Shanghai-based architects Neri & Hu have created a delicately detailed sanctuary, stripped of pretense and lingeringly charming.
From an intimate tented camp in the green foothills of Bali to a converted 19th-century Jesuit retreat in Tamil Nadu, our editors and reviewers have roamed the Asia-Pacific region to bring together DestinAsian’s annual collection of the year’s top hotel openings. Read on to discover which new properties stood out from the rest in terms of service, setting, amenities, and a singular sense of style.
Sukhothai’s new property in China’s biggest city is only the second hotel for the brand, debuting a whopping 27 years after the original opened in Bangkok. But don’t expect Thai temple statues and frangipani—this Sukhothai has been immaculately designed for new-age Shanghai. In a bang-on central locale (next door to another 2018 Luxe List pick, The Middle House), Shanghai-based architects Neri & Hu have created a delicately detailed sanctuary, stripped of pretense and lingeringly charming. These are rooms you’ll want to pack up and take home, from the muted green and blush palette to the custom walnut furnishings and cavernous rainshowers. Walls of diatom silica (a porous biomaterial) even help purify the air, regulate humidity, and absorb sound, all much appreciated in Shanghai.
On the food front, Urban Café serves up crowd-pleasing Southeast Asian favorites, while its attached lounge offers 80 gins with pairing tonics and a fresh herb trolley. La Scala also deserves a mention for its simply tasteful Italian menu designed by Michelin-starred guest chef Theodor Falser; the black tagliolini with Canadian lobster is a highlight. Also on hand is a serene basement spa called The Retreat, where Thai and Chinese massages are delivered amid apothecary-esque vibes and lush tropical scents.
86-21/5237-8888; sukhothai.com; doubles from US$276.
This article originally appeared in the October/November 2018 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2018: The Sukhothai Shanghai”).