Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
An extensive redesign highlights the elegance and opulence of this Hong Kong landmark.
When it comes to flagship hotels, Hong Kong has its fair share. But the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is surely the most distinguished. Overlooking Victoria Harbour, it boasts a guest list of mingling business titans with sultans, princesses and U.S. Presidents, plus the crème de la crème of the Hong Kong beau monde. The style---both in the bedrooms and restaurants---is classic with tasteful Asian touches like silk wall hangings, antique artwork and teak paneling. The spacious 501 guest rooms and 68 suites come with TV systems that access your email, STSN plug-and-play for laptops, CD/DVD player, flatscreen TVs and high-speed Internet access. Meeting and event spaces are classic-contemporary. Among the eight excellent restaurants are Pierre by French chef Pierre Gagnaire, Mandarin Grill for power dining, the rich flavors of Cantonese cuisine at the imperial Man Wah and the ‘secret’ Krug Room restaurant hidden in the hotel’s kitchens. Afternoon tea here is still the draw for Hong Kong society and the rose petal jam and scones are rightfully legendary. The spa is one of the largest in the city and incorporates a 24-hour gym, an indoor rooftop pool, a gentlemen’s barbershop, ladies’ hair salon and beauty parlor. The Mandarin Spa is noted for its extensive range of treatments that includes Traditional Chinese medicine, an Ayurvedic sanctuary, wide selection of heat and water facilities (steam room, Kneipp pool, experience showers, Vichy shower, baths)--not to mention a full range of massages, body treatments and facials and the world-famous Shanghai pedicure.