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Googling ‘outcall massage Shanghai’ throws up some dodgy results, but you’ll be safe from the seedier side of things with this popular if pricey local chain, who offer an extensive menu of at home treatments. On the massage side, there’s everything from traditional Chinese acupressure (444RMB/90 mins; 555RMB/120 mins) to lymphatic drainage (852RMB/120 mins), while facials such as deep cleansing, ‘radiance’ and a special gents-only package will set you back anything from 720RMB to 1,170RMB. All you need to provide is your bed: they’ll bring the rest, including sheets to preserve your modesty during the treatment and a nifty little ‘face cradle’ that clips onto the mattress and stops you getting a crick in your neck. However, outcall services are only available to members, membership bundles start at 6800RMB
Green Massage 5386 0222. Available from 10.30am-2am. Four hour's advance booking required.
For a cheaper alternative to Green Massage, Yu Massage offers good services that don’t break the bank, even with the outcall surcharge. The treatments menu is short, with five massages on offer including a traditional Chinese body massage and an ‘aroma oil’ foot massage for 150RMB/60 mins. A 90-minute ‘four hands aroma oil massage’ delivered by two therapists is 388RMB (488RMB/120 mins), a similar price to those offered in-house at less luxurious spas.
Yu Massage 5403 9931. Available 11am-1.30am daily. Two hours’ advance booking required.
Popular hot pot chain Haidilao are renowned for their outstanding service – for example, the free manicures and games while you queue at their restaurants, or charging your phone for free while you eat – so it’s no surprise that they go the extra mile when it comes to home delivery. For a minimum order of 268RMB (plus various service fees, see below), Haidilao will not only deliver their quality range of fresh vegetables, meats and noodles, but will also send someone to set up a hot pot inside your home. For an extra 200RMB, they’ll even arrange for a member of waitstaff to come round your place and cook everything for you.
Upon arrival, a member of their staff will don polyethene covers for their shoes and cover your chosen hot pot surface in protective plastic, before setting up the hot pot equipment and laying out your dishes. Once you’ve finished eating, you simply give Haidilao a call and they’ll send someone to come and clear up, meaning you can enjoy a full meal from one of the best hot pot restaurants in town without leaving your flat.
To order, visit the dedicated Haidilao delivery site
, select your city and then your nearest branch, before proceeding to the menu and selecting your items (the site is Chinese only, but the menu is mostly based on pictures if you don’t read characters). Alternatively, you can call 4008 107 107 and order over the phone. A minimum order of 268RMB is required in Shanghai and there’s an extra delivery fee of 15RMB/kilometre plus a 10 per cent service charge on top.
Chanel’s Travelling Spa
Bubbly beautician Chanel Zheng (pictured below) travels all over Shanghai with her foldable massage table and bulging cosmetics bag, dispensing a huge array of treatments from simple mani-pedis (40-60RMB) to eyelash extensions (200RMB) and quirky pre-menstrual massages. For her facials, she uses only top quality salon products or natural ingredients such as fresh fruit.
Zheng prides herself on delivering a professional yet friendly service that’s tailored to the individual, and building long-lasting relationships with clients. All prices include a flat travel rate and she covers the whole of Shanghai, with the exception of Chongming Island. Planning a hen do, ‘sparty’ or romantic couple’s treatment? Give Zheng three days’ notice and she’ll pull in her crack team of beautician pals for en masse pampering.
Minhang-based kennels and grooming parlour Bark know their stuff when it comes to bathing, clipping and beautifying mutts – they’ve been doing it for almost nine years. Though the place has recently changed hands, new owners Holly Zhou and Cheng Hou have kept all four of the tried-and-tested groomers on board and recently launched what they claim is the city’s only online mobile grooming service.
Billed as especially good for nervous dogs or those difficult to transport due to their size, the service sees a friendly pink smock-clad groomer turn up on your doorstep with everything needed to beautify mangy mutts, from professional grooming tables to brushes, nail clippers and hair dryers. Plus, they only use eco-friendly, natural ‘Arf Arf’ shampoo imported from New Zealand.
Price-wise, there are two options, depending on whether you live in one of the bigger residential complexes such as Yanlord or Green Villa: for those, there’s a regular ‘group’ outcall service on specific days of the month which costs a flat 20RMB on top of the regular grooming fee (120-300RMB depending on breed and size). As an added bonus they can deliver pet supplies such as food or toys ordered from the store. If you’re outside the group service area, or require a groomer on a different day, a service fee based on distance is added (a trip to Lujiazui, for example, costs 80RMB).