The Destination Asia China team recently had the opportunity to visit Shanghai’s newest member of the Leading Hotels of the World luxury group. Tucked away in one of Shanghai’s historic districts, Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li, is one of the city’s most luxurious hotels. Visitors are treated to a lavish taste of traditional Shanghai life in the shikumen (stone-gate) laneways of the former French Concession at this all-villa urban resort. A stark contrast to Shanghai’s towering skyscrapers and futuristic architecture, the tiny winding lanes of this heritage retreat transport guests back to a different era.
The Capella estate was originally built in the 1930s by the French real estate company Foncière et Immobilière de Chine. The property now offers up impeccable modern luxury while respecting its cultural legacy. The traditional shikumen layout means that it’s hidden from view from the street, so only by stepping through the archways do you discover the 55 villas, ranging in size from one to three bedrooms. Those staying here can also enjoy authentic French cuisine’ at le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire, opened by the legendary French chef who has 17 Michelin stars across his 12 restaurants, his first in China.