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SHANGHAI, CHINA – February 23, 2017Forbes Travel Guide unveiled its 2017 Star Award winners, a global group of the world’s finest hotels, restaurants and spas. The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong Spa received the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award.

Forbes Travel Guide is the most prestigious standard for luxury hospitality worldwide. Their team of expert inspectors anonymously evaluates properties against up to 800 objective standards in 162 destinations across 42 countries throughout The Americas, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. The company continuously refines its uniquely selective process for recognizing the finest spas in the markets it rates, rewarding intuitive, gracious service — this makes winning an award one of the most prestigious achievements in the industry.

In 2017, the list recognizes 9 new Five-Star spas around the world and amongst this list, The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong Spa is the only one in mainland China.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa is located on the hotel’s 55th floor and features 10 treatment rooms in total, including 9 multi-function treatment rooms and a Harmony Suite where two guests may relax and enjoy treatments together. Designed by the world-renowned Richard Farnell, The Ritz-Carlton Spa combines striking, modern lines and Art Deco detailing with high-quality finishes in the spa and relaxation areas. Each treatment room has its own unique layout and continues the dramatic combination of angles and unique shapes that are consistent with the style and design in other areas of the hotel. Floor-to-ceiling windows in each treatment room offer guests unparalleled views of Shanghai – a view that can also be enjoyed from the treatment room’s showers, as well as from the VIP bath in the Harmony Suite. Like gems, the treatment rooms are alternating hues of Amber, Aqua and Emerald which match perfectly with the honey hues of the uniquely patterned wooden floors.

As the first hotel in Asia Pacific to launch the new Ritz-Carlton Spa concept, The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong has taken its talent for crafting tasteful and personalized journeys into the realm of spas to create exceptional levels of service and care. The Ritz-Carlton Spa effortlessly combines the essence of ancient and modern Chinese, Indian, European and Balinese spa cultures and uses luxury products that harness the best of nature's essential oils, botanicals and marine supplements. Individual guest needs are artfully integrated into tailored experiences anchored in local culture, employing natural and organic solutions.

“I’m honored and pleased by this prestigious Reward. It is a real statement of the ultimate refined luxury spa experience provided for our Guests.” said Mr. Andrew Houghton, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong. “The Ritz-Carlton Spa experience should be exceptional and memorable. We have packaged tradition, location and culture into the experience to map out a spa journey that helps our guests relax, unwind and truly enjoy The Ritz-Carlton. It creates a unique and authentic experience of well-being that endures within the Guest when he or she leaves the Spa.”

To view the full list of official 2017 Forbes Travel Guide Stat Ratings, please click here: http://www.forbestravelguide.com/about/awardwinners#cmpid=forbes_HN