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[Shanghai] Anantara Spa at the PuLi Hotel

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Anantara Spa at the PuLi Hotel

Add: 1 ChangDe Road near Yan’an Zhong Lu / 常德路1號近延安中路
Tel: 2216 6899
Hours: 10am-10pm
Website: spa.anantara.com/shanghai/default.aspx
Price: Anantara Signature Massage 1,080 RMB + 15% (check menu for other treatment prices)
Visited: Oct 2011

The entire PuLi Hotel oozes tranquility, but its spa area is in yet another world of its own. Internationally-renowned spa group Anantara has customized a special tea-inspired menu for the hotel, utilizing the detoxifying powers of Green Tea, the balancing force of White Tea, the health-giving properties of Chrysanthemum Tea and the beautifying spirit of Rose Tea to provide a complete sensorial experience for its guests. Time to get pampered.


Upon entering the calming space, I was served a cup of lemon grass tea, followed by a short questionnaire about my physical condition and needs at the time. Back pain? Sore neck? Tense nerves? Apparently they’ve got a solution for each and every one of your problems.


The area is actually quite small, consisting of only five dimly-lit, heavenly scented rooms that can accommodate singles or couples.



First, a quick shower.



Then, ring the gong to summon the masseuse.


I chose the Thai Herbal Compress Massage (1,080 RMB + 15%), a traditional Thai herbal therapy that begins with the application of a warm herbalpoutice, followed by a full body massage using natural herbal oils that penetrate the body to work their wonders.



My therapist was a sweet, soft-spoken 24-year old girl. We enjoyed quiet conversations during the beginning of the therapy, and as I trailed off into a light sleep she just worked her magic in silence.




At the end there was another cup of tea and some grapes as refreshments.


A spa treatment at Anantara Spa is an sensorially indulgent experience. Click here for the spa menu.


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October 26th, 2011 at 9:17 pm