The Luxe List 2010, China: The Peninsula Shanghai, Shanghai

In the early 1900s, the Peninsula’s founding Kadoorie family owned four celebrated Shanghai hotels. Almost a century later, they’ve made a triumphant return with The Peninsula Shanghai on the Bund waterfront. This 14-story mansion is the first new building on The Bund for 63 years. Nevertheless, the landmark property, already feels like a grande dame. All 235 guest rooms are wired with China’s smartest in-room technology, including humidity controls and nifty nail dryers. Be sure to try an herbal massage at the ESPA, a cocktail on the rooftop terrace, or a unique cultural tour offered through the just-launched Peninsula Academy

32 Zhongshan, Dong Yilu; 86-21/2327-2888;; doubles from US$520

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