Banyan Tree Heads to The Bund
If it seems like China is getting all of the newest and flashiest hotels, it's because, well, they are getting all the newest and flashiest hotels. The country is certainly a hotbed for hoteliers to pull out all the stops and wow their guests. Banyan Tree Hotels are no different with their newest addition to Shanghai, and this one's a gem.
Banyan has build a brand new urban resort on the banks of the Huangpu River in the most happening area of town called The Bund. The area is a definite contrast of new and old with turn of the century banks and hotels juxtaposed across the river with the big lights and big city of the financial district, Pudong, this modern building houses great service and modern luxuries.
Each of the 130 rooms and suites will offer modern Asian decor with a focus on wood and natural fabrics all arranged around a textile wall behind the beds. All rooms are fully equipped with high-tech devises like LCD flat screen TVs up to 52 inches, Nespresso coffee makers and complementary WiFi. While these are nice features, we wouldn't be able to tear our eyes away from the passing boats and cruises of the river views that the suites boast. The top-of-the-line 'Banyan Suite' offers a Shanghai exclusive: the en-suite swimming pool. It can be said that this is a first for the city; other than in Macau, we can't imagine it's common place in many other hotels.
Grand Bund Retreat
Shanghai is one of those cities that is best viewed from a height and at night. The roof-top lounge, STARS, will be a destination for guests and locals alike with uninterrupted views of the colored lights that make up Pudong. Mixing-up designer and bespoke cocktails, the lounge will prove to be the hippest club on The Bund. If you are looking for a little more formal dining and imbibing, there will be 3 others restaurants on the property.
We've seen our fair share of hotel gift shops and we are usually disappointed, but for those that need to bring some unique souvenirs home for friends and family, the resort has you covered. The Banyan Tree Gallery will display and sell indigenous handcrafts from all around the world. You can pick up your typical resort wear and spa products, but we like a little more unusual.
Banyan plans to start welcoming guests later this month. Rates for a basic king-sized room start at 3,000 CNY ($479) per night.
[Photo: Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts]