When it comes to the lodging scene in Shanghai these days, the defining word is one-upmanship. Just when you think a hotel has come along that cannot be beat, another one tops it. Residing among the elite at the peak of the ever-expanding heap, The PuLi Hotel and Spa continues to hold its own. Centrally located in the Jing'An District, this urban resort is focused on providing sanctuary from the near insanity of the surrounding streets. Throughout, contemporary décor sets the stage for cultural details, such as timber Foo Dogs to ward off evil spirits and brass incense burners carved with the symbol for longevity. International cuisine with Asian accents shapes the menu at Jing'An restaurant, while tea rituals take on new meaning with the tea-inspired treatments at Anantara Spa.