Five hot spring resorts near Shanghai

Make the perfect weekend getaway to one of these nearby hot spring resorts

Kayumanis in Tangshan 
As Shanghai’s winter gears up for a full-on chilly assault this month, Time Out checks out five hot spring resorts in the nearby area

Huzhou

Where The Ma Yansong-designed Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, which looks akin to a giant slinky or horseshoe, has received a considerable amount of international attention for its architecture, but its main attraction during winter months is the 100-plus natural spring water pools, 39 of them as part of a string of private villa complexes that runs between the main hotel and a spectacular hot springs centre. The centre features a wide array of pools (including one with red wine in) set among towering foliage – it’s like taking a dip in a botanical garden.

Price Rooms at the Sheraton Huzhou Hot Springs Resort start from 1,750RMB/night. Usage of the hot springs for hotel guests starts from 198RMB/day.

Getting there There are two high-speed trains a day to Huzhou leaving Hongqiao station at 7.10am and 6.05pm, taking around two hours and costing from 94.50RMB.

Sheraton Huzhou Hot Springs Resort is at 5858 Taihu Lu, Huzhou, Zhejiang (572 229 9999; www.starwoodhotels.com)

Lushan

Where Located amid the picturesque hills of Jiujiang in northern Jiangxi province, the 40,000sqm Lushan Resort has eight outdoor hot spring pools for guests to relax in while soaking up the healing benefits of the spring water. For those looking to get a little pampering, the resort also has a spa with a variety of treatments to help rejuvenate the weary. When you’re bored with sitting in the tub all day, there are several notable attractions located near the resort, including a magnificent 48-metre high Dong Lin Buddha statue, and the spectacular Lushan Waterfalls. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, the Lushan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996, promises to leave you spellbound with its beauty. Just a 30-minute drive away from the resort, Mount Lushan is one of the most famous mountains in China that is steeped in history and makes for a good trek.

Price From 680RMB a night.

Getting there China Eastern flies from Shanghai to Nanchang International Airport with fares starting from 700RMB on Ctrip. The resort is an 80-minute taxi drive (130RMB) from the airport. Alternatively, you can also take a flight from Shanghai to Jiujiang Airport. Flights depart every week, with fares starting from 500RMB. The resort is about an hour’s drive (about 100RMB) from Jiujiang Airport.

Lushan Resort is at Wenquan Zhen, Xingzi county, Jiujiang, Jiangxi province (792 266 8888; info.lushan@dorsetthotels.com).

Liyang


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Where Nestled in a bamboo forest near Changzhou, the sprawling Yushui Hot Spring has 52 outdoor pools and a spa that offers a variety of treatments such as Swedish massages and detox health sessions. The pools are located less than 50 metres from the (unaffiliated) Yushui Hot Spring Hotel. The hotel labels itself as a five-star establishment but that’s not quite the case, not in terms of service standards anyway. The rooms do not come with hot spring access but they do have pretty good views of the surroundings. Besides getting soaked in the mineral rich waters, you can also take a stroll through the tranquil bamboo forest and around Tianmu Lake.

Price Room rates start from 700RMB a night. Entry to the hot springs costs 218RMB per person.

Getting there Buses from the Shanghai South Bus Terminal (77RMB) depart for Liyang Bus Station at either 6.30am or 8.30am, arriving in three hours. From the Liyang terminal, take Bus 109 and alight at the Tianmu Lake stop.

Tianmu Lake South Hill Bamboo Sea is at Liyang, Jiangsu (0519 8793 5999; www.spawor.com).

Rudong

Where The Links Hot Spring Resort in Rudong, about a two-hour road trip north of Shanghai, offers travellers a quiet reprieve from winter chills with their nine hot spring baths. In contrast to most hot spring resorts around China, this one does not add gimmicky ingredients into the water, preferring natural hot spring water of varying temperatures – there are three main dip sites indoors, joined by a further six outside as well as an outdoor swimming pool. Inside the hotel is a Turkish-style hammam bathhouse and spa treatment rooms. The resort also has an expansive golf course and is said to be popular with bird-watchers, so bring your clubs or binoculars. The remote nature of the resort means you’re rarely disturbed.

Price Rates for a deluxe twin room start from about 730RMB a night.

Getting there Hop onto the shuttle bus service from the Shanghai Caohejing Hotel to the resort, which costs 250RMB per person for a round trip.

Links Hot Spring Resort is at West Side of Kuagang Bridge,Yangkou, Rudong county, Jiangsu province (0513 8086 9999; www.linkshotel.cn).

Tangshan

Where If you’re looking to escape the cold in China for the sunny island of Bali but don’t actually want to take the five-and-a-half-hour flight there, then you might want to consider settling for an intimate and luxurious Balinese-style getaway on the outskirts of Nanjing instead. The Kayumanis Nanjing Private Villa & Spa, located just 90 minutes from Shanghai, provides guests with a private villa experience that includes an attached hot spring bath drawing thermal water from the famous Tangshan Mountains, said to have been used exclusively by Chinese royalty during ancient times. Such luxury does not come cheap, but it’s an indulgent, high-class experience that really does transport you away from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai, if not quite all the way to Bali. They also organise a host of activities, including a tour of the Sun Yatsen Mausoleum and cycling around the charming nearby farms.

Price Rates for a private villa start from 4,180RMB a night.

Getting there There are frequent trains departing from Shanghai South Station and Shanghai Hongqiao Station to Nanjing South Station (with prices from 47RMB); the fastest gaotie trains take just one hour. The resort provides free pick-up service from the station.

Kayumanis Nanjing Private Villas & Spa is at 12 Wenquan Lu, Sizhuang, Tangshan, Jiangning district (25 8410 7777; www.kayumanis.com)

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