Hot List 2011

The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA, Shanghai, China

Tel: 86-21-2020-1888
Massages, $59-$160

What: A glittering spa on two high floors of the chic Ritz-Carlton Shanghai in Pudong, with a steam room, a rock sauna, and an ice fountain. Treatments range from traditional Chinese dry massage to European salt and oil scrubs.

The look: Art Deco-inspired relaxation, treatment, and communal changing rooms, all in white with sparkles of copper gold, as a riff on the traditional Chinese cracked ice motif.

Who goes: Well-heeled expat mothers and fat-cat Chinese tycoons from the booming, factory-sprinkled regions near Shanghai.

The treatment: The outrageously relaxing full-body Yin and Yang Rebalancer includes a facial cleanse and a limb-by-limb deep-pressure rubdown.

P.S.: Make time for ginger tea and biscotti in the relaxation room, with spectacular Bund views.

Information may have changed since date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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