Apr 1, 2018
SEEMS THE JOINT DEVELOPERS of luxury-lifestyle complex HKRI Taikoo Hui were laser-focused on hospitality with personality, because they’ve each plucked the most luminous brands from their portfolios: in addition to The Middle House, this mini-district in Jing’an also boasts The Sukhothai Shanghai. The original hotel named after the ancient Thai capital is lush and resort-style in the middle of Bangkok, and the use of traditional art and design elements like the chedi, or stupa, create a living-museum feel. The second location—from Shanghai-based architects Neri&Hu, who purposefully refer to themselves as “Asian designers”—promises an aesthetic that similarly invokes its home city, amid a backdrop of minimalism. The five dining venues include haute-Italian La Scala, helmed by Michelin-starred chef Theodor Falser, and Zuk Bar, a street-level watering hole serving oh-so-on-trend Nordic small plates. The Southeast Asian therapies at The Retreat Spa provide an antidote to the din of the bustling Chinese megacity.
sukhothaishanghai.com; doubles from RMB2,500.
All photos courtesy of The Sukhothai Shanghai