Mandarin Oriental Landmark Hotel in Hong Kong is as glamorous as it gets. Dedicated to blowing the minds of the world’s most discerning guests, one sweet taste of the group’s luxury hospitality and you’ll be hooked.
With beyond-fabulous hotels dotted all over the globe, we say go back to where it all began, to the birthplace and headquarters of the legendary Mandarin Oriental: Hong Kong. Luckily for us, of the three Mandarins to choose from in this Far Eastern metropolis, there’s one with Citizen Femme written all over it.
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Sandwiched between Gucci and Harvey Nichols, for Citizen Femme’s who travel in style, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental is slap bang in the thick of the fun and the fabulous. Housed within the same complex as Hong Kong’s most exclusive stores, lovers of luxury can all but roll out of bed directly into the glitzy Landmark mall for an ultra-high-end spend-a-thon. Alternatively, culture seekers, business trippers and dim sum-driven jet setters who choose to emerge from the extravagant Landmark bubble will find the very well connected Central MTR station just steps away. There’s no Hong Kong base more convenient or desirable than here.
Room to Relax
Hong Kong can get hectic. There are temples to explore, trails to hike, restaurants to check off and plenty of rooftop bars to sample. That’s not to say you can’t enjoy every moment of downtime though, especially at The Landmark. Whichever room you reserve, this chic urban sanctuary is relaxing by design. The sheer sense of space in a jam packed central Hong Kong gives you room to breathe, and interiors are warm and calming. But you’ll whizz over all those little details! Just wait until you see the bathrooms.
The real showstopper comes in the form of a gigantic deep soaking bathtub. It’s spa-like and sexy, and spells self-care all over. When you’re ready for a next-level bathing experience, summon your personal bathtub butler and he’ll come running – suited and booted – with scented oils, luxury bath salts and an arsenal of other scene-setting essentials. Think fresh acai juice for an invigorating start to the day, fragrant candles and signature cocktails for an evening pick-me-up, or champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries for a romantic night in. Grab the complimentary macarons from their little glass chamber and sink your teeth into the most indulgent experience ever.
If a bathtub butler isn’t extravagant enough, we dare you to try the hotel’s Entertainment Suite. With a five-figure price tag, it’s more of a Billionaire Baller Pad complete with a DJ booth, full on cinema screen, virtual reality headsets, and a decked out “cabinet of delights” for all your food and beverage whims – boutique wines on tap, a mixologist booth, barista-style coffee machines, popcorn makers, you name it! Call in your Hong Kong squad and get ready to host.
Wine and Dine
Entertainment Suite or not, you’ll find your fun at The Landmark. With two sophisticated bars, cocktails are always on the cards. Join the international after-work crowd night after night at the MO Bar for an evening tipple ft. live DJ beats, then slip upstairs to the hotels’ seductive new speak-easy, Please Don’t Tell. The first international outpost of the iconic New York City PDT, here in Hong Kong you’ll be spared the original hot dog store front, but you’ll still have the classic phone booth entrance. Once you’re in (dial 1 et voila), prepare to sip on funked-up HK favourites and Big Apple-inspired concoctions – think boozy milk teas and bacon-infused bourbon.
Come morning time, you’ll be back down at the MO Bar marvelling at the seriously impressive breakfast spread. Get your fix of traditional dim sum and all the American classics and you’ll be ready to take on Hong Kong. Alternatively, head to the hotel’s two Michelin-star Amber restaurant for a very refined but equally satisfying a-la-carte breakfast. With a menu so complete and delicious, you’ll be flicking through the pages for a good while to decide. Our tip: try the Taiyouran Japanese eggs. The chickens that lay them are reared on a special diet of stevia leaves, making for extra sweet, rich and thick yolks!