The PuLi Hotel Shanghai, an urban resort on the ancient Yangtze River
Where the Yangtze River, the great Yellow River of China, flows into the sea, a tributary called the Huangpu joins it, and this confluence is the reason for the life of city of Shanghai. The Yangtze today remains the busiest river in the world, and the city of Shanghai has exploded into a modern metropolis of 12 million people. Near the centre of the city, in the Jing’An District, you can find the PuLi Hotel skyscraper, a new luxury urban resort standing tall amidst the bright lights and flowing traffic of China’s new turbo-charged economy. Opened in September of 2009, the PuLi is composed of 26 floors, and the hotel welcomes its guests with a glorious tall and open lobby decorated throughout with teak wood.
Outside, by the hotel’s lounge, the Long Bar, a perfect garden and reflective pond encourage a meditative mood, and the relaxing warmth of the Library, with over 2,500 books available to guests, offers a sense of thoughtful calm. Children are welcome at the PuLi Hotel, and within the glass structure of the soaring building, high ceilings and accents of Chinese craftsmanship, such as bronze washbasins, meld the old China with the new. The Jing’An Park stands by the side of the hotel and many of the guestrooms overlook the bamboo and old growth forest of this little known gem of urban greenery.
Embracing the Nature of the Luxury Resort
The PuLi Hotel offers 193 rooms and 36 suites to its guests, and the resort’s international clientele has repeatedly praised the spaciousness of the accommodations. Designed by the Urban Resort Concepts group, all of the guestrooms offer the finest in luxury amenities, and the majority of these spaces including living rooms or sitting areas, as well as butler services on a bespoke basis. The upscale suites feature additional bedrooms, and the penthouse options offered by the PuLi are the Grand Suite and the Jing’An Suite. On the third floor of the establishment, called Level 3, the PuLi features a large and hospitable Health Club, where guests can enjoy the fitness centre, the micro-bubblebath, and the 25-metre long, 8-meter wide indoor infinity pool. The Anantara Spa and Wellness Centre is also located on Level 3, and along with several excellent massages and beauty treatments, it can offer guests a menu of tea leaf treatments, accompanied by pots of some of the most delicate, refined, and healing herbal brews that China can provide.
The Western Touch in the Streets of Shanghai
The PuLi will be happy to create bespoke tours of the city of Shanghai according to your interests and energies. The history of Shanghai includes a long involvement of European colonisation, which resulted in the development of the Bund, also called the Waitan, a glorious waterfront that now offers amazing vies of the new Pudong District Skyline, including the domes of the Oriental Pearl Tower. Within a few minutes’ walk north of the Hotel, Jing’An Park brings a sense of Buddhist peace to the city, with its bamboo forest and willows. Next to the park stands the JingAn Temple, a complex of ancient pagodas that contains the imposing Jade Buddha Temple, where the nine meter tall jade statue of the Buddha looms above the visitor.
The European influence on the city can also be found in the French Concession zone, where the Huaihai Road was once known as the Avenue Joffre, and the architecture is oddly French. When you return to the PuLi, you will probably have a good appetite ready for an outstanding example of fine dining found on Level 2 of the hotel, where the PHÉNIX eatery and bar reigns supreme. Chef Michael Wilson’s menu is almost exclusively European in design, although Yunnan caviar and Rangers Valley Angus Beef from Australia make an appearance. The extensive cocktail and wine menu of the Long Bar will provide a fine ending to your exploration of Shanghai, where the PuLi Hotel brings luxury and excitement to a new, energetic China.