Anantara Spa at The PuLi Hotel and Spa

The intimate Anantara Spa at The PuLi Hotel and Spa only has five treatment rooms in a linear layout overlooking an elongated infinity pool, but its menu of tea-inspired treatments is certainly worth sampling.

There aren’t many spas where you can base a service featuring a scrub, wrap and massage on your favorite cup of tea. The Green Tea Urban Retreat Journey does just that, using the natural detoxifying antioxidants found in the leaves. The treatment is an example of how this luxurious spa incorporates the best of Chinese culture — whether it’s feng shui interior design principles, tui na acupressure massage techniques or the healing properties of tea.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Anantara Spa is located in between two of Shanghai’s busiest roads, but once you step behind the bamboo grove outside the hotel you’re in the midst of a tranquil, relaxing escape.
  • The hotel spa’s architecture is spacious enough for eight-foot giants to step through the imposing doors, and the use of imperial style antiques in the narrow but comfortable waiting room leaves no doubt that you are in the Middle Kingdom (China).
  • The feng shui minimalist water fountain feature in the corner, the muted tones of earthy red and brown and the soothing aroma of massage oil put you at ease instantly.
  • Our favorite part of the rooms is that you can hit a gong when you’re ready for the masseuse to come into the room, which is China-appropriate, practical and fun to do.
  • During the spa’s pre-massage foot wash and scrub, a steaming cup of Chinese herbal tea is served. After your massage, the therapist will fetch a pot of sweet licorice-flavored tea paired with two shortbread cookies.
Things to Know
  • Anantara Spa is exclusively for adults, so your child will have to reach voting age (18) before being allowed to experience the blissful treatments.
  • This Shanghai respite doesn’t offer a therapist gender choice because all the therapists are female.
  • For men, Anantara recommends a classic Swedish massage. This 60-minute treatment uses five stroke techniques to stimulate the nervous system, improve circulation and flexibility and enhance physical and mental well-being.
  • While the menu doesn’t include any specialized couples’ treatments, all services are available for couples to enjoy side-by-side in the soothing spa’s double treatment room. 
  • Keep in mind that it is easiest to wear loose clothing that’s easy to take off and put back on again quickly. After your massage, wrap or scrub, your skin may smell of massage oil, so you should only wear clothes that you don’t mind attracting that odor. 
The Treatments
  • The signature massage is a must-have. The spa’s skillful masseuses use the knowledge from three ancient traditions of massage — Chinese, Indian and Thai — to expertly relieve tension with oils and reflexology techniques.
  • Alternatively, if you want to potentially double your relaxation with four hands (yes, that means two therapists), try the marma abhyanga massage with Indian ayurvedic techniques.
  • If you’ve had a heavy sports session and fear you’ll be aching at your conference tomorrow, the sports massage digs deep and eases tense muscles.
  • The chrysanthemum tea and pearl wrap is another special treatment. The chrysanthemum tea and pearl wrap makes you feel like a brand-new person, deeply cleansing and moisturizing the body.
  • The signature facial makes you look and feel more alive and energetic. It takes your skin type into consideration and uses warm compresses and cucumber eye gel.
The Facilities
  • There’s no general relaxation lounge at Anantara Spa at The PuLi Hotel and Spa, but there is a steam room and sauna in the locker rooms for the swimming pool and gym.
  • Additionally, each massage room at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa has a softly lit, dark-wood anteroom with a seat, hangers and cupboards, where you change into the provided robe and slippers.
  • You’ll also find a couch plump with pillows for pre-massage relaxing, as well as a shower and WC.
  • As a spa guest, you have access to the pool inside The PuLi Hotel. It has the same beautiful design, clean lines and muted lighting as the rest of the hotel.
  • After you take a refreshing dip, head to the changing room where you’ll find a steam room and sauna that are as well-designed and relaxing as the pool.
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Getting There
1 ChangDe Road, Shanghai, China
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