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.
I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything.Bill Bryson