Enjoy a Chinese Cultural Lesson with a Western Touch at Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li

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A stark contrast to Shanghai’s towering skyscrapers and futuristic architecture, the tiny winding lanes of the historic Xuhui District can make you feel as if you’ve been transported to a different era. Opened in September, the Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li — a new member of the Leading Hotels of the World luxury group — will make the most of being tucked away in this cultural preservation zone, providing guests with a much-needed reprieve from the bustling city outside — and a deeper understanding of its history.

Country Garden

The compound, which features 55 villas and 40 luxe residences, is spread across 22 shikumen (or stone gate) lanes that connect over 200 two-storey townhouses that date back to the 1930s. Originally built by a French real estate company, each of the buildings has been meticulously restored by Jaya International Design’s team of experts to fully showcase the unique blend of Eastern and Western architecture — now a rarity in the ever-modernising city. This cultural fusion continues inside each elegantly decorated villa, which range in size from one to three bedrooms and from nearly 1,200 square feet to a palatial 2,700 square feet.

You’ll find ultra-luxurious touches like Aqua di Parma bath products in the room. Should you have other requests, you can also speak to your dedicated Capella personal assistant. Guests should also pay a visit to Auriga Spa, which features unique treatments based on the cycles of the moon.

The city’s best shopping and must-see sights, like the iconic arts galleries of Tianzifang, are also just located just steps away from the hotel. And after a day of exploring, dine in serious style at the property’s le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire restaurant, which is the first opening in mainland China for the multi-Michelin-starred chef and will serve his signature take on French cuisine.

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Published 8th November 2017