Situated on the river banks of Shanghai's vibrant Pudong district, this chic hotel encapsulates all the class and abundant - but unostentatious - luxury that the Mandarin Oriental chain has become known and loved for. Six restaurants and cafés cater for all imaginable international tastes. Whether you're after a Sichuanese hot pot, a naughty French pastry, or even just an exotic, colourful cocktail with a view of Shanghai's glittering nightscape, you won't be disappointed here. The 2,415 square metre spa has a dizzying array of spoiling options ranging from holistic treatments and aroma experience showers to complexion analysis and unbeatable massage. From the lobby's vast forest-themed mosaic to the exquisite indoor pool, there are plenty of treats in store.
To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.Bill Bryson