The PuLi Hotel and Spa, Shanghai

 

 

Created as China’s first urban resort, The PuLi Hotel and Spa is a 5-star hotel centrally located in Shanghai’s Jing’An district, yet magically secluded enough for a serene retreat.

 

 

 

 

Stepping inside the property, the striking interiors are hard to miss. Polished tile floors, silk wall coverings, and contemporary furnitures all help to provide tranquility, and the ultimate Zen atmosphere.

 

 

 

 

 

The hotel’s appreciation and effort to preserve its authenticity was clearly visible from the reproductions of ancient Chinese household items and the historic and cultural references they hold.

 

 

 

 

 

The theme continued in the rooms, with contemporary design beautifully accentuated by oriental decoratifs, as a subtle pervade. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UR Spa at The PuLi is also not to be missed. Embodying the principles of “modern science” and “ancient healing,” UR Spa provides tailor-made treatments using bespoke organic formulations, for result-driven wellness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Garden Terrace at The PuLi is truly a green oasis in the midst of the Jing’An Park. The gorgeous greenery in the open space provides the utmost tranquility, almost making you forget you are located in the hustle and bustle of the vibrant city of Shanghai.

With tasty finger foods and the most extensive wine selections in Shanghai, the Garden Terrace is the perfect spot to relax and unwind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Focusing on intuitive French cuisine with seasonal ingredients, PHÉNIX eatery & bar is a one Michelin star restaurant of The PuLi. Breakfast is also served here every morning.

 

 

 

 

.. or can be enjoyed in-room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to The PuLi Hotel and Spa for such a wonderful stay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The PuLi Hotel and Spa
Changde Road, Jingan District
Shanghai 200040, China
https://thepuli.com/
(@thepulihotelandspa)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Middle House, Shanghai

 

After a wonderful stay at The Upper House, Hong Kong, I knew The Middle House would be the perfect place to stay for my first trip to Shanghai.

 

 

 

As the most recent addition to The House Collective, The Middle House offers intimate luxury in the heart of Shanghai. Italian interior designer Piero Lissoni, known for his use of sleek and bold lines with clean silhouettes, redefined the modern space with classical Shanghainese elements, taking inspiration from Shanghai’s rich heritage of craftsmanship and culture.

 

 

 

Among two separate buildings (hotel, residence), we checked-in to our beautifully spacious Residence 90. The cream color scheme exuded a warm and inviting atmosphere, while bright pops of color of furnishings gave a bold touch to the room.

 

 

 

The bathroom provided discreet luxury and comfort, featuring ceramic parquet tiles with brushed bamboo textures, and an oval-shaped bathtub.

 

 

 

 

 

One of many dining options at The Middle House is Sui Tang Li, a Chinese restaurant offering a mixture of classic Sichuanese, Cantonese, and Shanghainese dishes.

 

 

 

 

We ordered the Hairy Crab XiaoLongBao, Quail Siu Mai (highly recommend), Scrambled Eggs with Fresh Shrimps and Black Truffle, and Crispy Fried Duck (which I was hesitant at first but so glad I tried!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhausted from a long day of sightseeing, we couldn’t think of a better place to rest and relax than the Mi Xun Spa at the hotel, where we received a 60-min CHA LING signature treatment. Guerlain and LVMH worked together to create specialized CHA LING treatments, which focus on using combined techniques of  traditional Chinese medicine to re-harmonise energy flows and detoxify the skin.

 

 

 

After our heavenly massage, we continued the R&R to the stunning pool for an evening dip.

 

 

 

 

We also tried out Frasca, the hotel’s modern Italian eatery, where we enjoyed a lovely Al Fresco dinner in the outdoor patio. The duck pappardelle was definitely my favorite and a must!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast (lunch, dinner, and drinks) is served everyday at the Cafe Grey Deluxe. (a.k.a. my favorite hotel breakfast spot)

 

 

 

 

Cafe Grey Deluxe is not just your same old average hotel breakfast. Some of their creative and exquisite menu selections include the papaya mango salad, quinoa porridge, croissant truffle scrambled eggs, and short ribs egg benedict, to name a few.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much to everyone at The Middle House for a lovely stay and for the cool ride. Until next time!

