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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