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Shanghai's most expensive spa treatments

For those big spenders out there (you know who you aren’t), before tossing another stack of bills on the fire, you too cankeep both body and soul in check while keeping up that ultra-chic reputation. The priciest luxury Shanghai spa treatments are just a phone call away.

1. Luxury Shanghai spa treatment: Bund Five Spa Oasis, Royal Treatment

Price: RMB 3,000

A package truly fit for the royal court starts with rose petal, essential oil soaks and stunning Bund views (including popular double tub option for couples). Follow that with an Italian red wine body scrub, heavenly four-hands massage and lavender body wrap and your limbs will be all purrs. And with their finishing 90-minute facial a la pramol (Switzerland), those pores won’t be far behind.

Owner KK Ong notes, “Our clientele are willing to pay for the best ‘qi fen’ (environment) along with the professional standards one expects from the Bund.”
5/F, 5 on the Bund, 5 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu 中山东一路5号外滩五号5楼, 近广东路, +86 21 6321 9135, +86 21 6321 9176, www.bundfivespaoasis.com

2. Luxury Shanghai spa treatment: The Peninsula Spa, Shanghai Retreat

Price: RMB 2,700 (plus 15 percent)

230 minutes of what we can only describe as total bliss begin with a fresh Ginger Foot Buff, followed by the chi-stimulating Bamboo Harmoniser massage and a Skin Brightener Age Defyer Facial with award-winning ESPA products from the U.K.

No doubt all that exhausting pampering will leave you famished and ready for a healthy poolside lunch. Ultra-luxury add-ons include private spa suite, bespoke Rolls Royce … and keen to arrive via your new Hermes Eurocopter? Consider it done.

Spa Director Richard Williams notes, “What makes this package so unique is that the services are always bespoke and tailored to the guest's needs by our most highly skilled and trained therapists.”
The Peninsula Shanghai, 3/F, 32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Beijing Dong Lu 中山东一路32号3楼, 近北京东路, +86 21 2327 6599, www.peninsula.com

3. Luxury Shanghai spa treatment: Evian Spa, ‘French Glow’

Price: RMB 2,430

Four unforgettable hours start on a colorful note with a signature Color Hydrotherapy Bath followed by a hydrating Katafray bark extract facial, Rising Sun purifying body scrub and Swedish de-stressing oil massage. Top that off with healthy spa cuisine from neighboring New Heights and we’d call that a day gone well, very, very well.

“This package gives the guests a long-lasting and sensational feeling of being pampered from head to toe -- it’s a haven for both body and spirit” says Spa Director Christine Zhang.
Evian Spa, 2/F, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Guangdong Lu 中山东一路3号二楼, 近广东路, +86 21 6321 6622, www.threeonthebund.com

4. Luxury Shanghai spa treatment: Hyatt on the Bund, Serenity

Price: RMB 2,400 (plus 15 percent)

A four-hour return to calm and relaxation serve up one potent combination of Yuan treatments starting with a soothing herbal bath (thyme, sage, lavender, and Pennyroyal), acupressure massage, immunity-boosting Lingzhi and Shitake full-body scrub and signature jade stone baller facial with oxygenating algae and cleansing vitamin C. You’ll be squeaky clean and stress-free to say the very least.

“Our signature treatments emphasize the power of jade combining European cosmetic practices. Traditional Chinese medicine culture has used jade for centuries to protect and balance the body Chi” explains Meg Zhang, marketing communications manager.
Hyatt on the Bund,199 Huangpu Lu, near Wuchang Lu 黄浦路199号, 近武昌路, +86 21 6393 1234, www.shanghai.bund.hyatt.com

5. Luxury Shanghai spa treatment: CHI Spa at Pudong Shangri-la, Vitality Ritual

Price: RMB 2,180 (plus 15 percent)

As its namesake implies, all CHI signature therapies are based on keeping TCM’s key five elements (metal, water, wood, fire and earth for you newbies) in harmony with the body’s Yin and Yang.

After nearly four hours of water therapy, revitalizing body wrap, Tibetan tsampa Loofa Scrub and Himalayan healing stone massage, your chi is guaranteed to leave happy and secure.

“CHI, The Spa features a unique ‘spa within a spa’ concept; each complete with its own private bath, shower, steam, relaxation lounge, changing and vanity areas” notes Wong Chin CHu, communications manager.
Pudong Shangri-La, Shanghai, 33 Fucheng Lu, near Dongchang Lu 6/F, Tower 2 富城路33号浦东香格里拉大酒店2号楼6楼, 近东昌路, +86 21 6882 8888 ext. 460

Luxury Shanghai spa treatment honorable mentions

St. Regis, Half-Day Purity, RMB 2,100

Features Jacuzzi, Herbal Body Glow and Mud Wrap, Deep Tissue Massage, Scalp Massage and Deep Cleansing Facial.
889 Dongfang Lu, near Weifang Lu 东方路889号, 近潍坊路, +86 21 5050 4567, www.stregis.com/shanghai

Grand Hyatt, Refreshing, RMB 2,000 (plus 15 percent for in-room, no additional charge for in-spa treatment)

Features dry brushing, salt glow, body wrap, deep tissue massage, deep-cleaning facial and paraffin wax hand/foot treatment.
Jinmao Tower, 88 Shiji Da Dao, near Yincheng Zhonglu 世纪大道88号金茂大厦, 近银城中路 +86 21 5049 1234, shanghai.grand.hyatt.com

Park Hyatt, Water’s Edge, RMB 2,000 (plus 15 percent)

Features Revive Pink Grapefruit Polish, aromatherapy oil massage and Personal Prescription Facial.
100 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, 87/F, Shanghai World Financial Center, 世纪大道100号, +86 21 6888 1234, shanghai.park.hyatt.com

The Puli Anantara Spa’s Women’s White Tea Moisturizer, RMB 1,980 (plus 15 percent)

Features white tea bath and scrub, avocado wrap and hot stone massage. For men, 'Green Tea Purification' with green tea bath, scrub and warp and Swedish massage.
1 Changde Lu, near Yan'an Zhong Lu 常德路1号, 近延安中路, +86 21 3203 9999, www.thepuli.com