The first hint of the opulence to come arrived in the form of a custom-made, emerald-green Rolls Royce, sent to transport me to the Peninsula. This magnificent vehicle featured an attentive white-gloved driver who effortlessly confirms the local weather, our travel route and my musical preferences before embarking on the 30-minute drive.
Upon my arrival, an elegantly-attired doorman opens the car door, signals the bellboys (in charming, retro 1920’s white and gold-trimmed attire) to attend to my luggage and offers a wholehearted, “Welcome to the Peninsula Shanghai. We hope you will have a most pleasant stay.” Not sure if it was his friendly gaze or my new surroundings, but something told me I was in for something special.
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