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[The List]: Five Star Spas
The big list of places to spend the day lounging, soaking, swimming, working out, and rejuvenating.
By Mar 25, 2016 Wellbeing
Everyone needs a spa day sometimes, and not everyone wants to spend the afternoon splashing around with hundreds of uncles, aunties, and kids at New Star or some other bathhouse. With five star hotels, you get privacy and five star hygiene standards. For a set fee, you can stay all day and use their gyms, pools, saunas, jacuzzis, and sometimes even squash courts. Two points before we begin:

1) Chinese websites often have deep discounts for five star hotels. Sometimes you might as well just book a room and turn it into a staycation, especially if you're more than one.

2) We called dozens of hotels for this article, and if a prominent place is missing, e.g. The Puli, that's because they don't open their facilities to the public.

Enjoy.

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1. Ritz Carlton Pudong


8 Shiji Da Dao, near Lujiazui Huan Lu View ListingTaxi Printout




Area: Lujiazui

Day Pass: 437rmb for adults and 380rmb for kids under 16 years old. Available from 6am-11pm.

Yearly Price: 25,000rmb or 45,000rmb for two.

Spa Features: A pool and a gym; the shower rooms include sauna, a steam room, and a thermal bath.

­Pool: The pool size is 20m x 7m x 1.4m. It's up on the 53rd floor, with an incredible view of Lujiazui.


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2. Ritz Carlton Nanjing Xi Lu


Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Xikang Lu View ListingTaxi Printout




Area: Jing'an

Day Pass: 300rmb per person. Unfortunately, the day pass is only valid if you go with a friend staying at the hotel, otherwise the only choice is a monthly package of 3500rmb. That's available from 6am-11pm.

Yearly Price: 23,000rmb/year, including yoga classes.

Spa Features: Outdoor and indoor pool and gym; shower rooms include a sauna, a steam room and a thermal bath.

­Pool: Am outdoor and indoor swimming pool. The size is 20m x 7m x 1.2m, located on the seventh and eight floor with a nice view of the hotel garden.

Other facilities: Access to the squash court is included in the price. Rackets are 50rmb to rent, and balls are 20rmb.


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3. Banyan Tree Shanghai


19 Haiping Lu, near Gongping Lu View ListingTaxi Printout




Area: Bund Area

Day Pass: 480rmb for adults and 240rmb for children under 14 years old. Available from 8am­-11pm.

Yearly Price: 15,000rmb for two adults.

Spa Features: Pools and gym, shower rooms, thermal bath, and a steam room.

­Pool: Four pools total, all indoors and underground with no view. The biggest pool is 22m x 15m x 1.4m.


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4. Peninsula


32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Beijing Dong Lu View ListingTaxi Printout




Area: Bund Area

Day Pass: 552rmb for adults and children. Available from 6am­-10pm.

Yearly Price: 40,000rmb. After becoming a member, you can get 25% off spa services (like massages), dining, and gym classes in the hotel.

Spa Features: A pool and a gym, shower rooms, a sauna, a thermal bath, and a steam room.

­Pool: A fairly big pool at 25m x 7.5m x 1.3m, overlooking the Suzhou Creek.


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5. Hyatt on the bund


199 Huangpu Lu, near Wuchang Lu View ListingTaxi Printout




Area: Bund Area

Day Pass: 300rmb per person and free for kids under two years old. Available from 6am­-11pm.

Yearly Price: 15,000rmb. Members get two free yoga lessons at the gym every week; classes are every Monday and Thursday from 7-­8pm.

Spa Features: A pool, a gym, and shower rooms with a sauna and steam room.

Pool: The 5m x 12.5m x 1.2m pool is in the basement, so no views here.


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6. Hilton


250 Huashan Lu, near Yan'an Lu View ListingTaxi Printout




Area: Jing'an

Day Pass: 400rmb for adults and 200rmb for kids under 12 years old. Available from 6am­-11pm.

