• The elegant in-house restaurant, Ming Yuan, specializes in Cantonese classics and modern Chinese cuisine. Photograph by Evelina Gospodinova

    • Simple table settings and river views give the intimate dining room a serene ambience. Photograph by Evelina Gospodinova

    • A deep soaking tub looks out over a panorama of the city and the Huangpu River. Photograph by Evelina Gospodinova

    • Bathrooms are kitted out with exclusive Banyan Tree toiletries and top-of-the-line Toto fixtures. Photograph by Evelina Gospodinova

    • An indoor swimming pool and three "relaxation" pools are available for guests who want to exercise or unwind. Photograph by Evelina Gospodinova

      ISSUE 13: SHANGHAI

      BANYAN TREE SHANGHAI ON THE BUND

      With a quiet, Zen vibe, floor-to-ceiling windows in each room and an amazing in-house spa this “urban resort” along the Hongkou waterfront offers travelers a true oasis of calm in the center of the city. Many of the 118 rooms feature private heating dipping pools overlooking the glittering Bund–but for the ultimate getaway, reserve the spectacular The Banyan Suite, which is tricked out with a private rooftop terrace and swimming pool.