 

 

 

 

 

The Middle House
Jingan Qu, No. 366 Shi Men Yi Road
Shanghai, China
www.themiddlehouse.com
(@themiddlehouse)

 

 

Hong Kong Travel Guide

 

 

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WHERE TO STAY:

 

  • The Upper House: Discreet luxury, excellent hospitality. Read more about my 5-star stay at The Upper House HERE. (average rate: $550+) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Fleming: Located in the vibrant Wan Chai district, the Fleming is an urban boutique hotel designed in a timeless style inspired by Hong Kong’s iconic cross-harbour ferries. (average rate: $230+)

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • TUVE: Located in Causeway Bay, TUVE Hotel is a chic hotel with minimalist design, beautiful marble details and Le Labo amenities. (average rate: $168+) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Upper House, Hong Kong

 

 

A haven in the bustling city of Hong Kong, The Upper House is a 5-star contemporary hotel, embracing the concept of understated luxury.

 

 

 

Designed by the renowned architect André Fu, the hotel simultaneously exudes modern luxury and sophisticated comfort with its highly refined aesthetics and thoughtfully considered details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Centrally located yet magically secluded, the Upper House was named to represent a design philosophy of an upward journey from the bustling city to a calming haven.

 

 

 

 

 

Taking the journey upwards, the hotel’s 117 studios and suites start on the 38th floor, and are spacious and airy, featuring natural materials, bright woods, and muted fabrics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But perhaps the highlight of these rooms at the Upper House is the bathroom featuring thrilling views, Italian marble, a limestone bathtub, and a walk-in rainfall shower, providing the utmost tranquility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Located up on the 49th floor is the Café Gray Deluxe, where breakfast is served every morning with a side of breathtaking views of the Victoria Harbor..

 

 

 

With so many delicious options to choose from, we opted for the Upper East (dim sum, congee, egg noodles) and the Upper West Breakfast (eggs, salmon caviar, fruits, yogurt) – needless to say we were in ultimate #foodheaven!

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch, dinner, afternoon teas are also available at this modern European dining spot by Chef Gray Kunz, as well as drinks at the stunning 14m-stone bar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Across from Café Gray Deluxe is the Sky Lounge, a space to relax and unwind in its cosy atmosphere, surrounded by fireplace and panoramic views.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another spot for rest & relaxation is down on the 6th floor at the Lawn, where the secluded green space perfectly resembles a beautiful urban jungle. The Upper House offers complimentary yoga classes here at the Lawn, with mats and towels all provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of fitness, the gym is also available onsite with a variety of cardiovascular and weight training equipments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In and around the Upper House, divine collection of artworks from leading contemporary Asian artists can be found. Original art pieces, sculptures, and a 10-story atrium were carefully chosen and curated to complement André Fu’s concept of serenity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above all, it was the impeccable service of the attentive staff members at the Upper House that really made our stay ever so wonderful. From remembering our names and faces to thoughtful gestures, it was evident that the Guest Experiences team was dedicated to providing personalized services to each and every guest.

Thank you Upper House + Swire Hotels for this unforgettable experience.
Until next time!

 

 

 

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The Upper House (@upperhouse_hkg)
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong

 

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned for my Hong Kong guide, coming soon… 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel Byblos, St. Tropez

 

 

 

 

During our recent trip to St. Tropez, we had the incredible opportunity to visit the legendary Hotel Byblos.

 

 

 

 

With timeless history and elegant luxury, the 5-star hotel has lived through decades without giving into trends, and remains to provide top-notch service and excellent comfort up to this day.

 

 

 

 

 

Each of the 91 rooms and suites are uniquely decorated in a Provençal theme, and reflects the coastal region’s lifestyle.

 

 

 

 

 

Along with the gorgeous pool, and fitness center, the Tropezian palace also offers exceptional treatments at the Spa by Sisley Cosmetics.

At the most miraculous spa I have ever set my foot in, there were the Lebanese room dating back to the 17th century that was transported stone by stone from a palace in Beirus, the extraordinary Moroccan shower, a hammam and a resting bed..

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the magical tour of the hotel, we were taken to the RIVEA Restaurant for a surprise tour behind the kitchen and our delightful aperitif with the chef Vincent Maillard..

 

 

 

 

 

 

We finally sat down in the beautiful atmosphere, and started with the Byblos’ signature Rosé, which was absolutely delicious..

 

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For our starters, we chose the assortment of 3 appetizers: squid fritters, burrata tomatoes, and fresh vegetables.

