36,597 square feet of lagoon-style pools and two man-made beaches
All guestrooms have a furnished patio or balcony
Family-friendly: There’s a dedicated kids club, swimming pool and babysitting service
On-site facilities include a swim-up bar, a fitness center, two tennis courts, ping-pong and billiards tables and a spa
Club Rooms have access to the lounge on the fifth floor, which serves breakfast and afternoon tea and has a daily happy hour
What To Know
The resort is an hour from Shanghai’s business district
It’s a popular spot for conferences
Aside from Happy Valley amusement park and the Playa Maya Water Park, there are not many attractions nearby
Pool season generally runs from June to October
The resort opened in 2009
Parking on site
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Family-friendly resort in Shanghai’s Sheshan suburb, with two man-made beaches, five restaurants and a spa
Sporting a terra-cotta roof and a beige exterior, and surrounded by gurgling fountains and a vast free-form swimming pool, the eco-friendly Sofitel Shanghai Sheshan Oriental looks as though it’s been transported straight from the Tuscan countryside. But step inside and you’ll see how the resort seamlessly blends Western influences with conventional Asian character. From the lobby’s feng shui–influenced Link Lounge bar to the leather and marble finishes sprinkled throughout the property, this Sofitel is chock-full of carefully considered details.
Bed and Bath
The six-story resort features 368 guestrooms, each with a private furnished patio or balcony. Accommodations start at 484 square feet and are decorated in three distinct styles: Mediterranean, Southeast Asian and Chinese (the latter incorporates blue and white porcelain lamps and traditional hand-painted artworks). Some rooms have direct pool access, while others have four-poster beds with tufted headboards, spacious separate sitting areas with nail-trimmed armchairs and textured wallpaper that has a metallic shimmer. The marble bathrooms are luxuriant, with separate soaking tubs, rainfall showers, Hermès products and plush robes. At turn-down slippers are placed bedside, ready to warm your toes in the morning.
The Sofitel Shanghai Sheshan Oriental is a destination in itself, and one of its main draws is the 36,500 square feet of lagoon-style pools, which boast two man-made beaches. Make a splash and sidle up to the swim-up bar for a few rounds before heading to dinner at one of the five on-site restaurants. Vie, the all-day dining venue, serves a hearty buffet as well as an à la carte menu, but for a taste of Japan or the Mediterranean, make reservations at Fukami and M, respectively. Those who want to stay active can hit the well-equipped fitness center (open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.) or the two outdoor tennis courts. There’s even beach volleyball. Elsewhere, there’s a spa, ping-pong and billiards tables and designated kids play areas both inside and outside.
In the Area
The property is about an hour outside the city’s pulsating business district, so part of the appeal is the chance to slow down a bit and regroup. You can hike Sheshan’s namesake mountain or play the links at Tianma Golf & Country Club. If you’re looking for an action-packed day of thrills, make your way to Happy Valley, about 10 minutes away — it’s the largest amusement park in the Shanghai area. And if you want a break from the resort’s pool scene, try cooling off at nearby Playa Maya Water Park.