Spa Features: A pool, a gym, and shower rooms with a sauna, a thermal bath, and a steam room.

Pool: Not the biggest pool at 15m x 15m x 2.1m, but it's on the fourth floor with an alright view of Jing'an Temple.

Other Facilities: Squash room and tennis room, (200/hour for non member, 50rmb racket for rent).


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7. Four Seasons


500 Weihai Lu, near Shimen Yi Lu View ListingTaxi Printout




Area: Jing'an

Day Pass: 350rmb for adults, 150rmb for kids under 12 years old. Available from 6am­-11pm. Yoga classes are 180rmb.

Yearly Price: 25,000rmb.

Spa Features: A pool, a gym, and shower rooms that include a sauna, a thermal bath, and a steam room.

Pool: Pool size is 20m x 6m x 1.5m, located on the fourth floor with some ok city views.

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8. Westin


Bund Center, 88 Henan Zhong Lu, near Guangdong Lu View ListingTaxi Printout




Area: Bund Area

Day Pass: 300rmb for adults and 150rmb for under 12 years old. Available from 6am-­11pm.

Yearly Price: 18,000rmb.

Spa Features: A pool, a gym, and shower rooms that include a sauna and a thermal bath.

­Pool: The pool is 18m x 7m x 1.2m, up on the third floor with a view of Guangdong Lu.


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9. Andaz


88 Songshan Lu, near Taicang Lu View ListingTaxi Printout




Area: Xintiandi

Day Pass: 300rmb for both adults and kids, available from 6am­-11pm.

Yearly Price: 12,888rmb, or 8888rmb a year if you only go during non-peak hours (9am-­5pm).

Spa Features: A pool, a gym, and shower rooms with a sauna and a thermal bath.

Pool: The pool is 12m x 5m x 1.2m. No views, but it gets the job done.


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10. Pullman


15 Dapu Lu, near Zhaojiabang Lu View ListingTaxi Printout




Area: Xujiahui

Day Pass: 300rmb per person and free for children under 1.2m. Available from 6am­-11pm.

Yearly Price: 8800rmb.

Spa Features: A pool, a gym, and shower rooms with a sauna and steam room.

Pool: A round 20m pool on the fifth floor with some views of the city.


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11. Marriott Hongqiao


2270 Hongqiao Lu, near Jianhe Lu View ListingTaxi Printout




Area: Hongqiao

Day Pass: 250rmb for adults, 125rmb for children under 6 years old. Available from 6am­-11pm

Yearly Price: 17,300rmb. Members get free yoga classes every day.

Spa Features: A pool, a gym, a ping pong room, and shower rooms with a sauna and a thermal bath.

Pool: A 25m round pool with garden views.

Other Facilities: Outdoor tennis is 250rmb per hour; racket rental is 50rmb. The garden area around the pool is quite nice if you want to sit outside and read or chat. Note: We've seen rooms for as cheap as 600rmb here.


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12. Jumeirah


Himalayas Center, 1108 Meihua Lu, near Fangdian Lu View ListingTaxi Printout




Area: Pudong

Day Pass: 300rmb for adults and 160rmb for children under 16 years old. Available from 6am­-10.30pm.

Yearly Price: 12,000rmb.

Spa Features: An indoor pool, a gym, and shower rooms with a sauna and a thermal bath.

Pool: The pool size is 20m x 6m x 1.5 inside the gym. It's on the seventh floor, but the opaque windows obscure any view.


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13. Intercontinental


500 HengFeng Lu, near Tianmu Lu View ListingTaxi Printout




Area: Putuo

Day Pass: 300rmb for adults and 160rmb for children under 16years old. Available from 6am­-10.30pm.

Yearly Price: 12,000rmb.

Spa Features: A pool, a gym, and shower rooms with a sauna and a thermal bath.

Pool: The pool is 25m x 8m x 1.7m. Located on the sixth floor, there's a nice balcony near the pool with a view of Hengfeng Lu.

