Shanghai's Best Spas

5 April 2013
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After exploring the fascinating sights in Shanghai, such as the Oriental Pearl Tower, the Jinshan Donglin Temple and the Bund, why not spend some time relaxing in one of  the city's exquisite spas? Treat yourself to a few hours of rejuvenation for the mind, and relaxation for the body, within the peaceful surrounds of a highly respected spa. Indulge at any one of Shanghai's best spas and feel ready for the next leg of your international travel.

 Enjoy a Shanghai Spa

CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, in Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai is a luxurious spa. CHI's superb private spa suites offer personal space and a sense of timelessness, complete calm and well-deserved freedom, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Using traditional Asian and Himalayan healing techniques, treatments at the multi-award winning CHI restore balance and harmony to the body and mind. Signature treatments include the Jade Jewel Facial and a Tea Journey Massage.

Mandara Spa
The origins of the world famous Mandara Spa are in Bali, where gentle healing arts and Balinese ritual are passed on from generation to generation. In Shanghai, find the Mandara Spas at JW Marriot at Tomorrow Square and in Renaissance Shanghai, Putuo Hotel. Mandara Spas boast iconic symbolism within elegant Chinese design, and an eco-friendly heating system concealed beneath its floors. Try the Taste of the Orient treatment in the city centre's Mandara Spa, or at Mandara Spa in Putuo, a Head to Toe Revival, an Aromatic Renewal, or the Mandara Ultimate Revitalisation, which includes a fragrant personalised facial, re-mineralising mud body wrap, and a tamarind body blast.

Banyan Spa
Banyan Tree Spa in Shanghai's Westin Hotel on Henan Zhong Road is a "sanctuary for the senses", featuring themed rooms inspired by the Chinese Five Elements of earth, fire, water, wood and gold. Banyan Tree is spacious and opulently decorated, offering world class facial and body treatments that include bespoke massage services performed by Master Therapists, a Rainmist Steam Bath and Rain Shower experience, and the exotic East-meets-West Royal Banyan Herbal Pouch Massage.

The Shanghai Spa
Ultra-modern and French-styled, The Shanghai Spa, located on the second and third floors of Three on the Bund, is the only evian spa outside of France and lays claim to some of the world's most superior face and body treatments. Light and colour therapy complements its French, Oriental and International spa treatments. When you indulge in a French Glow treatment, expect a Colour Hydrotherapy Underwater Bath, a hydrating Katafray bark extract facial, and a Rising Sun purifying body scrub to precede your Swedish de-stressing oil massage. You'll feel the relaxing effect long after you leave.

Apsara Spa
Try something completely different and extraordinarily decadent at Apsara Spa, with a pampering therapy package, comprising a 40-minute Cleansing Grape Seed and Walnut Body Polish, a sixty-minute Luxurious Red Wine - Cocoa Body Wrap, followed by the sixty-minute signature treatment, the Royal Apsara massage Experience. After this intense exfoliation, moisturisation and endorphin-boosting succession of world-class spa treatments, expect to feel like you are floating on air.

Xanthe Coward

Xanthe's favourite travel destinations are the Greek Islands, Indonesia, Fiji and Vanuatu. With a background in performing arts, fine food, wine and good times, Xanthe enjoys travel that brings her close to the locals and their leisure activities. Being a theatre reviewer means that Xanthe will always do dinner and a show before checking out the late night city scene and still be up early to find the markets and a decent pot of chai.