As soon as you step foot inside The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai, you’ll quickly forget your location in the bustling financial district of the city. From start to finish, your experience here will be a journey, and that’s truly the point. The spa’s butterfly theme aims to transform you during your treatment, starting with a soothing bamboo tea and ending with a contemplative moment gazing out at the manicured garden in the relaxation lounge. This feels far from a city spa — natural tones and materials permeate the space, and winding dark paths to your treatment suite give you the ultimate exclusion from the outside world.

The butterfly theme continues past the more public spaces into your personal suite, where you’ll spot a hanging butterfly installation and the name of your suite, also named “butterfly” but in a language such as Spanish or Indonesian. Once inside your suite, you’ll experience the ultimate privacy with a steam shower, amenity-packed vanity (you can even request a hair straightener), heated towel rack and spacious closet to house your belongings. The light ding of a cymbal symbolizes the beginning and end of your treatment, but don’t forget to explore the impressive wet areas such as a crystal steam room and ice fountain, too.

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