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14. JW Marriot


399 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Huangpi Bei Lu View ListingTaxi Printout




Area: People's Square

Day Pass: 350rmb for adults and 100rmb for children under 12 years old. The service fee is included with those prices. Available from 6am-11pm

Yearly Price: 18,000rmb.

Spa Features: Indoor and outdoor pools, plus a gym and shower rooms with a sauna and a thermal bath.

­Pool: The pool is 25m x 6m x 1.2m. Located on the seventh floor, it's got nice views of downtown Shanghai.


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15. Fairmont Peace Hotel


20 Nanjing Dong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu View ListingTaxi Printout




Area: Bund Area

Day Pass: 300rmb for adults and 150rmb for children under 1.2m. Available from 6am­-11pm

Yearly Price: 21,500rmb or 32,250rmb for two.

Spa Features: An indoor pool, a gym, and shower rooms with a sauna (dudes only) and a steam room.

Pool: Pool size is 18m x 6m x 1.5m. No views.

Other Facilities: Not a facility per se, but you could go downstairs and check out the jazz band after a day at the spa.


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16. Le Meridien She Shan


1288 Linyin Xin Lu, near Shenzhuanjiasong Lu View ListingTaxi Printout




Area: Songjiang

Day Pass: 300rmb for adults and 150rmb for children under four years old. Available from 6.30am-10pm.

Yearly Price: 10,000rmb.

Spa Features: An indoor, an outdoor pool, a gym, and shower rooms with a sauna and a thermal bath.

­Pool: The pool size is 25m x 10m x 1.6m. Great views of the man made lake nearby.

Other Facilities: An outdoor tennis court, a badminton court, and a volleyball court. Costs 50-150rmb per hour with equipment included. This one really feels like getting out of town.

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17. Le Royal Méridien Shanghai


789 Nanjing Dong Lu, near Xizang Zhong Lu View ListingTaxi Printout




Area: People's Square

Day Pass: 300rmb for adults and 100rmb for children under 12. Available from 6am-11pm.

Yearly Price: 18,800rmb or 33,800rmb for a family of two adults and one child.

Spa Features: A pool, a gym, and shower rooms with a sauna, a steam room, and a thermal bath.

­Pool: The pool is 22m x 8m x 1.2m. It's up on the 11th floor with fine views of Nanjing Dong Lu and New World.


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18. Park Hyatt


Shanghai World Financial Center, 79-93/F, 100 Century A... View ListingTaxi Printout




Area: Pudong

Day Pass: 500rmb for adults and kids. Available from 7am­-11pm.

Packages: You can buy a monthly package that's valid every day from 10am-­2pm and includes a lunch bag for 3000rmb, or you can get one that's available from 5pm­-9pm for 2600rmb (no meal included in this one). They also offer a six month package, valid daily from 10am­-2pm for 15,000rmb or from 5pm-­9pm for 12,600rmb. The six month package includes free laundry service.

Spa Features: A pool, a gym, and shower rooms with a sauna and a thermal bath.

­Pool: Park Hyatt's pool is the highest on this list -- it's up in the clouds on the 85th floor. The size is 20m x 5m x 1.2m.


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19. Grand Hyatt


Jin Mao Tower, 53-87/F, 88 Century Avenue, near Dongta... View ListingTaxi Printout




Area: Pudong

Day Pass: 300rmb for adults and 150rmb for kids under 1.2m. Available from 6am­-11pm

Yearly Price: 22,000rmb or 32,000rmb for a family membership card.

Spa Features: A pool, a gym, and shower rooms with a sauna and a thermal bath.

­Pool: The second highest pool on this list, located on the 57th floor with clear views of Lujiazui and the Pearl Tower. Size is 16m x 5m x 1.6m.


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We also have a list of Shanghai's pools and an article about bathhouses.

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  • 2 years ago mizmiz

    Lol shill. The hallowed smsh editorial policy hasn't been thrown around recently; I guess this is why.

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