Dragonfly Spa Review - A Review of Dragonfly Spa on Xinle Road, Shanghai

The Bottom Line

With 10 locations in Shanghai and 2 in Beijing (and ever more on the horizon), Dragonfly is one of the best options for an hour or two of relaxation after a long day of shopping or sight-seeing. Just stepping over the threshold from the frenetic street into one of their retreats begins the process that will leave you relaxed, refreshed, and wanting more.

Pros

  • An affordable luxury: 1 hour head & shoulder massage about $7, full body lavender oil massage $25
  • 12 locations make a stop at Dragonfly difficult to miss
  • English menu and English-speaking friendly staff
  • Late hours mean convenience

Cons

  • Book early - popularity of certain venues makes getting an appointment sometimes difficult

Description

  • Dragonfly @ Xinle (pronounced shin-la)
  • 206 Xinle Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China (near the junction of Donghu/Fumin/Xinle Roads)
  • Reservations:
    from US/Canada, dial 011-86-21-5403-9982
    from China, dial 021-5403-9982
  • Hours of operation: 11:00 am through 2:00 am, 7 days a week
  • Full list of hours and locations

Guide Review - Dragonfly Spa Review - A Review of Dragonfly Spa on Xinle Road, Shanghai

The smell of lavender and the faint sound of trickling water wiped away the sound of honking horns and screeching taxis as the door to Dragonfly's Xinle Road retreat swung shut behind me. A hostess greeted me, handed me a cup of steaming tea and asked me to sit down to relax and choose my massage.

I decided to see what Japanese shiatsu was all about. After a few minutes, my Chinese masseur, Steve, greeted me as he pulled aside the curtain separating the lobby from the rest of the retreat. He helped me off with my shoes, glided my feet into slippers and led me up candlelit stairs to my traditional Japanese tatami room where I'd have my massage.

Always nervous about the whole nudity part of massage, Steve immediately set me at ease, pointing out the baggy pajamas I was to change into. He then shut the shoji sliding wooden door to my room and let me change.

After letting him know I was ready, Steve came in and prepared a mat for my massage. I lay down and he covered me with a large towel. Comfortable and warm, he began my massage by smoothing pressure points in my back. It was not long before I succumbed completely and relaxed for 60 minutes.

My hour seemed over too quickly when Steve bowed and told me my massage was complete. Changed, and back in the lobby with another cup of tea, I decided I might take a look at their membership information. I could imagine coming back here quite often.

A one-hour shiatsu massage is 120rmb or about $15, and worth every penny.