Shanghai-bound with the (lucky) beau in tow? Here’s how to wing around the city like a couple of blissed-up lovebirds. Psst, this is as good a time as any to pack a surprise sparkler and a soon-to-be-popped question up your sleeve...
Begin the day in style, dahling, by having a bubbly brunch at M on The Bund: a veritable Shang institution, famed for both its unbeatable Bund-side terrace, as well as its ace fare from eggs benny to a shareable Danish smørrebrød. Save some room for the famous pavlova, too – it’s never too early for dessert.
Suitably fueled for the day, catch a post-brunch performance of Shang’s circus spectacle Era: Intersection of Time: China's take on Cirque du Soleil, where acrobatics, theatre, martial arts, dance, live music and high-flying daredevil-ism are aided by technical wizardry and colourful costumes in an intimate circular theatre. Ooh and aaah at all the aerobic hijinks (or each other).
We’ve never met a massage we didn’t like. Up the romance-levels by heading to The Peninsula Spa to indulge in a cosseting couples’ treatment. The Pen’s blissful, holistic therapies riff on Ayurvedic, Chinese and European rituals. Try the Shanghai signature massage series, which stars bamboo and herbs, sea salt and essential oil scrubs, cool jade and warm basalt lava stones. Afterwards, sweat it all out in the thermal suite for steamy, hydro relaxation à deux. Ooh la la...
Keep riding the wave of romance: take your beaux for an ultra-exclusive booking at Cupola at Three, whose name is a little misleading: this intimate, romantic rooftop dining room is actually just for two, and comes with iconic Bund-skyline panoramas, a butler, the sommeliers and chefs of Jean-Georges and complete privacy. The mood – and stage – is set; we’ll leave the rest to you.
M on The Bund / 7/F / 5 The Bund / Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu / +86 21 6350 9988 / lunch & dinner daily / m-restaurantgroup.com
Era: Intersection of Time / 2266 Gonghe Xin Lu / +86 21 6652 2395 / era-shanghai.com
The Peninsula Spa / 3/F / The Peninsula / 32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu / +86 21 2327 6599 / 11am-midnight Mon-Fri, 10am-midnight Sat-Sun / shanghai.peninsula.com
Cupola at Three / 7/F / Three on the Bund / 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu / +86 21 6321 0909 / lunch & dinner daily / res essential / threeonthebund.com