Above: the hotel’s undulating ‘tree trunk’ facade.
The Jumeirah group’s first hotel in Asia is part of the Himalayas Center, a new cultural landmark on the outskirts of Shanghai. Designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, the Jumeirah Himalayas‘ (1108 Mei Hua Lu, Pudong; 86-21/3858-0888; jumeirah.com; doubles from US$248) undulating “tree trunk” facade and 14-story cylindrical atrium not only look impressive, but they are also infused with traditional feng shui principles to enhance the flow of positive energy.
Stepping inside the cavernous lobby, guests are greeted by a Ming-style rosewood pagoda, which hosts traditional musical performances by day and DJs by night. On the ceiling overhead, a huge LED screen beams calming Zen imagery. This Ming-meets-modern aesthetic continues in the 402 guest rooms, decorated in dark woods with updated moon tables and original artworks.
In line with all this positive energy, guests can join in early morning tai chi in the atrium and get closer to nature in the 5,000-square-meter rooftop Infinity Garden.–Amy Fabris-Shi
Originally appeared in the October/November 2011 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Modern Ming”)