The Puli Hotel and Spa (璞麗酒店) | Shanghai, CHINA

Located in Jing'an district, The Puli Hotel and Spa is a tranquil getaway that allows its guests to take a break from the hustle and bustle of one of the world's most exciting cities, Shanghai.

Being a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, the hotel is secluded by grey brick walls and leafy green bamboo trees so much so that it's hard to imagine that this serene retreat is located in the heart of the city.

We had a few days to explore Shanghai, and having had stayed at The Ritz-Carlton Pudong where we enjoyed magnificent views of the Bund and Shanghai's skyline, I wanted to use the opportunity to try something different. And what's better option than The Puli?

The moment when I walked through the corridor laid with black tiles and saw a bunch of elegant, pink water lilies that were yet to blossom, for some strange reason I immediately felt calm despite the boiling summer heat. After a swift check in at the reception desk, we were taken to our room on level 21.

The room itself is without fault. The generous space is decorated with dark wood furniture with subtitle oriental touches. My favourite part of the room is the window seat where guests can enjoy a pot of steaming Chinese tea. The room also comes with a complementary stocked mini bar, Nespresso machine, and jars of candies, including my childhood favourite: white rabbit creamy candy. The bathroom features his & hers vanities as well as a sizeable bathtub by the window.

In my opinion, The Puli is the perfect sanctuary for relaxation. From a tea-themed Anantara Spa, to the hotel's infinity pool which overlooks the lush green Jing'an Park, not to mention the library by the lobby which houses over 2,500 books and the Garden Terrace with a shallow reflection pond. It's no wonder that the hotel has been famed as China's first urban resort. Along with the personable service, we almost didn't want to leave.

Bunnies' travel notes:

Bunnies’ Room Number: 2101 – Grand King Room
Number of Rooms and Suites: 193 guest rooms and 36 suites
Swimming pool: Yes
Check-in/check-out times: 2pm and 12pm
Price: $340+ AUD

Hotel Class: 5 Star

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