Über-stylish hotel openings in Shanghai

Expect zen chic from Upper House sibling The Middle House and Ming-era villas at the Amanyanyun resort-as-preservation project

One of the Piero Lissoni-designed rooms at The Middle House, Shanghai
One of the Piero Lissoni-designed rooms at The Middle House, Shanghai

Hong Kong’s Upper House has to be one of the best-loved urban hotels on earth: staggeringly stylish and über-comfortable, thanks to the nearly faultless ministrations of local design hero André Fu. Now Swire, parent company of The House Collective, is bringing its game to Shanghai with the December opening of The Middle House (the-house-collective.com; prices to be set) in a gleaming tower in Dazhongli. Same tip-top service, same excellent quality of food and drink (courtesy of Café Gray Deluxe’s Gray Kunz) as at its HK sibling – but this time, the design of the 111 rooms is in the hands of Piero Lissoni. Expect monochromatic, zen elegance and lots of space (including plenty of terraces). Also about to open in Shanghai: Amanyangyun (aman.com; from £700), the remarkable resort-as-preservation project, many of whose villas, transposed from a rural village in Jiangxi province, date back to the Ming and Qing eras.

The soon-to-open Amanyangyun in Shanghai combines refined modern spaces with historic villas
The soon-to-open Amanyangyun in Shanghai combines refined modern spaces with historic villas
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