Zhang Huan’s breathtaking sculpture Rising defines the glittering exterior of this 66-story hotel-condo. The abstract, glass-straddling dragon swarmed by doves is part of the building; these peace-bestowing birds continue into the lobby, denoting a tonal shift. Inside, the Shangri-La is a peaceful respite from the tumult of the city. The chic lobby, with its extra-long fireplace, is the place to relax over live music. The Shangri-La brings Hong Kong panache to Toronto, showcasing over 480 Wang Xu Yuan lithographs, as well as museum-caliber vitrines containing priceless ancient artifacts. Design details, too, pull on an Asian theme: Cherry blossoms adorn wallpaper and consoles, while Chinese tracery patterns are found on doors, knobs, and carpets. The furniture, too, looks Qing Dynasty regal. Opulent details include raw silk-upholstered walls, white-oak millwork, and marble from around the world—the iron-red-striped black marble from Madagascar is particularly mesmerizing. Rooms are amply sized (starting at 49 sq. m/525 sq. ft.) and come equipped with every possible technological bell and whistle. Drapes, lights, and heating can be controlled through the wall-mounted panels or via the tablet, which can also be used to summon an ice bucket, checkout quickly, or order a dog walker. Bedside clocks come with all possible charging dongles and Bluetooth connectivity. Sun-drenched marble bathrooms are spectacular, but the best luxuriating happens on the fifth floor. There, you’ll find the Turkish-inspired Miraj Hammam and the spectacular glass-encased saltwater pool. Between the lush tropical plants, waterfall feature, and private cabanas, the place feels more Bali beach resort than downtown Toronto.