Tranquility in Shanghai may sound like an oxymoron, but the new Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund delivers just that from its secluded perch at a northerly bend of the Huangpu River.
All 118 rooms and 12 suites in the 13-story hotel, which opened in October, offer dramatic river and city views through floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows. Rooms with numbers ending in 10 through 18 face the art deco and neoclassical facades along the Bund; those oriented southwest to Pudong favor the Blade Runner–esque cityscape. The vistas are perhaps best enjoyed from the Oasis rooms, where heated indoor plunge pools are installed against window ledges.
Banyan Tree’s lookout 15 minutes away from Shanghai’s major transportation hubs may be a disadvantage for some, but the property embraces its role as an urban retreat with such features as an 11-treatment-room spa that spans three floors. When guests are ready to embrace the fast pace of Shanghai, complimentary gilded London-style taxis stand at the ready. Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund, +86.21.2509.1188, www.banyantree.com