Shanghai is made to shine, from the soaring skyscrapers to the historic flow of the Bund, there are few city destinations that make the heart quicken like China’s show stopper. It only seems right that a hotel like the Peninsula would exist here and here alone.

From the second you hit that bend in the river and catch sight of the grand art deco building caught somewhere between modern grace and 1920’s style you know what is waiting behind those gold and black lacquered doors.

Indeed, the mood of jazz piano and flapper dresses continues with touches of Onyx black, highly polished chrome and glass carvings that seem to hone in on the playful energy of glamor. Crisp pressed bellboys dart to and fro, and the concierge desk is a seamless decision-making process of haute couture events and heritage experiences in the sassy city.

River rooms will make you weak at the knees with their sweeping views of the River Bund, but it’s the suites that are made to truly grab your attention. The Peninsula Suite is a breath of linen white fresh air. A grand two story dining room, living room and two-bedroom suite set a smooth waltzing backdrop for your own dream home perched high above the Huangpu River.

Deepening your sense of home, guests will be delighted by the working fireplace in the lounge, the bright sun dappled balcony, the home gym, and the fully equipped butler’s pantry and kitchen. Of course, room service comes around the clock and the daily fruit basket brings an extra warm hospitable touch.

With a city like Shanghai on your doorstep, odds are you won’t be spending too much time pacing the sumptuous suites. The Peninsula boasts its very own yacht for those guests who yearn for a romantic river cruise. If you prefer to see the city from street level, then the fleet of Rolls Royce Phantoms and your own private chauffeur won’t disappoint.

The pool and spa are symbolic of a high-class hotel like the Peninsula, but once more – this brand seems to take it that extra mile. The elegant indoor heated pool sparkles beneath a gorgeous glass roof and seamlessly sweeps out onto the terrace, making it an all-weather wonder.At the spa you can indulge in exclusive sleep ceremonies to remove any trace of jetlag or take a more mystical approach with a chakra balancing treatment. Spa journeys beautifully meld together Asian influences with French fancies. The tropical thermal suite is also designed to reinvigorate the soul at the end of each dedicated treatment.

With no less than three restaurants scattered throughout the Peninsula, each meal comes with a dash of decadence. Throughout the city, you will find whispers of afternoon tea at the Peninsula. The sweet notes of a violin, a cool afternoon, mountains of fresh flowers, and silver tiers of delicate fancies served alongside fragrant teas makes for a must when visiting Shanghai.

Sir Elly’s Restaurant also boasts Michelin starred fine fare, served alongside dashing city views. The truffle stuffed frog leg, Alaskan royal king crab, and beetroot berry ice-cream are among the signature dishes glitzing up the menu.

Finally, the piece de resistance of the Peninsula has to be The Sir Elly’s Terrace. On smoky summer nights there is no better place in the world to be than sipping a cocktail on this panoramic terrace carved deep in the Shanghai skyline. A calling card for the well-heeled elite of the city, the best thing about the terrace is your cloud like bed is only a few feet away.