The Luxe List 2013: Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai

  • The property includes a 25-meter swimming pool.

    The property includes a 25-meter swimming pool.

  • Enjoy southern Chinese cuisine by Shanghai chef Tony Lu at the hotel's Yong Yi Ting restaurant.

    Enjoy southern Chinese cuisine by Shanghai chef Tony Lu at the hotel's Yong Yi Ting restaurant.

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With a relaxed riverfront setting in Pudong’s new Harbour City development, this newcomer welcomes guests with a colorful glass mosaic by Chinese artist Miao Tong that stretches across its entire marble lobby; it’s one of 4,000 original artworks that jazz up the hotel’s soft-hued interiors. Well-considered details in the guest rooms extend to peony-embroidered silk bedspreads, Illy espresso machines, and bath potions by London perfumer Ormonde Jayne. The butterfly-themed spa is a highlight, offering TCM-inspired treatments alongside an arsenal of the latest-tech beauty machinery for non-surgical facelifts and electro-slimming. Two top chefs headline the dining program: Michelin-starred Richard Ekkebus oversees relaxed French steakhouse Fifty 8˚ Grill, while Yong Yi Ting serves up light-of-touch “south of the Yangtze” cuisine by Shanghainese chef Tony Lu. Making the most of the adjoining waterfront, guests can dine alfresco in lush gardens, join a Segway tour along the riverside promenade, or hop aboard a yacht for a sunset cruise.

11 Pudong Rd.; 86-21/2082-9888; Mandarin Oriental Pudong; doubles from US$392

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