STEP BACK TO 1930S SHANG­HAI

Re-live the glam­our and ro­mance of a by­gone era

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Tra­di­tional Shang­hai and French ar­chi­tec­tural styles con­verge in the his­tor­i­cally chic Capella Shang­hai, Jian Ye

Li, lo­cated within the Xuhui cul­tural preser­va­tion zone, and in the last re­main­ing clus­ter of shiku­men (stone gate) townhouses. Each of the 55 one- to three-bed­room vil­las and 40 two- to four-bed­room res­i­dences re­tains the orig­i­nal town­house struc­ture with a charm­ing court­yard en­trance and is sep­a­rated from each other by nar­row al­ley­ways, bring­ing guests back to the 1930s era where the abodes once housed well-heeled lo­cals and ex­pa­tri­ates. The Auriga Spa, clad in sooth­ing neu­tral hues, brings the best of Eastern tra­di­tional reme­dies and Western tech­nolo­gies with or­ganic skin­care prod­ucts to al­le­vi­ate modern ail­ments: mox­i­bus­tion treat­ment for con­gested air­ways, flota­tion tank ther­apy for stressed out ex­ec­u­tives; music and colour ther­apy in the sauna and steam room for fraz­zled nerves. Sim­ple hearty French dishes take cen­tre stage at the ho­tel’s sole din­ing venue le Comp­toir de Pierre Gag­naire, helmed by three­miche­lin-starred chef Pierre Gag­naire’s pro­tégé Ro­main Chapel. Tuck into crisp crois­sants or lo­cal fare at break­fast, chill out with a prepran­dial from the ex­ten­sive wine and drinks list at the bar or have a re­lax­ing af­ter­noon tète-à-tete over de­lec­ta­ble scones and mini Croque Mon­sieurs. capel­la­ho­tels.com/shang­hai

Shiku­men Villa King Bed­room, Capella Shang­hai

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