 

 

 

Moving onto our main dishes, I ordered the Veal chop with country bacon and green peas ‘à la Française.’ I had trouble taking these photos because I wanted to devour my plate already! I also appreciated our waiters’ attention to details, such as asking to switch my wine from rosé to red, as I had ordered red meat. It’s really in the simplest things like this that makes me appreciate the service.

 

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Our other main plate, and my favorite, was the grilled wild bass, accompanied by tender fennel with saffron. The fish was cooked perfectly and each and every ingredient  (especially the sauce) worked together to highlight the dish.

 

 

 

 

And for the grand finale, the Tropézienne (St. Tropez’s signature pastry) in the Byblos style. We had been meaning to try the Tropézienne during our trip and we were so happy to have done so right here at Rivea.

 

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Wonderful atmosphere, excellent service, and the outstanding food.. We couldn’t have asked for a better dining experience, and we are still dreaming of ours.

Thank you to everyone at Hotel Byblos and RIVEA for the incredible night anyone could ever ask for.. À bientôt!

 

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HOTEL BYBLOS (@byblossttropez)
20 Avenue Paul Signac, 83990 Saint-Tropez

 

 

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Stay in Paris: Castille Paris

 

 

Castille Paris is a 5-star hotel, from the Italian hotel group “Starhotels Collezione” located in the heart of Paris just a few steps away from the legendary “Maison Chanel” on Rue Cambon.

 

 

 

 

 

With its Parisian allure and Italian style, Castille Paris has been restored to its 18th-century splendor, with antique details, Florentine patio, and a Roman fountain.

 

 

 

The hotel has 108 rooms and suites in total, which occupy two wings of the building. Each wing has its own character; onw exudes contemporary elegance, whereas the other offers a touch of classic French style.

 

 

 

 

Checking into my Duplex Junior Suite, I was stunned by the beautiful interior. From the gorgeous wallpapers to the carefully selected furnitures, it was not difficult to see that the hotel wanted to ensure each and every guest experience a comfortable stay.

 

 

 

 

 

We also had the pleasure of dining at L’Assaggio, the hotel’s modern classic Italian restaurant. Executive Chef Pablo Sabariego was kind enough to surprise us with a blind tasting menu, which was nothing short of wonderful..

(I am currently drooling as I reminisce about this glorious meal!)

 

 

 

I would like to take this time to appreciate my gratitude towards everyone at Castille Paris who went above and beyond to make my stay enjoyable.. I look forward to returning soon.

 

p.s. Castille Paris has a hotel cat named Heliot — keep an eye out for him!

 

 

 

 

 

Castille Paris (@castille_paris)
33-37 Rue Cambon
Paris, 75001

 

 

 

 

 

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Stay in Paris: The Hoxton

 

 

Undoubtedly the coolest hotel in town, the Hoxton really needs no introduction.. After Amsterdam and London, the Hoxton group opened its biggest Hoxton here in Paris.

 

 

 

 

Housed in an 18th century building, the Hoxton Paris offers 172 guestrooms of 4 categories: Shoebox, Cosy, Roomy, Biggy. Local Parisian design studio Humbert & Payet beautifully decorated these rooms to create a modern yet cozy atmosphere, with wood panelling, oak-timber floors, and Lampe Gras lamps.

 

 

 

 

White tiles and bronze fittings provide aesthetic pleasure in the bathroom..

 

 

 

 

For breakfast, the Hoxton offers its signature Breakfast Bag with fresh juice, granola, and a banana.. If you are still hungry, you can always head down to the Rivié Restaurant..

Designed in a French Brasserie style with a modern twist, the restaurant presents seasonal and fresh French dishes. Whether you are in the mood for a quick breakfast, business lunch, relaxing dinner, or even just a drink, Rivié Restaurant is ideal for all occasions.

 

 

 

 

For something more intimate, head upstairs to Jacque’s Bar, where you will find yourself transported to a garden in Marrakech, with decorative floral wallpaper, velvet sofas and tasseled lamps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Located in the basement is Les Voûtes, with 7 vaulted rooms available to rent for meetings, events, parties, and private dining, as well as La Cuisine, a communal pantry kitchen..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hoxton Paris also hosts a variety of cultural and lifestyle events, such as workshops, lectures, exhibitions, and yoga classes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hoxton, Paris (@thehoxtonhotel)
30-32 Rue du Sentier, 75002 Paris

 

 

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