The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai

Shanghai's butterfly-themed sanctuary
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.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Similar to other Mandarin Oriental spas, the Pudong, Shanghai location offers a tailored list of massages that range from signature treatments featuring European products like Natura Bissé to offerings unique to its Chinese destination.
  • As a whole, the serene space exudes a clean and natural feel. Wood and neutral colors go hand-in-hand with the hotel’s impressive green spaces.
  • All of the pampering products are certified organic and vegan, which explains why spa-goers tend to leave with radiant skin.
  • Once inside your suite, you’ll experience the ultimate privacy with a steam shower, amenity-packed vanity, heated towel rack and spacious closet to house your belongings.
  • Men are certainly not forgotten, which is evident with treatments such as the Anti-Pollution Facial on the menu. This masculine option caters to your problem areas and specific issues such as shaving burn, dullness or stress.
Things to Know
  • In Chinese culture, the butterfly represents both beauty and change. These are two elements the gentle spa hopes to bring with all of its services.
  • The beginning and end of your treatment will be symbolized by a light ding of a cymbal.
  • If you are in need of a beauty tool that cannot be found inside of your suite, simply ask the accommodating spa staff and they will gladly acquire it for you.
The Treatments
  • If you’ve just hopped off a plane, book the Oriental Essence massage — a Mandarin Oriental classic — that’s intended to aid weary travelers with the use of Quintessence oil (ginger, mandarin and frankincense) and by targeting stressful points throughout the body.
  • The Therapeutic Massage is conducted via the masseur’s elbows and forearms, while the Aroma Stone and Aromatherapy massages are a bit more self-explanatory.
  • Of course, given your destination in Shanghai, the spa menu also offers a Chinese Meridian Massage (acupressure and balancing your Qi) and a Chinese Foot Reflexology Massage, too.
  • The Urban Back Relief is a deep massage that also involves a back cleansing — it’s sure to alleviate tense muscles and help unclog any congested skin.
  • For a firming and toning result, book the Body Sculpting treatment, which uses faradic technology to tighten up muscles in the abdomen, thighs, torso and hips.
The Facilities
  • Explore the impressive wet areas, which include a crystal steam room and ice fountain.
  • After you’ve spent enough time relaxing and being pampered, spend some time at the hotel’s 24-hour fitness center that’s jam-packed with useful equipment and cool technology.
  • For the ultimate in romance, book one of the sumptuous spot's Spa Suites to enjoy extra amenities, such as crystal steam showers and vitality baths. Be sure to request one with a view of the bamboo Zen garden.  
Getting There
111 Pudong Road South, Pudong, Shanghai 200120
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai
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