By Hart Hagerty
August 20, 2014
Courtesy of Banyan Tree Shanghai On The Bund

With plush surrounds, world-class amenities, and amazing food, every Shanghai luxury hotel (see our list for best luxury hotels in the city) guarantees a romantic weekend. It doesn’t get much better than the old-world glamour of the Waldorf Astoria on the Bund or the modern opulence of the newly opened Shangri-La in Jing’An. Besides five-star favorites, Shanghai has plenty of other hotels that can ignite romantic sparks. Just two-hours drive from downtown is modern eco-resort Naked Stables. Set in picturesque tea fields and bamboo hills of nearby Moganshan, it feels worlds away. Closer to town—but still set aside from the hectic city center—is Banyan Tree. Nestled on the northern reaches of the Bund, guestrooms of this exclusive hotel have their own private pools with sweeping views of Pudong and the Bund. For a more low-key weekend of love, book a historic suite at the colonial boutique hotel Le Sun Chine, hidden down a lane in the leafy, quiet French Concession. 

Banyan Tree Hotel on the Bund

When people think of romantic hotels, the Southeast Asian resort and spa chain Banyan Tree immediately comes to mind. Luckily for couples in Shanghai, the world-class brand opened a luxurious urban oasis in late 2012. Situated on the bank of the Huangpu River just north of the Bund, the 12-story hotel has 130 rooms, many of which have private pools with views of Pudong just across the river.  A night in an “Oasis with a Romantic Pool” starts at $420. Check out the hotel’s Honeymoon and Romantic Getaway packages, which include spa treatments.

Naked Stables

Just a two-hour’s drive from Shanghai, this deluxe eco-resort high in the bamboo hills of Moganshan is a favorite for couples wanting a romantic weekend escape. Luxury eco-tourism at its finest, Naked Stables has tree-top villas with views of mountains and tea fields, as well as earthy cabins (from $420 a night) outfitted in modern design and high-tech amenities. Couples can really retreat back into nature via hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, or just relaxing in the pools and gardens throughout the manicured property. 

Waldorf Astoria

The historical setting and old-world glamour of the Waldorf Astoria on the Bund make for an incredibly romantic experience. Couples eager to splash out can splurge on a night in one of the 20 luxurious suites in the century-old, immaculately restored Heritage Building. These opulent suites are decorated in the elegant, neo-classical style with four-poster beds, fine linens and marble bathrooms with claw-footed bathtubs. Doubles from $800 a night.

Le Sun Chine

Hidden down a lane off of historic Huashan Road, Le Sun Chine is a boutique hotel housed in the former residence of a prestigious local family. The restored 1930s estate has well-appointed, homey suites brimming with turn-of-the-century charm. Each suite has unique décor. The Diplomat Suite has the Edwardian decadence of the era with a retro phonograph, plush woven carpets, and French doors opening onto a private balcony.