Luxury hotels that have bikes for guest use always get a big plus from Girlahead (above, an image at The Peninsula Shanghai). But this is an especially thoughtful hotel, anyway. Thanks to the creative talents of GM Jisoo Choon and his marketing support, Cecilia Lui, VIPs can have private dinners poolside, by the gorgeous indoor waters, or in suites overlooking The Bund, Huangpu river and across to Pudong. One of the hotel’s biggest upper terraces is also converted, annually, to a glass-walled squash court for the highly popular national championships.
Shanghai is, by the way, currently the most expensive city if you want to live the luxury lifestyle, says Julius Baer – the bank’s head of markets and wealth-management solutions in Asia Pacific, Rajesh Manwani, says this is because, throughout Asia, the pandemic didn’t become an epidemic quite the same way it unfortunately became elsewhere, which meant they were able to function more normally. The Julius Baer list therefore has Tokyo is as #2, followed by Hong Kong (and then comes Monaco, which breaks that rule).