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The fourth ho­tel in Swire’s The House Col­lec­tive is quite the brood­ing minx. Lo­cated slap-bang be­side Shang­hai’s Nan­jing West Road and sur­rounded by shop­ping and din­ing op­tions ga­lore, The Mid­dle House basks in ur­ban glam­our given its own re­fresh­ing spin. The cul­tur­ally provoca­tive de­sign by Mi­lan-based mae­stro Piero Lis­soni is ev­i­dent as soon as you en­ter the in­ti­mate lobby, where bam­boo-rib­boned walls of jade-green porce­lain and con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese art­works sur­round a low-slung 3,760-piece Vene­tian chan­de­lier. Spa­cious guest rooms dec­o­rated with dark-wood floors and stream­lined Ital­ian fur­nish­ings make you grin with play­ful touches: pops of ca­nary-yel­low and indigo, a com­pli­men­tary “Maxi Bar,” and the gi­ant bed­side tas­sel that trig­gers the mas­ter switch. Cheeky all-glass bath­rooms bor­der on promis­cu­ous. Filled with ur­ban buzz, Café Gray Deluxe cov­ers the en­tire third floor, while Sui Tang Li in the neigh­bor­ing res­i­den­tial tower serves up mod­ern Shang­hainese and Can­tonese cui­sine, in­clud­ing ex­cel­lent dim sum and “five el­e­ments”–in­spired cock­tails. Equally im­pres­sive is Mi Xun, a vast sub­ter­ranean space that is home to a swim­ming pool, 24hour gym, juice bar, HYPOXI stu­dio, and a spa us­ing prod­ucts by Cha Ling, LVMH’s new China-tea skin­care brand. — 86-21/3216-8199; themid­dle­house­ho­; dou­bles from US$335

Above: The tents at Capella Ubud are cen­tered on big four-poster beds.Right: The lobby of The Mid­dle House in Shang­hai. Op­po­site: Shook!, the breezy buf­fet restau­rant at the Ritz-Carl­ton on Koh Sa­mui.

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