Very modern but very Chinese, with thoroughly urban design but full of luxurious textures and tranquil atmosphere—even the name hints at this elegant dualism: the Chinese characters for ‘Pu-Li’ mean precious but unpolished jade.
Pu-Li, the jade—it’s a gem that symbolises The PuLi as a modern luxury resort that feels like a residence, a hotel grounded in modern China that references its ancient past.
Though a city business hotel, The PuLi follows an organic approach more fitting a tropical resort.
Garden in the city
It could have been just another skyscraper, but designers behind The PuLi—the Melbourne-based Layan Design Group—made it feel like a comfortable private dwelling.
Instead of the traditional notion of reception and concierge desks, the designers opted for a 105-foot solid teak bar that spans the length of the ground floor. It’s a great hangout for a drink, checking emails or grabbing breakfast on the go.
Then there is the 5m high fireplace, very much the heart of the hotel, located in an intimate lounge. Its walls are lined with thousands of Chinese and English books.
The lower levels of the hotel overlook the neighbouring JingAn Park. The PuLi’s design looks to the park for inspiration, including elements typically found in resorts, like rows of bamboo trees and a reflecting pond that runs the length of the hotel.
The guest rooms are spacious retreats where work and play is equally important. The spaces flow freely, also into the generous bathroom, separated only by oversized sliding screen doors with translucent silk sandwiched between glass panels.
The hotel feels very much like a resort in the hotel’s wellness centre, as extensive as any full-service health club with the spa run by the excellent Anantara.
The PuLi Hotel and Spa Shanghai is a member of Design Hotels™.