The low­down

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Lo­ca­tion Shang­hai’s his­toric Xuhui Dis­trict. Num­ber of vil­las 55. Check in/out Flex­i­ble. Food and drink Le Comp­toir de Pierre Gag­naire restau­rant, the French chef’s first Chi­nese out­post, serves so­phis­ti­cated Gal­lic fare for break­fast, lunch and din­ner; there’s ex­cel­lent crusty bread, snails and top­notch steaks. Break­fast is a French-style buf­fet, while à la carte op­tions in­clude con­gee and eggs Bene­dict. Le Bar, a 40-seat bar-lounge, and La Boulan­gerie et Patis­serie, a café and bak­ery, are also on site. The Lab, an eight-seat pri­vate chef ex­pe­ri­ence, is on the way. Well­ness A rudi­men­tary gym ex­ists but a full gym and day spa are in the works.

Busi­ness fa­cil­i­ties A num­ber of meet­ing rooms and event spa­ces are avail­able.

Mini­bar Com­pli­men­tary choco­late bars, chips, Per­rier wa­ter, soft drinks and Ts­ing­tao beer are avail­able. Wine and spir­its in­cur a charge. Wa­ter in room Free bot­tled wa­ter is pro­vided. Pil­low menu No, but a ma­ter­nity pil­low was wait­ing for this preg­nant guest. Bath Yes, stand­alone with a shower noz­zle, loofah and bath salts. Bathrobe Your choice of light cot­ton or cosy terry tow­elling. The house­keep­ing test A re­quested tooth­brush was de­liv­ered in less than five min­utes.

The concierge test We were given pre­cise direc­tions to the near­est HSBC lo­ca­tion af­ter en­quir­ing about an ATM that al­lowed for in­ter­na­tional de­posits and with­drawals.

Ameni­ties Ac­qua di Parma sham­poo, con­di­tioner, body wash and lo­tion.

Room ser­vice An order of cheese­burg­ers and hand-cut fries was promised in 30 min­utes. It ar­rived right on time, along with white nap­kins, sil­ver­ware and a se­lec­tion of sauces.

TV and movies HBO, Star Movies, Dis­cov­ery, CNN, BBC and CNBC, plus Chi­nese chan­nels.

Wi-fi Com­pli­men­tary but its speed will not en­able you to by­pass the Great Fire­wall of China.

Price A Shiku­men Villa King starts from 4500 yuan (about $880) per night.

Ask for… a villa at the end of a laneway. The lo­ca­tion al­lows you to en­joy the wa­ter fea­tures and can­dlelit seat­ing plat­forms on the way to your suite.

Ver­dict Time­less el­e­gance with crea­ture com­forts.

The Shiku­men Villa King in­cor­po­rates French de­sign el­e­ments

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