and the cityscape.

    Located in the North Bund area, the hotel has spectacular views of the Huangpu River and the cityscape.

  • The hotel's elegant Ming Yuan restaurant serves traditional Cantonese cuisine.

    The hotel's elegant Ming Yuan restaurant serves traditional Cantonese cuisine.

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While futuristic Pudong is the setting for the next two Shanghai hotels on our list, Banyan Tree chose the up-and-coming North Bund area for its latest urban retreat. All 130 guest rooms and suites have views of the meandering Huangpu River and window-side soaking tubs from which to admire it; book one of the Panorama Oasis rooms for their three-meter-long heated dipping pools. A three-story Banyan Tree Spa and large subterranean swimming pools add to the resort feel. Dining is another pleasure: Iranian caviar is available at Oceans during the day, while traditional Cantonese dinners and fresh sushi and sashimi can be found at the elegant Ming Yuan and Tai Hei restaurants, respectively. And at Tops, the rooftop bar, you’ll enjoy creative cocktails and tapas against a backdrop of more stunning Shanghai vistas.

9 Gongping Lu; 86-21/2509-1188; Banyan Tree Shanghai on The Bund website;  doubles from US$480

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