I have recently stayed for almost a week at the Sun Island Wellness and Golf Resort. I absolutely loved this place and it could not have been a better experience.
The resort is located on an actual island at the meeting point of two rivers. Therefore, the place has a very peaceful and serene atmosphere. It is very quiet and in the mornings you wake up with bird songs. The villa I stayed in was spacious, spotlessly clean and very well equipped (the fast Internet connection was particularly useful to me). My sleep was absolutely comfortable on the large bed with its firm mattress and the array of different pillows. It was very pleasurable to walk around the resort, to look at the 1,200 year old Pagoda on the property and to gaze at the ships floating past.
I did not participate in the golfing but did enjoy several visits to their fantastic spa. There I had one of the best massages in my life (a Chinese meridian massage administered by a male therapist). If you feel a bit more adventuresome, try traditional TCM therapies like cupping and spooning. My wellness experience was made even more special with little touches like a lavender eye pillow, and the wellness tip booklet in my room as well as the participation in a laughing yoga class.
The service was absolutely fantastic. Every staff member seemed to be genuinely friendly and went out of the way to help me. The language difficulties were bridged easily by an assigned helper who greeted me right after the commendable pick-up service at the airport. Elaine was lovely, very switched on and had an excellent overview of my timetable and appointments. The excursions we had with Elaine were very well and efficiently organised and there was still room for spontaneous changes according to weather or the interest of travellers. Shanghai and neighbouring cities are stunning and the entire experience truly exceeded our expectations.
Finally the food we had at the resort but also during our excursions was absolutely stunning. It was super-healthy, fantastically presented and even though we ate a lot I managed to lose some weight. I particularly enjoyed the romantic Zen Den Herbal Restaurant. The family who owns the resort has recently built an organic, biodynamic farm which will soon deliver the entire food supply to the resort. It cannot get healthier and better! I absolutely recommend an excursion to this farm, it is very impressive and the lunch we had there was brilliant.
I am not able to relate to some of the more negative comments posted here at all, so do yourself a favour and check out this resort when you come into this region!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sun Island Resorts, Shanghai is a leisure and wellness resort destination, located just outside of Shanghai city, surrounded by lush greenery and the Mao River, upstream of Huangpu River. The resort is a perfect escape from the busy streets of Shanghai with just 50-minute drive from Shanghai city or Pudong International Airport.With two 18-hole international golf courses, a man-made beach with wave pool and wide range of activities such as horse riding, handicraft workshop, yacht cruise and go-kart, the resort is an ideal getaway for the holidaymakers. The Wellness Research Centre on the island integrates Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) into spa treatments coupled with nutrition and wellness programme such as yoga and meditation to further enhance your wellbeing, is a sanctuary for guests to rejuvenate. With its iconic Mao Pagoda overlooking the island, one of the five ancient lighthouses left in China, ancient food streets and plenty of space, Sun Island Resorts, Shanghai offers a unique venue for teambuilding, incentive parties with an Oriental theme and for events and exhibitions. The Sunshine conference center in the resort offers state-of-the-art conference facilities for up to 500 people with ample meeting rooms for break out sessions or intimate high-powered meetings. Sun Island Resorts, Shanghai is an ideal getaway destination for guests looking to rejuvenate from the pressures of the big city and for corporate meetings and retreats to recharge the team for future challenges. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sun Island Hotel Shanghai